Guidebook names WCU ‘college of distinction’

Western Carolina University is one of 11 colleges and universities in the South that have been listed as a “college of distinction” in an online educational guidebook.

Set to be released in January, the “Public Colleges of Distinction eGuidebook” is designed for prospective students, their parents and high school counselors. Schools listed on the website are judged in four areas: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

In its section profiling WCU, the guidebook says “Western’s study abroad and cooperative education programs along with numerous opportunities for student research lay a solid foundation for further study or professional employment. Western 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.”

WCU is the only North Carolina public institution listed in the guidebook. A total of 294 schools throughout North America were designated “colleges of distinction” for the latest edition.

Schools are nominated for the guidebook by high school counselors. Selection is based on information gathered from college admission experts, administrators at other colleges and high school counselors, and on data involving classroom size and other statistics.

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

Higher education institutions named “colleges of distinction” were judged on their level of student engagement. Annual projects like WCU’s Tuckaseigee River Cleanup take students off campus to help impact the region in a positive way.