Tool December 2016

Best Values in Colleges

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Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, NC)


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Western Carolina University is ranked 98 in Kiplinger's list of Best Values in Public Colleges and is ranked 254 among all colleges.

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ACADEMIC QUALITY

Applicants who took SAT 51%
Applicants who took ACT 59%

SAT Critical Reading Score

700+1%
600-69913%
600+14%

SAT Math Score

700+1%
600-69915%
600+16%

ACT Score

30-362%
24-2927%
24+29%

Students applied17,702
Students admitted7,127
Admission rate40%

Students per faculty16

4-year graduation rate37%

ANNUAL COSTS

In State

Tuition$3,893
Fees$3,134
Room and board$8,864
Estimated book expense$751
Total cost$16,642

Cost after need-based aid$10,418
Cost after non-need-based aid$14,303

Average debt at graduation$26,578

Out of State

Tuition$14,286
Fees$3,134
Room and board$8,864
Estimated book expense$751
Total cost$27,035

Cost after need-based aid$20,811
Cost after non-need-based aid$24,696

SALARY DATA

Salary yardstick #$35,800

FINANCIAL AID

% of aid need met66%
Average need-based aid$6,224
Average non-need-based aid$2,339

STUDENT BODY

Total enrollment8,821

Full-Time

Men3,417
Women4,023

Part-Time

Men568
Women813

Freshmen retained80%

# - Based on the median earnings of workers who started at a particular college 10 years earlier and who received federal financial aid. The data don't consider whether the student graduated or went on to graduate school.

NA - Not available


SOURCES - Peterson's Undergraduate Database (© 2016 Peterson's/Nelnet LLC. All rights reserved.), U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard.

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