University Awards and Accolades

Western Carolina University wins recognition, awards and accolades on state, regional and national levels. Recent honors include:

WCU named ‘top adventure college’ in outdoor magazine poll

Results from an outdoor magazine’s online poll have been tallied, and WCU has been announced as the No. 1 college for outdoor adventure in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.

WCU’s Bardo Arts Center earns national accolade

WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center was recently included on a list of “The 25 Most Amazing University Performing Arts Centers” by BestValueSchools.com.

Criminal justice ranked No. 1 ‘Best Buy’ by website

WCU’s online bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice has received a top national ranking in affordability from the distance education information website GetEducated.com.

WCU up for ‘top adventure college’ title

The university has advanced to the championship round in Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine’s annual competition to name the best outdoor adventure school in the region. (SEE THE VIDEO)

WCU’s online bachelor’s programs spotlighted as veteran-friendly

WCU’s online bachelor’s degree programs have been listed among the nation’s best options for veterans in a set of rankings released recently by U.S. News & World Report.

WCU among top institutions for energy reduction

Western Carolina University may have lost the head-to-head Battle of the Plug energy savings competition against Appalachian State University but has emerged a winner in the associated Campus Conservation Nationals competition.

WCU featured in The Princeton Review’s green college guide

For the fourth consecutive year, Western Carolina University has been listed by The Princeton Review as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in North America.

WCU professor Scifers wins athletic training honor

James Scifers, a member of the faculty since 2003, has been named recipient of the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Educator of the Year Award for 2014.

Lofquist honored by UNC student government group

The University of North Carolina Association of Student Governments has bestowed its William C. Friday Lifetime Achievement Award on retired interim provost Beth Tyson Lofquist.

WCU’s Annette Debo named one of UNC system’s best

WCU’s Annette Debo has been honored as a premier teacher in the University of North Carolina system in recognition of a teaching style that emphasizes listening to her students.