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Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC
#37

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A public institution founded in 1889, Western Carolina University is located on a 682-acre campus in rural Cullowhee, N.C. The school offers degrees through colleges of business, arts and sciences, education, allied professions, fine and performing arts and health and human services. Western Carolina University also offers degrees through the Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology. In the past decade, the school has opened a new student recreation center, dining hall and two dormitories, and is constructing a new health and gerontological science building.

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Quick Facts


Cullowhee, NC 28723

2014-2015 Tuition

$16,924 Tuition and Fees

Students

8448 undergraduate students
45% male / 55% female

Admission

March 1 application deadline
38.8% accepted

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Summary


School Details

Institutional Control: public
Year Founded: 1889

Programs Offered

bachelor's degree, doctorate, master's degree, post-bachelor's certificate, post-master's certificate

Majors Offered

Computer Science, Special Education and Teaching, General, Elementary Education and Teaching, Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching, Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching, Art Teacher Education, English/Language Arts Teacher Education, Mathematics Teacher Education, Music Teacher Education, Physical Education Teaching and Coaching, Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education, Social Studies Teacher Education, Engineering, General, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Engineering Technology, General, Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician, Construction Engineering Technology/Technician, German Language and Literature, French Language and Literature, Spanish Language and Literature, English Language and Literature, General, Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies, Biology/Biological Sciences, General, Mathematics, General, Environmental Science, Natural Resources Management and Policy, International/Global Studies, Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General, Sport and Fitness Administration/Management, Philosophy, Chemistry, General, Geology/Earth Science, General, Psychology, General, Criminal Justice/Safety Studies, Public Administration, Social Work, Anthropology, Geography, Political Science and Government, General, Sociology, Interior Design, Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General, Art/Art Studies, General, Fine/Studio Arts, General, Music, General, Music Performance, General, Communication Sciences and Disorders, General, Health/Health Care Administration/Management, Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator, Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic), Athletic Training/Trainer, Environmental Health, Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy, Dietetics/Dietitian, Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse, Business Administration and Management, General, Accounting, Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies, Finance, General, Hospitality Administration/Management, General, Management Information Systems, General, Marketing/Marketing Management, General, Marketing, Other, History, General, Speech Communication and Rhetoric, Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other

Minors Offered

Computer Science, English/Language Arts Teacher Education, Construction Engineering Technology/Technician, Spanish Language and Literature, Creative Writing, Literature, Biology/Biological Sciences, General, Mathematics, General, Natural Resources Management and Policy, Land Use Planning and Management/Development, International/Global Studies, Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General, Sport and Fitness Administration/Management, Philosophy, Religion/Religious Studies, Physics, Criminal Justice/Safety Studies, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Public Administration, Social Work, Anthropology, Anthropology, Economics, Political Science and Government, General, Sociology, Japanese Studies, American Indian/Native American Studies, Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Dance, General, Film/Cinema/Video Studies, Art/Art Studies, General, Music, General, Communication Sciences and Disorders, General, Health/Health Care Administration/Management, Environmental Health, Business Administration and Management, General, Accounting, Banking and Financial Support Services, Hospitality Administration/Management, General, Management Information Systems, General, Marketing/Marketing Management, General, Marketing, Other, History, General, Journalism, Radio, Television, and Digital Communication

General Student Body Information

Total number of undergraduates: 8,448
Total number of degree-seeking full-time undergraduates: 7,045
Total number of degree-seeking part-time undergraduates: 1,193
Percent of male undergraduates: 45%
Percent of female undergraduates: 55%

Student Services

Basic services offered: nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, health insurance
Counseling services offered: academic, birth control, career, international students, minority student, military, older student, personal, psychological, religious, veteran student
Campus safety and security services offered: 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols; Late night transport/escort service; 24-hour emergency telephones; Lighted pathways/sidewalks; Controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)

Activities

Student activities offered: campus ministries, choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/theater, international student organization, jazz band, literary magazine, marching band, model UN, music ensembles, musical theater, pep band, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student film society, television station

Sports

Intercollegiate varsity scholarship sports offered for men: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, track and field (indoor), track and field (outdoor)
Intercollegiate varsity scholarship sports offered for women: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field (indoor), track and field (outdoor), volleyball

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Crime Statistics

Criminal Offences - On-Campus1 2010 2011 2012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Sex offenses - Forcible 5 3 4
Sex offenses - non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 1
Aggravated assault 3 1 0
Burglary 38 23 9
Motor vehicle theft 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0
Criminal Offences - On-Campus Student Housing Facility2 2010 2011 2012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Sex offenses - Forcible 5 3 4
Sex offenses - non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0
Aggravated assault 0 0 0
Burglary 27 20 9
Motor vehicle theft 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0
Criminal Offences - Noncampus Building or Property3 2010 2011 2012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Negligent manslaughter 0 0 0
Sex offenses - Forcible 0 0 0
Sex offenses - non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 0 0 0
Robbery 0 1 0
Aggravated assault 0 0 0
Burglary 0 0 0
Motor vehicle theft 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0
Arrests - On-Campus1 2010 2011 2012
Illegal weapons possession 3 3 1
Drug law violations 34 31 11
Liquor law violations 59 55 30
Arrests - On-Campus Student Housing Facility2 2010 2011 2012
Illegal weapons possession 0 1 1
Drug law violations 26 18 4
Liquor law violations 27 21 25
Arrests - Noncampus Building or Property3 2010 2011 2012
Illegal weapons possession 0 0 0
Drug law violations 2 1 2
Liquor law violations 4 13 9

Comments



1On-Campus: (1) Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution's educational purposes, including residence halls; and (2) Any building or property that is within or reasonably contiguous to paragraph (1) of this definition, that is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is frequently used by students, and supports institutional purposes (such as a food or other retail vendor).
2On-Campus Student Housing Facility: Any student housing facility that is owned or controlled by the institution, or is located on property that is owned or controlled by the institution, and is within the reasonably contiguous geographic area that makes up the campus is considered an on-campus student housing facility.
3Noncampus Building or Property: (1) Any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (2) Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution's educational purposes, is frequently used by students and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.


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