West Chester University Of Pennsylvania

West Chester University Of Pennsylvania

West Chester University of Pennsylvania, or WCU, is a public university located in West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States. It is part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). The university offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study. WCU is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Business & Public Affairs
  • College of Education
  • College of Health Sciences
  • College of Visual & Performing Arts
  • Honors College

The sports teams of West Chester University of Pennsylvania are nicknamed The Golden Rams. The athletes participate in the NCAA Division II athletics in the PSAC and the ECAC conference.

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West Chester University of Pennsylvania
University Avenue and High Street
West Chester , PA 19383
General Phone: (610) 436-1000

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West Chester University of Pennsylvania Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts677American studies, women's studies, Russian language, German language, French language, Spanish language, Latin language, English, speech and rhetoric, ...
Education and Teaching537educational statistics, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, health teaching, reading teaching, ESL instruction ...
Business and Management332business management, accounting, managerial economics, finance, sales and marketing
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy202health and physical education, athletic trainer, dietitian
Therapy and Counseling156psychology, clinical psychology
Nursing and Emergency Medicine109registered nursing
Music100music, music history and theory, music performance
Science98biology, biochemistry, physical sciences, chemistry, analytical chemistry, geology, physics
Mathematics89mathematics, statistics, systems science and theory
Family and Social Work83social work
Security and Law Enforcement82criminal justice and safety
Medical Support and Technology61audiology and speech pathology
Medicine48gerontology, pre-med, pharmaceutics and drug design, public health
Fine Arts46fine arts
Medical Administration41health care administration
Computer Science and Engineering39computer and info science, information technology
Religion and Philosophy17philosophy, Jewish studies
Drama and Performing Arts15drama
Art Studies1art studies

Number of programs and degrees for West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree2,11449
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years94
Master's degree57536
Postbaccalaureate certificate3510

West Chester University of Pennsylvania Student Body

In 2007-2008, West Chester University of Pennsylvania had a total enrollment of 13,219 students (12,315 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 38%
Women 62%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 78%
Graduate 22%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 86%
Black 8%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 0%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 28%
20-21 31%
22-24 19%
25-29 10%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 3%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Jersey12%
New York1%

West Chester University of Pennsylvania Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 86 %

West Chester University of Pennsylvania Room and Board (2007)

West Chester University of Pennsylvania offers campus housing for 3,538 of its 12,315 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of West Chester, Pennsylvania for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Pennsylvania Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

West Chester University of Pennsylvania Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal480560
SAT Math490580

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT100%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended
Other Standardized Testsnot required

West Chester University of Pennsylvania Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,737
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 14,867
Room and board $ 6,874
Room charge $ 4,476
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,398
Books and supplies $ 1,296
Other expenses $ 3,585

Financial Aid:
West Chester University of Pennsylvania participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 332800)

West Chester University of Pennsylvania Faculty

West Chester University of Pennsylvania has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track4580
Non-tenured and not on tenure track5665

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year95$97,74362$96,551
Associate professoracademic year74$80,09271$78,716
Assistant professoracademic year64$64,81488$62,909
Instructoracademic year51$42,23763$43,255
All faculty totalacademic year284$75,755284$69,845

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

West Chester University of Pennsylvania Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
Basketball Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
Baseball Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
Track Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports2883111

West Chester University of Pennsylvania Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Technology

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational Statistics and Research Methods
Elementary Education and Teaching
Health Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Latin Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General
Statistics, General
Systems Science and Theory

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Pharmaceutics and Drug Design (MS, PhD)
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Health and Physical Education, General

Religion And Philosophy
Jewish/Judaic Studies

Analytical Chemistry
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physical Sciences
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Psychology, General

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