Founded in 1871 as an institute for teacher preparation, West Chester University is a comprehensive public institution, offering more than 118 undergraduate and 103 graduate programs in more than 50 fields of study.
4th largest university in the Philadelphia region
The largest of the 14 universities in the PA State System of Higher Education
25 miles west of Philadelphia
406 acres primarily in the Borough of West Chester
A Philadelphia location offers bachelor's and master's programs in criminal justice and social work, and graduate programs in special education plus a graduate business certificate. Coming to the Philly site in Spring 2016: The RN-BSN Fast Track Program and the M.A. in Masters in Communication Studies.
(All data are from Fall 2015)
Total Enrolled (full-time and part-time): 2,395
Total Enrolled: 1,415
West Chester University is proud of its diverse student body. WCU has over 180 international students from more than 40 countries, studying a variety of majors.
The international student body consists of:
Countries represented and number of students from those countries:
International programs of study:
Undergraduate per-credit-hour charges (tuition only)
*Graduate per-credit-hour charges (tuition only)
*Charges for students in special programs of study may differ.
Undergraduate Student to Faculty Ratio: 19:1
WCU currently offers 118 undergraduate, 101 master's, 2 doctorate degree programs taught by 679 full-time and 235 part-time faculty.
*Data includes degree seeking undergraduates and graduates only.
*The degree counts include all fiscal year degrees awarded; August 2014, Fall 2014, May 2015.
WCU students primarily come from Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and Maryland. In total, students come from 29 different states (including Washington D.C.) and 74 different countries (Resident Alien or Green Card holders and international).
Undergraduate student body is:
All residence halls are equipped with a card access security system which is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Each North Campus high-rise residence hall has a trained staff residence director who is assisted by an estimated 6-15 resident assistants and 7-8 desk assistants per hall.
91% of freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls
36% of all undergraduates live on campus
64% of undergraduate students live off campus or commute
During the 2014-2015 academic year, nearly 7,500 WCU students provided more than 812,000 hours of volunteer service in Chester County and places as far as South Africa.
WCU offers 280 student clubs and organizations with about 10,000 combined members.
West Chester University sponsors the largest varsity program in NCAA Division II with 24 intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. Students participate in NCAA Division II athletics in the PSAC and the ECAC. In the 2013-2014 academic year, there were 551 WCU student-athletes.
WCU is home to 14 fraternities and 15 sororities, including 10 culturally based Greek Organizations for like-minded students who seek groups dedicated to particular service, honor, and study initiatives.
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The Army ROTC at WCU provides college-trained officers for both Active Components (U.S. Army) and Reserve Components (U.S. Army Reserve and the National Guard).
The Greg and Sandra Weisenstein Veterans Center, at 624 South High Street, offers a location where veterans and active military enrolled at WCU can gather to study, relax, have meetings, and find support.