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The second-largest school in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and the fourth-largest university in the Philadelphia area, West Chester is a leading resource and partner in fostering the region’s economic, social and cultural vitality. Its 400-acre campus is situated in the beautiful, historically significant Brandywine Valley. With roots dating back to 1812, West Chester has evolved into a comprehensive university which excels in teacher education, business, health, natural and social sciences, music and the arts. Ranked among Kiplinger’s 100 best values in public colleges for its academic quality and affordability, the University is committed to providing access and serving the educational needs of a diverse student body. Today, West Chester University offers more than 80 undergraduate and 70 master’s degree and graduate certificate programs.
West Chester University is committed to providing access to the best educational preparation in today’s global society. To that end, students are exposed to an educational experience that encourages leadership and growth through a variety of rigorous academic and extracurricular programs, including 24 men’s and women’s athletic teams and 234 student clubs and organizations. Faculty are dedicated to teaching and excellence in their fields: Some design innovative courses responsive to the region’s needs, and many enhance classroom experiences with service learning. Undergraduates receive hands-on training on current technology in the sciences and other fields both on campus in state-of-the-art facilities and via internships. Students also are encouraged to be involved in their community and explore its many cultural opportunities. From Learning Communities, where students live and learn in small groups that foster relationships and critical thinking, to extensive library holdings and accessible faculty and administrators, West Chester is an educational experience that prepares its students for a lifetime.
|Total Undergraduate Students||13,297|
|American Indian / Alaskan Native||19||<1%|
|African American / Black||1,144||9%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||7||<1%|
|Two or More Races||226||2%|
|Race/Ethnicity Not Reported||75||1%|
|Where do WCU undergraduates call home?|
|Other US States & Territories||12%|
|How old are WCU undergraduates?|
|Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older||9%|
|Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen||SAT|
|Math||500 - 590|
|Critical Reading||490 - 570|
|High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen|
|Percent in top 25% of High School Graduating Class||42%|
|Percent in top 50% of High School Graduating Class||85%|
|Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA||74%|
|Average High School GPA (4-point scale)||3.52|
|Percent who submitted High School GPA||93%|
The cost to attend West Chester University of Pennsylvania varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.
NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.
|Students per Faculty||18 to 1|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students||59%|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students||93%|
|Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty||605|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female||54%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color||14%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study||83%|
91% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
40% of all undergraduates live on campus
The University Department of Public Safety consists of 21 police officers, 15 security officers and clerical staff. The department operates 24/7 year-round and is responsible for police, physical and electronic security, emergency management, threat assessment and parking. Its officers receive annual training in emergency response and Pennsylvania Code updates. All residence halls and many other campus buildings are access controlled, and approximately 440 security cameras are strategically located around campus.
The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/
Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful.
Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.
|Degrees awarded at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2011-12|
|Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2011-12|
|Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods.||11%|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities.||10%|
|Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing.||7%|
|Health and Physical Education/Fitness.||6%|
|Links to degree programs at West Chester University of Pennsylvania|
First-time students in Fall 2011 that returned for their second year: 85%