Western Carolina University Reviews

  • 38 Reviews
  • Cullowhee (NC)
  • Annual Tuition: $8,453
88% of 38 students said this degree improved their career prospects
97% of 38 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 9/7/2023
  • Degree: Mechanical Engineering
"Western is a great school for engineering in my opinion. The issues I have with the college are the decisions it has made. In 2023 WCU accepted 500+ incoming students in the fall semester. All dining options on campus are a 30+ minute wait, and most of the time they are run out of half the items on the menu. Being a busy student with 17 credit hours, eating during the day is almost impossible under these conditions. I do not encourage coming to this school, for my sake and yours. And if anyone from WCU sees this, we need a change. Lessen the accepted student population, or get more dining staff."
  • Reviewed: 6/26/2019
  • Degree: EMT
"Western Carolina University is a great institution for higher learning that is located in the beautiful mountain of Western North Carolina. Western Carolina University is a welcoming University where the faculty take pride and interest in their students success. While Western Carolina University is wonderful institution for learning, it is also fortunate enough to be located in an ideal location for outdoor enthusiasts. Western Carolina University has the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop that offers amazing views, challenging hikes, many rivers for tubing or kayaking, breath taking sunsets, and beautiful waterfalls."
Tanya Bryson
  • Reviewed: 6/20/2019
"The Bachelor os Science in Emergency Medical Care at Western Carolina University is one of the top in the Nation. It accommodates both traditional and distance learning students and meets accreditation standards. It was the first such program in the nation and has a history and reputation as a leader in the area of Emergency medical Care. The program is also designed so that students can easily transition to graduate level studies in Science, medicine, health education, administration and management or other ares. Teh tuition can not be beat. you get the most for your money you will get from any university. There is no other that is comparable."
Hope Quinn
  • Reviewed: 9/15/2018
  • Degree: English
"The English Department at Western Carolina University is comprised of nationally acclaimed professors. They provide classes that are relevant and interesting. During my undergraduate career I took a mixture of professional writing courses, literature courses, and creative writing courses. Each professor expects your best work and are willing to work with you to achieve that. They are available during office hours and are largely approachable. You will create lasting personal and professional relationships with your professors at WCU that will extend beyond the classroom."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Accounting
"I absolutely loved my years in college. There are times when I wish I could go back to those years. Life was simple. I was in school full, and worked two part time jobs, and it felt like I had all the time in the world. Yes, school was difficult, but definitely rewarding."
Clara Lightsey
  • Reviewed: 6/12/2017
  • Degree: School Psychology
"Overall, I am very happy with my choice to attend Western Carolina University's Graduate School. The professors are always willing to help out and willing to listen to feedback from the students about the program. The campus is beautiful year round and has a lot of opportunities for students to get involved."
Dakota Parris
  • Reviewed: 6/9/2017
  • Degree: Biology
"Western Carolina was such an amazing school to attend. Being from the area I already felt safe and welcomed. Attaining my biology degree there lead me to where I am now. I will be attending Life University to be a chiropractor! I'm so thrilled to start this journey of my life and I really hope that I will be able to make a difference in people's lives with what I am doing. I really hope that I am able to heal people as well as help heal this nation."
Caleb Hannon
  • Reviewed: 3/20/2017
  • Degree: Sports Management
"Absolutely loved everything about the university and would never expect to have had as much joy at any other university. The instructors in the program were top notch with real world experience and consistently made us think outside our comfort zone. The internship was by far one of the biggest learning times as it made you prepared for what life was like after college."
Kalen Q
  • Reviewed: 3/12/2017
  • Degree: Special Education
"Western has a great education program! I loved the small class sizes and building strong relationships with the faculty. The College of Education also offered lots of merit-based scholarships to students, which was great. Most of the faculty is really knowledgeable and experienced."
  • Reviewed: 1/3/2017
  • Degree: Business
"A university that offers a great learning experience with very knowledgeable proffesors. Real world experience and demanding curriculum prepares graduates to step into a career with confidence."
