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  2. Value
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  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
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  11. Student Life
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  12. Safety
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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 12,823 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the West Chester acceptance rate is 64%. Popular majors include Finance, Psychology, and Business. Graduating 70% of students, West Chester alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,400.
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
64%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
970-1150
ACT Range
21-25
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$18,651/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $15,438/ year
  • $30-48k
    $16,616/ year
  • $49-75k
    $20,434/ year
  • $76-110k
    $23,842/ year
  • $110k+
    $24,576/ year
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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
47%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.121 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.121 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
12,823Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
23%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 75 responses
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  • Spirited
    29%
  • Partier
    23%
  • Normal
    20%
  • Studious
    9%
  • Interesting
    7%
  • Diverse
    4%
  • Self absorbed
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
42%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.139 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.163 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 91 responses
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  • Beautiful campus
    43%
  • A little bit of everything
    35%
  • 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
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$46,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
70%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
82%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.90 responses
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I love the atmosphere of both West Chester University and the town! The town is beautiful and has so many great restaurants and experiences. The school does an awesome job at interacting with the town too! Also, professors are very nice and available here. They have plenty of office hours where you can see them for questions. Tutoring is also very available here and offered to everyone for almost all classes. West Chester is a great school that pushes you to achieve to the best of your ability!
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WCU has been great this year! I have made a ton of friends at Goshen Hall! I like living in the Traditional dorms because not only are they cheaper, you really get to know people.
I am a Psych Major and I like all of my Psych Professors and the classes that I have taken in my major have been really interesting.
The football team and basketball team were great this year. Both went to championships. We have a very spirited band that plays at the games!
So far my experience at West Chester University has been a positive one. As a graduate student who works full-time and commutes, I appreciate that West Chester University offers numerous evening classes, with students like myself in mind. Parking passes are reasonably priced, considering it costs more to pay street parking just for the 4 nights/month that I typically park on campus. Therefore, I would recommend taking advantage of the university lot parking if you commute. My experience with professors within the Early and Middle Grades department, has been exceptional thus far. My current professor is clearly well-versed in the field of education, with years of experience teaching across age groups and a dedication to keeping up with advancements in the field. I also feel as though the professors I have had so far make it a point to get to know their students as best as they can, creating an environment in which students feel known and valued.