School Overview

The following table shows the basic characteristic of Western Carolina University and directory information. You may want to visit the school's website to check application deadlines, requirements, and financial information.
Contact Information
AddressHighway 107, Cullowhee, NC 28723-9646
Admission Information
Net Price
School Category
School TypePublic, 4 years
Carnegie CategoryDoctoral/Research University
Highest Degree OfferedDoctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice

Acceptance Rate and Admission Statistics

The acceptance rate of Western Carolina University is 79.42% and the yield (also known as enrollment rate) is 17.69%. The application fees are $65 for undergraduate programs and $65 for graduate programs.
Open Admission Policy
Acceptance Rate79.42 %
Yield (Enrollment Rate)17.69 %
Undergraduate Application Fees$65
Graduate Application Fees$65

Tuition & Fees

Western Carolina's 2023 tuition & fees is $4,453 for North Carolina residents and $8,453 for out-of-students. The undergraduate tuition increased by 1.03% compared to the last year's rate based on out-of-state rate ($8,367).
For graduate programs, its 2023 tuition & fees is $7,566 for North Carolina residents and $17,973 for out-of-students. The graduate tuition increased by 0.48% compared to the last year's rate.
North Carolina ResidentsOut-of-State
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees$4,453$8,453
Graduate Tuition & Fees$7,566$17,973
*Data Source: 2022-2023 Tuition & Fees - National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Student Population

A total of 11,877 students have enrolled for academic year 2021-2022. Among them, 2,820 students have enrolled online exclusively to earn their degrees. Western Carolina has 10,145 undergraduate students and the graduate school has 1,732 students. You can check student population by gender, age, race/ethnicity, attending status, and online learning.
Total Students11,877
Undergraduate Students10,145
Graduate Students1,732
Online Enrollment2,820

Degree Information and Campus Life

Western Carolina offers 118 programs including both undergraduate and graduate programs. 24 out of the 118 programs are offerd via distace learning (online programs).
The following tables summarizes the offered programs, on-campus services, and special learning opportunities offered by Western Carolina
Offered DegreesOn-Campus ServiceLearning opportunities
Number of programs118 Programs
Number of online programs24 Programs
Offered Degrees/ProgramsBachelor's
Post-Bachelor Certificate
Post-Master Certificate
Doctorate (Research)
Doctorate (Professional Practice)
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students
Distance Learning (online classes)
Study Abroad
Weekend/Evening College
Teacher Certification