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Cullowhee. NC 28723
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Western Carolina University
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Cullowhee, NC 28723
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Western Carolina University

Western Carolina University

Founded in 1889 to bring higher education and career opportunities to the western region of North Carolina, Western Carolina University is now a major educational, scientific and cultural force, serving more than 9,600 students from the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. Western Carolina's academic programs span more than 220 undergraduate areas of study and 40 graduate programs. These include the nation's highest-ranked entrepreneurship program, a national award-winning teacher education program, one of the only outdoor research stations for forensic science, and the nation's first accredited four-year emergency medical care program.

The university offers studies in the arts, sciences, technologies, business, and humanities with programs at the bachelor's, master's, intermediate and doctoral levels. Its distinguished faculty include national award-winning authors, nationally and internationally recognized experts in business, education, environmental science, and television- and electronic-music production, as well as winners of Emmy, O. Henry and National Endowment for the Arts awards—to name a few. WCU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, holds 21 special program accreditations, and is a member of more than 30 state and national associations and organizations to which its academic programs are related.

US News & World Report's 2012 guide to "America's Best Colleges" ranked WCU 14th among public universities in South that offer master's degrees.

As "the people's university," Western Carolina is committed to engagement that promotes economic development and meets the needs of the region for education, research and community service. The Millennial Initiative, which doubled the size of the campus, is being developed as a knowledge enterprise zone where faculty and students, private industry and government partners conduct research and development on scientific and technological innovations with commercial potential.

As of August 2012, WCU had raised $51.3 million in private giving for endowed scholarships, professorships and programmatic support.

As a focused-growth institution, WCU is expanding its enrollment to 14,000 students during the current decade, serving students on its main campus in Cullowhee, in Asheville and Cherokee, at various community colleges throughout the region and, increasingly, online. Even as it grows, Western Carolina University continues to offer small class sizes, assuring close interaction between students and faculty with a firm foundation for academic success and strong encouragement for leadership, reflection and service.

Situated in a beautiful valley between the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky mountains, WCU is 52 miles southwest of Asheville. The forests, waterways and national parks near the university's 600-acre campus offer endless opportunities for outdoor research and recreation. The university's Mountain Heritage Center provides a link to the rich traditions of the Southern Appalachians, while its connection with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians gives students and researchers unparalleled access to the history, language and culture of Native Americans.

With its unique blend of academic excellence, emphasis on engagement, and strong focus on the future, Western Carolina University is successfully preparing students for the challenges of a global economy in the 21st century. For more information, go to www.wcu.edu.