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Western Carolina University, Cullowhee NC

Also see: Asheville Area Colleges & Universities | University of Asheville | Warren Wilson College | Learning Vacation & Workshops

Western Carolina University was founded in 1889 to bring higher education and career opportunities to the western region of North Carolina. A member of the University of North Carolina system, WCU now provides an education to more than 9,000 students from 38 states and 32 countries. The university is located in the small town of Cullowhee (near Sylva and Franklin), about 52 miles west of Asheville.

The university’s mission is focused on quality education and preparation for responsible citizenship in a changing world. Since its founding, WCU has grown in size to become a major cultural, scientific, and educational force in the region and the state—and still growing. Download a PDF map of the WCU campus.

Community Events
The $30 million Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University is an exciting cultural arts and art education destination for Western North Carolina and the surrounding region. Set in a beautiful valley between the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains, the center combines state-of-the-art educational opportunities for students and instructors with a fresh and inspiring venue for world-class performers and artists. Join us for a full season of events. See their website for upcoming performances.

The Fine Art Museum includes nearly 10,000 feet of exhibit space featuring a growing permanent collection, an exciting schedule of contemporary art and fine crafts, and related interdisciplinary education programs. See their website for current exhibitions.

The Mountain Heritage Day, held in late September, is an old-fashioned mountain fair showcasing Southern Appalachian folk arts at Western Carolina University.

The Hard Candy Christmas Art & Craft Show features more than 100 mountain artisans display their wares in the Ramsey Center arena at Western Carolina University on the last weekend of November.

More About WCU
Their academic programs span more than 120 specialties—including the nation’s highest-ranked entrepreneurship and project management programs, a national award-winning teacher education program, a criminal justice program used as a model for North Carolina’s accreditation program, and the nation’s first accredited four-year emergency medical care program.

Their distinguished faculty includes national award-winning authors, nationally and internationally recognized experts, and winners of Emmy, O. Henry, and National Endowment for the Arts awards—to name a few.

Also, the university holds 21 special program accreditations and is a member of more than 30 state and national associations and organizations to which its professional programs are related.

The Western Carolina Unversity Catamount Football games are tons of fun. What could be better than tailgating and football on a crisp autumn day. For more on the Catamount Athletic program, go to their website.

Western Carolina University's Millennial Initiative will double the size of the campus with a comprehensive regional economic development strategy made possible by the recent acquisition of 344 acres of property adjacent to the main campus.

Fast Facts about Western Carolina Unveristy

Founded: 1889

Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina, near the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains, fifty-two miles west of Asheville.

Character: A coeducational residential public university within the University of North Carolina system.

Enrollment: 9,056 students from the United States and from Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. Student body is 56% female and 44% male.

Academic Programs: Approximately 170 majors and concentrations for undergraduates in addition to more than 60 graduate-level programs of study.

Campus: 600-acre campus (approximately).

Calendar: Two semesters (August to December and January to May) and multiple summer sessions.

Residence Halls: Twelve residence buildings -- including one for graduate students and one for married students. Special accommodations include an honors residence hall; The Village, home to WCU's residential Greek organizations; and a "Faculty in Residence" Program. Freshmen are required to live on campus. Find out more about residence buildings, and other residential living matters.

Library: Hunter Library, the largest in Western North Carolina, contains 702,000 books and bound periodicals, 1,513,000 microfilm units, 23,000 e-books, and 3,330 current serial subscriptions. Interlibrary loan and computer databases offer unlimited resources.

Costs: Costs of attending WCU are discussed on the tuition & fees page.

Financial Aid: 74% of students receive some form of financial aid, which includes grants, loans, scholarships, and student employment. Further information is available from the Office of Financial Aid.

Faculty: About 457 full-time faculty members; 73 percent hold doctoral or terminal degrees.

Honors College: WCU's residential Honors College provides an intellectually inviting atmosphere, offering greater academic challenge and enrichment for outstanding students. More than 1,300 students are currently enrolled in the college's programs, making The Honors College one of the largest in the country.

Class Size: 82 percent of all classes have fewer than 30 students; the average class size is 19; the student/faculty ratio is 13 to 1.

For more, go to www.wcu.edu.

 
     
     

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