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2016
  • Degree: Fine Arts
"I enjoyed the college overall and the learning environment was beautiful and stimulating. The setting is humbling and allows one to focus on their studies. However, I just wish there was a serious conversation about possible directions in employment. As a first generation college graduate , a little more information on navigating the employment fields would have been helpful. Maybe, the school could use more network with potential employers. Getting students hyper focused on a path to earning a living is most important. I graduate into the great recession and applied non stop for employment without little success. This was rough and the struggle was evident. Students going into the arts should focus on completing a teachers certificate. Also, more explanation on student loans and exactly how they work would have been helpful. Really, explaining the various different government subsidize loans to students would have been appreciated. Explaining, exactly which loans you should pay off first and ones that can wait to be paid off. My whole life has suffered due to over burdened from student loans and lack of deceit jobs added insult to injury. I am in a effort to improve the situation by adding a master degree to the resume. As more expenses pile up!! Here's to throwing caution to the wind!"
Joseph Michael Lee
  • Reviewed: 7/9/2016
  • Degree: Chemistry
"Western Carolina University is a good school to start your undergraduate career in chemistry. The faculty are helpful and there is a 1:10 ratio of professors to students when you get to higher levels of study. This allows more one on one time if you need help with understanding difficult material."
  • Reviewed: 10/5/2015
  • Degree: Social Sciences
"WCU is a great school if you're self driven and not easily distracted. A lot of students there are, honestly, fairly lazy, and it's easy to get dragged down if you can't focus yourself. The classes are high quality, the teachers are great (and are reprimanded when they're not). The campus is beautiful and easy to get around, though watch out for ice and slush in the winter."
  • Reviewed: 10/5/2015
  • Degree: Political Science
"It was the perfect place for an engaging, challenging, and enjoyable undergraduate experience. It earns the place of the top adventure college in the nation fairly with all the outdoor activities avaliable on and off campus."
  • Reviewed: 9/29/2015
  • Degree: Network Security
"Its a great place to finish growing up. the emphasis on learning instead of research is a welcome change from most other universities. it is a small college so you get more time with professors."
  • Reviewed: 9/23/2015
  • Degree: Management
"This was the second best decision I made. The first best, was studying abroad."
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2015
  • Degree: Forensic Science
"WCU is a great school, though it's easy to fall behind and make less than amazing grades if you aren't a self motivated person. The campus is beautiful, though sometimes I wish they would spend less money renovating things like the fountain and more money fixing up some of the dorms, especially the freshman dorms. There are good restaurant choices on campus, and also a convenience store and dining hall."
Selena Salazar
  • Reviewed: 3/27/2015
  • Degree: Psychology
"While WCU is currently considered a small school, its student body is growing every year and has just reached its 10,000 student mark! This School is well known for is nursing, teaching, and environmental programs but offers a wide variety of programs/ The faculty and staff are very serious about helping enhance you school experience and are available at all times, I used this resource many times and was never disappointed. Because of it location in the mountains WCU also offers many amazing extracurricular activities like hiking, kayaking, and camping so you can really experience the area. When i first was accepted into WCU I thought it would just be a small town university, but I am proud to say that this school enhanced my life and can provide top education!"
Jessica Barnes
  • Reviewed: 3/23/2015
  • Degree: Biology
"The classes for the Biology degree do not have a lot of variety. The campus is beautiful. The professors are great!"
Sydney Hurt
  • Reviewed: 1/22/2015
  • Degree: Clinical Psychology
"This program has been an excellent fit for me as a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Master's program. The faculty are very involved and driven to make sure that students succeed here. It is a smaller school and is in the mountains so it's a bit secluded, but the university has a wealth of resources for students to utilize. There is a heavy workload but everything students have to do helps develop them personally and professionally. Students have many opportunities to seek out research opportunities with faculty. I feel very prepared to go on to a doctoral program after completing this one."