Founded in 1871 as an institute for teacher preparation, West Chester University is a comprehensive public institution, offering more than 118 undergraduate, 80+ graduate programs and 4 doctoral programs in more than 50 fields of study.
25 miles west of Philadelphia
409 acres primarily in the Borough of West Chester
Organized into six colleges and one school:
- College of Arts and Humanities
- College of Health Sciences
- College of Business and Public Management
- College of the Sciences and Mathematics
- College of Education and Social Work
- University College
- Wells School of Music
Our Philadelphia location offers bachelor's programs in social work and business management as well as a BSN
for the registered nurse program. Three master's programs are offered: in social work;
public administration; and transformative education and social change.
*The Philadelphia campus offers a tuition differential to make a WCU education even more affordable.
Awards and Recognition
- U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings
- 17th Top Public School: Regional University North
- 38th Best College for Veterans: Regional University North
- 68th Regional University North
- 69th Best Value School
- Designated a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, publisher of GI Jobs magazine
(All data are from Fall 2020)
Enrolled First-Year Academic Profile
- High School GPA: 3.35
- Combined SAT (Critical Reading & Math): 1111
- Class Rank: 61%
- ACT: 22
- First-Year Students
- Total Applications: 13,589
- Total Admitted: 8,934
Total Enrolled (full-time and part-time): 2,777
- Total Applications: 2,956
- Total Admitted: 1,942
Total Enrolled: 1,265
Total Enrollment: 17,552
- Full-Time: 13,085
- Part-Time: 1,507
- Full-Time: 1,019
- Part-Time: 1,941
*For Fall 2020/Spring 2021, the University provided special COVID-19 Relief Credits. The rates listed below are expenses before these credits were applied. Fulltime in-state students saw a 11% cost savings and fulltime out-of-state students saw a 22% cost savings.
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: $2,755.06 (Instructional Technology Fee + General Fee)
- Room and Board: $9,494.00
- Room: $5,794.00 (Traditional North Campus Double)
- Board: $3,700.00 (Unlimited Meals per week + $250 Flex Dollars)
Undergraduate Student to Faculty Ratio: 19:1
WCU currently offers 118 undergraduate, 103 master's, 4 doctorate degree programs taught by 695 full-time and 298 part-time faculty.
- Winter 2016 Graduates
- 193 Graduates
- 826 Undergraduates
- Spring 2017 Graduates
- 355 Graduates
- 1,927 Undergraduates
*Data includes degree seeking undergraduates and graduates only.
- Bachelor’s Degrees: 3,774
- Master’s Degrees: 971
- Doctoral Degrees: 27
*The degree counts include all fiscal year degrees awarded: August 2016, Fall 2016, May 2017.
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.
Undergraduate student body is:
- 40% male
- 60% female
- 22.3% students of color
Each North Campus residence hall has a trained staff residence director who is assisted by 6-15 resident assistants and 7-8 desk assistants per hall.
In a normal year:
92% of first-year students live in campus housing
40% of all undergraduates live on campus
60% of undergraduate students live off campus or commute
During the 2018-2019 academic year, nearly 8,000 WCU students provided more than 709,000 hours of volunteer service in Chester County and places as far away as South Africa.
- Dancing -- swing dance , Irish dance, Bollywood dance club, the "Dream Dance Team"
- Sports -- Ultimate Frisbee, swim, judo, fencing and soccer
- Academic & Professional -- Earth & Space Science, Pre-Law Society , Minorities in Medicine
- Service -- Abbe’ Society, Colleges Against Cancer, Habitat for Humanity
- Social Equity -- Black Men United, L.A.S.O. (Latin American Student Organization), SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Alliance).
- Plus, our newest clubs: the Transfer Student Association, WCU Dance Marathon, and Black Graduate Caucus.
West Chester University sponsors one of the largest varsity programs 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 2019-2020 academic year, there were 557 WCU student-athletes.
- Recent National Champions:
- Baseball: 2012, 2017
- Women’s Field Hockey: 2011, 2012, 2019 (also 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978)
- Women’s Lacrosse: 2002, 2008
- 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.
Fraternities and Sororities
WCU is home to 16 fraternities and 18 sororities for like-minded students who seek groups dedicated to particular service, honor, and study initiatives.
These values-based organizations promote friendship, leadership, scholarship, and service. With 34 chapters, fraternity and sorority life provides a unique opportunity for students to be a part of campus tradition that will last a lifetime.
of first-year men join fraternities
of first-year women join sororities
of undergrad men join fraternities
of undergrad women join sororities
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.
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.