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Founded in 1871, West Chester University of Pennsylvania. is a Public college. Located in Pennsylvania, which is a city setting in Pennsylvania, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 14,397 full time undergraduate students, and 2,608 full time graduate students.
The West Chester University of Pennsylvania Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 19:1. There are 684 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at West Chester University of Pennsylvania include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at WCU are considered Selective, with ,75% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 19 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
85% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 42% were in the top quarter, and 12% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
169 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 20 % gave the school a 5.0.
147 Students rated off-campus housing 3.2 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
183 Students rated campus food 3.1 stars. 11 % gave the school a 5.0.
190 Students rated campus facilities 4 stars. 36 % gave the school a 5.0.
191 Students rated class size 4.1 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.
191 Students rated school activities 4.1 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.
192 Students rated local services 4.1 stars. 48 % gave the school a 5.0.
190 Students rated academics 4.3 stars. 52 % gave the school a 5.0.
71 Students rated West Chester University of Pennsylvania
I went as a non-degree, commuter student and found it to be very open-and-shut. I did join a club and this was a wonderful experience, so I would say that West Chester is the kind of school that you make it out to be--whether a party place, academic atmosphere, social place, etc. There is definitely more push to be socially aware and academically inclined than a big sports school, and the education is very good. There are some truly motivated people, especially in the upper levels, and even the entry-level professors are wonderful. Overall, a wonderful school no matter your purpose as a learner!
I like West Chester University a lot but the main issue for me is one of school culture. The students here seem to only be here to drink and party but when there are football games or any other sporting events it feels somewhat dead on campus. I have heard so many of my friends enjoying their time at other schools who have more of a culture centered around sports and that is severely lacking here. Furthermore, none of the students really get involved on campus with the exception of Greek life.
West Chester is very hit or miss. Their on-campus housing can either be worth the money or seem like a rip-off, and I've experienced both in my years here. The same goes with campus food. The dining hall is practically avoidable at all costs, with too many cases of food poisoning or unwanted objects in the food. However, other dining locations are great, just avoid getting chicken. There are a lot of ways to get involved whether it's clubs, Greek life, or late-night activities in the Student Union. The professors are hit or miss, so you really should do your research prior to scheduling if you want decent professors. Overall, I like WCU, but I'm not sure I'd go again if I had the chance to redo my college experience, or even go back to get my Master's.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania is a beautiful campus. We're located about an hour away from Philadelphia, and 25 minutes from the King of Prussia Mall. The school offers great academic programs and gives students the opportunities to get optimal attention from their instructors. It's never hard to get a hold of them. I suggest going here to everyone.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for West Chester University of Pennsylvania is 64%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high schoool senior, I would write myself this letter:
You are about to embark on a journey of the unknown. It's astounding that we as a nation ask 18 year olds to choose what they want to do for the rest of their lives and make a commitment to an institution for four years when you don't even really know yourself. So, my best advice to you would be to get to know yourself before you make this huge commitment. Take a few trips, even if they're just road trips, to see what else is out there. Take up a new hobby, work a few jobs, and save some money. If you spend only one year on a journey of self-discovery, I believe that you will be pleasantly surprised at what you find out about yourself. The more you know about yourself, the better you will do in college with the challenges, struggles, adventures, and opportunities come your way.
Best wishes for an amazing future!
I think that any type of person could and should attend this school. West chester is full of great people, professors and students alike. As a student it is not hard to make friends, everyone is very open and looking to make new friends all the time. The school is in a great location and it has a very cozy feeling towards it.
There are two things I think WCU really needs to work on. These are affordable housing availability and parking. Students have a great deal of unnecessary stress when it comes to finding a place to live and/or park. I feel like there is not a common ground between affiliated and traditional housing. Also, finding a place to park on campus is close to impossible. And I've found that if you do find a spot, you most likely receive a $20 parking ticket, and these tickets add up quickly.
I really like the campus. I transferred here from Shippensburg University and I HATED it there. WCU has been such a great expeirence.
Anyone who is looking for a less intimite atmosphere.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania is a state university that provides a variety of educational avenues specifically designed to meet the needs of both traditional and non-traditional students and adult learners.
It depends on who you talk to but these students are extremely diverse in thoughts, actions, and orientation.
West Chester University was the smart choice in terms of financial and career opportunities. It was extremely affordable compared to other schools I looked at; and, it gave scholarships. As per career opportunities, I have been able to encorporate a minor with my major. It is located in a nice town and is about thirty minutes from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Because of its location, there are vast opportunities for internships. Lastly, I had the opportunity to play Division II tennis at West Chester University. This was the only university that offered such an opportunity.
I always brag about my group of friends. We're very social and there's always something to do when you're bored. These are friends I will have for the rest of my life.
It's Education Department and Music Department
The most frustrating thing about West Chester University is the divide between minority Greek organizations and the Inter-Greek and Pan-Hellenic Greek council (which are majority Caucasian students). I think that the volunteerism provided by Greek organizations as well as the events that they put together in general would have been so much more productive if they would work together rather than support the separation that was established hundreds of years ago when these organizations were established.
I wish I would have know how to study and how to adapt to new environments.
Overall, I really enjoy my school. I love the atmosphere, the people, and the classes. Our campus is medium sized and is big enough to give the college feel without being too overbearing. West Chester students are friendly, open, and very diverse. The professors are helpful and friendly and are always willing to meet outside of class. I really do not know anyone who doesn't like West Chester University, and one thing that makes it great also is the town! We have a wonderful college town and it has the college town feel. There is plenty of shopping and dining and we are only a short train ride away from Philadelphia as well!
The stereotype of students at my school is that all of us are partiers. We are a large state school in Pennsylvania, and I think sometimes state schools can get a bad reputation. I would say the stereotype is inaccurate. Of course, some students do like to party, but overall West Chester University has much more to offer than a social life.
the work is medium hard not too bad
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
80% of students
attending West Chester University of Pennsylvania receive some sort of financial aid.
23% were awarded federal grants.
While 71% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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