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WCU Welcomes New & Returning Students, Faculty, Staff

West Chester University’s first-year students moved in on Friday, Aug. 26, assisted by Interim President Chris Fiorentino and nearly 550 student volunteers from various WCU clubs, organizations, and NCAA athletic teams.

As in past years, West Chester University received a large number of freshman applications – 14,286 – for the 2,415 spots in this year’s freshman class. Many students also chose to transfer to West Chester: The University received 3,481 transfer applications for an entering transfer class of 1,425.

Out-of-state students, most of them from New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and New York, represent approximately 15.8 percent of the freshman class. WCU also welcomes 45 new international students from near (Canada) and far (China, Nigeria and other countries). In addition, eight exchange students from our international partners in France, Ireland, and Japan are participating in a semester or year-long exchange studying education, business, and kinesiology.

There are 57 new faculty members bringing their expertise to academic departments that include counseling, English, management, nutrition, physics, and special education.

At this year’s State of the University address on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 12:30 p.m., Interim President Chris Fiorentino will host a discussion with the University community in lieu of an official speech. This conversation will focus on where WCU is going and how we can get there. To make suggestions about topics or submit questions, click here. The event takes place in Asplundh Concert Hall, Philips Memorial Building, with a reception on the Quad to follow.

Returning members of the University community may notice some changes, for example, in the locations of a few departments, now that the reorganization of West Chester University’s colleges has been implemented. For details, visit the Provost’s website and click on Fall 2016 Reorganization of Colleges.