From our welcoming community and beautiful campus to our outstanding faculty members and leadership opportunities, West Chester University specializes in creating a personalized educational experience. At WCU, we encourage you to embrace our endless resources to ensure a successful future in your chosen field.
Current high school students and high school graduates who have not enrolled in a post-secondary institution apply to WCU as a freshman. Please mention any college courses completed in high school on the WCU application.
Take a few minutes to review how the Office of Admissions will be reviewing the new SAT scores.
Complete the application for admission, including a personal statement. The Office of Admissions strongly suggests submitting the personal statement at the time of the online application submission.
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.
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.
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 three years ago, it is not necessary to submit SAT or ACT scores; however, an official high school transcript is required. Need help preparing for your SAT or ACT? WCU offers SAT and ACT test prep through our Continuing Professional Education division. Check out the Continuing Professional Education site for more info!
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 three years ago, it is not necessary to submit SAT or ACT scores.
Recommendation letters are not required.
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.
Every aspect of the application is considered: strength of an academic record which includes the gpa and rank if provided, standardized test scores, personal statement, and requested program of study. The admissions committee prioritizes applicants with strong academic credentials and notifies the applicant of a decision soon after completion. Some candidates may be asked to submit additional information. In some cases, the application may be referred to the admissions committee for a second review. For consideration, the following majors require additional steps:
Audition: Required for all Music applicants
Interviews: Required for the following programs: Pre-Medical, Pharmaceutical Product Development & Respiratory Care
Portfolio: Required for all Art applicants
Required Core High School Curriculum
Subjects and Number of Years
(Algebra I, II, Geometry or Computer Science)
Lab Science3 years (must include Biology and Chemistry)
Social Studies3 years
Foreign Language3 years (preferred)
Fall 2016 Enrolled Freshman Academic Profile
High School GPA3.44
Combined SAT1054 (Critical Reading & Math)
Class Rank Top 34%
Program of Study Special Notes
The undergraduate Athletic Training program is now Health Sciences: General - Sports Medicine Studies BS. Students apply directly into a 3+2 program in which he or she can earn a bachelor's degree in Health Sciences: General - Sports Medicine Studies BS and a master's degree in Athletic Training.
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).
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 a special admission program for a limited number of candidates who we feel have the ability to be successful with additional assistance. Decisions for these special admission programs are made by a committee and applicants may be required to submit supporting documentation.
If an applicant does not qualify for one of these programs, we strongly recommend they enroll at a local community college or another university/college for at least 24 credits and then apply as a transfer student.
This proactive academic support program will provide students with the best chance of success at WCU. Members of ACHIEVE! are required to attend ACHIEVE! meetings during Part I and II of New Student Orientation, participate in academic success workshops throughout their first fall semester, attend biweekly meetings with a Graduate Consultant from our Learning Assistance and Resource Center (LARC) and meet with an Academic Advisor during a scheduled advising session.
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.