Online guide lists WCU as ‘College of Distinction’

by Aug 1, 2013COMMUNITY sgadugi0 comments

CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University has been designated a “College of Distinction” for 2013-14 by an online guide that provides information for prospective college students, their parents and high school counselors.

WCU is one of eight colleges and universities in North Carolina recognized by the website, which puts the spotlight on the “hidden gems” of higher education. Schools listed on the website are judged in four areas: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

Colleges are nominated for the honor by high school counselors, college administrators and the website’s selection team. Schools are selected based on interviews with college admission experts, representatives from the nominated schools and administrators at other colleges, and the results of site visits. Other information such as graduation rates and classroom sizes also is considered.

In its section about WCU, that guide says the university “is on the cutting edge of technology, but it holds onto the timeless tradition of a personal approach to education, which has been a hallmark since the university’s inception in 1889.”

For more information about the online guide and to see WCU’s profile, go to