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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B-
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 13,020 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the West Chester acceptance rate is 69%. Popular majors include Finance, Psychology, and Business. Graduating 73% of students, West Chester alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $37,900.
About West Chester University of Pennsylvania...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
Address
University Avenue and High Street
West Chester, PA 19383
Website
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West Chester University of Pennsylvania Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
69%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1040-1210
ACT Range
21-26
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$19,348/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$5,743/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
80%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
78%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.112 responses
49%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.127 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.127 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
13,020Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,431
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
24%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 81 responses
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  • Spirited
    27%
  • Partier
    21%
  • Normal
    20%
  • Studious
    9%
  • Diverse
    7%
  • Interesting
    6%
  • Diverse
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
43%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.145 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.169 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 97 responses
Report
  • Beautiful campus
    40%
  • A little bit of everything
    37%
  • Everything you need and more.
    9%
  • Many opportunities to Network with others.
    5%
  • Money hungry
    3%
  • Buildings could have been matched to the originals
    2%
  • Home away from home
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$48,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
73%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
82%
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

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West Chester University has been so rewarding! There is so much experience within each course and class I attend. I have been able to get hands on in each of my classes for public health. The resources available to the students are excessive. There are many leadership and volunteer programs for each student. I am enjoying meeting new people and I find joy in working aside my colleagues. The dining facilities at WCU are very clean and organized. The food they serve will not disappoint. I enjoy the provided facilities around campus to include the library to study, the gym to workout and the cafes around town. Town is not far from the University and is in walking distance. Very convenient and accessible.
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I will be a junior at West Chester University this fall, and I am so proud to be a golden ram! The campus is beautiful, and has so much to offer for students. With a variety of majors, housing options, and on-campus activities, there is something fit for every student. The campus is also conveniently located within walking distance of West Chester Borough, so there is always something fun to do either on the campus or in town. If you want a school with a small town atmosphere, which is also full of fun things to do, and has great academic programs, West Chester University is for you!
I have loved my experience so far at West Chester! I have absolutely no complaints. They have tons of ways to get involved on campus. They have a cute little town within walking distance. In my opinion there are enough food options where you can find something you like. I live in a traditional dorm (Tyson hall) and I’m really comfortable there. Plus, it’s a pretty small campus so everything is a short walk! Even going to south campus because I’m a health science major only takes about 15 minutes including walking to the shuttle and waiting for it(I usually don’t have to wait for it longer than a minute or two!).