Topics: Western Carolina University

Location: Cullowhee, N.C.

Type: four-year, public

Year founded: 1889

Total enrollment: 10,382

Undergraduate enrollment: 8,448

Acceptance rate: 38.8%

Graduation rate (after four years, 2013): 32%

In-state undergraduate tuition and fees (2014-15): $4067.50

Sports nickname: Catamounts


UNC-system happenings for Feb. 14, 2017


The exhibit “Soft Diplomacy: Quilting Cultural Diplomacy in Liberia” will be on display at Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum through May 5.

Global warming expected to damper leaf colors this fall

North Carolina scientists have begun to express concerns over fall leaf color, with some warning the leaves will not be as vivid as in previous years.

UNC-system happenings for Sept. 12, 2016

N.C. State senior Lisa Hoang made her New York Fashion Week debut this past Friday.

UNC-system happenings for March 30

See what's new in three of the UNC-system schools.

UNC-system happenings for Nov. 11, 2015

NC Central hosts annual jazz benefit

N.C. Central University jazz students will perform alongside Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo — renowned jazz musicians — in its annual fall jazz benefit concert Nov. 22.

UNC-system happenings for Oct. 12, 2015

A Place at the Table, a pay-what-you-can cafe, is under construction in Raleigh. The restaurant will allow patrons to set their own price for their meal or pay for someone else’s.

UNC-system happenings for Nov. 25, 2014

Appalachian State University has experienced three student deaths this semester — two of which happened in the last 11 days.

UNC-system happenings for Oct. 24, 2014

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UNC-system happenings for Oct. 22, 2014

Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan spoke to about 40 people at N.C. State University on Monday.

UNC-system happenings for Sept. 15, 2014

A regular update on UNC-system schools.

UNC-system happenings, Feb. 24

Appalachian State University recently ranked 11th in on-campus drug arrests and 28th in on-campus alcohol arrests among universities nationwide, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education published last month.

Cherokee class preserves native NC language


UNC’s foreign language requirement is a misnomer for students taking Cherokee classes — they are studying the only language offered by the University that is native to North America.

Western Carolina University radio station no longer student-led

When students at Western Carolina University dial their radio to 90.5, they no longer listen to a student-led program.

Summer Ventures program for NC high schoolers in science and math faces budget cuts

A summer program that has offered N.C. high school students an opportunity to engage in the sciences since 1985 is shrinking due to budget cuts.

UNC-system students plan ‘Cuts Hurt’ video project

Students at Western Carolina University are using multimedia to depict the effects of budget cuts on students — and the trend is catching on throughout the state.

Western Carolina University newspaper resumes after suspension

Less than a week before First Amendment Day, a UNC-system school infringed on students’ right to free press. Administrators at Western Carolina University informed the staff of the school’s student newspaper, The Western Carolinian, Friday afternoon that they would be suspending the newspaper’s publication to investigate plagiarism allegations against some of its reporters.

Local bands chosen for 2011 Rose Parade


Two N.C. university marching bands have been invited to the 2011 Rose Parade, one of the most prestigious parades a college marching band can participate in.

The parade, which takes place before the Rose Bowl game each year in Pasadena, Calif., is watched by about 40 million people on TV and another million in person.

Drought causes schools to up water conservation

Universities in western North Carolina are stepping up efforts to help their counties weather the drought - an increasingly imperative collaboration as dry conditions worsen.

Large operations like those at Appalachian State University and Western Carolina University require a conscious effort to avoid draining town resources.