Western Carolina University (WCU)

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Western Carolina University can be found in Cullowhee, NC, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Approximately 10,000 students are enrolled at WCU.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this institution. Scores between 1380 (25th percentile) to 1660 (75th percentile) on the SAT and in the range of 20 (25th percentile) to 24 (75th percentile) on the ACT is common among applicants that get into Western Carolina University. We were able to estimate the Western Carolina University (WCU) average GPA (3.06 - 3.33) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. 38% of all students that apply are accepted to Western Carolina University, from which 27% choose to enroll. When applying historical data, we have projected that the Western Carolina University (WCU) acceptance rate 2015 will be around 40%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at wcu.edu.

Overall Western Carolina University (WCU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2012

37.7%

The overall acceptance rate for Western Carolina University was reported as 37.7% in Fall 2012 with over 15,200 applications submitted to WCU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • WCU SAT Scores: 1380 - 1660
  • WCU ACT Scores: 20 - 24
  • WCU Average GPA: 3.06 - 3.33

How Hard Is It to Get into Western Carolina University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into WCU, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Western Carolina University has been on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2008-2009: 51.1%
  • 2009-2010: 44.1%
  • 2010-2011: 38.8%
  • 2011-2012: 38.7%
  • 2012-2013: 37.7%
  • Projected WCU Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 39.9%

How Does Western Carolina University (WCU) Compare?

37.7%
This School
55.5%
National Avg

The acceptance rate for WCU is forty-seven percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of South Carolina-Upstate64.2%
East Tennessee State University86.5%
Appalachian State University63.2%
Winthrop University72.3%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2012)

TotalMaleFemale
Applicants15,23141.1%58.9%
Admitted5,73642.3%57.7%
Enrolled1,55845.0%55.0%

Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Western Carolina University (WCU) (Fall 2012)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading460 - 560
Math480 - 570
Writing440 - 530
Total Score1380 - 1660
ACT®Score Range
English19 - 24
Math19 - 25
Composite Score20 - 24
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