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Address:
100 W. Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383


Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Summer Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm


Phone: 610-436-3411
Fax: 610-436-2907
Email: ugadmiss@wcupa.edu

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Freshman Admission Procedures and Requirements

West Chester University defines a freshman applicant as any student in high school, or who has graduated from high school, but has not enrolled in any post-secondary institution(s). High school students who are taking, or have taken, college courses while in high school are also considered freshman applicants and should indicate this on the application.

The Admissions Process

The Office of Admissions at West Chester University completes a preliminary evaluation of applications once all information has been received and processed. All aspects of each application are considered: academic record, standardized test scores, personal statement, and selected program of study. The admissions committee prioritizes applicants with the strongest academic credentials and notifies them of a decision upon completion. Other candidates may be required to submit additional information or will be referred to the committee for a second review.

How to Apply

Apply Online* or
Paper Application
To request a paper application contact the Office of Admissions at UGAdmiss@wcupa.edu or call 610-436-3411
  1. Pay a $45 non-refundable application fee online by credit card. If you are eligible to use an application fee waiver, please refer to the WCU Fee Waiver Policy.
  2. Complete the application for admission, including a personal statement.
  3. Submit an official high school transcript. Request an official high school transcript from your guidance counselor, which lists your senior year courses. If you are a home schooled applicant, submit an official transcript issued by the Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency (PHAA) or official documentation that your current curriculum has been approved by your state's Board of Education.
  4. Send official SAT or ACT scores. It is the applicant's responsibility to send the Office of Admissions the official results of the SAT or ACT. Test scores imprinted on an official high school transcript are also acceptable. ACT scores imprinted on an official high school transcript must include all sub scores, along with a composite score. If you graduated from high school more than five years ago, it is not necessary to submit SAT or ACT scores; however, an official high school transcript is required.
  5. Submit General Equivalency Diploma (GED), if required. Students who received a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) must forward their official score report, an official high school transcript, and SAT or ACT results to the Office of Admissions. If you received the GED more than five years ago, it is not necessary to submit SAT or ACT scores.
  6. Recommendation letters are not required.
  7. Submit Permanent Resident Card, if applicable. If you are a permanent resident, you are required to submit a copy of your Permanent Resident Card.
  8. Please review the following tips before completing your online admissions application.

*It is the applicant's responsibility to supply the Office of Admissions with the necessary documents to complete his or her application. The Office of Admissions reserves the right to withdraw an application if the required information is not received.

Admission Requirements

Guidelines For Admissions Consideration

  • SAT: 1040 or higher combined (critical reading and math)
  • GPA: B or better in a college preparatory curriculum
  • Rank: Top 40% in graduating class
  • Audition: Required for all Music applicants
  • Interview: Required for the following programs: Athletic Training, Pre-Medical, Pharmaceutical Product Development & Respiratory Care
  • Portfolio: Required for all Art applicants

*Some academic majors require higher admission standards than what is listed above.

Required Core High School Curriculum

Subjects and Number of Years

English4 years
Math3 years
(Algebra I, II, Geometry)
Lab Science3 years
(must include Biology and Chemistry)
Social Studies3 years
Foreign Language3 years
(preferred)

Fall 2013 Enrolled Freshman Academic Profile

High School GPA3.53
Combined SAT1079
(Critical Reading & Math)
Class Rank Top 31%

Program of Study Special Notes

  • Undeclared: Due to the competitive nature and enrollment limitations of some academic programs, we offer the opportunity to indicate a second choice of major. If you are undecided about the program of study you wish to pursue, you can select the Pre-Major Program (Undeclared).
  • BSN Nursing: Freshman applicants interested in the BSN Nursing (freshmen only) program must apply early in the fall of their senior year. Please note, transferring into the Nursing program as a current WCU student is unlikely to occur.

