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 Western Carolina University

Western Carolina University - Cullowhee, NC

Highway 107, Cullowhee, North Carolina 28723-9646

General information:(828)227-7100
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Type:4-Year,Public
Awards offered:Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:Town: Distant
Campus housing:Yes
Student population:9,352(7,627 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:16 to 1
Admissions
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Financial Aid
Net Price Calculator
Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Distance learning opportunities
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for student's children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Detailed Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
Tuition and fees
In-state $4,330 $5,124 $5,387 -5%
Out-of-state $13,927 $14,721 $14,984 -2%
Books and supplies $2,006 $2,006 $2,024 -1%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board $5,982 $6,370 $6,650 -4%
Other $2,152 $2,607 $2,686 -3%
Off Campus
Room and board $7,962 $8,655 $9,253 -7%
Other $4,327 $3,329 $3,430 -3%
Off Campus with Family
Other $2,152 $2,607 $2,686 -3%
Total Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
In-state
On Campus $14,470 $16,107 $16,747 0%
Off Campus $18,625 $19,114 $20,094 -5%
Off Campus with Family $8,488 $9,737 $10,097 -10%
Out-of-state
On Campus $24,067 $25,704 $26,344 -4%
Off Campus $28,222 $28,711 $29,691 -3%
Off Campus with Family $18,085 $19,334 $19,694 0%
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $2,998
In-state fees $2,389
Out-of-state tuition $12,595
Out-of-state fees $2,389
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of Plan Offered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment plan
Other alternative tuition plan
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $3,348
In-state fee $2,389
Out-of-state tuition $12,933
Out-of-state fees $2,389
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2010-2011
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Any student financial aid 1,195 84% --
Grant or scholarship aid 1,000 70% $6,820,422 $6,820
Federal grants 583 41% $2,762,661 $4,739
Pell grants 580 41% $2,388,952 $4,119
Other federal grants 483 34% $373,709 $774
State/local government grant or scholarships 783 55% $2,607,849 $3,331
Institutional grants or scholarships 911 64% $1,449,912 $1,592
Student loan aid 928 65% $5,005,862 $5,394
Federal student loans 889 62% $4,480,380 $5,040
Other student loans 96 7% $525,482 $5,474
All Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid1 4,929 66% $30,397,583 $6,167
Pell grants 2,763 37% $11,294,090 $4,088
Federal student loans 4,037 54% $24,385,734 $6,041

AVERAGE NET PRICE FOR FULL-TIME BEGINNING STUDENTS

Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2008-20092009-20102010-2011
Average net price $7,558 $8,057 $9,128
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011
$0 - $30,000 $2,230 $3,737 $5,750
$30,001 - $48,000 $4,736 $5,322 $6,947
$48,001 - $75,000 $9,129 $9,471 $10,260
$75,001 - $110,000 $12,701 $13,110 $14,212
$110,001 and more $13,509 $14,237 $15,619

• Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

• Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same total cost of attendance minus grant aid.

NET PRICE CALCULATOR

• An institution's net price calculator allows current and prospective students, families, and other consumers to estimate the net price of attending that institution for a particular student.

Fall 2011
Total enrollment 9,352
Undergraduate enrollment 7,627
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment 784
Graduate enrollment 1,725
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT GENDER
UNDERGRADUATE RACE/ETHNICITY
GRADUATE ATTENDANCE STATUS

Undergraduate application fee (2012-2013):$50

Graduate application fee (2011-2012):$50

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2012

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 14,979 6,173 8,806
Percent admitted 39% 40% 38%
Percent admitted who enrolled 40% 11% 9%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPA X
Secondary school rank X
Secondary school record X
Completion of college-preparatory program X
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language) X
Recommendations
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Test scores:Fall 2011(enrolled first-time students)

Students submitting scores Number Percent
SAT 1377 96%
ACT 286 20%.
Test Scores 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile**
SAT Critical Reading 470 560
SAT Math 480 570
SAT Writing 440 530
ACT Composite 19 24
ACT English 18 24
ACT Math 18 24
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Returned in Fall 2011

Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 62 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2011.

2011-2012 VARSITY ATHLETES

NCAA Division I-AAMenWomen
All Track Combined 9397
Baseball 32-
Basketball 1215
Football 98-
Golf 87
Soccer -33
Softball -17
Tennis -8
Volleyball -13

INSTITUTIONAL ACCREDITATION

AGENCYPERIODS OF ACCREDITATIONSTATUS
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges01/01/1946 Accredited

SPECIALIZED ACCREDITATION

AGENCY/PROGRAMPERIODS OF ACCREDITATIONSTATUS
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics

Didactic Program in Dietetics

12/01/1977 Accredited
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

Physical Therapy (PTA) - Professional programs for the physical therapist

05/06/1998 Accredited
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-Language Pathology (SP) - Graduate degree programs

