West Chester University of Pennsylvania Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

West Chester University
West Chester University. Photo Credit: Juliana Gray

West Chester University is a somewhat selective school, with an acceptance rate of less than 60 percent of those who apply. Learn more about their admissions requirements and what it takes to get into this college.

About West Chester University

Founded in 1871, West Chester University of Pennsylvania is a public, four-year university located in West Chester, Pennsylvania. With about 14,500 students, WCU is the fourth largest college in the Philadelphia region. It offers over 80 undergraduate and 70 master’s degree programs across its colleges of Education, Health Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business and Public Affairs, and Visual and Performing Arts. Academics are supported by an 18 to 1 student/faculty ratio.

On the student life front, WCU is home to a host of student clubs and organizations such as the Fencing Club, the Tai Chi Arts Club, and the Breakdancing Club, or Heavy Reign Crew. WCU also has 25 fraternities and sororities and intramural sports such as Wallyball, Wiffleball, and Squash. WCU is a member of the NCAA Division II Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) with 24 men's and women's varsity teams.

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Admissions Data (2016)

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 17,005 (14,397 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 41 percent Male / 59 percent Female
  • 89 percent Full-time

Costs (2016-17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $9,720 (in-state); $20,812 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,860
  • Other Expenses: $2,520
  • Total Cost: $26,300 (in-state); $37,392 (out-of-state)

West Chester University of Pennsylvania Financial Aid (2015-16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 80 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 38 percent
    • Loans: 72 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $6,064
    • Loans: $8,450

Academic Programs

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 86 percent
  • Transfer-out Rate: 21 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 46 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 70 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Swimming, Tennis, Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Golf, Track and Field, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Gymnastics, Soccer, Lacrosse, Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Softball, Swimming

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West Chester University of Pennsylvania Mission Statement

mission statement from http://www.wcupa.edu/president/

"West Chester University, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, is a public, regional, comprehensive institution committed to providing access and offering high-quality undergraduate education, select post-baccalaureate and graduate programs, and a variety of educational and cultural resources for its students, alumni, and citizens of southeastern Pennsylvania."

Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics