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West Chester University of Pennsylvania Overview

West Chester University of Pennsylvania is a public institution located in West Chester, Pennsylvania. West Chester is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

What Is West Chester University of Pennsylvania Known For?

3,698 Undergraduate Awards
$33,187 Avg Cost After Aid
69% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at WCUPA is 5%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at WCUPA.
  • In 2017-2018, 70% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, WCUPA bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $48,400 a year. That's about 19% more than their peers at other schools.

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West Chester University of Pennsylvania Rankings

WCUPA is ranked #370 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

WCUPA has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#34 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#96 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#147 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#245 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at WCUPA.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#14 Best Writing Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Music Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Health Sciences & Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#30 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#34 Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Best Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#38 Best Fine & Studio Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#68 Best English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards WCUPA has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#5 Best Colleges for Special Education College Factual
#18 Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections College Factual
#33 Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#51 Best Colleges for General Biology College Factual
#68 Best Colleges for Health Professions College Factual
#72 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search

Where Is West Chester University of Pennsylvania?

Location of West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Contact details for WCUPA are given below.

Contact Details
Address: University Avenue And High Street, West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-1000
Website: https://www.wcupa.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WCUPA
Twitter: https://twitter.com/wcuofpa

How Do I Get Into WCUPA?

You can apply to WCUPA online at: https://www.wcupa.edu/_admissions/sch_adm/applynow/

Admission Requirements for WCUPA

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into WCUPA?

69% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
85% Submit SAT Scores
WCUPA has an acceptance rate of 69%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 37% of accepted students are men and 63% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 70%, and the acceptance rate for women is 68%.

Average Test Scores

About 85% of students accepted to WCUPA submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 610. Math scores were between 510 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for West Chester University of Pennsylvania  ( 530 to 610 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for West Chester University of Pennsylvania  ( 510 to 600 )
200
800
WCUPA received ACT scores from 14% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 26. Math scores were between 19 and 26. Composite scores were between 21 and 26.

ACT English Scores for West Chester University of Pennsylvania  ( 21 to 26 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for West Chester University of Pennsylvania  ( 19 to 26 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for West Chester University of Pennsylvania  ( 21 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford West Chester University of Pennsylvania?

$33,187 Net Price
70% Take Out Loans
4.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of WCUPA is $33,187. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At WCUPA, approximately 70% of students took out student loans averaging $8,307 a year. That adds up to $33,228 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WCUPA is 4.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

West Chester University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate Student Diversity

13,044 Full-Time Undergraduates
60% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 14,615 undergraduate students at WCUPA, with 13,044 being full-time and 1,571 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  WCUPA

There are also 3,054 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 13,044 full-time undergraduates at WCUPA, 40% are male and 60% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  WCUPA

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of West Chester University of Pennsylvania students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of WCUPA Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 312
Black or African American 1,371
Hispanic or Latino 815
White 9,746
International Students 57
Other Races/Ethnicities 743

Geographic Diversity

Pennsylvania students aren't the only ones who study at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. At this time, 14 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 51 countries are represented at WCUPA. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Norway.

Online Learning at West Chester University of Pennsylvania

1,285 Took All Classes Online
3,425 Took At Least One Class Online
41.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 3,425 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at WCUPA has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 28th most popular in Pennsylvania for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of WCUPA

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at West Chester University of Pennsylvania was 41.9%. This is the #551 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at WCUPA regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of WCUPA majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 21%
Business, Management & Marketing 13%
Education 7%
Entrepreneurial Studies 36%
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 15%
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 15%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 38%
Human Resource Management 7%
Instructional Media Design 89%
Public Administration 30%
Public Administration & Social Service 11%
Special Education 9%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 1%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 11%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at WCUPA ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at WCUPA.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Food, Nutrition & Related Services #3
Geography & Cartography #4
Entrepreneurial Studies #9
Public Administration #10
Instructional Media Design #15
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #16
Social Sciences #20
Teacher Education Subject Specific #21
Special Education #24
General Business/Commerce #25
Public Administration & Social Service #31
Teacher Education Grade Specific #39
Health & Medical Administrative Services #55
Nursing #84
Education #106
Business Administration & Management #141
Health Professions #150
Business, Management & Marketing #179

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

West Chester University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 229 116 201 0 546
Teacher Education Grade Specific 250 0 25 0 275
Health & Physical Education 233 7 16 0 256
General Sales & Marketing 248 0 0 0 248
General Psychology 218 0 24 0 242
Finance & Financial Management 231 0 0 0 231
Special Education 137 21 53 0 211
Nursing 167 1 7 10 185
Writing Studies 166 0 9 0 175
Liberal Arts General Studies 175 0 0 0 175
Social Work 68 0 106 0 174
Criminal Justice & Corrections 136 0 30 0 166
General Biology 141 0 5 0 146
Public Health 83 0 62 0 145
Accounting 130 0 0 0 130
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 121 0 0 0 121
Music 92 0 26 0 118
Computer Information Systems 105 0 11 0 116
Communication Sciences 80 0 29 0 109
General English Literature 87 0 17 0 104
Business/Managerial Economics 89 0 0 0 89
Information Technology 0 67 0 0 67
Allied Health Professions 42 0 19 0 61
History 51 0 7 0 58
Student Counseling 0 2 55 0 57
Health Sciences & Services 57 0 0 0 57
Public Administration 0 10 32 14 56
Political Science & Government 55 0 0 0 55
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 18 36 0 54
Mathematics 41 0 6 0 47
Geological & Earth Sciences 29 0 17 0 46
Fine & Studio Arts 37 0 0 0 37
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 36 0 0 36
Educational Administration 0 7 28 0 35
Chemistry 34 0 0 0 34
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 26 0 7 0 33
Statistics 0 0 31 0 31
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 29 0 0 29
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 27 0 27
Geography & Cartography 6 8 8 0 22
Drama & Theater Arts 19 0 0 0 19
Health/Medical Prep Programs 18 0 0 0 18
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 17 0 0 0 17
Urban & Regional Planning 11 0 5 0 16
Teaching English or French 0 6 9 0 15
Sociology 15 0 0 0 15
Human Resource Management 0 5 9 0 14
International Business 11 0 0 0 11
Philosophy 8 0 3 0 11
Anthropology 11 0 0 0 11
Ethnic Studies 10 0 0 0 10
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 10 0 0 10
Instructional Media Design 0 9 0 0 9
Physics 9 0 0 0 9
Education Philosophy 0 0 7 0 7
Gerontology 0 7 0 0 7
Romance Languages 4 0 2 0 6
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 5 0 0 5
Applied Mathematics 0 0 4 0 4
Religious Studies 0 0 3 0 3
Publishing 0 2 0 0 2
Information Science 0 2 0 0 2
Holocaust Studies 0 2 0 0 2
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 1 0 0 0 1
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 0 0
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 0 0 0 0
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 3,698 370 936 24 5,028

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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