08/01/1992 Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels

04/20/2002 Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels

04/20/2002 Accredited
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the certificate, master's, or doctoral degree level

10/14/2006 Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation

Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs

04/01/2011 Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation

Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

09/01/1984 Accredited
National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation

Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

03/01/2006 Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

01/01/1954 Accredited

2011 CRIME STATISTICS

ARRESTS-ON-CAMPUS200920102011
Illegal weapons possession033
Drug law violations2034 31
Liquor law violations135955
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Illegal weapons possession 001
Drug law violations 122618
Liquor law violations 42721
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 000
Negligent manslaughter 000
Sex offenses - Forcible 353
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 000
Aggravated assault 131
Burglary 283823
Motor vehicle theft 200
Arson 000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 000
Negligent manslaughter 000
Sex offenses - Forcible 153
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 000
Aggravated assault 100
Burglary 262720
Motor vehicle theft 000
Arson 000
• (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
• The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
• These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.

THREE-YEAR OFFICIAL COHORT DEFAULT RATES

FISCAL YEAR2009
Default Rate6%
Number in default98
Number in repayment1,617

• For further information on default rates please visit the Cohort Default Rate Home Page. This school's six-digit OPE ID is 00298100

Aid Programs

• Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL)

• Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)

COMPLETIONS(NUMBER OF AWARDS CONFERRED)

Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.

PROGRAMBachelor's degree Master's degree Post-master's certificate Doctor's degree - research/scholarship Postbaccalaureate certificate Doctor's degree - professional practice
Biological And Biomedical Sciences Colleges
Biology/Biological Sciences, General358----
Category total358----
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services Colleges
Accounting3426----
Business Administration and Management, General5136----
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other-52----
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies23-----
Finance, General19-----
Hospitality Administration/Management, General30-----
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General-39----
International Business/Trade/Commerce3-----
Management Information Systems, General25-----
Marketing, Other1920----
Marketing/Marketing Management, General33-----
Category total237173----
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs Colleges
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other10-----
Speech Communication and Rhetoric40-----
Category total50-----
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services Colleges
Computer Science7-----
Category total7-----
Education Colleges
Art Teacher Education6-----
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services-30----
Community College Education-12----
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-16----
Education, General-49----
Education, Other-2----
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-45114--
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision-49----
Elementary Education and Teaching80-----
English/Language Arts Teacher Education121----
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching144---0-
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching29-----
Mathematics Teacher Education41----
Music Teacher Education80----
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching16-----
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education4-----
Social Studies Teacher Education15-----
Spanish Language Teacher Education1-----
Special Education and Teaching, General12-----
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Oth-55----
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor-3----
Category total3312631140-
Engineering Colleges
Electrical and Electronics Engineering2-----
Category total2-----
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields Colleges
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician7414----
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician12-----
Engineering Technology, General40-----
Industrial Technology/Technician-8----
Category total12622----
English Language and Literature Letters Colleges
English Language and Literature, General3413----
Category total3413----
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Colleges
French Language and Literature0-----
German Language and Literature2-----
Spanish Language and Literature16-----
Category total18-----
Health Professions and Related Programs Colleges
Athletic Training/Trainer6-----
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General2124----
Dietetics/Dietitian25-----
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)13-----
Environmental Health16-----
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing--0---
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator17-----
Health/Health Care Administration/Management036----
Physical Therapy/Therapist-25---0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse13632----
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy25-----
Category total2591170--0
History Colleges
History, General329----
Category total329----
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services Colleges
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies103-----
Forensic Science and Technology1-----
Category total104-----
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities Colleges
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies0-----
Category total0-----
Mathematics and Statistics Colleges
Applied Mathematics, General-4----
Mathematics, General13-----
Category total134----
Multi Interdisciplinary Studies Colleges
International/Global Studies1-----
Science, Technology and Society-0----
Category total10----
Natural Resources and Conservation Colleges
Environmental Science6-----
Natural Resources Management and Policy12-----
Category total18-----
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies Colleges
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General18-----
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management290----
Category total470----
Philosophy and Religious Studies Colleges
Philosophy15-----
Category total15-----
Physical Sciences Colleges
Chemistry, General175----
Forensic Chemistry10-----
Geology/Earth Science, General7-----
Category total345----
Psychology Colleges
Psychology, General549----
School Psychology-04---
Category total5494---
Public Administration and Social Service Professions Colleges
Public Administration2919----
Social Work3721----
Category total6640----
Social Sciences Colleges
Anthropology32-----
Geography0-----
Political Science and Government, General27-----
Sociology22-----
Category total81-----
Visual and Performing Arts Colleges
Art/Art Studies, General6-----
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General12-----
Fine/Studio Arts, General294----
Interior Design23-----
Music Performance, General114----
Music, General9-----
Category total908----
Grand total165467151400