Diane Greenwood, MSW, LCSW
WCU Coordinator of Philadelphia Site
Phone: 610-436-2551
Email: DGreenwood@wcupa.edu


WCU at PASSHE Center City
Mellon Independence Center
701 Market Street, Concourse Level
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 267-386-3001
Email: Info@pmuccenter.org


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WCU Services

Academic Success

Career Development Center

The Career Development Center assists with:

- Exploring and choosing majors and careers

- Finding internships and full-time jobs

- Writing a resume and preparing for interviews (including Interview Stream web-based mock interviews)

- Connecting with employers at career fairs

- Applying to graduate school

- And MORE!

To schedule a 30-minute phone appointment, call (610) 436-2501.

Sign up for Ram Career Network for access to internship and job postings!

 

Counseling Services

Free and confidential Counseling Services are provided to WCU in Philadelphia students on a part-time basis. Dr. Kristin Shelesky, a WCU faculty psychologist, offers appointments on Thursdays at the Center City site. Appointments are available between 11AM and 6PM. Contact Dr. Shelesky, or PASSHE Center City Administrative Assistant, Keeya Faison, at (267) 386-3026 to schedule.

Listen to a guided breath meditation and visit the Counseling Center's webpage for additional resources.

Local and Emergency Resources

Mental Health Delegates: (215) 685-6440
Suicide and Crisis Intervention Hotline: (215) 686-4420
Hall-Mercer Crisis Response Center: 245 S. 8th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107 - (215) 829-5433
Mercy Hospital Crisis Response Center: 5401 Cedar Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19143 - (215) 748-9525
Psychiatric Emergency Evaluation Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania - (215) 662-2121
Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741

Philadelphia Area Resources


Domestic Abuse

Substance-Related Issues

Self-Help Resources

Student Information Submission

Financial Aid

WCU Financial Aid Office

Dual Enrollment

If you plan to take courses at WCU and another school, such as a community college, in the same semester, and would like to use financial aid, you must complete a Consortium Agreement. This form gets taken to the financial aid office of the host institution, and then sent to WCU’s financial aid office. This allows WCU to package you for enough aid to cover the cost of both schools. Please keep in mind that WCU does not pay the host institution directly; you will receive the funds in the form of a refund check after the semester has begun. A Consortium Agreement must be submitted every semester during which you will be dual-enrolled.

Financial Aid Process

In order to receive financial aid, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Submit your FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov with WCU, federal school code 003328, in the school selection section.
  2. Accept/deny your awards through MyWCU.
  3. Complete loan entrance counseling and sign the Master Promissory Note for any accepted loans at www.studentloans.gov.
  4. Activate your account. Once a bill has been received, full-time students can do this via the link in their MyWCU; part-time students must call the Bursar’s Office at (610) 436-2552 to activate. You must do this EVERY semester in order for your aid to be applied to your bill!

Be sure to check your WCU email regularly for important financial aid alerts!

Search for Scholarship opportunities with the new WCU scholarship search tool! Click "Apply Now" to complete the WCU General Scholarship Application.

Library

Students attending classes at WCU’s Philadelphia Site will have access to the multiple library resources on the West Chester campus. For information about accessing materials, please visit the library's special online resource site.

Further Information

Danielle Skaggs
eLearning and Outreach Librarian
DSkaggs@wcupa.edu
(610) 436-2401

WCU Philly has started a Lending Library! Contact WCU Philly Program Counselor, Marcie Cohen, at mcohen@wcupa.edu if you'd like to donate or reserve books. View available books.

Office of Services for Students with Disabilities

WCU students at the Philadelphia site should follow WCU procedures for requesting accommodations for disabilities in accordance with OSSD procedures. Please refer to the OSSD website for further information.

Student ID

Student ID photos may be submitted online via the branch campus online submission form.   Please read the following instructions and photo guidelines carefully before submitting the form: 

Online Photo Submission.

Student IDs will be distributed during the first week of classes.  Students will need to present another valid form of photo ID (i.e. driver's license, passport) in order to receive their student ID card.

