Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC

School Background

2022 Undergraduate Enrollment: 9,980
Graduate Enrollment: 1,732
Doctoral/Professional Universities
Highest degree awarded: Graduate
Religious Affiliation: None

Campus Details

Town: Distant (in urban cluster more than 10 miles and up to 35 miles from an urbanized area)
Four-year, large, primarily residential // full-time, selective, higher transfer-in

Applicant and Admittance Traits

2022 Admission Rate: 79.42%

Male/Female: 43% / 57% (2017)

First generation college students: 32.9% (2017)
Percentage of students who are married when enrolled: 9.0% (2017)
Percentage of students who are veterans: 0.2% (2017)

Test scores for admission: Considered but not required
2022 Median Admit SAT: 1,125
SAT 25th Percentile - 75th: 1060 - 1230

2022 Median Admit ACT: 22
ACT 25th Percentile - 75th: 19 - 25

Appliants applying to 2+ schools: 49.6% (2017)
Appliants applying to 3+ schools: 29.7% (2017)
Appliants applying to 4+ schools: 19.1% (2017)
Appliants applying to 5+ schools: 12.1% (2017)

Ethnicity Information

White: 77.5%
Black: 5.9%
Hispanic: 7.8%
Asian: 1.3%
American Indian/Alaska Native: 1.0%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.1%
2+ races: 3.4%
Non-resident alien: 1.6%
Unknown race: 1.6%

Costs & Fees

2022 Average Tuition & Fees (Room/Board/Books): $18,634
In-State tuition: $4,367
Out-of-State tuition: $8,367

Estimated books and supplies: $621 (2022)
Estimated on-campus room & board: $11,097 (2022)
Estimated on-campus other fees: $2,933 (2022)

Estimated off-campus room & board: $11,428 (2022)
Estimated off-campus other fees: $2,933 (2022)

Average Family Income: $67,443 (2017)
Median Family Income: $46,182 (2017)

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Percentage of students receiving Pell Grant: 34.5%
Percentage of students with Federal Loans: 48.6%

Median federal loan debt at graduation: $21,868 (2021)
Median federal loan payment: $232 (2021)

Household Income Net Cost
0-$30k $8,951
$30k-48k $11,422
$48k-75k $14,153
$75k-110k $16,890
$110k+ $18,128

Graduate Outcomes & Job Placements

4-year graduation rate: 43%
6-year graduation rate: 61%

1 year post-graduation workforce participation: 96.5% (2020)

Loans

Median federal debt for graduates: $21,868 (2021)
Median federal debt for non-graduates: $8,750 (2021)

Median federal debt for first-generation graduates: $15,864 (2021)
Median federal debt for Pell grant recipient graduates: $16,500 (2021)

Ability to Repay Loans

Graduates, % of Loans in Repayment
(Non-delinquent/default)
Percentage
@1 Year 62.0% (2015)
@3 year 68.7% (2017)
@5 year 72.7% (2017)


1-year Graduate % of Loans being Repaid (Non-delinquent/default) - Pell Grant Recipients: 48.3% (2015)
1-year Graduate % of Loans being Repaid - 1st Generation Attendees: 50.1% (2015)

Earnings Power

Median earnings, 1 year post graduation: $37,398 (2020)
Median earnings, 4 years post graduation: $44,429 (2020)

