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Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, North Carolina, United States
Western Carolina University is a public regional institution of higher education whose mission is to create learning opportunities that incorporate teaching, research, service, and engagement through on campus, off campus, on-line and international experiences. 

Distance Learning Courses

Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Engineering & Technology (2)
Medicine & Health (2)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)



WCU was founded in August 1889 as a semi-public secondary school and chartered as Cullowhee High School in 1891. The founder, Professor Robert Lee Madison, wanted to provide an education for the young people in the region and train teachers to spread education throughout the western part of the state. In 1893, the Legislature designated the school as the first publicly funded normal school.


WCU provides more than 64 undergraduate majors and concentrations and 30 graduate programs along with 16 online programs that focus on high-demand degrees including a variety of programs in engineering, science, healthcare, education, humanities, business and the arts.


Western Carolina University has established itself as a national leader in undergraduate research having ranked in the Top 10 for the number of projects accepted to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research annually since 2006.


The Center for Career and Professional Development and the Alumni Affairs office offer a variety of opportunities and support for both alumni and students to help each other and pursue career-related goals. They include formal and informal job shadowing, internship and job listing services and job searching assistance, guest speaking, career counseling and consultation, and on-campus recruiting. Our resources continue to be available to all Alumni after graduation. We are happy to review your resume, make suggestions about job markets if you are changing jobs, provide counseling for those of you who may want to change careers and give you access to our online job program.


Housing services

Western Carolina University has fourteen residence halls on their main campus in Cullowhee. Each building is unique with it's own special appeal and amenities. The communities within each residence hall are built by the students who live there and supported by the WCU Resident Life Staff.On-campus housing include:

  • Albright/Benton Halls
  • Balsam and Blue Ridge Halls
  • Buchanan Hall
  • Harrill Hall
  • Judaculla Hall
  • Madison Hall
  • Noble Hall
  • Norton Road Hall
  • Reynolds Hall
  • Robertson Hall
  • Scott Hall
  • The Billage
  • Walker Hall

Library services

Hunter Library provides high-quality intellectual content to support the teaching, research and lifelong learning activities of the Western Carolina University community with free and open access to WCU students, faculty and staff members.The library has 620,010 books, serial back files and other printed materials and 303,405 E-books and more than 57,663 media files, journals and online database.

ICT services

WCU Faculty, Staff and Students should connect to the “eduroam” wireless network for wireless service. This network uses enterprise security and encryption to keep your information private and secure. Connecting to this network will require some configuration.Western Carolina University is excited to offer a wireless network for clients to connect their gaming systems and other devices.

Medical services

The mission of Western Carolina University Health Services is to meet the healthcare needs of our academic community and to enhance the physical, psychological, environmental and health education needs of our campus. Any student who pays the Student Health Fee is eligible for our services, regardless of insurance coverage. 

Student Life

Campus life

WCU’s main campus sits in Cullowhee, North Carolina, near the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains, fifty-two miles west of Asheville. The location in the rural mountains amidst incredible biodiversity and unique communities creates an opportunity for academic discovery service. The campus covers approximately 600 acres.

Sports facilities

Campus Recreation and Wellness at Western Carolina University offers:

  • Club Sports
  • Intramural Sports
  • Outdoor Programs
  • Fitness and Wellness

Student clubs

Catamount life is ongoing and full of opportunities for students to become involved and make an impact on campus and within the surrounding community! Students who are involved with organizations are more connected to their university and perform better in the classroom, and with more than 175 student organizations in areas such as Fraternity and Sorority life, Student Government Association, Club Sports, Academic Interest, Leadership, Spirituality, and more… there's an activity for each student at WCU.


Western Carolina University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees.As the major accrediting body for public and private institutions of higher education in the 11 southernmost states, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges ( SACSCOC) accredits more than 780 universities and colleges in North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America. Western Carolina University has been accredited by SACSCOC since 1946; the last accreditation review took place in 2017.

Cullowhee, North Carolina, United States

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