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West Chester University, is a leading public comprehensive university that excels in teacher education, business, health, natural and social sciences, music and the arts. Founded in 1871, WCU has a total undergraduate population over 14,000 and is committed to high quality education at every level through more than 180 undergraduate and graduate programs, including several new doctoral programs. WCU strives to create offerings that fill industry needs, resulting in highly sought-after programs like the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Product Development, AACSB-accredited business programs and a plethora of health science programs. West Chester University has been recognized as both a top regional university and a top public school in the north, a top school for veterans, a top 100 best buy and one of the top universities for cybersecurity according to a national survey of IT security professionals.

West Chester University has opportunities everywhere you turn. As the largest university in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and the fourth largest college in the Philadelphia area, WCU’s options are limitless. And, if you think you’ll be a number at West Chester University—you’re right--you’ll be number one. That’s because faculty members, never teaching fellows or graduate assistants, are in every classroom every day. Building meaningful relationships with faculty members is a breeze thanks to our 20:1 student to faculty ratio, collaborative research projects and course-specific faculty led study abroad trips.

Our faculty members even offer service learning courses so that you can do good and do well. In fact, community service is such an integral part of WCU that our students, faculty and staff volunteered more than 800,000 hours in the last year alone. Service learning is also the keystone of our Honors College, where students become forces for positive change. Thanks to our service in West Chester and beyond, WCU has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and has been classified as a Community Engaged University by the Carnegie Foundation.

Are you the athletic type? WCU sponsors one of the largest varsity athletic programs in NCAA Division II - 24 intercollegiate men's and women's teams. In a two-year period WCU teams won three national NCAA championships – two in women’s field hockey and one in baseball, as well as two club sports national championships in women’s ice hockey and men’s lacrosse. In addition, for the first time in our history, WCU won the Dixon Trophy for overall athletic performance.

Don’t forget about our facilities! From our brand new, state-of-the- art classroom buildings and dorms to our tried and true performance venues, WCU’s campus is always buzzing with activity. Our campus facilities include speech/hearing and reading clinics; a planetarium; a library; and an extensive music library. As a cultural center, WCU offers over 200 concerts, exhibits, speakers and visiting artists annually that are open to the public with over 80,000 in attendance in 2013 alone; not to mention student-only entertainment that draws big names like Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa and Mayday Parade.

Living in the Golden Rams Community

At West Chester University we want to make sure that you feel at home as soon as you set foot on campus. From our welcoming community and beautiful campus to our outstanding faculty members and opportunities for leadership positions with hundreds of campus organizations, WCU specializes in creating a personalized educational experience. With more than 100 programs of study distributed through five distinct colleges (plus an additional community service-based honors college), you’re free to pursue your current interests and any others you pick up along the way. And with more than 200 clubs and organizations—including 32 fraternities and sororities--on campus, we’re betting you’ll cultivate some interests you never knew you had!

Founded in 1871, West Chester University is steeped in history with buildings created from locally sourced stone more than 100 years ago, including several that are listed on the national Register of Historic Places. But, just one look around and it’s obvious that WCU is a university on the move. Our campus is growing with new students, residence halls, state-of-the-art classroom buildings, and industry-based programs of study.

While our main campus is located in West Chester, PA, our students are everywhere! Not only do we offer courses in Philadelphia and online, we also offer programs around the world. At WCU, we encourage our students to get out and explore the world around them. Study abroad locations range from Australia and Brazil to South Africa and Turkey, and anywhere else you can think of. Can’t decide where to go? Take more than one trip! While WCU still offers the traditional full semester and year-long stays, more and more faculty members are signing on to lead intersession trips that can last as little as a week.

We can go on and on about all of the unique qualities that make WCU so amazing, but why not come and see for yourself? Check us out online, or better yet, come for a visit and make it WCyou.