Cullowhee is the home of Western Carolina University, one of sixteen campuses of The University of North Carolina. The university is one of the largest businesses in Western North Carolina, employing more than 1,400 people and with an annual payroll of more than $50 million. Surrounded by high mountains, Cullowhee is in the scenic Tuckaseegee River basin.
Western Carolina University is one of sixteen senior institutions of the University of North Carolina. The main campus in Callow and resident-credit centers in Asheville and Cherokee serve a student body of 6,600. Faculty numbers 325.
The university is divided into four colleges: Applied Sciences, Artis and Sciences, Business, and Education and Psychology, plus the Graduate School. The university offers seventy-five undergraduate majors. Approximately 1,200 students are enrolled in ten master's degree programs with more than fifty options in professional and academic fields.
For the 1994-95 academic year, tuition, fees, and room and board cost students approximately $4,100. Out-of-state students pay $10,600. Full-time graduate students from North Carolina pay about $1,147 per academic year in tuition and fees. Cost for out-of-state graduate students is $7,483. Room and board are additional.
The many activities at the university make it a cultural hub for the region. Plays, concerts, exhibits, and lectures are offered through out the year. The university's annual Mountain Heritage Day draws more than 35,000 people to the campus each September. Elder hostel programs are held during the summer, and continuing education programs are offered year-round.
WCU also houses several outreach programs: the Speech and Hearing Center, Developmental Evaluation Center, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Intervention Program, the Institute for College and University Teaching, the Alliance of Business Leaders and Educators, and the Office for Rural Education.
Western Carolina University's Catamount athletic teams bring quality sports action to the campus as they compete in the Southern Conference and NCAA. The Cats have clinched the baseball conference title seven times in a row and have competed in NCM Division post season play. The Catamount football team has been a strong NCM division contender in recent years. Games are made even more enjoyable by the breathtaking autumn scenery that surrounds the campus.
The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching
Located opposite the Western Carolina University campus on NC . 107, the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teachings was established in 1985. A part of The University of North Carolina system, NCCAT offers a variety of renewal programs for the state's best public school teachers. Week long seminars, featuring a diverse and eclectic range of subjects, are led by a professional staff of educators.