Special Admissions Programs

We offer two special admissions programs for a limited number of candidates who we feel have the ability to be successful with additional assistance. Decisions for the special admissions programs are made by a committee and applicants may be required to submit supporting documentation.

If an applicant does not qualify for either of these programs, we strongly recommend they enroll at a local community college or another university/college for at least 30 credits and then apply as a transfer student.

  • Reduced Fall Course Load: Students admitted to West Chester University through this program are limited to 12 credits in their first fall semester, rather than the traditional 15 credits. This helps with the transition to the University environment and college level courses. These students are still considered full-time students, so financial aid consideration is not impacted.
  • Summer Academic Development Program: Students referred for consideration to the summer program will be required to submit further information. Accepted students attend a five-week summer program and complete courses to enhance their basic skills. This program is available to Pennsylvania residents only.
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Transfer Admission Procedures and Requirements

West Chester University defines a transfer applicant as any student who is currently enrolled, or was previously enrolled, in a post-secondary institution(s) after graduating high school or who has attended West Chester University on a non degree basis. If you were previously enrolled at WCU as a degree candidate for at least one semester, but have been separated from the university for two or more consecutive semesters, you should apply as a Readmit applicant.

The Admissions Process

The Office of Admissions at West Chester University completes a preliminary evaluation of all transfer applications on a rolling basis once all information has been received and processed. The committee prioritizes applicants with the strongest academic credentials and notifies them of a decision upon completion. Other candidates may be required to submit additional information or will be referred to the committee for a second review.

It is recommended that transfer applicants for the fall semester complete the application process early in the preceding spring semester, preferably no later than June 1st. Spring semester applicants should be completed no later than November 15th. Please keep in mind that certain academic programs can close earlier and if enrollment limits are met before this time, admissions will be closed. WCU does not have a minimum credit requirement to apply as a transfer student.

How to Apply

Apply Online* or
Paper Application
To request a paper application contact the Office of Admissions at UGAdmiss@wcupa.edu or call 610-436-3411
  1. Pay a $45 non-refundable application fee online by credit card. If you are eligible to use an application fee waiver, please refer to the WCU Fee Waiver Policy.
  2. Complete the application for admission, including a personal statement.
  3. Send your official college transcript(s) from all institutions attended.
  4. If you have earned fewer than 30 credits at the time you have submitted your application, you must ALSO submit an official final high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores. If you have graduated from high school more than three years ago, it is not necessary to submit SAT or ACT scores.
  5. Submit Permanent Resident Card, if applicable. If you are a permanent resident you are required to submit a copy of your Permanent Resident Card.

*It is the applicant's responsibility to supply the Office of Admissions with the necessary documents to complete his or her application. The Office of Admissions reserves the right to withdraw an application if the required information is not received.

Additional Transfer Program Requirements

To check the status of your application, please email UGTransfer@wcupa.edu. You will receive an email response within 3-5 business days. Please note: The Office of Admissions must process each application, along with all supporting credentials, which can take up to three weeks. Please allow for processing time before checking your status.

Admission Requirements

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 is required for consideration, but is not a guarantee for admission. Certain majors have more selective requirements and enrollment limitations. Students with cumulative grade point averages between 2.00 - 2.49 may be deferred until later in the review cycle. For the specific GPA requirement for your major of interest please email UGTransfer@wcupa.edu.

Program of Study Special Notes

The following academic majors have limited enrollment and/or higher admission standards:

  • Nursing
  • Communication Studies
  • Criminal Justice
  • Computer Science
  • Pre-med
  • Pharmaceutical Product Development
  • Social Work
  • Education

Additionally, the following programs have special requirements and restrictions:

