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.
*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.
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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:
Subjects and Number of Years
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.
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.