Phone: 267-386-3001

To learn more about all of our program offerings, contact Kelly Smack at or 267-386-3019.

To learn more about our MSW program, contact Kyle Murray at or 610-738-0339.

Joseph Santivasci, M.Ed.
Director, WCU Philadelphia Campus
Associate Provost for Enrollment Management and Campus Planning
Phone: 610-436-3376
Email: Joseph Santivasci

Marcie Cohen, M.S.
Associate Director for Student Services
Phone: 267-386-3014
Email: Marcie Cohen

Ben Morgan, M.A.
Associate Director, Student Success Center
Phone: 267-386-3027
Email: Ben Morgan

Kyle Murray
MSW Recruiter
Phone: 610-738-0339
Email: Kyle Murray

Kelly Smack, MSW
Assistant Director for Recruitment
Phone: 267-386-3019
Email: Kelly Smack

WCU in Philadelphia Services

Student Success Center

Welcome to the Student Success Center!

The Student Success Center (Room 3) celebrates and fosters critical literacy and thinking skills through in-person and online tutoring, professional development workshops, classroom presentations, and faculty support. Our mission is to ensure the academic and professional success of our students through collaborative feedback that empowers students to communicate with confidence.

Working on a draft of a particularly challenging research paper? Struggling to articulate an answer to an interview question? Feeling lost in the search for peer-reviewed source material? The Student Success Center at WCU in Philadelphia can help!

Spring 2018 Hours

  • Monday through Thursday, 2 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Saturday, 11 AM to 4 PM

What you can expect at the success center:

  • A free, 25- or 50-minute session with a trained and knowledgeable tutor
  • A friendly, professional environment offering one-to-one attention
  • Thoughtful discussion about your writing or research (ideas, strategies, strengths, and areas for improvement)
    • Organize a paper (Outlining, question-storming, mapping, etc.)
    • Discuss a draft of a class assignment
    • Familiarize yourself with APA Style (Formatting, citing, abstract, etc.)
    • Find journal articles and other sources using Google Scholar, Library Services, etc.
    • Learn a grammatical concept
  • Career development feedback
    • Look over career documents (resume, cover letter, CV)
    • Conduct a mock interview
    • Help accessing the Ram Career Network

We encourage you to make use of the success center as an antidote to procrastination and a source of accountability. Think of our support as a resource for generating, revising, and receiving feedback on your work, whether that work is for the classroom or your professional development, but be careful not to treat the success center as a last-minute fix-it shop, which reinforces bad study habits or may create co-dependency.

What we expect from students who come to the success center:

  • Show up on time for the session.
  • Come prepared to do work. Note that you do not have to have a draft, but you do need to have a plan in mind for what you want to work on.
  • Participate with your tutor in setting goals for the tutorial, and cooperate with the tutor in sticking to that plan.
  • Take ownership of your work. The tutor is a guide and a mentor, but they will not do the work for you.

While students may visit the success center without an appointment, we strongly recommend using our online system to schedule in advance.

(NOTE: If it’s your first-time using the success center, you will need to follow the instructions to register with your WCUPA email address.)

Spring 2018 Staff:

  • Ben Morgan, Associate Director of the Student Success Center, is available for 1-to-1 or group tutoring with students interested in improving their writing, conducting research, or developing professional materials such as resumes and personal statements. Ben is also available as a faculty resource to facilitate group workshops and classroom presentations.
  • Virginia Carr is a first year graduate student in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program. Virginia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from Temple University, and has spent the past five years pursuing various social work positions, both in the Philadelphia area as well as throughout Central and South America. Bilingual in English and Spanish, she aspires to bridge the gap in clinical counseling services for Latinos who have experienced trauma while exploring holistic services that connect the mind and body for healing. Virginia’s previous tutoring experiences include working in an undergraduate writing center, teaching ESL classes to adult immigrants, and private Spanish tutoring for college students. You can likely find her bachata dancing downtown or planning an escape to some place warm and with empanadas.

Questions? Concerns? We welcome your feedback on any aspect of the success center's work. Please feel free to call us at 267-386-3027, or contact Ben Morgan

Academic Success

Career Development Center

Sign in to your Ram Career Network account for access to internship and job postings!

The Career Development Center assists with:

  • Exploring career options
  • Finding internships and full-time jobs
  • Writing a resume and preparing for interviews (including online practice interviews in Ram Career Network)
  • Applying to graduate school

To schedule a 30-minute phone appointment, please call (610) 436-2501.

Counseling Services

Free and confidential Counseling Services are provided to WCU in Philadelphia students on a part-time basis. Dr. Kristin Shelesky, a WCU faculty psychologist, offers appointments on Thursdays at the Center City site. Appointments are available between 11AM and 6PM. To schedule, contact the WCU Counseling Center at (610) 436-2301 or and ask to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shelesky at the Philadelphia Campus.

Listen to a guided breath meditation and visit the Counseling Center's webpage for additional resources.

