Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC 28723

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.


Campus LocaleTown: Distant
Student to Faculty Ratio17:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate80%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. MSN
  3. RN to BSN
  4. Accelerated BSN

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 191
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 55
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Post-master's certificate 1
Nursing Practice Doctor's degree - professional practice 5

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Western Carolina University

Clemson University
47.97 miles away
Blount Memorial Hospital
53.33 miles away
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
61.13 miles away
Tennessee Technology Center at Greeneville
63.6 miles away
University of South Carolina-Upstate
71.76 miles away
Tennessee Technology Center at Tazewell
81.82 miles away
East Tennessee State University
82.37 miles away
Cherokee Technology Center
90.45 miles away
Tennessee Technology Center at Kingsport
91.44 miles away
Lander University
95.88 miles away


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
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
10/14/2006 - Current
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
10/14/2006 - Current



Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading450 to 560
SAT: Math460 to 560
SAT: Writing430 to 530
ACT Composite20 to 25
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
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

Cost (Net Price)


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$9,932
30k to 48k$11,506
48k to 75k$15,377
75k to 110k$18,446
Over 110k$19,411
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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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Western Carolina University
Highway 107
Cullowhee, NC 28723

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