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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.


 Pennsylvania State

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

Philly Skyline Grapic

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.

Awards and Recognition

  • U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings
    • 18th Top Public School: Regional University North
    • 53rd Best College for Veterans: Regional University North
    • 71st Regional University North
  • Consumer Digest Ranking
    • 21st Top 50 Values for Public Colleges and Universities
  • 1 of only 4 Pennsylvania schools ranked in the top 100 Kiplinger “best buys” in American public higher education
  • Designated a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, publisher of GI Jobs magazine


(All data are from Fall 2015)

Enrolled Freshman Academic Profile

  • High School GPA: 3.49
  • Combined SAT (Critical Reading & Math): 1068
  • Class Rank: 34%


  • Transfer
    • Total Applications: 3,598
    • Total Admitted: 2,095

    Total Enrolled: 1,415

Total Enrollment: 16,611

Undergraduate: 14,226

Undergrad Enrollment Pie Chart 89.8% Full time Students, 10.2% Part-Time
  • Full-Time: 12,781
  • Part-Time: 1,445

Graduate: 2,385

 Graduate Enrollment Pie Chart 35.9% Full Time; 64.1% Part-Time
  • Full-Time: 856
  • Part-Time: 1,529


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:

61 undergrads, 84 grads, 89 females, and 56 males

Countries represented and number of students from those countries:

  • 44 from India
  • 27 from China
  • 22 from Norway
  • 16 from Saudi Arabia
  • 10 from South Korea
  • 6 from Nigeria
  • 4 from Brazil, Jamaica, and Vietnam
  • 3 from Ghana, Hong Kong, Kenya, Rwanda
  • 2 from Bangladesh, Germany, Greece, Mali, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, and United Kingdom
  • 1 from Antigua, Austria, Bahamas, Burma, Cameroon, Canada, Georgia, Guatemala, Iran, Japan, Kosovo, Liberia, Malaysia, Mozambique, Nepal, South Africa, and Venezuela

International programs of study:

  • 30 Public Health
  • 28 Business
  • 28 Mathematics/Statistics
  • 24 Computer Science
  • 12 Music
  • 10 Psychology
  • 6 TESOL
  • 5 Biology, Kinesiology
  • 4 Communications, Criminal Justice, English
  • 3 Education, Georgraphy, Nutrition & Dietetics, Political Science, Public Administration, Theater
  • 2 Art, Chemistry
  • 1 Anthropology, Respiratory Care


2015-2016 Annual Expenses




Annual Tuition



Undergraduate per-credit-hour charges (tuition only)



*Graduate per-credit-hour charges (tuition only)



*Charges for students in special programs of study may differ.

  • Required Fees: $2,401.56 (Instructional Technology Fee + General Fee)
  • Room and Board: $8,427.46
    • Room: $5,148.00 (Traditional North Campus Double)
    • Board: $3,279.46 (Unlimited Meals per week + $250 Flex Dollars)


Undergraduate Student to Faculty Ratio: 19:1

Student to Faculty Ratio is 19:1

WCU currently offers 118 undergraduate, 101 master's, 2 doctorate degree programs taught by 679 full-time and 235 part-time faculty.

Degrees Awarded

  • Winter 2014 Graduates
    • 193 Graduates
    • 826 Undergraduates
  • Spring 2015 Graduates
    • 355 Graduates
    • 1,927 Undergraduates

*Data includes degree seeking undergraduates and graduates only.

  • Bachelor’s Degrees: 3,383
  • Master’s Degrees: 693

*The degree counts include all fiscal year degrees awarded; August 2014, Fall 2014, May 2015.

Student Body

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).

Purple & Gold representative people

Undergraduate student body is:

  • 40.5% male
  • 59.5% female
  • 19% students of color
  • 9.95% students age 25 and older


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.

Pie Chart of 93% 91% of freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls

Pie Chart of 36% 36% of all undergraduates live on campus

Pie Chart of 61% 64% of undergraduate students live off campus or commute

Student Life

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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.

  • Every week Sykes After Dark provides entertainment to students with performers, comedians, laser tag, games, dances, movies, open mic nights, and more.
  • In 2013 the WCU Golden Rams Marching Band “Ritual Fire” program was chosen to be featured at the College Band Directors National Association’s Bi-Annual Conference. The program was 1 of 10 field shows featured, and the only one from a Division II school.
  • WCU Live! provides unrivaled cultural opportunities to WCU and Chester County, and brings to campus vocal virtuosos, instrumental wizards, family theatre, dancers, and performers from cultures near and far.


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.

  • Recent National Champions:
    • Women’s Field Hockey: 2011, 2012 (also 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978)
    • Women’s Lacrosse: 2002, 2008
    • Baseball: 2012
  • WCU has 15 athletic fields on North Campus and South Campus
  • John A. Farrell Stadium is home to the majority of WCU sporting events and has the same artificial turf used by professional football teams.
  • There are 27 recognized sports clubs from bowling and fencing, to ultimate Frisbee and water polo. Intramural sports are also offered, and include flag football and indoor volleyball.

Greek Life

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).

  • Army ROTC is offered on campus through cooperating institution Widener University.
  • Air Force ROTC is offered off campus at cooperating institution St. Joseph’s University.


Yellow Ribbon - Support Out Troops

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.

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