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WCU Facts

West Chester University: Vital Stats
  • The fourth largest university in the Philadelphia region.
  • The largest of the 14 universities in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education.
  • Organized into five Colleges:
    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Business and Public Affairs
    • College of Education
    • College of Health Sciences
    • College of Arts and Humanities
  • More than 118 undergraduate, 91 master's degree programs, and one Doctorate program taught by 685 full-time and 277 part-time faculty
  • Classes offered Fall and Spring Semester, accelerated Summer and Winter sessions, and online.
  • Approximately 16,091 degree seeking students: 2,242 graduate and 13,849 undergraduate. (Fall 2014)
  • Students primarily come from from Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland.
  • Students come from 35 different states and 74 different countries.
  • The undergraduate student body is 60% female, 40% male and 18% students of color.
  • Founded: 1871
  • Nickname: Golden Rams
  • Colors: Purple and Gold
  • Mascot: Rammy
Official Name Changes
  • 1871 - West Chester State Normal School
  • 1927 - West Chester State Teachers College
  • 1960 - West Chester State College
  • 1983 - West Chester University of Pennsylvania
West Chester University Student Life
  • In 2014, WCU students contributed over 800,000 hours of volunteer and community service to more than 200 non-profit and governmental agencies.
  • More than 225 student clubs and organizations.
  • WCU sponsors the largest varsity program in NCAA Division II with 24 intercollegiate men's and women's sports.
  • 23 registered sports clubs from bowling and fencing, to ultimate Frisbee and water polo. Intramural sports are also offered, and include flag football and indoor volleyball.
  • 13 undergraduate residence facilities located in North and South campus and offering suite-style, apartments, and traditional style living.
  • Approximately 93% of the University's freshman live on campus.
Campus Profile
  • 406-acre campus.
  • Located in West Chester, PA
  • 25 miles west of Philadelphia
  • 10-minute walk from Downtown West Chester featuring shops, restaurants, festivals and attractions. Downtown West Chester is a historic community that offers small-town charm with cosmopolitan flair.
  • The academic quad is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The buildings included in this historic district are Philips Memorial Building, Ruby Jones Hall, Recitation Hall and the Old Library.
  • WCU South Campus
    Located less than one mile from North Campus, South Campus includes the College of Health Sciences, athletic fields, tennis courts, Farrell Stadium, Graham Natatorium swimming pool, 67-acre Gordon Natural Area and residence facilities.
  • WCU Graduate Center
    1160 McDermott Drive
    West Chester, PA 19382
    Located less than five miles from North Campus, the Graduate Business Center houses the Dr. Edward Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center and two of the College of Business and Public Affair's graduate programs: Masters in Business Administration Program and the Masters in Public Administration Program.
  • WCU Philadelphia Location
    Philadelphia Multi-University Center Mellon Independence Center
    701 Market Street, Concourse Level
    Philadelphia, PA 19106
    Open in 2013, WCU's Philadelphia Location offers graduate and undergraduate programs. Classes are mainly offered in the late afternoon/evening to accomodate working professionals.
  • The University's business programs hold prestigious international accreditation from the Association to Advance Schools of Business.
  • The College of Education programs also have the highest accreditation in the field.
  • The Honors College is unique for its strong service component.
  • Music has been taught at the University since its founding in 1871, and today is among only 100 in the United States, including Curtis and Juilliard, with "all-Steinway" designation.
  • The Frederick Douglass Institute commemorates the intellectual heritage of Frederick Douglass, the former slave, distinguished orator, journalist, author, and statesman, who was a frequent visitor to the West Chester area, and who gave his last public lecture on West Chester's campus on February 1, 1895. Among other activities, the Institute helps to advance multicultural studies across the curriculum.
  • WCU is the first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference university to win two NCAA championship, Baseball and women's Field Hockey, in the same academic year.
Select Rankings
  • Top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges & Universities, Kiplingerís Personal Finance
  • 2010 The Community Engagement Classification for curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships, The Carnegie Foundation
  • 2013 Best Colleges (Regional UniversitiesóNorth), U.S. News & World Report
  • 2005 - 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, Corporation for National & Community Service

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