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.


 Pennsylvania State

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

Philly Skyline Graphic

A Philadelphia location offers bachelor's programs in social work and an RN-BSN program. The Master's programs include Transformative Education and Social Work.
*Charges for students in special programs of study and at Philadelphia campus may differ.

Awards and Recognition

  • U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings
    • 19th Top Public School: Regional University North
    • 36th Best College for Veterans: Regional University North
    • 64th Regional University North
    • 82nd Best Value School
  • 1 of only 4 Pennsylvania schools ranked in the top 100 Kiplinger “best buys” in American public higher education
  • Designated a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, publisher of GI Jobs magazine


(All data are from Fall 2018)

Enrolled First-Year Academic Profile

  • High School GPA: 3.43
  • Combined SAT (Critical Reading & Math): 1121
  • Class Rank: 61%
  • ACT: 23


  • First-Year Students
    • Total Applications: 13,589
    • Total Admitted: 8,934

    Total Enrolled (full-time and part-time): 2,777

  • Transfer
    • Total Applications: 2,956
    • Total Admitted: 1,942

    Total Enrolled: 1,265

Total Enrollment: 17,552

Undergraduate: 14,592

Undergrad Enrollment Pie Chart 90%  Full time Students, 10% Part-Time
  • Full-Time: 13,085
  • Part-Time: 1,507

Graduate: 2,960

 Graduate Enrollment Pie Chart 34.4% Full Time; 65.6% Part-Time
  • Full-Time: 1,019
  • Part-Time: 1,941


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:

62 undergrads, 56 grads, 76 females, and 42 males

Countries represented and number of students from those countries:

  • 20 from India
  • 16 from China
  • 10 from Nigeria, Saudi Arabia
  • 7 from Norway
  • 6 from South Korea
  • 5 from Hong Kong
  • 3 from Ireland, Venezuela, Vietnam
  • 2 from Albania, Japan, Kenya, Sweden
  • 1 from Antigua, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Brazil, Burma, Cameroon, Canada, Czech Republic, Congo (Brazzaville), Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Gabon, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Netherlands, Panama, Russia, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe.

International programs of study:

  • 14 Public Health
  • 12 Computer Science
  • 11 Statistics
  • 8 Economics & Finance, Public Administration
  • 7 Management, Music
  • 6 Marketing
  • 5 Education
  • 4 Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Exercise Science, Liberal Studies, Psychology
  • 2 English, Higher Education, Respiratory Care
  • 1 Communications, Criminal Justice, French, Geoscience, Mathematics, Nutrition and Dietetics,


2017-2018 Annual Expenses




Annual Tuition



Undergraduate per-credit-hour charges (tuition only)



*Graduate per-credit-hour charges (tuition only)



*Charges for students in special programs of study may differ.

  • Required Fees: $2,401.56 (Instructional Technology Fee + General Fee)
  • Room and Board: $9060.00
    • Room: $5,408.00 (Traditional North Campus Double)
    • Board: $3,652.00 (Unlimited Meals per week + $250 Flex Dollars)


Undergraduate Student to Faculty Ratio: 19:1

Student to Faculty Ratio is 19:1

WCU currently offers 118 undergraduate, 103 master's, 4 doctorate degree programs taught by 729 full-time and 247 part-time faculty.

Degrees Awarded

  • Winter 2016 Graduates
    • 193 Graduates
    • 826 Undergraduates
  • Spring 2017 Graduates
    • 355 Graduates
    • 1,927 Undergraduates

*Data includes degree seeking undergraduates and graduates only.

  • Bachelor’s Degrees: 3,774
  • Master’s Degrees: 971
  • Doctoral Degrees: 27

*The degree counts include all fiscal year degrees awarded: August 2016, Fall 2016, May 2017.

Student Body

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.

Purple & Gold representative people

Undergraduate student body is:

  • 40% male
  • 60% female
  • 22.3% students of color


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.

Pie Chart of 93% 92% of first-year students live in campus-based housing or residence halls

Pie Chart of 36% 40% of all undergraduates live on campus

Pie Chart of 61% 60% of undergraduate students live off campus or commute

Student Life

Graphic of hands raised

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

  • Every week Sykes After Dark provides entertainment to students with performers, comedians, laser tag, games, dances, movies, open mic nights, and more.
  • In 2015 the WCU Golden Rams Marching Band was chosen as 1 of only 4 collegiate marching bands - from hundreds who were considered - to be featured in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and proudly represented the state of Pennsylvania in the country’s most famous parade.
  • WCU Live! provides unrivaled cultural opportunities to WCU and Chester County, and brings to campus vocal virtuosos, instrumental wizards, family theatre, dancers, and performers from cultures near and far.


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.

  • Recent National Champions:
    • Baseball: 2017, 2012
    • Women’s Field Hockey: 2011, 2012 (also 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978)
    • Women’s Lacrosse: 2002, 2008
  • WCU has 15 athletic fields on North Campus and South Campus
  • John A. Farrell Stadium is home to the majority of WCU sporting events and has the same artificial turf used by professional football teams.
  • There are 29 recognized sports clubs from bowling and fencing, to ultimate Frisbee and water polo. Intramural sports are also offered, and include flag football and indoor volleyball.
  • Inclusive recreation: wheelchair basketball, sit volleyball, fitness and exercise, and more.

Fraternities and Sororities

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 first-year men join fraternities

of first-year women join sororities

of undergrad men join fraternities

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).

  • Army ROTC is offered on campus through cooperating institution Widener University.
  • Air Force ROTC is offered off campus at cooperating institution St. Joseph’s University.


Yellow Ribbon - Support Out Troops

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.

Back to top of page.