Local and Emergency Resources

  • Mental Health Delegates: (215) 685-6440
  • Suicide and Crisis Intervention Hotline: (215) 686-4420
  • Hall-Mercer Crisis Response Center: 245 S. 8th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107 - (215) 829-5433
  • Mercy Hospital Crisis Response Center: 5401 Cedar Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19143 - (215) 748-9525
  • Psychiatric Emergency Evaluation Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania - (215) 662-2121
  • Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741

Philadelphia Area Resources

Domestic Abuse

Substance-Related Issues

Self-Help Resources

Financial Aid  

WCU Financial Aid Office

Dual Enrollment

If you plan to take courses at WCU and another school, such as a community college, in the same semester, and would like to use financial aid, you must complete a Consortium Agreement . This form gets taken to the financial aid office of the host institution, and then sent to WCU’s financial aid office. This allows WCU to package you for enough aid to cover the cost of both schools. Please keep in mind that WCU does not pay the host institution directly; you will receive the funds in the form of a refund check after the semester has begun. A Consortium Agreement must be submitted every semester during which you will be dual-enrolled.

Financial Aid Process

In order to receive financial aid, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Submit your FAFSA at with WCU, federal school code 003328, in the school selection section.
  2. Accept/deny your awards through MyWCU.
  3. Complete loan entrance counseling and sign the Master Promissory Note for any accepted loans at
  4. Activate your account. Once a bill has been received, full-time students can do this via the link in their MyWCU; part-time students must call the Bursar’s Office at (610) 436-2552 to activate. You must do this every semester in order for your aid to be applied to your bill!

Be sure to check your WCU email regularly for important financial aid alerts!

Search for Scholarship opportunities with the new WCU scholarship search tool! Click "Apply Now" to complete the WCU General Scholarship Application. 

Graduation and Commencement

Visit the WCU Registrar's Graduation and Commencement page for:

  • Check the Graduation Application Timeline
  • Apply for Graduation
  • General Education Review
  • Run Your Degree Progress Report
  • Timeline for Awarding Degrees
  • Clear Holds
  • Graduation Honors Information
  • Financial Aid: Final Checks 
  • Don't Graduate Without #WCUFinLit

Click here for the Commencement homepage.

May/August 2018 Graduates - Cap and Gown Ordering 

Be sure to use the link for Philadelphia Campus students to have your cap and gown sent to the Philadelphia Campus.

  • The deadline to submit your cap and gown order to ship to the WCU Philadelphia Campus is Wednesday, March 28, 2018.  There is no additional charge for this service.
  • The deadline to submit your cap and gown order to ship to your home is Friday, April 6, 2018.  There is an additional fee for this service, which must be paid by credit card when you order.

Undergraduate Students: Click here for Philadelphia Campus cap and gown orders

Graduate Students: Click here for Philadelphia Campus cap and gown orders


Philadelphia Commencement Ceremony for May & August Graduates

Monday, May 14, 2018

Undergraduate Ceremony: 5:00pm

Graduate Ceremony: 7:00pm

Held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City, 237 S. Broad St.

*RSVP is required. Please see your WCU student email for additional information.


Students attending classes at WCU’s Philadelphia Site will have access to the multiple library resources on the West Chester campus. For information about accessing materials, please visit the library's special online resource site.

Electronic Materials and Delivery of Print Materials
86% of the University Libraries’ collection is available online 24/7 for WCU in Philadelphia students. This includes:

  • eBooks
  • Articles
  • Streaming Video & Audio

WCU Library will ship books & DVDs to:

  • Your home (free of charge, with return label provided, UPS both ways)
  • The Philadelphia Campus (shipped UPS, and returned to Marcie Cohen who returns books to West Chester)

Request PDF scans of articles from print journals and chapters from books via ILLiad:

  • Fill out and submit request form
  • You will receive an email letting you know material is available
  • Log in to download the material via ILLiad

If the Library doesn’t have a particular material, you can request it via interlibrary loan.

  • Usually delivered electronically (via ILLiad)
  • Or the Library will ship printed materials to you (home or Philadelphia campus), if the lending institution permits

Subject-Specific Collections:

Social Work 
Criminal Justice 

 Need help from a reference librarian?

  • Librarians are available to help you via chat, email, phone, and text (visit Ask Us page)
  • In-person reference hours at our campus are offered in conjunction with library presentations and workshops – Contact Danielle Skaggs, eLearning and Outreach Librarian for more information

 WCU in Philadelphia has started a Lending Library! Contact Associate Director for Student Services, 

Marcie Cohen,

if you would like to donate or reserve books. View available books .

Office of Services for Students with Disabilities

WCU students at the Philadelphia site should follow WCU procedures for requesting accommodations for disabilities in accordance with OSSD procedures. Please refer to the OSSD website for further information.

Student Identification Card

Student ID photos may be submitted online via the branch campus online submission form. Please read the following instructions and photo guidelines carefully before submitting the form: Online Photo Submission .

Student IDs will be distributed during the first week of classes.  Students will need to present another valid form of photo ID (i.e. driver's license, passport) in order to receive their student ID card.


You can order your books through the SSI Bookstore at Explore a guide to ordering textbooks through the WCU Bookstore website.

Accepted forms of payment:

  • All major credit cards
  • Ram Bucks
  • Financial Aid ( It is the student’s responsibility to setup book voucher for payment to release the order. If this is not done the book order will be held in the SSI bookstore)

If you are using Financial Aid to purchase books through the WCU SSI Bookstore, please follow these additional steps:

  1. Estimate your total book value
  2. Set-up your book voucher by calling the Bursar at (610) 436-2552. Be sure to tell them you are a Philadelphia campus student. You must request a book voucher from the Bursar's Office before placing your textbook order.
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