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Western Carolina University

Overview
Type of school: Public institution
Year founded: 1889
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 7,146
Environment: Rural
Endowment: $29,317,141
Admissions Address


Cullowhee, NC 28723

Website

http://www.wcu.edu

Admissions E-mail

admiss@email.wcu.edu


 

QuickFacts
Selectivity: Less Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.3
Send application by: August 1
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Alan Kines
Admissions office telephone: (828) 227-7317
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: August 1
Decision sent by: Other
Accept offer by: August 1
Early decision
Not offered
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $40
Is the fee refundable? Yes
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? No
Can admission be deferred? No
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
 
http://admissions.wcu.edu/apply.html Tuition deposit: $100 (Refundable by June 1)
Room deposit: $100 (Refundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 3 3
Science 3 3
Lab 3 3
Foreign language 2 2
Social studies 2 2
History 1 1
Academic electives 5 7
Total academic units 20 24

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
 
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: Not available
 
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: July 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: N/A
 
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
 
Class rank: Important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Considered
Recommendation: Considered
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Very important
Character/personal qualities: Very important
First generation: Not considered
Alumni/ae relation: Not considered
Geographical residence: Not considered
State residency: Important
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Not considered
Volunteer work: Important
Work experience: Important
Level of applicant's interest: Important
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Less Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 77%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 77%
Total applicants: 4,830
Total acceptances: 3,705
Total freshman enrollment: 1,568
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: N/A
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision is not available for graphing.

 
Male applicants: 2,343
Male acceptances: 1,756
Male freshman enrollment: 780
 
Female applicants: 2,487
Female acceptances: 1,949
Female freshman enrollment: 788
Out-of-state freshmen: 6%
 
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: N/A
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: N/A
Students enrolled from waiting list: N/A

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 8%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 28%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 62%
 
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 97%
Average high school GPA: 3.3
 
First-year students submitting GPA: 100%
 
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 95%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 450 – 550
Math: 460 – 560
Combined: 910 – 1110

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 1.0% 1.0%
600-699 12.0% 14.0%
500-599 39.0% 45.0%
400-499 44.0% 38.0%
300-399 4.0% 2.0%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%

 
First-year students submitting ACT scores: 18%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 15 – 21
Math: 17 – 22
Composite: 17 – 21

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 1.1% 1.4% 1.1%
24-29 11.7% 10.5% 17.0%
18-23 63.8% 46.2% 49.5%
12-17 23.4% 38.6% 32.5%
6-11 0.0% 3.3% 0.0%
Below 6 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%

 

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