Founded in 1871 as an institute for teacher preparation, West Chester University is a comprehensive public institution, offering more than 118 undergraduate, 80+ graduate programs and 4 doctoral programs in more than 50 fields of study.
4th largest university in the Philadelphia region
The largest of the 14 universities in the PA State System of Higher Education
Organized into five Colleges25 miles west of Philadelphia
406 acres primarily in the Borough of West Chester
A Philadelphia location offers bachelor's programs in social work and an RN-BSN fast track program. The Master's
programs include criminal justice and social work.
*Charges for students in special programs of study and at Philadelphia campus may differ.
(All data are from Fall 2017)
Total Enrolled (full-time and part-time): 2,630
Total Enrolled: 1,332
West Chester University is proud of its diverse student body. WCU has 118 international students on F-1/J-1 visas from more than 40 countries, studying a variety of majors.
The international student body consists of:
Countries represented and number of students from those countries:
International programs of study:
Undergraduate per-credit-hour charges (tuition only)
*Graduate per-credit-hour charges (tuition only)
*Charges for students in special programs of study may differ.
Undergraduate Student to Faculty Ratio: 19:1
WCU currently offers 118 undergraduate, 103 master's, 4 doctorate degree programs taught by 729 full-time and 247 part-time faculty.
*Data includes degree seeking undergraduates and graduates only.
*The degree counts include all fiscal year degrees awarded: August 2016, Fall 2016, May 2017.
WCU students primarily come from Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and Maryland. In total, students come from 29 different states (including Washington, D.C.) and 74 different countries.
Undergraduate student body is:
All residence halls are equipped with a card access security system which is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Each North Campus high-rise residence hall has a trained staff residence director who is assisted by an estimated 6-15 resident assistants and 7-8 desk assistants per hall.
92% of freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls
40% of all undergraduates live on campus
60% of undergraduate students live off campus or commute
During the 2016-2017 academic year, nearly 7,500 WCU students provided more than 755,000 hours of volunteer service in Chester County and places as far away as South Africa.
WCU offers 288 student clubs and organizations
West Chester University sponsors one of the largest varsity programs in NCAA Division II with 24 intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. Students participate in NCAA Division II athletics in the PSAC and the ECAC. In the 2016-2017 academic year, there were 575 WCU student-athletes.
WCU is home to 16 fraternities and 18 sororities for like-minded students who seek groups dedicated to particular service, honor, and study initiatives.
These values-based organizations promote friendship, leadership, scholarship, and service. With 34 chapters, fraternity and sorority life provides a unique opportunity for students to be a part of campus tradition that will last a lifetime.
of freshman men join fraternities
of freshman women join sororities
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of undergrad women join sororities
The Army ROTC at WCU provides college-trained officers for both Active Components (U.S. Army) and Reserve Components (U.S. Army Reserve and the National Guard).
The Greg and Sandra Weisenstein Veterans Center, at 624 South High Street, offers a location where veterans and active military enrolled at WCU can gather to study, relax, have meetings, and find support.