Popular Majors

Type of Degree Major 2022 Graduates Median Federal Debt Median Monthly Payment 1yr Median Earnings (monthly gross) 4yr Median Earnings (monthly gross)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Educational Administration and Supervision. 17
Master's Degree Chemistry. 4
Bachelor's Degree Natural Resources Conservation and Research. 11 $22,537 ($1,878) $34,105 ($2,842)
Bachelor's Degree Natural Resources Management and Policy. 16 $21,962 $196 $39,058 ($3,255) $39,771 ($3,314)
Bachelor's Degree Communication and Media Studies. 41 $18,500 $198 $25,552 ($2,129) $44,979 ($3,748)
Bachelor's Degree Radio, Television, and Digital Communication. 12 $25,000 $265 $32,097 ($2,675)
Bachelor's Degree Computer Science. 25 $27,000 $286 $33,110 ($2,759)
Master's Degree Education, General. 25 $252 $43,240 ($3,603) $46,544 ($3,879)
Master's Degree Educational Administration and Supervision. 43 $187 $60,551 ($5,046) $59,679 ($4,973)
Doctoral Degree Educational Administration and Supervision. 6
Bachelor's Degree Special Education and Teaching. 17 $20,485 $217 $37,383 ($3,115) $40,704 ($3,392)
Master's Degree Student Counseling and Personnel Services. 41 $466 $39,138 ($3,262) $45,757 ($3,813)
Bachelor's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods. 150 $24,714 $253 $36,517 ($3,043) $39,561 ($3,297)
Master's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods. 24
Bachelor's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas. 40 $25,500 $264 $37,608 ($3,134) $41,076 ($3,423)
Bachelor's Degree Engineering, General. 28 $25,550 $271 $61,083 ($5,090)
Bachelor's Degree Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. 19 $31,000 $329
Bachelor's Degree Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences. 12
Bachelor's Degree Engineering Technology, General. 62 $25,250 $268 $59,115 ($4,926) $67,301 ($5,608)
Bachelor's Degree Electrical Engineering Technologies/Technicians. 16 $23,154 $238 $59,317 ($4,943)
Master's Degree Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians. 9
Bachelor's Degree Construction Engineering Technologies. 23 $27,000 $276 $60,973 ($5,081) $76,573 ($6,381)
Master's Degree Construction Engineering Technologies. 11
Bachelor's Degree Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 23 $23,250 $246 $32,155 ($2,680) $40,330 ($3,361)
Bachelor's Degree English Language and Literature, General. 32 $25,000 $265 $27,445 ($2,287) $35,970 ($2,998)
Master's Degree English Language and Literature, General. 13
Bachelor's Degree Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities. 17 $26,000 $274
Bachelor's Degree Public Health. 21 $26,343 $286 $38,334 ($3,195) $44,528 ($3,711)
Bachelor's Degree Biology, General. 103 $26,037 $267 $26,385 ($2,199) $43,110 ($3,593)
Master's Degree Biology, General. 10
Bachelor's Degree Mathematics. 22 $27,000 $276 $37,809 ($3,151)
Bachelor's Degree International/Global Studies. 7
Bachelor's Degree Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management. 37 $22,252 $227 $23,684 ($1,974) $33,350 ($2,779)
Bachelor's Degree Health and Physical Education/Fitness. 28 $25,000 $258 $33,978 ($2,832) $36,053 ($3,004)
Master's Degree Health and Physical Education/Fitness. 20 $44,261 ($3,688)
Bachelor's Degree Philosophy. 8 $36,840 ($3,070)
Bachelor's Degree Chemistry. 41 $20,824 $208 $33,056 ($2,755)
Bachelor's Degree Psychology, General. 110 $23,250 $231 $23,802 ($1,984) $32,439 ($2,703)
Master's Degree Psychology, General. 11 $34,675 ($2,890)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology. 6
Bachelor's Degree Criminal Justice and Corrections. 125 $21,461 $227 $37,862 ($3,155) $46,331 ($3,861)
Bachelor's Degree Public Administration. 37 $18,375 $183 $50,204 ($4,184) $58,649 ($4,887)
Master's Degree Public Administration. 14 $296 $46,442 ($3,870) $57,198 ($4,767)
Bachelor's Degree Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions. 35 $24,000 $246 $30,595 ($2,550) $44,773 ($3,731)
Bachelor's Degree Social Work. 69 $25,857 $263 $30,452 ($2,538) $39,978 ($3,332)
Master's Degree Social Work. 43 $294 $44,449 ($3,704) $50,735 ($4,228)
Bachelor's Degree Anthropology. 42 $22,595 $220 $22,768 ($1,897) $38,932 ($3,244)
Bachelor's Degree Political Science and Government. 23 $25,000 $239 $29,915 ($2,493) $42,254 ($3,521)
Bachelor's Degree Sociology. 35 $23,250 $246 $20,085 ($1,674) $40,864 ($3,405)
Bachelor's Degree Design and Applied Arts. 19 $29,911 $317 $35,901 ($2,992) $43,753 ($3,646)
Bachelor's Degree Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft. 31 $26,000 $262 $20,699 ($1,725) $28,148 ($2,346)
Graduate/Professional Certificate Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. 2
Bachelor's Degree Fine and Studio Arts. 33 $26,000 $267 $19,271 ($1,606) $30,964 ($2,580)
Master's Degree Fine and Studio Arts. 4
Bachelor's Degree Music. 27 $27,000 $276 $23,500 ($1,958) $41,120 ($3,427)
Bachelor's Degree Communication Disorders Sciences and Services. 50 $21,287 $221 $24,382 ($2,032) $41,863 ($3,489)
Master's Degree Communication Disorders Sciences and Services. 28 $466 $50,289 ($4,191) $53,202 ($4,434)
Master's Degree Health and Medical Administrative Services. 32 $162 $46,316 ($3,860) $53,245 ($4,437)
Bachelor's Degree Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions. 70 $23,835 $266 $49,221 ($4,102) $47,130 ($3,928)
First Professional Degree Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions. 30
Bachelor's Degree Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services. 23 $24,905 $254 $17,720 ($1,477) $39,640 ($3,303)
Bachelor's Degree Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. 192 $23,163 $186 $61,775 ($5,148) $65,830 ($5,486)
Master's Degree Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. 78 $419 $103,636 ($8,636) $110,705 ($9,225)
First Professional Degree Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. 6
Bachelor's Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 200 $23,495 $231 $38,582 ($3,215) $44,964 ($3,747)
Master's Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 60 $320 $71,384 ($5,949) $74,022 ($6,169)
Bachelor's Degree Accounting and Related Services. 40 $20,000 $206 $45,218 ($3,768) $51,846 ($4,321)
Master's Degree Accounting and Related Services. 22 $255 $55,319 ($4,610) $62,848 ($5,237)
Bachelor's Degree Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations. 20
Bachelor's Degree Finance and Financial Management Services. 75 $23,625 $234 $39,439 ($3,287) $51,753 ($4,313)
Bachelor's Degree Hospitality Administration/Management. 37 $26,000 $272 $29,657 ($2,471) $42,036 ($3,503)
Master's Degree Human Resources Management and Services. 48 $260 $56,917 ($4,743) $71,945 ($5,995)
Bachelor's Degree Management Information Systems and Services. 26 $23,000 $236 $42,697 ($3,558) $60,008 ($5,001)
Bachelor's Degree Marketing. 136 $23,508 $243 $34,047 ($2,837) $51,579 ($4,298)
Master's Degree Marketing. 11
Bachelor's Degree History. 22 $24,004 $252 $24,768 ($2,064) $42,612 ($3,551)
Master's Degree History. 4


Campus Resources

Average faculty salary: $70,830
Full time faculty: 74%

Undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio: 15.0

School's endowment start of year: $90,606,569 (2022)
School's endowment end of year: $124,318,482 (2022)