Freshman Admission Procedures and Requirements
West Chester University defines a freshman applicant as any student in high school, or who has graduated from high school, but has not enrolled in any post-secondary institution(s). High school students who are taking, or have taken, college courses while in high school are also considered freshman applicants and should indicate this on the application.
The Admissions Process
A preliminary evaluation of applications is conducted once all information has been received and processed. The admissions committee prioritizes applicants with the strongest academic credentials and notifies them of a decision upon completion. Other candidates may be required to submit additional information or will be referred to the committee for a second review. If an applicant is referred to the admissions committee, committee decisions will be finalized no later than April 1st.
How to Apply
- Pay a $45 non-refundable application fee online by credit card. Please refer to the WCU Fee Waiver Policy, if eligible.
- Complete the application for admission, including a personal statement.
- Submit an official high school transcript. Request an official high school transcript from your guidance counselor, or submit an official transcript issued by the Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency (PHAA) or official documentation that your current curriculum has been approved by your state's Board of Education.
- Send official SAT or ACT scores. Send the Office of Admissions the official results of the SAT or ACT or ensure they are imprinted on an official high school transcript (ACT scores must include all sub scores, along with a composite score). If you graduated from high school more than five years ago, only an official high school transcript is required.
- Submit General Equivalency Diploma (GED), if required. Forward your official score report, an official high school transcript, and SAT or ACT results to the Office of Admissions. If you received the GED more than five years ago, it is not necessary to submit SAT or ACT scores.
- Recommendation letters are not required.
- Submit Permanent Resident Card, if applicable.
- Please review the following tips before completing your online admissions application.
*It is the applicant's responsibility to supply the Office of Admissions with the necessary documents to complete his or her application. The Office of Admissions reserves the right to withdraw an application if the required information is not received.
Guidelines For Admissions Consideration
- SAT: 1040 or higher combined (critical reading and math)
- GPA: B or better in a college preparatory curriculum
- Rank: Top 40% in graduating class
- Audition: Required for all Music applicants
- Interview: Required for the following programs: Athletic Training, Pre-Medical, Pharmaceutical Product Development & Respiratory Care
- Portfolio: Required for all Art applicants
*Some academic majors require higher admission standards than what is listed above.
Required Core High School Curriculum
Subjects and Number of Years
(Algebra I, II, Geometry)
(must include Biology and Chemistry)
Fall 2013 Enrolled Freshman Academic Profile
(Critical Reading & Math)
Program of Study Special Notes
- Undeclared: Due to the competitive nature and enrollment limitations of some academic programs, we offer the opportunity to indicate a second choice of major. If you are undecided about the program of study you wish to pursue, you can select the Pre-Major Program (Undeclared).
- BSN Nursing: Freshman applicants interested in the BSN Nursing (freshmen only) program must apply early in the fall of their high school senior year. Please note, transferring into the Nursing program as a current WCU student is unlikely to occur.
Special Admissions Programs
We offer two special admissions programs for a limited number of candidates who we feel have the ability to be successful with additional assistance. Decisions for the special admissions programs are made by a committee and applicants may be required to submit supporting documentation.
If an applicant does not qualify for either of these programs, we strongly recommend he or she enrolls at a local community college or another university/college for at least 30 credits and then apply as a transfer student.
- Reduced Fall Course Load: Students admitted to West Chester University through this program are limited to 12 credits in their first fall semester, rather than the traditional 15 credits. This helps with the transition to the University environment and college level courses. These students are still considered full-time students, so financial aid consideration is not impacted.
- Summer Academic Development Program: Students referred for consideration to the summer program will be required to submit further information. Accepted students attend a five-week summer program and complete courses to enhance their basic skills. This program is available to Pennsylvania residents only.