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Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, North Carolina, United States
Western Carolina University

Western Carolina University is a public university in Cullowhee, North Carolina. It is part of the University of North Carolina system. The fifth oldest institution of the sixteen four-year universities in the UNC system, WCU was founded to educate the people of the western North Carolina mountains. WCU provides an education to students from 48 states and 35 countries. Enrollment for the Fall 2020 semester was 12,243 students.

Former names Cullowhee Academy (1889–1905), Cullowhee Normal & Industrial School (1905–1925), Cullowhee State Normal School (1925–1929), Western Carolina Teachers College (1929–1953), Western Carolina College (1953–1967)
Type Public
Established 1889
Parent institution UNC System
Endowment $88.9 million (2020)
Chancellor Kelli R. Brown
Provost Richard Starnes
Academic staff 639
Administrative staff 967
Students 12,243
Undergraduates 10,469
Postgraduates 1,698
Campus Rural/Valley, 589 acres
Colors Purple and Gold
Athletics NCAA Division I FCS – SoCon
Sports 16 varsity teams

About Western Carolina University

Co-educational public institution founded to educate the people of the western North Carolina mountains. It is a constituent campus of the University of North Carolina system.

Achievement of Western Carolina University

"The Great American Eclipse" of August 21, 2017 was a total solar eclipse across the campus of the school. Classes were canceled for several hours on the first day of classes for that semester. 

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Latest information about Western Carolina University updated on July 28 2021.