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West Chester University of Pennsylvania

West Chester University of Pennsylvania Rating: 3.6/5 (20 votes)

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Introduction

West Chester University of Pennsylvania (West Chester) is a public university located about 25 miles west of Philadelphia. The university has been in existence since 1812 and has seen many changes, including name changes, throughout the years. In 1983, the university assumed its current name when it became a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

The school is especially well-known for its attractive campus. One section, featuring buildings made of native serpentine stone, is a designated Historic District by the National Register of Historic Places. The historic district includes the Old Library, Recitation Hall, and Ruby Jones Hall.

Academics

Students can pursue the following undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Education, and a Teaching Certificate. Graduate programs include Masters of Science, Masters of Business Administration, Masters of Arts, Masters of Education, Masters of Public Health, Masters of Music, The university also offers graduate studies in law, theology, and medicine and a variety of certificates in computer science, health, kinesiology, music, mathematics, and more.

Areas of Strength

This college is remarkable for its strengths in formal poetry and Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Interdisciplinary studies are also a featured part of academic life. Areas of study with transcript recognition include American studies, ethnic studies, Latin American studies, Russian studies, peace and conflict studies, women’s studies, and linguistics.

Dual Degree Programs

WCU participates in a 3-2 dual degree program with Pennsylvania State University to expedite master’s degrees for students in liberal arts, physics, and engineering. The school also has admissions agreements with the Drexel School of Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, Widener School of Law, and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Frederick Douglass Society

West Chester is considered to be a particularly welcoming and nurturing environment for African American students, in part due to the Frederick Douglass Society. The society is an organization of faculty and staff and raises money for several scholarships.

The Institute for Women

The Institute for Women oversees the Women’s Studies Program, the Women’s Center, and a number of other programs and awards on campus, including scholarships for older female students.

National Student Exchange Program

The university is a member organization of the National Student Exchange Program, allowing their students to study for as long as a year at one of over 170 schools in the United States.

Admissions

The admissions office evaluates applications on a rolling basis. Prospective students must submit an online application, a modest fee, a personal statement, a high school transcript with high school counselor form, and official SAT or ACT scores. Applicants should have a combined SAT of 1020 or higher, a GPA of 3.0 or better in college preparatory curriculum, and should graduate in the top 40% of their class. The average admitted student has a high school GPA of 3.45, a combined SAT or 1078, and ranks in the top 31% of his or her class. Students are also expected to have studied 4 years of English, 3 years of math, 3 years of science, 3 years of social studies, and some foreign language.

Further Requirements by Department

Students applying to the music programs will need to audition as well. Interviews are required for students applying for Athletic Training, Pre-Medical, Pharmaceutical Product Development, and Respiratory Care.

Exceptional Cases

Students who show promise but do not meet the standard academic requirements for admission may enter West Chester through a reduced course load program or, for Pennsylvania residents, after successfully completing the Summer Academic Development program.

Financial Aid

In addition to the wide range of state and financial aid options open to any college or university student in Pennsylvania, West Chester offers several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships. The majority of students receive aid of some kind. Merit based scholarships are available to students with SAT scores of over 1200 and who rank in the top 20% of their class. Students who meet these criteria are encouraged to apply early in the fall of their senior year. Many students in math and science degree programs receive scholarship funds from the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2009th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

Greek Life

There are more than 25 Greek organizations on campus. Fraternities and sororities sponsor campus-wide activities and events, participate in service opportunities, and provide leadership opportunities on campus.

Marching Band

West Chester is known for its large and disciplined marching band, which has performed in such venues as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Philadelphia Eagles games, and the Bands of America Grand National Championships.

Dining on Campus

There are eleven different dining locations on campus, including both traditional dining halls and convenient options such as Starbucks, Einstein Bros Bagels, and a Taco Taco Food Truck. There are many vegetarian and vegan options, and students with special dietary restrictions are encouraged to meet with the executive chef to ensure that their needs are met.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The athletics department is known as the Golden Rams. The Golden Rams compete in NCAA Division II. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, and track & field. Women’s sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, and volleyball.

The Campus Recreation department offers sports clubs, intramural sports, group fitness, recreational swims, and a fully equipped fitness center free for student use.

