Joseph Santivasci, M.Ed.
Assistant Provost and Assistant Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management
Phone: 610-436-3376

Marcie Cohen, M.S.
Coordinator of Student Support
Phone: 267-386-3014

Ben Morgan, M.A.
Associate Director of the Writing Center
Phone: 215-560-5986

Kyle Murray
MSW Recruiter
Phone: 610-738-0339

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WCU in Philadelphia Services

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. Contact

Dr. Shelesky,

or PASSHE Center City Administrative Assistant,

Keeya Faison,

at (267) 386-3026 to schedule.

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.


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 Coordinator of Student Support,  

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.

Writing Center

The Writing Center offers free writing consultation services to all WCU undergraduate and graduate students.. At every stage of the writing process, writing consultants help writers identify their strengths and develop strategies to become better writers. Explore the Writing Center website for resources for writers and information about their services.

Schedule an appointment - First-time users will need to register.

Contact the WCU in Philadelphia Writing Center at (267) 386-3027 or email

Ben Morgan, Associate Director


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