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About Western Carolina University

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.

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Cullowhee, North Carolina
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Campus and Community

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.

  • International Pals (I-Pals): Each international student will be connected with a WCU peer who can help them get accustomed to life on and around campus.
  • International Catamounts (I-Cats): Student organization where both U.S. students and international students share experiences and cultures while organizing and participating in community service events throughout our region
  • International Coffee Hour: American students and international students come together to hang out, have coffee and snacks, give presentations on their countries, and plan excursions together
  • International Festival: A parade that provides the community with a unique opportunity to engage and discover world cultures and traditions through food, music, dance, and artistry. International students and study abroad alumni carry a flag of their country, a variety of music and performances, and booths from different countries and organizations providing information, goodies, or food and drinks to sample.

Intensive English Program

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.

  • Small class sizes allow you to receive individualized attention from experienced faculty
  • Improve your language skills outside of the classroom through immersive experiences learning about the American culture in an inclusive community
  • IEP helps integrate international students into all aspects of campus life creating a successful academic experience for all international students.

WCU Fast Facts

  • Affordable: The NC promise reduces international tuition by more than half, to $2,500 a semester
  • Global: 10,000+ students with 200 international students from 32 countries
  • Distinguished: National and international award-winning faculty
  • Engaging: The average class size is 19 students; The average class size for the Intensive English Program is 9 students
  • Green: Ranked one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in North America

Take Advantage of Reduced Tuition!

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.

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