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.
WCU freshmen students come from all over the country representing thirty-two states in addition to Pennsylvania.
The Admissions Process
The Office of Admissions at West Chester University completes a preliminary evaluation of applications once all information has been received and processed. All aspects of each application are considered: academic record, standardized test scores, personal statement, and selected program of study. 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.
How to Apply
- Pay a $45 non-refundable application fee online by credit card. If you are eligible to use an application fee waiver, please refer to the WCU Fee Waiver Policy.
- 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, which lists your senior year courses. If you are a home schooled applicant, 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. It is the applicant's responsibility to send the Office of Admissions the official results of the SAT or ACT. Test scores imprinted on an official high school transcript are also acceptable. ACT scores imprinted on an official high school transcript must include all sub scores, along with a composite score. If you graduated from high school more than three years ago, it is not necessary to submit SAT or ACT scores; however, an official high school transcript is required.
- Submit General Equivalency Diploma (GED), if required. Students who received a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) must forward their 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 three years ago, it is not necessary to submit SAT or ACT scores.
- Recommendation letters are not required.
- Submit Permanent Resident Card, if applicable. If you are a permanent resident, you are required to submit a copy of your Permanent Resident Card.
- 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 2015 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 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 they enroll 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.