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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    A-
  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 13,060 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.
University Avenue and High Street
West Chester, PA 19383
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About West Chester...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference

West Chester University of Pennsylvania Rankings

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WCUPA Admissions

Acceptance Rate
74%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1050-1200
ACT Range
21-26
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$19,091/ 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
$6,102/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
79%

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
51%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.135 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.135 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    13%
  • On Campus
    86%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
13,060Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,507
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
26%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 86 responses
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  • Spirited
    26%
  • Normal
    20%
  • Partier
    20%
  • Diverse
    9%
  • Studious
    9%
  • Interesting
    8%
  • Snobby
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
44%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.153 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.177 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 105 responses
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  • Beautiful campus
    39%
  • A little bit of everything
    36%
  • Everything you need and more.
    10%
  • Many opportunities to Network with others.
    5%
  • Money hungry
    4%
  • Home away from home
    3%
  • Buildings could have been matched to the originals
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$48,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
75%
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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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!
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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!