Sykes Union and Student Activities

Location: Sykes Student Union
Phone: 610-436-3360
For current hours please visit our website

Student Union and Activities creates vibrant campus community through excellent programs and services.  

Sykes Union

Sykes Student Union is the center of community life on the campus of West Chester University. In support of the educational mission of the University, Sykes encourages and provides an environment where everyone on campus can gather to participate and learn through diversity and co-curricular experiences. Sykes provides services, conveniences, and facilities designed to support the needs of West Chester University and the community. The Union further strives to maintain a balance of recreational, social, educational and cultural programs and activities. Sykes Student Union promotes the development of the whole student by enhancing the classroom experience through experiential learning opportunities. This development is often accomplished through leadership opportunities, participatory decision-making, and empowerment connected with the operation of the facility.  

Constructed in 1975 and renovated in 1995 and 2017, Sykes Student Union features approximately 105,000 square feet of building space designed for all members of the campus community to come together for a variety of events. 

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Student Activities

Location: 236 Sykes Student Union
Phone: 610-436-3037, 610-436-3540
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm

Student Activities at West Chester University encompass a wide range of cultural, social, educational, and recreational programs for a diverse student population. As a part of the Sykes Union and Student Activities team, Student Activities takes a leadership role in organizing and sponsoring joint or individual projects as part of its mission. One major role centers on the advisory relationship with the Student Activities Council (SAC), the major student programming body on campus.

The Student Activities Council plans many events such as film screenings, concerts, off campus trips, national and cultural entertainment, live performers, and campus traditions including Homecoming and Banana Day. Student Activities also plays a vital role in coordinating Ramboree, an annual outdoor music festival in the Spring, and helps plan Rams After Hours, a weekly, late-night programming series.

Students can engage in campus life through participation and involvement in campus activities and student organizations. All students have an opportunity to attend campus events and join the Student Activities Council to become part of the event planning and implementation process. Students are encouraged and have the opportunity to assess all programming, making sure that the products presented serve their best interest and personal development.  Leadership roles are always available; these opportunities to be active can become one of the more enriching experiences while at WCU. Becoming involved builds individual self-esteem and a sense of community – two important qualities that enhance a student’s life.

Commitment to Social Justice

Sykes Union and Student Activities values cultivating affirming spaces in our building and programs for all students and the WCU community. We will continue to do so even in the most challenging and uncertain of times. 

Sykes Union is a student-centered place that is committed to providing space to gather, unite, and share ideas. Our team is dedicated to the role of the college union and utilizing our resources in the active pursuit of equity and social justice.

Student Employment

Sykes Union and Student Activities is proud to employ nearly 50 students in its operation. As an employee, you'll enjoy many benefits and perks such as setting your own schedule, knowledge of campus events and information, and career development. Click here to learn more about our employment opportunities.   .

Information Desk

Location: First Floor

The Information Center serves as a central information service for the University. Available at the center are schedules of campus programs and events, transportation schedules, campus maps, U.S. and a campus mail deposit box, the building lost and found, and other general campus and community information.

Computer Lab

Location: 302 Sykes Union

The computer lab offers 22 PC terminals and two Mac terminals with a printer available.

SSI Service Center

Location: 006 Sykes Union

The SSI Service Center, located on the ground level of Sykes Union, is the concierge service of SSI. The Service Center is your one-stop shop to purchase postage stamps, SEPTA tokens, Regal Theatre movie tickets, and tickets to most on-campus events. The Service Center also provides document notarization services as well as fax services. The Service Center accepts VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and the ram e-card for purchases. An Automatic Teller Machine, located next to the center, allows for expanded hours of service for the student’s personal cash needs. There is no service fee for the use of this ATM. Students must refer to their own bank regarding their ATM fees. (Fees and hours are subject to change without prior notice.)

Food Service

Location: 103 Sykes Union

The Ram’s Head Food Court offers food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and an assortment of snack items. The Eco Grounds coffee cart located in the Ram’s Den on the ground floor is open weekdays and weekends for specialty coffees, fruit smoothies, and snacks.

WCU Campus Store

Location: Ground Floor

The WCU Campus Store is the official bookstore and campus store of West Chester University. Visit the store to purchase your course texts, WCU clothing, gear, gifts, and more!

Additional Information

All Gender Restrooms: Two all gender restrooms are located on the ground floor adjacent to EcoGrounds.

Meeting and Programming Facilities: Throughout the building are meeting and programming spaces of various sizes and capabilities for groups from five to 500. These spaces may be reserved on 25Live by officially recognized student clubs and organizations, faculty, and staff. The Sykes Union administration office in Room 116 coordinates building room reservations.

Lactation Room: Sykes also hosts one of WCU's Lactation Rooms on the third floor in room 306. Available for use during building hours, the Information Desk on the first floor can provide the combination to access the private room. The room includes a recliner, a table, a small refrigerator, a microwave, fan, outlet, and locked door. A sink is available in the second-floor restroom.

Lockers: Lockers are available on the ground floor and can be rented by the semester or the academic year. Stop by the SSI Service Center for more information.

TV Viewing: The main lounge, located on the first floor, offers a 42-inch plasma flat screen for TV viewing.

Posting Space: Bulletin boards are located throughout the building for general informational posting, book sales, program advertisements, and other notices. Three postings may be dropped at the Information Desk and, upon approval, will be posted by the Sykes staff.

Prayer & Meditation Space: Located on the third floor adjacent to the Lactation Room, there is dedicated space for quiet reflection and prayer.

Lounges: Located throughout the building are lounges designed for comfort, relaxation, studying, and other informal gatherings.

Wireless Capabilities: Sykes Union has wireless capability for internet throughout the building.