West Chester University of PA: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

West Chester University of PA

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West Chester University of Pennsylvania is a public university with an acceptance rate of 74%. WCU offers 125 undergraduate majors across its colleges of Education, Health Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business and Public Affairs, and Visual and Performing Arts. Academics are supported by a 19-to-1 student/faculty ratio. WCU is a member of the NCAA Division II Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) with 23 men's and women's varsity teams.

Considering applying to West Chester University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, West Chester University had an acceptance rate of 74%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 74 students were admitted, making West Chester's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 12,002
Percent Admitted 74%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 31%

SAT Scores and Requirements

West Chester University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 88% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 530 610
Math 520 590
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of West Chester University's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to WCU scored between 530 and 610, while 25% scored below 530 and 25% scored above 610. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 520 and 590, while 25% scored below 520 and 25% scored above 590. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1200 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at West Chester University.

Requirements

West Chester University does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that WCU participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

West Chester University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 11% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 20 26
Math 19 25
Composite 21 26

This admissions data tells us that most of WCU's admitted students fall within the top 42% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to West Chester received a composite ACT score between 21 and 26, while 25% scored above 26 and 25% scored below 21.

Requirements

Note that West Chester does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. WCU does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of West Chester University's incoming freshmen class was 3.43. This data suggests that most successful applicants to WCU have primarily B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

West Chester University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
West Chester University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to West Chester University of Pennsylvania. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

West Chester University of Pennsylvania, which accepts nearly three-quarters of applicants, has moderately selective admissions. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. West Chester also takes into consideration the rigor of your high school courses, not grades alone. Applicants can strengthen their application by submitting an optional personal statement and showing involvement in meaningful extracurricular activities. Note that WCU does not require letters of recommendation. Some programs at West Chester University have additional requirements: music applicants must audition, art students must submit a portfolio, and several health-related fields require an interview.

In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. The great majority had combined SAT scores (ERW+M) of 1000 or higher, an ACT composite score of 20 or higher, and an unweighted high school average of "B" or better. Grades and test scores above these lower ranges will significantly increase your chances of being admitted, and you can see that a large percentage of accepted students had grades up in the "A" range.

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