Alumni

Well-known alumni include Second Lady of the United States Jill Biden, composer Melissa Dunphy, rapper Asher Roth, actor Tom Wright, New York Yankees second baseman Pat Kelly, and professional hockey player Jim Gehring.

Information Summary

Ranks 20th in Pennsylvania and 240th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Pennsylvania and 311th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 6 0.04
Robbery 2 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 20 0.13
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 119 0.79

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 32 0.17
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.01
Forcible Rape 12 0.06
Robbery 53 0.29
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 95 0.51
Larceny 377 2.04
Vehicle theft 23 0.12

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4206

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 878th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,622 $6,622 $16,556
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,228 $2,228 $2,418
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $276 $276 $690
FT Graduate Tuition $7,956 $7,956 $11,934
FT Graduate Required Fees $2,134 $2,134 $2,314
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $442 $442 $663
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $25,690 $25,690 $35,814
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $25,690 $25,690 $35,814
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $14,950 $14,950 $25,074

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $8,276 $8,620 $8,276 $8,620 $17,636 $18,446
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,464 $1,500
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,136 $12,074
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,404 $3,640
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $11,636 $12,074
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,404 $3,640
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,396 $5,040

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$45
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 13,424 (4,855 male / 8,569 female)
Admitted 6,922 (2,433 male / 4,489 female)
Admission rate 52%
First-time Enrollment 2,298 (812 male / 1,486 female)
FT Enrollment 2,292 (810 male / 1,482 female)
PT Enrollment 6 (2 male / 4 female)
Total Enrollment15,845

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference

SAT Test Admission

474th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 100%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 500 / 590
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 520 / 600
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1020 / 1190

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity4,866
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$4,848
Board Fee$3,138

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 36 308 107 69 5 2,971 13 3,528
Accounting 2 3 3 5 59 72
Analytical Chemistry 1 8 9
Anthropology 1 1 16 19
Art/Art Studies, General 1 1
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 30 1 32
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 3 2 81 86
Biochemistry 9 9
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 4 7 82 94
Business Administration and Management, General 1 13 1 7 128 151
Business/Commerce, General 2 2 1 5
Business/Managerial Economics 1 29 30
Chemistry, General 2 10 12
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 1 3 4
Clinical Psychology 3 3
Computer and Information Sciences, General 3 2 4 19 1 29
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 7 3 72 83
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 14 5 2 104 126
Dietetics/Dietitian 2 12 3 2 104 1 125
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 1 18 20
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 6 6 2 116 1 131
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism
Educational/Instructional Technology 2 2 4
Elementary Education and Teaching 4 1 25 30
English Language and Literature, General 5 6 118 129
Finance, General 1 5 2 66 74
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 1 5 1 37 45
French Language and Literature 2 1 11 1 15
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 1 5 6
Geography 1 3 22 26
Geology/Earth Science, General 4 23 27
German Language and Literature 8 8
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 5 1 27 33
Health Teacher Education 12 12
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 1 5 5 2 158 1 172
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 2 8 1 15 26
History, General 3 2 98 103
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 1 1 2
Jewish/Judaic Studies 2 2
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 26 26
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 4 4
Latin Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 39 12 3 195 1 252
Mathematics, General 1 1 2 44 48
Music History, Literature, and Theory 1 1
Music Performance, General 1 1 1 3 35 41
Music, General 1 2 64 67
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design 2 12 14
Philosophy 1 1 1 15 18
Physics, General 1 9 10
Political Science and Government, General 7 3 1 2 38 1 52
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies 1 11 13
Psychology, General 3 24 13 3 169 2 216
Public Health, General 10 34 3 3 1 44 1 97
Reading Teacher Education 2 66 68
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 16 2 3 153 176
Rhetoric and Composition 8 5 1 150 1 167
Russian Language and Literature 5 5
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General 4 105 109
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 14 15
Social Work 22 4 79 109
Sociology 11 1 1 31 45
Spanish Language and Literature 2 4 1 18 25
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 3 71 75
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 4 4
Statistics, General 4 1 5 14 24
Systems Science and Theory 1 17 2 37 57
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 16 16
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 11 11
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy 1 1
Women's Studies 1 1 5 7

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 718th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $80,185 ($83,378 male / $75,805 female)
Number of FT Faculty 636 (292 male / 344 female)
Number of PT Faculty 883
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $27,717,109
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