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Transfer admittance is open to any student who has attended a post-secondary institution after high school or enrolled with WCU on a non-degree basis. If you attended WCU as a degree student for at least one semester but did not register for classes for three or more consecutive semesters, apply as a readmit applicant.

The Admissions Process

The Office of Admissions at West Chester University completes a preliminary evaluation of all transfer applications on a rolling basis once all information has been received and processed. The 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.

It is recommended that transfer applicants for the fall semester complete the application process early in the preceding spring semester, preferably no later than June 1st. It is recommended that spring semester applicants be completed preferably no later than November 15th. Please keep in mind that certain academic programs can close earlier and if enrollment limits are met before this time, admissions will be closed. WCU does not have a minimum credit requirement to apply as a transfer student.

How to Apply

Apply Online
  1. 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.
  2. Complete the application for admission.
  3. Send your official college transcript(s) from all institutions attended.
    West Chester University
    Office of Admissions
    100 W. Rosedale Avenue
    West Chester, PA 19383
    Attention: Transfer Office
  4. If you have earned fewer than 24 credits at the time you have submitted your application, you must ALSO submit an official final high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores. If you have graduated from high school more than three years ago, it is not necessary to submit SAT or ACT scores.
  5. Submit Permanent Resident Card, if applicable. If you are a permanent resident you are required to submit a copy of your Permanent Resident Card.
  6. All students who have attended school outside of the US must have their transcripts evaluated by a NACES-approved company, a few of which are listed below, including subjects listed and marks earned from the following acceptable evaluation services:

    *The Office of Undergraduate Admissions at West Chester University is not in a position to evaluate qualifications undertaken by students outside of the United States. Therefore, please arrange for a course-by-course credential evaluation of your previous studies be completed by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member.Here is full list of NACES-approved evaluation companies. Each company has its own requirements and guidelines, so once you select a company to use, you will need to follow their instructions.

    Please note: It is the student's responsibility to contact one of the approved credential evaluation services, as well as to pay for the translation services. Applications will not be considered without this information.

  7. All students (to include US permanent residents) who have completed their education outside of the US and for whom English is not the native language must show proof of English proficiency. This can be in the form of satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS scores, or the completion of ELS Level 112.

*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.

To check the status of your application, please

e-mail Undergraduate Admissions.

You will receive an email response within 3-5 business days. Please note: The Office of Admissions must process each application, along with all supporting credentials, which can take up to three weeks. Please allow for processing time before checking your status.

Are you a veteran or active military member? Review these important instructions before applying.

Admission Requirements

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 is required for consideration, but is not a guarantee for admission. Certain majors have more selective requirements and enrollment limitations, see below. Students with cumulative grade point averages between 2.00 - 2.49 may be deferred until later in the review cycle. For the specific GPA requirement for your major of interest please

e-mail Undergraduate Transfers.


Program of Study Special Notes

The following academic majors have limited enrollment and/or higher admission standards:
  • Nursing
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Computer Science
  • Pre-Med
  • Pharmaceutical Product Development
  • Respiratory Care
  • Social Work
  • Education

Additionally, the following programs have special requirements and restrictions:

  • Nursing
    Applicants must be a registered nurse to be eligible to apply for the RN to BSN program. To be eligible to apply for the ADVANCE 2 BSN Accelerated Second Degree program, applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree in another subject and receive a 70% or better on the TEAS V exam. For additional information, please visit the Nursing website.
  • BSN Nursing
    Transfer students are not eligible to apply for the BSN Nursing program.
  • Health Sciences BS: General
    Only students who have completed an associate degree or certificate program in such areas as dental hygiene, occupational therapy, medical technology, cardiovascular technology, or alternative/complementary medicine are eligible to apply.
  • Liberal Studies BA/BS
    Only transfer students who have completed at least 27, but no more than 80, semester hours of credit are eligible to apply. Eligible applicants will meet with an adviser to determine which liberal studies track (arts and sciences or science and mathematics) is appropriate.
  • Education
    Transfer students applying to BSED Early Grades Preparation PK-4, BSED Early Grades Preparation PK-4/Special Education PK-8, or BSED Middle Grades Preparation 4-8 must have 27 completed college level credits to be considered for admission. Applicants who have, or will have, 48 or more completed credits when beginning at WCU are also required to have passing scores, as established by PDE, on the PA Basic Skills Test: PRAXIS I (taken before April 1, 2012) or PAPA scores, or CORE. Students may use SAT or ACT scores in place of the Basic Skills Tests. Applicants must also have completed college level English Composition. All applicants to Education programs must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above to be eligible for consideration.
  • Pre-Major (Undeclared)
    Students who will have earned more than 45 credits prior to transferring are not eligible to apply for the Pre-Major (Undeclared) program.
  • Social Work
    Transfer students applying for the BSW Social Work program offered at the Philadelphia location must select BSW Social Work (Philadelphia transfers only). Only core coursework requirements for Social Work will be offered at the Philadelphia location. For additional information, please visit the Social Work website. Transfers applying for the BSW Social Work program offered at the West Chester location must select BSW Social Work. Space at the West Chester campus is limited and priority is given to applicants with the strongest academic backgrounds.

Credit Evaluation Process

Credits are evaluated by our Registrar. An official credit evaluation will be sent from the Office of the Registrar following a student's acceptance to the University. To view the most recent course equivalencies, please visit the Office of the Registrar website.

Transfer Student Life

  • University Student Housing
    Limited housing is available for transfer students on our South Campus in The Village and The East Village Apartments. Applicants interested in living on campus should plan to complete the application process early.
  • Orientation 
  • Campus Tours and Information Sessions
    For available dates and times to visit our campus, please see our Visit Us page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I learn more about my major?

See Academic Programs to find all the majors WCU offers! Once you click on your major, you will be directed to the department website, which offers extensive information about that program of study. You can also learn more by reviewing each of the college websites below. Contact the department for additional information or if you have questions.

College Websites

Should I apply as a Readmit student?

If a student previously completed at least one semester of course work at West Chester University as a degree seeking candidate, but separated from the University for three or more consecutive semesters and wish to re-enroll, they must apply as a Readmit Student.

Are there special admission requirements, such as completing Basic Skills Testing, for Education major?

Yes, there are special admission requirements for those applying to one of the following Education programs: Early Grades Preparation PK-4 BSED, Early Grades Preparation PK-4/Special Education PK-8 BSED, or Middle Grades Preparation 4-8 BSED. Applicants must have 27 completed college level credits to be considered for admission. Applicants with 48 or more completed credits when starting at WCU are required to have passing scores on the PA required Basic Skills Test: PRAXIS I (taken before April 1, 2012), PAPA or CORE. Students may use SAT or ACT scores in place of the Basic Skills Tests.

See the College of Education-Social Work Website for information about required SAT or ACT scores. All applicants to Education programs must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above to be eligible for consideration.

What is the Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education Academic Passport Policy?

The PASSHE Academic Passport Policy states that any community college students with an AA/AS degree in a transfer or college parallel program from an accredited public Pennsylvania community college, or any student attending another System (SSHE) university with at least 12 credit hours of college level work with a 2.0 GPA or higher, can be admitted to WCU if they apply within the established WCU time frame. Admission to a specific curriculum at WCU will be determined by WCU, based upon the same criteria required for all other transfer students.

Please view the Academic Passport Information page on the Registrar website for more information.

If accepted, how do I register for classes?

You will need to contact your appropriate academic department and arrange an advising appointment. Included with your acceptance materials will be contact numbers for each academic department. You are encouraged to schedule your advising appointment prior to the end of the semester preceding your start term.

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Tyler Norris

Tyler Norris

  • Year of Graduation: BSW 2012, MSW 2015
  • Major: Social Work
  • Hometown: Downingtown, PA

A Marine Corps veteran, Tyler transferred into WCU after serving in the Gulf. He had a unique perspective given his service to the country, and the lack of services he found upon his return. Tyler wanted to make a difference in the lives of other veterans, and to help them transition back into civilian life. Along the way, he also helped the University by creating a cultural awareness training for faculty and staff to help them understand the veteran experience. He's been presenting around campus ever since! Today, Tyler is also a Mental Health Therapist with Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems where he is making a difference every day.

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