Western Carolina University (WCU) is located in the mountains of Western North Carolina. At Western Carolina, you will find a welcoming community of faculty and students who are working together to build a global community. WCU is ranked as one of the top 10 public regional institutions in the south providing top-notch educational opportunities to more than 12,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.
Western Carolina University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees and holds 21 special program accreditations. WCU is also a member of more than 30 state and national associations and organizations.
Explore the diversity of our world and its people! Expand your knowledge through multi-cultural events and educational opportunities both on campus and in the WCU community. Check out some of the opportunities WCU offers its students below.
Western Carolina University's Intensive English Program (IEP) is designed for non-native English speakers who are motivated to improve their language skills. IEP is beneficial for both working professionals and students preparing for university study or professional programs.
WCU is committed to providing high-quality, affordable education. Thanks to a new program from the state of North Carolina, tuition for all undergraduate students at WCU has been reduced to $500 per fall and spring semesters for in-state students and $2,500 for out-of-state students.
The State of North Carolina is supplementing this cost by matching dollar for dollar the difference between WCU's previous tuition and the NC Promise Tuition Plan cost so that students pay less while WCU continues to deliver the highest quality education.
Am I Eligible?
All undergraduate students, including full and part-time new freshmen, returning students, transfer students, and students in online programs receive this new tuition rate. Costs for part-time students are pro-rated based on the number of hours taken. The out-of-state tuition rate applies to undergraduate international students as well. There are no eligibility requirements to take advantage of NC Promise.
Please note these changes do not apply to graduate programs nor summer semester courses.