Tool December 2017

Best Values in Colleges

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Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, NC)


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Western Carolina University is ranked 58 in Kiplinger's list of Best Values in Public Colleges and is ranked 185 among all colleges.

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ACADEMIC QUALITY

Applicants who took SAT 50%
Applicants who took ACT 59%

SAT Critical Reading Score

700+2%
600-69912%
600+14%

SAT Math Score

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

ACT Score

30-364%
24-2930%
24+34%

Students applied18,297
Students admitted7,444
Admission rate41%

Students per faculty17

4-year graduation rate37%

ANNUAL COSTS

In State

Tuition$3,971
Fees$3,220
Room and board$9,164
Estimated book expense$932
Total cost$17,287

Cost after need-based aid$6,365
Cost after non-need-based aid$12,639

Average debt at graduation$20,201

Out of State

Tuition$14,364
Fees$3,220
Room and board$9,164
Estimated book expense$932
Total cost$27,680

Cost after need-based aid$16,758
Cost after non-need-based aid$23,032

SALARY DATA

Salary yardstick #$36,200

FINANCIAL AID

% of aid need met87%
Average need-based aid$10,922
Average non-need-based aid$4,648

STUDENT BODY

Total enrollment9,171

Full-Time

Men3,611
Women4,260

Part-Time

Men532
Women768

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 Databases (© 2018 Peterson's LLC. All rights reserved.), U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard.

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