Western Carolina University


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Western Carolina University

In-state Tuition

$3,900 / year

Out-of-state Tuition

$13,483 / year

Room and Board


Application deadline

August 1

Application fee


Educational Resources


Special Collections, Curriculum Library

  • Member of library consortia.
  • 701,832 books, serial backfiles, and other material including government documents.
  • 1,838 current serial subscriptions.
  • 187,250 microforms.
  • 10,790 Audio/Visual items.
  • 22,558 e-books.

Museums & Art

Western's Center for Applied Technologies gives students unparalleled access to state-of-the-art audio and video production studios; to advanced engineering labs for work with optoelectronics, metrology and rapid prototyping; and to business-to-business communications facilities. The Fine and Performing Arts Center offers an elegant 1,000-seat performance hall and public galleries to showcase the work of faculty, students and guest artists and to serve as a cultural destination for the region. The Mountain Heritage Center celebrates the culture of the Southern Appalachians with exhibitions, publications, education programs and demonstrations. The NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching promotes research and best practices in education and school administration. The University's Public Policy Institute involves faculty and students in seminars and discussions with decision makers at all levels of government. The Institute for the Economy and the Future promotes research, analysis and dialogue on issues of regional importance. And Western's Cherokee Center in the heartland of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee offers unique access to the language, culture and customs of Native Americans and fosters cross-cultural understanding and respect.



  • Students are required to take a computer course.
  • Students are required to own or lease a computer.
  • Recommended computer operating system: Microsoft

Campus Resources

  • 809 computers for student use in locations such as computer center/labs, residence halls, library, student center
  • 50 Internet connections in libraries.
  • 164 Internet connections in classrooms.
  • 150 Internet connections in Laboratories.
  • 7,000 Internet connections elsewhere on campus.

Student accommodations

  • Email accounts are available to all students.
  • Internet access is available to all students.
  • Student web-pages are permitted.
  • Online class registration is available.
  • 100% of college-owned hosting units are available for internet access.

Wireless Internet Hotspots

  • Wifi is available in all the libraries, in some classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, in all college-owned, operated, or affiliated housing
  • Campus wireless internet hotspots are not available.
  • Approximately 14,000 students can be on the network at once.



nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, health insurance


math, writing, study skills


minority student, career, personal, veteran student, academic, psychological, birth control


co-op education, on-campus job interviews, internships, resume assistance, career/job search classes, interest inventory, interview training

Campus Safety

24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)

Campus Life



  • The school offers housing for students.
  • 42% of students live in school housing.
  • The school will provide assistance for off-campus housing

Types of housing available

  • 14% of housing units are Singles.
  • 84% of housing units are Doubles.
  • 0% of housing units are Triples.
  • 2% of housing units are Apartments.
  • 0% of of housing units are some other type.
  • In total, there are 23 housing buildings.

Room Accessories

  • 87% of rooms are equipped with sprinkler systems.
  • 100% of rooms are equipped with fire alarms.
  • 100% are equipped with high-speed internet connections.


  • 65% of students remain on campus over the weekends, on average.
  • Alcohol is permitted on campus.
  • Popular events on campus: Valley Ballyhoo
  • Student activities: choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, literary magazine, marching band, music ensembles, musical theater, pep band, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student film society, television station, yearbook
  • In total, there are about 91 organizations on campus.
  • Honor societies: Alpha, Lambda Delta, Epsilon Sigma Pi, Honors College Student Board of Directors, Mortar Board, Inc. , Pi Gamma Mu, Psi Chi, Phi Beta Delta, Sigma Xi, National Residence Hall Honorary
  • Religious organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Catholic Campus Ministry, Divas for Jesus Ministry, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Presbyterian Student Fellowship, Baptist Student Union, WCU Inspirational Choir, Campus Rock Christian Fellowship, Latter-day Saints Student Association (LDSSA), Lutheran Campus Ministries, Pagan Student Association, Seventh Day Adventist
  • International organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Asian Students Association, Di Ga Lii, International Student Association, La Voz Latina, Organization of Ebony Students, Black Theater Ensemble, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Phi Beta Sigma, Native American Student Association, Project C. A. R. E. , Western's B. E. S. T.
  • Other organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Anthropology Club, Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Kappa Psi-Theta Tau Chapter, Alpha Phi Omega, Alpha Xi Delta, Adult Student Learners Student Organization, Association of Information Technology Professionals, Association of Nursing Students, BGLAD, Biology Club, Campus Outreach, Catamount Car Club, Catamount Communications, CHILD, Clinical Laboratory Science Club, CMENC, College Democrats, Construction Management Club, Current Issues in Action, Delta Sigma Phi, Delta Zeta, Emergency Management Club, English Club, Equestrian Club/Team, Eta Sigma Delta, Finance, Economics and International Business Club, Flute Society, Freshmen Leaders in Progress, Gadfly, Hospitality and Tourism, Humanity's Team at WCU, Institute of Management Accountants, Interfraternity Council, Interior Design Club, Japanese Animation Society, Kappa Alpha Order, Kappa Kappa Psi, Kappa Sigma, Last Minute Productions, National Panhellenic Council, NCCTM Student Affiliate Organization, NOMAD, NORML, NSSLHA, Omega Kappa Theta, Omega Zeta Theta, Order of Omega, Panhellenic Council, Phi Mu, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Sigma Phi, Physical Education Majors Club, Pi Kappa Alpha, Pre-Health Professional Club, PRSSA, Relay for Life, Resident Student Association, SAGLA, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Alpha Iota, Sigma Alpha Omega, Sigma Phi Epsilon, SkillsUSA VICA, Sociology Club, Sport Management Student Professional Association, Student Affiliate Chapter of the Mathematical Association of America, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Student Council for Exceptional Children, Student Entrepreneur's Association, Student Health Information Management Association, Student Social Work Association, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Theta Xi, Track Phi Track, Trumpet Society, Tuckasegee Valley Historical Review, TV62, W. C. U. M. U. G. , WCU Dance Society, WCU Golden Angels, WCU History Club, WCU Inline Hockey, WCU Lacrosse, WCU Psychology Club, WCU Society for Animal Welfare, WCU Women's Rugby, Western Carolina Climbing and Bouldering Club, Western Carolina College Republicans, Western Carolina University Student Physical Therapy Association, WISE Women, WWCU
  • Student papers: (Appears as submitted by school) WCnewsmagazine (bi-monthly)


  • Nearest airport(s) (distance in miles): Atlanta (156), Asheville (52)
  • Nearest train(s) (distance in miles): Atlanta (156)
  • Nearest bus-station(s) (distance in miles): Waynesville (18)
  • Public transportation serves the campus.
  • All students are permitted to have cars on campus.
  • 90% of students have a car on campus


  • School employment is available.
  • 22% of undergrads are employed with average earnings of 2,038
  • Freshman are not discouraged from working.

Greek Life

  • There are 11 fraternities
  • 11 fraternity houses
  • 7% of students are fraternity members
  • There are 9 sororities
  • 6 sorority houses
  • 8% of students are sorority members.


  • Army ROTC: Not offered
  • Navy ROTC: Not offered
  • Airforce ROTC: Not offered
  • Additional Policies

    class attendance policies set by individual instructors, honor code, hazing prohibited

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