Messikomer Hall, 100 W. Rosedale Avenue, West Chester, PA 19383 610-436-3411
About West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • Year of Foundation 1871
  • Size of Campus 403.4 Acres
  • Type of Instituition Public institution
  • Religious Orientation None
  • Degrees Bachelor, Master, Post Master
  • Calendar Type Semester
  • Undergraduate Population 10,838
  • Women % / Men % / Out of state 60% 40% 11.62%OUS
  • App. Deadlines FAFSA
  • Tuition Costs In / Out - State $5,804 In state, $14,510 Out-of-state
  • Room and Board $10,890
  • Nonfall Registration Accepted
  • Selectivity of the Intuition Selective
  • Application Fee $35
  • Enrollment No. 11,561
West Chester University of Pennsylvania (WCUPA) is a public university located in West Chester, Pennsylvania, about 25 miles (40 km) miles west of Philadelphia. It is one of the 14 state universities of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). West Chester was ranked 69th in the Master's Universities (North) category by U.S. News & World Report for 2009. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS). The university traces its roots to the private, state-aided school that existed from 1812 to 1869. As the state began to take increasing responsibility for public education, the academy was transformed into West Chester Normal School, still privately owned and state certified. The normal school admitted its first class, consisting of 160 students, on September 25, 1871. In 1913, West Chester became the first of the normal schools to be owned outright by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Social Life And Activities
  • On-campus religious organizations (Appears as submitted by school) Campus Crusade for Christ / Christian Impact, Catholic Newman Student Association Center, Chosen Generation Outreach Ministries, College Bible Fellowship, Covenant Campus Fellowship, CrossSeekers, Gospel Choir, Gospel Choir
  • Other on-campus organizations N/A
  • Percent students who are frat sororities N/A
  • Number of on-campus international organizations (Appears as submitted by school) Black Student Union (BSU), Asian American Organization, Black Men United, INDU (Indo-American Association), LASO- Latino American Student Organization;
  • Alcohol Policies No
  • Number of frats 11
  • Other general policies class attendance policies set by individual instructors, hazing prohibited, other
  • Number of frat chapter houses 2
  • Popular Event and Social Activities on Campus Homecoming, Alumni Weekend, Visiting Artist Series (e. g. , Hungarian Symphony, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Josh Gracin), Philips Lecture Series (e. g. , Ben & Jerry Lecture), LUVIM (Leadership, Unity, and Volunteerism, and Image Maker) programs featuring cont
  • Number of students in fraternities 11
  • Percent students who are frat members N/A
  • Number of honor societies Accounting-Beta Alpha Psi, Communication studies - Pi Kappa Delta, Communications-Lambda Pi Eta, Counseling (Chi Sigma Iota), Criminal Justice-Lambda Alpha Epsilon, Economics-Omicron Delta Epsilon, Education-Delta Kappa Gamma, Education-Kappa Delta Pi, Edu
  • Setting Suburban
  • Number of sororities 12
  • Distance to nearest bus West Chester, PA (0)
  • Public Transportation to the University Yes
  • Car Permitted On Campus No
  • Distance to nearest airport Philadelphia (23), West Chester, PA (Brandywine Airport) (5)
  • Distance to nearest train Exton (3)
Student Housing
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are undefined N/A
  • On and Off campus housing offered Yes
  • Type of housing provided for students coed dorms (68%), women's dorms (6%), apartment for single students (25%), special housing for disabled students (1%), special housing for international students (0%)
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are doubles 69%
  • High speed or wireless internet in college housing 100%
  • College housing safety - Sprinkler system 100%
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are apartments 24%
  • College housing safety - Fire alarms 100%
  • Number of students using college housing 31%
  • College campus housing availability Yes
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are triples 6%
  • Number of housing and appartment units owned by the university 31
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are singles 1%
  • Off and remote campus housing assistance available Yes
Campus Services
  • Number Of Wired Computers Available In Campus Labs(est) 700
  • Basic Services Provided nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, health insurance, other
  • Student Email Accounts Yes
  • Online Course Registration Available Yes
  • Number Of Books in Library 744,976
  • Number Of Wired Computers Available In Classrooms 900
  • Campus Safety 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)
  • Counseling Services career, personal, academic, psychological
  • OS of Wifi Network Microsoft
  • Museums Geology Museum, Planetarium, Darlington Herbarium, Robert B. Gordon Natural Area for Environmental Studies, Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Main Stage Theatre, J.Peter Adler Studio Theatre, Swope Recital Hall, Mitchell Hall Art Gallery, Long Gallery
  • Number Of Subscriptions 5,373
  • Student Allowed To Post A Web Page Yes
  • Tutoring and Remedial Help math, writing, study skills
  • Computer Courses No
  • Library Facilities 100%
  • Number Of Microforms 879,548
  • Location Of Area With Wireless Support in some of the libraries (excluding computer labs), in some classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, in all college-owned, operated, or affiliated housing
  • Number Of Wired Computers Available In The Other Locations 5,400
  • Student Computer Availability Yes
  • Library On Campus Yes
  • Number of e-books 5,297
  • Estimated Capacity Of Wireless Network 2,400
  • Number Of Wired Computers Available In The Library 60
  • Location Of Available Computers computer center/labs, residence halls, library, student center
  • Internet Access Yes
  • Number of Audiovisuals-cds,videos,dvds 72,487
  • Wireless Network - Student wi-fi Yes
Student Employment and Career
  • Army ROTC on campus? Offered at cooperating institution (Widener University)
  • Does the school discourage student employment Yes
  • Airforce ROTC on campus? Offered at cooperating institution (St. Joseph's University)
  • Employed Students after 1 year N/A
  • Number of undergraduates (only) with employment 5%
  • Student Employment Federal
  • Employed Students after 6 Months N/A
  • Navy ROTC on campus? Not offered
  • Career placment and training co-op education, on-campus job interviews, internships, resume assistance, alumni network, interest inventory, interview training
  • Employed Students after 2 years N/A
  • The average earnings of employed undergrads 1,740
  • Top Companies Selecting Students For Jobs N/A
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