WCU listed among top public regional universities

Western Carolina University is included on a list of the leading public regional universities in the South in the 2013 edition of the U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” guidebook released Wednesday, Sept. 12.

The category in which WCU is ranked includes higher education institutions that offer a wide range of bachelor’s and master’s degrees and that tend to attract most of their students from surrounding states. Western Carolina is No. 14 on the list.

The rankings are based on factors such as assessment by administrators at peer institutions, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher said prospective students looking for a college should be careful to not put too much weight on magazine rankings as they make that important decision. “College rankings, like college football rankings, can be fun to read, but if students want to make the best choice they need to look for the school that’s the right fit for them personally,” Belcher said. “A great way to learn about WCU is by visiting during Open House, which allows prospective students to really get a feel for the campus by taking a tour and finding out about academic programs, extracurricular activities, student support programs and financial aid.”

WCU has four Open House events scheduled for Saturdays this academic year – Sept. 15, Nov. 10, Feb. 16 and March 16. Registration and more information are available at the website openhouse.wcu.edu.

To help interested students across North Carolina learn about WCU’s offerings, university faculty and staff will be going on the road this fall to present “WCU on Tour” programs. Events are set in Greensboro on Monday, Oct. 1; Raleigh on Tuesday, Oct. 2; and Charlotte on Wednesday, Oct. 3. More information and registration are available at ontour.wcu.edu.