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Undergraduate Admissions

Freshman

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Undergraduate Admissions

Address:
Messikomer Hall (Admissions Office)
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

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.

How to Apply

Apply Online
 
  1. Complete the application for admission, including a personal statement. Applications can be submitted without a personal statement but an admissions decision will not be made until the statement is received. If sent separately, please make sure your name and Social Security number are on the statement so we can match it to your file. The Office of Admissions strongly suggests submitting the personal statement at the time of the online application submission.
  2. 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.
  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 three 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 three 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.

*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.

Are you a veteran or active military member? Review these important instructions before applying.

Admission Requirements

How Do We Evaluate An Admissions Application?

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

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

Fall 2017 Enrolled Freshman Academic Profile

High School GPA3.38
Combined SAT1120
ACT 24
Class Rank Top 60%

Program of Study Special Notes

  • Athletic Training
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Elective Social Studies Certification
      • Applicants who wish to teach social studies at the secondary education level may pursue teaching certification in combination with any of the following BA degree programs: geography, history, or political science.
  • Elective Language and Cultures Certification
      • Applicants who wish to receive a language and cultures certification may pursue a PA K-12 Certification in combination with the Languages and Cultures BA degree in any one of the following areas: French, German, Russian, or Spanish.
  • Pre-Med, Pharmaceutical Product Development, and Respiratory Care require an interview as part of the admission process. School of Music requires an audition. Studio Art requires a portfolio review. Applicants to these programs of study are encouraged to apply early.

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.

ACHIEVE!

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.

 Merit Scholarships

 In order to be considered for merit scholarships students should apply for admission early in the fall of their senior year and be accepted no later than January 15. Applicants eligible for scholarship consideration will be notified with further information. For more information on scholarships, please visit our Financial Aid website.

 

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