West Chester University

West Chester, PA

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Founded in 1871 as an institute for teacher preparation, West Chester University is a comprehensive public institution, offering more than 118 undergraduate and 103 graduate programs in more than 50 fields of study.

A Little About West Chester University

West Chester University is a PASSHE school. PASSHE is Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. There are a total of 14 PASSHE schools. PASSHE schools are often referred to as "PA State Schools" because they offer reduced tuition for PA state students. To learn more about PASSHE schools click here.


Location: West Chester, PA

About 1 hour by car from SLCS

25 miles west of Philadelphia, 17 miles north of Wilmington, DE


Campus setting: Suburb: Large

Campus housing: Yes

Student population: 16,597 (14,212 undergraduate)

Student-to-faculty ratio: 19 to 1

West Chester University Move-In Day 2016

Academics

The University offers more than 100 graduate and undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences, business and public affairs, the social sciences, visual and performing arts, health sciences and teacher education.


Most Popular Majors: pre-physical therapy, biology, music, early grades preparation PK-4, special education, pre-business programs, psychology, nursing


Selective Majors: athletic training, communication studies, communicative sciences and disorders, computer science, early grades preparation PK-4, nursing, nutrition and dietetics, physics- engineering


Unique Majors: pharmaceutical produce development


For a complete list of majors click here.

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Awards and Recognition


  • U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings
    • 18th Top Public School: Regional University North
    • 53rd Best College for Veterans: Regional University North
    • 71st Regional University North
  • Consumer Digest Ranking
    • 21st Top 50 Values for Public Colleges and Universities
  • 1 of only 4 Pennsylvania schools ranked in the top 100 Kiplinger “best buys” in American public higher education
  • Designated a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, publisher of GI Jobs magazine

Required Core High School Curriculum


Subjects and Number of Years

English4 years

Math3 years
(Algebra I, II, Geometry or Computer Science)

Lab Science3 years
(must include Biology and Chemistry)

Social Studies3 years

Foreign Language3 years
(preferred)

Student Life at West Chester University

What do SLCS teachers say about their experience at WCU...

"It was close to home but far enough away"

"It is a good price, not too far if they want to stay close and they have many different majors."

"The campus was a good size. All of the professors were helpful. It was in a very nice town and near many things to do."

Favorite WCU memory... "Banana day" Click here to learn more about banana day

Contact WCU

West Chester University
700 South High Street
West Chester, PA 19383
Main phone: 610-436-1000