WCU

West Chester University

75 College Ave, Greenville, United States
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  • Total Documents
    759
  • Class Notes
    558
  • Textbook Notes
    97
  • Study Guides
    100
  • Currently Enrolled
    1,112
  • Previously Enrolled
    512

Overview of West Chester University (WCU)

About this school

West Chester is a public, multipurpose university. Founded as a state Normal School in 1871, it became a state college in 1960 and gained university status in 1983. Its 388-acre campus is located in West Chester, 25 miles west of Philadelphia.
  • Institution Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:14,451
    • Men:5,936 (41.1%)
    • Women:8,515 (58.9%)

Location

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Admission Information (WCU)

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to West Chester University of Pennsylvania is moderately difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is required

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
4
Science
3
-
Foreign Language
-
2
Social Studies
2
-
History
2
-
Academic Electives
2
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
February 1
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: Used for placement ACT: Used for placement

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
University Avenue and High Street
City, State, Zip
West Chester, PA  19383
Phone
(610) 436-3411
Fax
-
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
$45
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer Of Admission
By May 1 or within 4 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student cannot defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
-
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
69% of 12,667 applicants were admitted
Women
68% of 8,101 applicants were admitted
Men
70% of 4,566 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
3,514 (40%) of 8,677 admitted students enrolled
Women
2,040 (37%) of 5,485 admitted students enrolled
Men
1,474 (46%) of 3,192 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.42
375 And Above
28%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
19%
3.00 - 3.24
16%
2.50 - 2.99
14%
2.00 - 2.49
2%

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
553 average |470-570 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
2%
• Score 600 - 700
25%
• Score 500 - 600
58%
• Score 400 - 500
15%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
Sat Critical Reading
564 average |520-600 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
3%
• Score 600 - 700
29%
• Score 500 - 600
57%
• Score 400 - 500
11%
• Score 300 - 400
1%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
24 average |21-26 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
6%
• Score 24 - 29
44%
• Score 18 - 23
47%
• Score 12 - 17
3%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid (WCU)

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - In-state: $10,111|Out-of-state: $21,349
  • Room & Board: - $9,060 (70.89201877934272%)
  • Other Expences: - $1,200 (9.389671361502348%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $2,520 (19.718309859154928%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


West Chester University of Pennsylvania accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 15
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning March 1
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 003328
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
2,185 (89.5%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
1,535 (70.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,535 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
113 (7.4%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
42%
Average Award
$7,231
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 803 (52.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,809
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,310 (85.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $2,949
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 398 (25.9%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
48 (2.0%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $4,212

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
10,070 (78.7%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
7,575 (75.2%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
7,575 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
670 (8.8%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
49%
Average Award
$8,180
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 4,487 (59.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,651
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 6,550 (86.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,755
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 1,335 (17.6%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
205 (1.6%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $4,265

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
73%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$34,160
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
10.0%

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Business, Mathematics, Social Sciences
Creative Arts/Performance
Art/Fine Arts, Music, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Leadership
Special Characteristics
Children of Faculty/Staff

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,644

Academics & Instruction (WCU)

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Not required

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


694

Part-Time Faculty


258

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


61%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 6% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 18% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 37% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 24% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 9% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 5% of classes
  • Over 100 students: - 1% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 1% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 16% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 71% of discussion sections/labs
  • 30-39 students: - 12% of discussion sections/labs
  • 50-59 students: - 1% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
50-59
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
1,834,515

Computing


Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
2700
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


West Chester University of Pennsylvania provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


85.1%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


48.4%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


69.4%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


72.6%

Programs & Majors (WCU)

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (49)


  • Accounting
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Anthropology
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Dietetics/Dietitian
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Finance, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
  • History, General
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General
  • Pharmaceutics and Drug Design
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Health, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Women's Studies

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Some online degree programs

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Business/marketing, Health professions and related sciences, Education

Online Degrees


Engineering

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Master of Science, Master of Music, Master of Science in Administration, Master of Business Administration, Master of Social Work, Master of Education, Master of Arts, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Public Health

Master's Programs of Study (68)


  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Statistics
  • Astronomy
  • Athletic Training and Sports Medicine
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Business Education
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication--General
  • Community Health
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Counselor Education
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education--General
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Emergency Management
  • English
  • English as a Second Language
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Ethics
  • Exercise and Sports Science
  • Foreign Languages Education
  • French
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geosciences
  • German
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Gerontology
  • Health Education
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Higher Education
  • History
  • Holocaust and Genocide Studies
  • Human Resources Management
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Kinesiology and Movement Studies
  • Management Information Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing--General
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Administration
  • Public Affairs
  • Public Health--General
  • Reading Education
  • School Nursing
  • Science Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Sports Management
  • Student Affairs
  • Sustainable Development
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Campus Life (WCU)

Location & Geography

Population


18,857

Nearest Metropolitan Area


409 acres

Environment


Suburban environment

Campus Size


Philadelphia

Weather


Temperature
22.8 average low in January, 81.7 average high in September
Rain
117 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
25 mile(s) from campus in Philadelphia
Nearest Bus Station
West Chester
Nearest Train Station
Paoli

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Coed housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


36% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


64%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Not offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division II
Mascot
Rammy
School Colors
Purple and gold

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross-Country Running
Field Hockey
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Lacrosse
Rugby
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross-Country Running
Field Hockey
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Lacrosse
Rugby
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, football, racquetball, rock climbing, sand volleyball, soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


West Chester University of Pennsylvania offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, student government association, residence hall association, fraternal programming board, sports club council, cru

Sororities


18% of women participate

Fraternities


12% of men participate

ROTC


Army ROTC offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


13,020

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
14,451
Women
8,515
Men
5,936

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 2.5% Asian
  • 11.3% Black/African-American
  • 5.8% Hispanic/Latino
  • 3.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 75.9% White
  • 1.0% Unknown

International Students


0.4% from 82 countries

Average Age


21

Number of Graduate Students


2,855

Student Resources (WCU)

Study resources