Western Carolina University

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Western Carolina University was founded in August 1889 as a semi-public school. Charted as Cullowhee High School in 1891, it served the Cullowhee community and boarding students from neighboring counties and other states.

The school had several names over the years: 1905 - Cullowhee Normal and Industrial School; 1925 - Cullowhee State Normal School; 1929 - Western Carolina Teachers College; 1953 - Western Carolina College. In 1967, the institution was designated a regional university by the North Carolina General Assembly and the name of the institution was changed to Western Carolina University.

In 1971, the state legislature reorganized higher education in North Carolina, and on July 1, 1972, Western Carolina University became a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina System. The campus is home to the [North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching]. The center provides week long, all expenses paid seminars for certified teachers, guidance counselors and media specialists.

The university mascot is a catamount, a fictional feline animal normally resembling a mountain lion or cougar.

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Schools of the University of North Carolina System:

Appalachian | East Carolina | Elizabeth City | Fayetteville | NC A&T
NC Central | NC School of the Arts | NC State | UNC-Asheville | UNC-Chapel Hill
UNC-Charlotte | UNC-Greensboro | UNC-Pembroke | UNC-Wilmington
Western Carolina | Winston-Salem | NC School of Science and Math

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