  • Nursing: Applicants must be a registered nurse to be eligible to apply for the RN to BSN program. To be eligible to apply for the ADVANCE 2 BSN Accelerated Second Degree program, applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree in another subject and receive a 70% or better on the TEAS V exam. For additional information, please visit the Nursing website.
  • BSN Nursing & BS Athletic Training: Transfer students are not eligible to apply for the BSN Nursing or BS Athletic Training programs.
  • Criminal Justice: Transfer students applying for the BS Criminal Justice program offered at our Philadelphia location must select BS Criminal Justice (Philadelphia). For additional information, please visit the Criminal Justice website.
  • Health Sciences BS: General: Only students who have completed an associate degree or certificate program in such areas as dental hygiene, occupational therapy, medical technology, cardiovascular technology, or alternative/complementary medicine are eligible to apply.
  • Liberal Studies BA/BS: Only transfer students who have completed at least 32, but no more than 80, semester hours of credit are eligible to apply. Eligible applicants will meet with an adviser to determine which liberal studies track (arts and sciences or science and mathematics) is appropriate.
  • Education: Transfer students applying to BSED Early Grades Preparation PK-4, BSED Early Grades Preparation PK-4/Special Education PK-8, or BSED Middle Grades Preparation 4-8 must have 27 completed college level credits to be considered for admission. Applicants who have, or will have, 48 or more completed credits when beginning at WCU are also required to have a passing PAPA score. All applicants to Education programs must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above to be eligible for consideration.
  • Pre-Major (Undeclared): Students who will have earned more than 45 credits prior to transferring are not eligible to apply for the Pre-Major (Undeclared) program.
  • Social Work: Transfer students applying for the BSW Social Work program offered at the Philadelphia location must select BSW Social Work (Philadelphia transfers only). Only core coursework requirements for Social Work will be offered at the Philadelphia location.For additional information, please visit the Social Work website. Transfers applying for the BSW Social Work program offered at the West Chester location must select BSW Social Work. Space at the West Chester campus is limited and priority is given to applicants with the strongest academic backgrounds.

Credit Evaluation Process

Credits are evaluated by our Registrar. An official credit evaluation will be sent from the Office of the Registrar following a student's acceptance to the University. To view the most recent course equivalencies, please visit the Office of the Registrar website.

Transfer Student Life

University Student Housing

Limited housing is available for transfer students on our South Campus in The Village and The East Village Apartments. Applicants interested in living on campus should plan to complete the application process early.

Orientation

Transfers who have earned less than 60 college credits at their previous school(s) must attend Orientation. For additional information, please visit the New Transfer Student Orientation site.

Campus Tours and Information Sessions

For available dates and times to visit our campus, please see our Visit Us page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I learn more about my major?

See Academic Programs to find all the majors WCU offers! Once you click on your major, you will be directed to the department website, which offers extensive information about that program of study. You can also learn more by reviewing each of the

. Contact the department for additional information or if you have questions.

Should I apply as a Readmit student?

If a student previously completed at least one semester of course work at West Chester University as a degree seeking candidate, but separated from the University for two or more consecutive semesters and wish to re-enroll, they must apply as a Readmit Student.

Are there special admission requirements, such as taking the Praxis or PAPA exam, for Education majors?

Yes, there are special admission requirements for those applying to one of the following Education programs: Early Grades Preparation PK-4 BSED, Early Grades Preparation PK-4/Special Education PK-8 BSED, or Middle Grades Preparation 4-8 BSED. Applicants must have 27 completed college level credits to be considered for admission. Applicants with 48 or more completed credits when starting at WCU are required to have passing scores on the PA required Basic Skills Test: PRAXIS I (taken before April 1, 2012) or PAPA scores. Students may use SAT or ACT scores in place of the Basic Skills Tests.

See the College of Education Website for information about required SAT or ACT scores. All applicants to Education programs must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above to be eligible for consideration.

What is the PASSHE Academic Passport Policy?

The PASSHE Academic Passport Policy states that any community college students with an AA/AS degree in a transfer or college parallel program from an accredited public Pennsylvania community college, or any student attending another System (SSHE) university with at least 12 credit hours of college level work with a 2.0 GPA or higher, can be admitted to WCU if they apply within the established WCU time frame. Admission to a specific curriculum at WCU will be determined by WCU, based upon the same criteria required for all other transfer students.

