Fast Facts

Western Carolina University is the westernmost campus in the University of North Carolina system and has been consistently ranked as one of the Top 15 public regional institutions in the South.


Western Carolina main campus


WCU’s main campus sits in Cullowhee, North Carolina, near the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains, fifty-two miles west of Asheville. The location in the rural mountains amidst incredible biodiversity and unique communities creates opportunity for academic discovery service. The campus covers approximately 600 acres.

WCU also operates an instructional site at Biltmore Park Towne Square in Asheville, where the university offers degree programs in nursing and engineering as well as graduate programs in accounting, business administration, entrepreneurship and education.


Students at the dining hall

WCU’s student body is comprised of more than 10,800 students including more than 9,000 undergraduate students. Approximately 56 percent of students are female and 44 percent male. More than 16 percent of students self-identify as part of a racial minority group. More than 75 percent of students are between the ages of 18 and 24.

Academic Programs


WCU provides more than 115 undergraduate majors and concentrations and more than 60 graduate programs with a focus on high-demand degrees including a variety of programs in engineering, science, healthcare, education, humanities, business and the arts.

Approximately 57 percent of all classes have fewer than 30 students, and the student/faculty ratio is 16 to 1.


Residential life

Blue Ridge

More than 4,500 of WCU’s students live on campus in Cullowhee. The campus includes 13 residence buildings, including one for graduate students and one for married students. Honors College students reside together in one of the central campus residence halls, and Greek organizations have access to a group of townhouses known as The Village.

On-campus dining options include a main cafeteria along with multiple national brand options such as Chick-Fil-A, Starbuck’s, McAlister’s Deli, Pizza Hut and others.


Tuition and Fees

Western Carolina is committed to maintaining accessibility to deserving students and works to keep costs down while providing the absolute best quality education. Undergraduate in-state tuition and fees, not including housing and dining, is $4,315. Graduate in-state student tuition and fees is $4,396.

Approximately 81 percent of WCU students receive some form of financial aid, which includes grants, loans, scholarships, and student employment.


Western Carolina University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Western Carolina.

Also, the university holds 21 special program accreditations and is a member of more than 30 state and national associations and organizations to which its professional programs are related.

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