Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC 28723
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Western Carolina University (WCU) is a public university in Cullowhee, North Carolina. It is part of the University of North Carolina, which operates a total of ten campuses. It was established in 1889 and is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the University of North Carolina system. The university was originally founded to teach students living in the mountains of western North Carolina. It now serves students from 48 states and over 35 countries. Annual enrollment exceeds 11,000 students. The university is in Jackson County, in the valley of the Tuckasegee River, which is about 52 miles west of Asheville and near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Nursing programs are taught at the WCU School of Nursing. CCNE-accredited programs at WCU include traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, RN to BSN, and MSN programs. Students enrolled in the traditional BSN program complete their liberal arts education during their freshman and sophomore years before starting their nursing curriculum. During the last two years, students also complete clinical experiences at healthcare agencies located throughout the western North Carolina region. The accelerated BSN program is designed for working nurses and includes both online courses and traditional classroom learning. This program should be completed in just four semesters.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleDistant Town
Number of Students11,034
Student to Faculty Ratio17:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate79%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 0 0
Master's degree 0 0
Postbaccalaureate certificate 0 0
Doctor's degree - professional practice 0 0
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 97.9%

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1946 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/20/2002 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/20/2002 - Current
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Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1020 to 1200
ACT19 to 24
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Considered but not required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $65
Graduates $65

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$277/credit
In State Students$277/credit
Out of State Students$676/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$404/credit
In State Students$404/credit
Out of State Students$1,187/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $12,465 $12,465 $30,420
ADN 70 $19,390 $19,390 $47,320
BSN 125 $34,625 $34,625 $84,500
FNP 50 $20,200 $20,200 $59,350
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 86% of Western Carolina University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 42% $4,343
Other Federal Grant 6% $1,009
State Grant & Scholarships 42% $2,968
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 68% $2,226
Federal Student Loans 67% $5,732
Private Loans 3% $11,353


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$10,670
$30,001 to $48,000$12,550
$48,001 to $75,000$16,474
$75,001 to $110,000$18,970
Over $110,000$20,093

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and North Carolina state board of nursing.
Western Carolina University
Highway 107
Cullowhee, NC 28723

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