West Chester University of Pennsylvania

University Avenue and High Street, West Chester, PA 19383

School Details

West Chester University of Pennsylvania is a public university that was founded in 1871, and is located on a suburban campus in West Chester, PA, approximately 25 miles west of Philadelphia.  WCU is one of the 14 state universities of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Approximately 12,800 full time undergraduate, and 2,150 graduate students are enrolled at West Chester, and the school offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees at the undergraduate level, and paraprofessional studies in law, medicine and theology.  WCU also offers graduate degrees that include M.A., M.B.A., M.Ed, M.M., M.P.H, M.S., M.S.W., M.S.N, and MS.A.
The student-to-faculty ratio is 18-1, and the most popular majors at WCU are education, health professions, English language and literature/letters, humanities and liberal arts and sciences.  The academic colleges at WCU are the College of Arts and Science, the College of Business and Public Affairs, the College of Education, the College of Health Sciences, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts.  

Admission to WCU is selective, and 46.5 percent of applicants are admitted.  

WCU was originally established as a teacher’s college, and today is a comprehensive academic institution that is committed to offering high-quality undergraduate and graduate education programs.  WCU prepares the largest number of certified teachers in Pennsylvania, and the school has expanded to meet the needs of employers by offering programs and partnerships that provide students with internships and practicum experiences.
In addition to academics, WCU offers cultural events that include more than 100 concerts, speakers, exhibits and visiting artists annually.  The division of Student Affairs at WCU provides opportunities for students to be involved outside of the classroom, which include clubs, organizations, student government and leadership opportunities.  The Undergraduate Studies and Support Services division at WCU is an administrative unit that supports students and consists of the academic development program, freshman interest groups, learning assistance and resource center, Office of Services for Students with Disabilities, pre-major academic advising center, early alert program, and ROTC.

WCU offers distance education programs that are a flexible, convenient alternative to taking classes in the traditional classroom setting.  Distance education courses allow students to complete classes at their convenience, while still being able to communicate with instructors and fellow students.  As long as a student has internet access, they can attend class at any time, from any location.  

WCU’s online graduate programs include a Master of Business Administration, and a M.Ed in Special Education.  Graduate certificates that can be earned online include Graduate Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Universal Design for Learning and Assistive Technology, Graduate Education Technology Certificate, Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurial Education, and a Graduate Business Certificate.  


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    4-year, Public
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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