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:
Administration & Finance
Advancement & Sponsored Research
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.
Nickname: Golden Rams
Colors: Purple and Gold
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.
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.