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Western Carolina University

Western Carolina University

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Founded in 1889, Western Carolina University (WCU) brings higher education and career opportunities to more than 10,000 students from 48 states and 35 countries. With a focus on providing quality education and preparing students for responsible citizenship in a changing world, WCU has become a major cultural, scientific, and educational force in the region and the state.


A member of the University of North Carolina system, WCU’s academic programs span more than 120 specialties for undergraduates plus more than 40 graduate degrees and certificates—including the nation’s highest-ranked entrepreneurship and project management programs, a national award-winning teacher education program, a criminal justice program used as a model for North Carolina’s accreditation program, and the nation’s first accredited four-year emergency medical care program.

Notable Faculty & Accolades

The distinguished WCU faculty includes national award-winning authors; nationally and internationally recognized experts; and winners of Emmy, O. Henry, and National Endowment for the Arts awards—to name a few. Also, the university holds 21 special program accreditations and is a member of more than 30 state and national associations and organizations to which its professional programs are related.

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