Student Computing Resources

Educational Discounts & System Requirements

Students may purchase recommended laptops models at a discounted student rate from these vendors Apple, Dell, or Lenovo (view Lenovo model promotional flyer here ). Visit our Recommended Student Computer Configuration page for minimum device requirements, purchasing tips, optional accessories and available software applications provided by WCU.

Computer Labs

WCU provides public computer lab access in several areas on campus including the FHG Library and Sykes Student Union.  Many departments also have specific labs in academic buildings with specialized equipment or software specific for course work.

Equipment Lending Programs

West Chester University has the following resources available for Students who require access to a computer or loaner laptop:

FHG Library Short-term Lending (7 days): 
Laptops can be checked out for a short-term loan in-person at the FHG Library circulation desk.

Academic Success Program (ASP): 
The Academic Success Program is a special admissions program for incoming students. ASP students can go to Lawrence 231 to request an ASP loaner laptop.

College of Education and Social Work: 
The CESW Tech Center loans equipment for use by students throughout the College of Education and Social Work. If you are a CESW student, Contact the CESW Tech Center if you would like to make a reservation.

The IS&T Loaner Program (Long-Term Loan Program up to 2 semesters):
IS&T Loaner Program is part of the Moonshot for Equity initiative at the university with the goal of providing equitable access to technology resources for students demonstrating need for the equipment. There are a limited number of laptops available and requests will be reviewed working with the Financial Aid office. If you would like to request a loaner device, please login to ServiceNow and complete a formal request

Other Useful links

Visit the Technology Resources page for more information about computing spaces, printing, available software, and self-paced tutorials.

Initialize Your Password (for first-time users only)

Reset your password

RamCloud allows students to use various applications from any device or location.

Residence Life

SSI Bookstore

FHG Library

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Resources for Parents and Alumni

Parent Portal

Students have the capability to delegate access to the following areas: Course History, Student Grades, View Account Summary, View Addresses, View Class Schedule, View Financial Aid Awards and View Financial Aid Alerts.

Learn more about Parent Portal

Post-Graduation Account Access

To adhere with PASSHE legal counsel regarding use of university resources and commonwealth property including compliance with software licensing requirements as well as information security best practices, WCU Students will no longer retain their campus email account after they have graduated from the university. Accounts will be disabled and deleted 90 days upon graduation.

Career Development: Handshake

Handshake is your one-stop career platform that connects you with internships and jobs opportunities. It highlights Career Development Center and employer events that happen on-campus, off-campus, and virtually. Setup an alumni account in Handshake


For all academic-related alumni information please visit the Alumni Resources page on the Registrar website.


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