If you’re considering West Chester University for your educational career, you’re in excellent company. With students from 29 states across the nation, from more than 40 countries around the globe, and more than 93,000 alumni worldwide, West Chester University enjoys a truly global reach. At WCU our community is dedicated to cultural exchange, global literacy, international education, and most importantly—your success.
WCU appears consistently in the US News & World Report rankings as a Top Public School (North) and Top Regional University (North), and we are proud to offer the highest level of educational excellence through nearly 180 undergraduate and graduate programs. So get to know us, and learn more about the countless opportunities waiting for you at West Chester University.
Who is classified as an international student?
Is the SAT or ACT required for international students?
Do I have to take TOEFL/IELTS if I have been enrolled at a US college or university?
Do you have an ESL program on campus?
Does West Chester University offer conditional admission to incoming international students?
Is there an admissions deadline?
Can the application fee be waived for international students?
Do I have to submit a credential evaluation, or may I provide my English-translated transcripts and certificates to the Office of Admissions?
Is financial assistance available to international students?
Where can I find more information on the visa process, insurance requirements, employment, and other issues relevant to international students studying in the United States?
With over 280 recognized organizations, there is no shortage of ways to get involved or activities to participate in!
If you're living in a residence hall, your Resident Advisors will plan fun activities to do. And if you take a short walk into town, you'll have access to boutiques, restaurants, and more! Members of the WCU community are encouraged to take advantage of seasonal activities like "West Chester Restaurant Week," "May Day Festival of the Arts," or any of the holiday parades.
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Tuition and Fees
The amount of financial support varies each year depending on the tuition costs. Tuition is set each year in July for the following academic year. For the 2016-17 academic year, the estimated expenses posted on your I-20 and for which you must show support are as follows:
*Housing options vary in price, so living expenses are approximate.
**The total cost listed is an approximation due to the variation of housing costs. Total cost does not include books, supplies, or personal expenses.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance:
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 final year, supply an approved credential evaluation, SAT or ACT scores, and be accepted no later than January 15th. Applicants eligible for scholarship consideration will be notified with further information.
International students are not eligible for federal financial aid. However, for the Fall 2016 semester we are likely to have a total of 10 available scholarships for distribution to selected international (F-1 visa) students. The scholarships are $4,000/year and renewable upon the student sustaining a 3.0 GPA and making academic progress while at WCU. Students with a GPA of at least a 3.0 at their current institution with English language proficiency scores (ie, SAT/ACT, TOEFL/IELTS) markedly above our minimum requirements are automatically reviewed for the scholarship.
West Chester University is unable to offer full or partial tuition scholarships to incoming international students.
General funding may be available from outside agencies for international students looking to attend US colleges. Additional information can be found on the following websites:
The University's Center for International Programs (CIP) is the designated office on campus to provide special assistance, advising, and programming for the members of the international community. Additional information on the visa process and arrival at West Chester University can be found on the CIP New Students page.