Textbooks

You can order your books through the SSI Bookstore at wcubookstore.com. The SSI Bookstore will deliver orders made by 12:00PM on January 16, 2016 to PASSHE Center City free of charge.

Accepted forms of payment:

  • All major credit cards
  • Ram Bucks
  • Financial Aid ( It is the student’s responsibility to setup book voucher for payment to release the order. If this is not done the book order will be held in the SSI bookstore)

If you are using Financial Aid to purchase books through the WCU SSI Bookstore, please follow these additional steps:

  1. Estimate your total book value
  2. Set-up your book voucher by calling the Bursar at (610) 436-2552. Be sure to tell them you are a Philadelphia campus student. You must request a book voucher from the Bursar's Office BEFORE placing your textbook order.

Click here for a guide to ordering textbooks through the WCU Bookstore website.

Writing Center

The Writing Center offers free writing consultation services to all WCU undergraduate and graduate students, as well as to the entire campus community. At every stage of the writing process, from pre-writing to final draft, writing consultants help writers identify their strengths and develop strategies to become better writers. Explore the Writing Center website for resources for writers and information about their services.

Schedule an appointment with a WCU Philly writing tutor. First-time users will need to register. *This is a new link that will take you to a Philadelphia-only schedule. If you registered previously on the old site (where you had to choose the Philadelphia schedule from a drop-down menu), you will need to register again the first time you use this new link.*

Contact the WCU Philly Writing Center at (215) 560-5986 or wcuphillywritingcenter@gmail.com.

Location

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) is the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; comprising of 14 universities, four branches campuses, and two centers. PASSHE is committed to its core mission of providing quality education at an affordable cost. The System universities, located in rural, suburban, and small-town settings throughout Pennsylvania, educate more students per year than any other higher educational institution on the state.

PASSHE Emergency Safety and Preparedness

PASSHE Center City offers universities an array of programs in one convenient location. For adult learners seeking easy access to quality, affordable learning, PASSHE Center City is an ideal resource.

PASSHE Center City is located at

in the Mellon Independence Building. The easiest way to enter the building is via Eighth Street, under the blue awning for Ross Dress for Less.

  • Classrooms are located on the third floor. From the building entrance, go to the West Lobby Elevator. Sign in and take the elevator to the third floor classroom.
  • Administrative offices are located on the concourse level.

For more information about PASSHE Center City, including emergency procedures, please visit www.passhecentercity.org.

Hours

Students at West Chester University in Philadelphia are welcome to use computer labs on the third floor of PASSHE Center City during the classroom hours.

Third floor classrooms of PASSHE Center City are open:

  • Monday–Thursday: 12PM to 10PM
  • Friday: 12PM to 4PM
  • Saturday: 8AM to 4PM
  • Sunday: closed

Administrative offices are open Monday–Fridays from 9am to 5:30pm.

Closings & Delays

For alerts and notifications:

  • Students: First check with your College/University or your instructor
  • Call (267) 386-3001 for a pre-recorded message

  • Visit passhecentercity.org and/or the WCU Philly homepage.
  • Tune into the following TV stations:
  • NBC (10); ABC (06); CBS (03); FOX (15); CW (17)
  • Sign up for e2Campus Emergency Notification System to get text or email alerts

*Remember that PASSHE Center City/WCU Philly closures are separate from West Chester Campus closures!

Parking

There are several convenient parking options near PASSHE Center City:

  • Central Parking offers validation stickers for West Chester University in Philadelphia students. Students with current WCU ID cards or validation stickers will be charged a $5 flat rate to park at the 8th/Market surface lot (backup is 733 Chestnut Street) at the following times:
    • M-F: After 3pm (up to 12 hours)
  • In order to receive the above validation, please be sure to bring your original ticket from the lot with you, and a PASSHE/WCU staff member will provide you with the sticker.
  • A parking garage at Seventh and Market streets charges $8 to park after 5pm
  • A city-run lot at Eighth and Filbert streets charges $8 to park after 5pm

Transportation

West Chester University in Center City Philadelphia is easily accessible by SEPTA trains and buses, as well as the PATCO train system. The nearest train station is at Eighth and Market streets.