Best Colleges in America 2022
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Overall Score: 64.4

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC http://www.wcu.edu/

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$19,400
% of students who get any grants
68%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$14,000
Average price for low-income students
$9,310

Admissions

Acceptance rate
69%
Median SAT/ACT score
1110/23
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
10,290

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
92%
% of need met
70%
% of students who get merit grants
4%
Average merit grant
$3,180

Student Success

Graduation rate
61%
Average time to a degree
4.4 years
Median student debt
$22,492
Early career earnings
$43,370
% earning more than a high school grad
66%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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