United States, North Carolina

Established in 1889 as a teaching college, Western Carolina University provides comprehensive educational opportunities for more than 11,000 students from all over the world to explore the huge natural diversity of the region. This public-regional institution is the westernmost college in the University of North Carolina system. The university is centered on its undergraduate and master students to create learning opportunities that combine teaching, research and participation through on-campus, off-campus, online as well as global experiences. The academic programs of Western Carolina University are harbor in six colleges: arts and sciences, health and humanities, fine arts and performing arts, education and related majors, business and engineering and technology.

Campus Life

WCU’s Cullowhee campus covers 600 acres and is located near the Great Smoky Mountains in the southwest of the state. It is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the state, providing students with unparalleled learning and adventure opportunities. Cullowhee campus is known as the largest outdoor adventure school, adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which can provide research and discovery paths for many projects. Further, it also has a campus in Biltmore Park, south of Asheville. The university attracts many people seeking to explore, and our campus is famous for its outdoor access. Our students often spend their free time hiking or biking through national forests, backpacking or camping on the Appalachian Trail or Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In winter, we are less than an hour away from two ski resorts for skiing and snowboarding. Besides, campus accommodation provides a clean, safe and healthy living environment that can enhance and support WCU’s educational goals and creed.

Noted Alumni

At Western Carolina University, a community is established and defined by the people who call Western Carolina home, initially as students and then alumni. The alumni association establishes a lifelong connection with WCU through varied programs and services. Some eminent personalities like comedian Rich Hall, award-winning comedian and writer David Sedaris, Linda L. Bray – first female in the military to lead troops into war and actor Sean Bridgers are all WCU alumni.

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