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About West Chester University

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Address: 201 Carter Drive, Suite 100
West Chester, PA 19382

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About West Chester University

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Founded in 1871 as an institute for teacher preparation, West Chester University is a comprehensive public institution, offering more than 116 undergraudate and 86 graduate programs in more than 50 fields of studies. Guided by a vision statement that places WCU as central to the economic, cultural and social vitality of the region, the University's programs are responsive both to its students and to regional needs. Faculty and Staff of the University operate in six different divisions:

  • Academic Affairs
  • Administration & Finance
  • Advancement & Sponsored Research
  • External Operations
  • Information Services
  • Student Affairs

West Chester University is a part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), which is comprised of 14 universities. The central administration of PASSHE, including the Office of the Chancellor, is located at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Chancellor is the Chief Executive Officer of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. Appointed by the Board of Governors, the Chancellor is responsible to the Board for overall administration of the State System. Please view the WCU Organizational Structure  for more information.


  • Founded: 1871
  • Nickname:
  • Colors: Purple and Gold
  • Mascot: Rammy

Official Name Changes

  • 1871: West Chester State Normal School
  • 1927: West Chester State Teachers College
  • 1960: West Chester State College
  • 1983: West Chester University of Pennsylvania


  • The University's business programs hold prestigious international accreditation from the Association to Advance Schools of Business.
  • The College of Education and Social Work programs also have the highest accreditation in the field.
  • The Honors College is unique for its strong service component.
  • Music has been taught at the University since its founding in 1871, and today is among only 100 in the United States, including Curtis and Juilliard, with "all-Steinway" designation.
  • In more than 35 years, the placement rate into medical schools for pre-med students who received Pre-Medical Committee support has remained at 95%.
  • The Frederick Douglass Institute commemorates the intellectual heritage of Frederick Douglass, the former slave, distinguished orator, journalist, author, and statesman, who was a frequent visitor to the West Chester area, and who gave his last public lecture on West Chester's campus on February 1, 1895. Among other activities, the Institute helps to advance multicultural studies across the curriculum.
  • The University heats and cools 15 of its academic and residence life facilities using geothermal technology - something only a handful of schools worldwide have developed.
  • WCU is the first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference university to win two NCAA championships, Baseball and women's Field Hockey, in the same academic year.
  • The Academic Quad, including three buildings made of rare serpentine stone, is listed on the National Historic Register.
  • The University's south campus includes a 100-acre preserved woodland, field, and stream-side habitat for natural sciences and environmental studies.
  • To learn more about WCU highlights visit our Fun Facts page.

Select Rankings

  • Top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges & Universities, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
  • The Community Engagement Classification for Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships in 2013, The Carnegie Foundation
  • Best Colleges (Regional Universities North), U.S. News & World Report
  • President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll from 2005-2014, Corporation for National & Community Service
  • Top 100 Best Online MBA Programs (U.S. News)
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