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- Student LifeA
West Chester is an above-average public university located in West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania in the Philadelphia Area. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 13,060 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the West Chester acceptance rate is 74%. Popular majors include Psychology, Business, and Physical Education Teaching and Coaching. Graduating 75% of students, West Chester alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $37,900.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania Rankings
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.112 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.135 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.135 responses
Most Popular Majors
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching222 Graduates
Merchandising and Buying Operations219 Graduates
Early Childhood Education206 Graduates
Rhetoric and Composition199 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Humanities167 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.153 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.177 responses
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Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.90 responses
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West Chester University of Pennsylvania Reviews
The college campus and surrounding town have wonderful experiences waiting for incoming students. The professors at West Chester genuinely feel motivated to teach, and there is a lot of help in every department of the college. There is not a lot of jobs available on campus readily available for any schedule, but they will always try to work around any inconveniences for you. Overall, being at West Chester University is a very positive experience that would suck to miss out on!
Beautiful campus, feels home-y. So many cute spots to study outside or hang. Library is great. Cool college town, mostly good professors. Cons: Hard to get involved if you dont go greek. Lots of clubs and orgs, but greek life dominates this place. Always construction on campus. Food gets old super fast. Dining hall is hit or miss, other options arent great. Lived in affiliated dorms last year-beautiful, clean, worth extra $. Brandywine is the best! Homecoming is the best weekend of the year--no one cares about our team, its just a big party(just as great but don't come here looking for a big football school). Town is expensive, not geared towards college kids. Everything's walk-able distance, parking is a NIGHTMARE. Nightlife is fun, but have to know people or go greek. More of a bar school. Campus is safe, but cops are always out to screw us w/ underages or parking tickets, watch out. WCU wasn't my first choice, but not a bad place to spend 4 years of your life.
West Chester University has been a wonderful home away from home so far this semester. I am a transfer student from Melbourne, Australia, trying to see more of the world in coming to the United States. I am here playing field hockey for the Golden Rams, and have loved every minute so far. It is challenging, but the resources and wonderful people at West Chester have allowed me to become a stronger, more independent, and overall better person for doing this. I am struggling financially a bit and with being homesick, but with the wonderful RAMily I have built for myself, every day is getting easier. The location is also great! I obviously have a love for travel, and with the town being situated so close to New York City, Washington DC, Atlantic city and others, being here has allowed me to get out and see more of the world. The town itself is adorable; the old cobblestone streets fill me with joy, and the wonderful array of stores and restaurants is awesome.
I love West Chester!
I love West Chester!