Please view the Academic Passport Information page on the Registrar website for more information.

Are merit scholarships available to transfer students?

At this time, WCU does not offer merit-based scholarships to transfer students. Some current WCU students do have an opportunity to apply for specific departmental scholarships. Please review the WCU Catalog for an updated list of these offerings. External scholarships are welcomed.

If accepted, how do I register for classes?

You will need to contact your appropriate academic department and arrange an advising appointment. Included with your acceptance materials will be contact numbers for each academic department. You are encouraged to schedule your advising appointment prior to the end of the semester preceding your start term.

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International Admission Procedures and Requirements

International students are required to submit their application and all supporting documents to the Office of Admissions six months prior to the anticipated semester of enrollment.

Freshmen International Applicants

International applicants who have not enrolled in any postsecondary institution since graduating high school should apply as freshmen.

How to Apply

Apply Online* or
Paper Application
To request a paper application contact the Office of Admissions at UGAdmiss@wcupa.edu or call 610-436-3411
  1. Pay a $45 non-refundable application fee online by credit card. If you are eligible to use an application fee waiver, please refer to the WCU Fee Waiver Policy.
  2. Complete the application for admission, including the personal statement.
  3. Submit official, English-translated copies of all secondary course work completed, including subjects listed and marks earned from
    *West Chester University will consider evaluations conducted by other National Association of Credential Evaluation Services approved members.
  4. All non-native speakers of English must submit an official score report from
    TOEFL

    TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    Applicants must score a minimum of 80 on the internet based test (ibt), a minimum of 550 on the written test or a minimum of a 213 on the computer based test. SAT or ACT scores can also be submitted and will be considered as a supplement to the TOEFL. The TOEFL institution code for West Chester University is 2659.

    ,
    IELTS

    IELTS (International English Language Testing Service)
    Applicants must receive an overall IELTS score at band 6.0 or above, and minimum scores of 6.0 for speaking, listening, reading and writing are preferred.

    , or the
    INTERLINK Language Center

    INTERLINK Language Center
    Completion of the INTERLINK program substitutes for TOEFL and IELTS requirements at West Chester University.

    .
  5. Applicants who have taken the SAT or ACT must arrange for official scores to be sent to the Office of Admissions.

Attention Education Majors: In order to become certified as a teacher in Pennsylvania, you must be a US citizen or US permanent resident.

*It is the applicant's responsibility to supply the Office of Admissions with the necessary documents to complete their application. The Office of Admissions reserves the right to withdraw an application if the required information is not received.

Transfer International Applicants

International applications who have been enrolled in any postsecondary institution(s), and/or have attended West Chester University as a non-degree student after graduating from high school, should apply as transfers.

How to Apply

Apply Online* or
Paper Application
To request a paper application contact the Office of Admissions at UGAdmiss@wcupa.edu or call 610-436-3411
  1. Pay a $45 non-refundable application fee online by credit card. If you are eligible to use an application fee waiver, please refer to the WCU Fee Waiver Policy.
  2. Complete the application for admission including the personal statement.
  3. Submit official, English-translated copies of all secondary course work completed, including subjects listed and marks earned from
    *West Chester University will consider evaluations conducted by other National Association of Credential Evaluation Services approved members.
  4. Request a "course-by-course" equivalency summary and have the evaluation mailed directly from one of the acceptable evaluation services to the
    Office of Undergraduate Admissions

    Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    West Chester University
    100 West Rosedale Avenue
    West Chester, PA 19383

    .
    Please note: It is the student's responsibility to contact one of the approved credential evaluation services, as well as to pay for the translation services. Applications will not be considered without this information.
  5. Students who have completed at least 30 academic credits at a US college or university only need to provide a credential evaluation of foreign credentials if postsecondary education was pursued outside of the US. High school level study does not need to be evaluated if at least 30 credits have been completed at a US higher education institution.
  6. All non-native speakers of English must submit an official score report from
    TOEFL

    TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    Applicants must score a minimum of 80 on the internet based test (ibt), a minimum of 550 on the written test or a minimum of a 213 on the computer based test. SAT or ACT scores can also be submitted and will be considered as a supplement to the TOEFL. The TOEFL institution code for West Chester University is 2659.

    ,
    IELTS

    IELTS (International English Language Testing Service)
    Applicants must receive an overall IELTS score at band 6.0 or above, and minimum scores of 6.0 for speaking, listening, reading and writing are preferred.

    , or the
    INTERLINK Language Center

    INTERLINK Language Center
    Completion of the INTERLINK program substitutes for TOEFL and IELTS requirements at West Chester University.

    .
    Any applicant who has completed over 30 college credits in the United States is not required to submit an English proficiency score report.
  7. Applicants who have taken the SAT or ACT must arrange for official scores to be sent to the Office of Admissions.
  8. Applicants who have college credits from US institutions must arrange for all official transcripts to be sent to the Office of Admissions.

Attention Education Majors: In order to become certified as a teacher in Pennsylvania, you must be a US citizen or US permanent resident.

*It is the applicant's responsibility to supply the Office of Admissions with the necessary documents to complete their application. The Office of Admissions reserves the right to withdraw an application if the required information is not received.

Program of Study Special Notes

  • Criminal Justice: Transfer students applying for the BS Criminal Justice program offered at our Philadelphia location must select BS Criminal Justice (Philadelphia). For additional information, please visit the Criminal Justice website.
  • Education: Transfer students applying to BSED Early Grades Preparation PK-4, BSED Early Grades Preparation PK-4/Special Education PK-8, BSED Middle Grades Preparation 4-8, or BSED Middle Grades Preparation 4-8/Special Education PK-8 must have 27 completed college level credits to be considered for admission. Applicants who have, or will have, 48 or more completed credits when beginning at WCU are also required to have a passing PAPA score. All applicants to Education programs must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above to be eligible for consideration.
  • Health Sciences BS: General: Only students who have completed an associate degree or certificate program in such areas as dental hygiene, occupational therapy, medical technology, cardiovascular technology, or alternative/complementary medicine are eligible to apply.
  • Liberal Studies BA/BS: Only transfer students who have completed at least 32, but no more than 80, semester hours of credit are eligible to apply. Eligible applicants will meet with an adviser to determine which liberal studies track (arts and sciences or science and mathematics) is appropriate.
  • Nursing: Applicants must be a registered nurse to be eligible to apply for the RN to BSN program. To be eligible to apply for the ADVANCE 2 BSN Accelerated Second Degree program, applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree in another subject and receive a 70% or better on the TEAS V exam. For additional information, please visit the Nursing website.
  • Pre-Major (Undeclared): Students who will have earned more than 45 credits prior to transferring are not eligible to apply for the Pre-Major (Undeclared) program.
  • Social Work: Students who will have earned more than 45 credits prior to transferring are not eligible to apply for the Social Work program offered at main campus. Transfer students applying for the BSW Social Work program offered at our Philadelphia location must select BSW Social Work (Philadelphia transfers only). Only core coursework requirements for Social Work will be offered at the Philadelphia location. For additional information, please visit the Social Work website.
  • BSN Nursing & BS Athletic Training: Transfer students are not eligible to apply for the BSN Nursing or BS Athletic Training programs.

Non-FAFSA Based Merit Scholarship

Though international students are not eligible for US government financial aid programs and cannot file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), some freshman merit scholarships offered by West Chester University do not require FAFSA submission. In order to be considered for non-FAFSA based merit scholarships, students should apply for admission early in the fall of their senior year and be accepted no later than January 15th. Applicants eligible for scholarship consideration will be notified with further information.