Western Carolina University

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Basic Information

Address: Western Carolina University 1 University Drive, Belk 211 Cullowhee, North Carolina, 28723
Phone Number: 828-227-2544
Email: cm@wcu.edu
Chair: Dr. Bruce Gehrig
Dean: Dr. Randy Collins

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Additional Information

Classroom Size: 35
Student/Teacher Ratio: 35
Housing Availability:


Type of Housing: Dorms

In 2023, the enrolled student population at Western Carolina University is 59% Female, 41% Male, 75.8% White, 8.3% Hispanic or Latino, 6.8% Black or African American, 3.8% Mutiple Race/Ethnicity, 1.3% Asian, 0.8%, American Indian or Alaska Native, and 1.0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.


2023 - 2024 tuition and fees per semester:

Resident of NC = $3,658.40
Non-Resident of NC = $5,658.40

Financial Aid:

There are three main types of financial aid available:

  • Loans, which have to be repaid
  • Grants and Scholarships, that don't have to be repaid
  • Employment Programs, such as work-study, that allow you to earn money and gain job experience while studying.
Disability Services:

In support of this mission, the goals of the Office of Accessibility Resources are to:

  • Serve as advocates for accessibility for students with disabilities while promoting student independence, self-determination, and responsibility;
  • Coordinate and provide accommodations and related support services for accessibility for students with disabilities;
  • Provide training and resources for faculty, staff, and administration around accessibility for students with disabilities;
  • Provide consultation, information, and outreach to parents and prospective students regarding accessibility and accommodations for students with disabilities;
  • Foster awareness and understanding University-wide of issues of accessibility in all aspects of campus life;
  • Assist the University in supporting the civil rights of students with disabilities as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), its amendments (ADAAA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Computer Capabilities:

All students within the College are required to have a computer laptop. We reccomend the following system configuration:

  • Windows 10 or 11 Operating System
  • At least 32GB Ram
  • At least a 15" screen
  • An advanced graphic card to handle 3D graphics processing (Nvidia or AMD)
  • Recommended Computer: Dell Precision or Inspiron Series
Admission Requirements:

Applicants enrolled in public, private or home school; North Carolina or out-of-state school systems; or high school equivalency programs must earn a high school diploma or its equivalent and satisfy the Minimum Course Requirements (MCR) as established by the UNC Board of Governors:

  • Four units of English
  • Two units of social studies (one in U.S. history)
  • Four units of mathematics (algebra I, algebra II, geometry and an advanced unit of mathematics beyond algebra II)
  • Three units of science (life science, physical science and a laboratory course)
  • Two additional academic units (2 sequential world language courses are recommended, but courses can come from English, math, science, social studies, world languages, or computer science to align with academic and career objectives)

WCU assesses the academic performance in the classroom of first-year applicants using as much information as is available, including:

  • Weighted and unweighted GPA
  • Grades in core subjects
  • Grades as compared with classmates at your school (i.e., class rank and class profile information)
  • Most recent grades
  • Performance in honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or other competitive high school courses
  • Performance in early or middle college courses or other college dual-enrollment courses (Note: College transcripts should be sent at the time of application for any coursework already completed, and a final official transcript for all coursework attempted is required.)
Application/Transfer Deadlines:

November 1: Freshman Early Action - Honors College Priority application deadline for Fall Term. Decisions will be mailed by December 15.

January 1: Financial aid deadline to apply for federal loans and need-based grants.

January 1: Priority Action Freshman - Financial Aid/Scholarship Priority application deadline for Fall Term. Decisions will be mailed by February 1.

February 1: Priority consideration deadline for freshman merit-based scholarships.

February 1: International freshman student application deadline for Fall Term.

February 1: Regular Action application deadline for Fall Term.

(Any applications submitted or completed after February 2 will be considered on space available basis.)

March 15: Priority filing date to submit FAFSA.

March 15: Financial aid deadline to apply for federal loans and need-based grants.

April 1: The Financial Aid Office begins award notifications through student's MyWCU account.

May 1: Freshman enrollment deposit ($300) deadline for Summer Term and Fall Term.

July 15: Final high school and college transcript deadline.

Parking Space/Availability:

Every motorist desiring to park on campus is required to register with the WCU Parking Operations Office. A parking permit is required to secure parking privileges. While a permit does not guarantee a parking space in a specific space or area, it authorizes the permit holder to seek a parking space in an area designated by the Regulations. Western Carolina University is able to provide ample parking on campus for all registered vehicles, although spaces will not always be available at desired locations.

Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science in Construction Management (BSCM)
Master of Construction Management (MCM)

Program History:

The Construction Managment program was established in 2004.

Program Information:

The undergraduate CM program is a residential, 120-credit hour program accreditated by the Applied and Natural Science Accrediation Commission (ANSAC) of ABET.

All CM students earn a Business Administration minor as part of the their degree and are required to complete a 400-hour industry-based internship.