Overview

Applicants
12,667
Acceptance Rate
69%
Average HS GPA
3.42

GPA Breakdown

29%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
15%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 610
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 600
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 26

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
19:1
Total Faculty
952
with Terminal Degree
655

524
Women
428
Men
125
Minority
29
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
48%
Graduate in 5 years
69%
Graduate in 6 years
73%

Majors

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • Finance, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.
  • Rhetoric and Composition.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Russian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Athletic Training/Trainer.
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist.
  • Dietetics/Dietitian.
  • Environmental Health.
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General.
  • Pharmaceutics and Drug Design.
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies.
  • Public Health Education and Promotion.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice and Corrections.
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Analytical Chemistry.
  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Geography.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music, General.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Geno Auriemma
University of Connecticut head women's basketball coach

Jill Biden
American Educator and Former Second Lady of the United States

Michael Brune
Executive Director, Sierra Club

Christopher Franklin
CEO of Aqua America

Bill Jolly
Emmy Award-winning composer, musical director and performer

Joe Pitts
Former United States Congressman for Pennsylvania's 16th District

Gerard H. Sweeney
CEO of Brandywine Real Estate Trust

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
48%
Graduate in 5 years
69%
Graduate in 6 years
73%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,809

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,651

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,227

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
73%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$34,160

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$6,238

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,542
Transportation for Commuters
$2,760

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
14,451
Foreign Countries Represented
70

Demographics

2.44%
Asian
11.41%
African-American
5.79%
Hispanic
75.48%
Caucasian

59% female
41% male
11% are out of state
90% are full time
10% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
36%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
90%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Dr. Martin Patwell

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
283
Number of Honor Societies
33

Number of Social Sororities
18
Number of Religious Organizations
10

12% join a fraternity
18% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

21% participate in intramural sports
4% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Golden Rams)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Golden Rams)
15 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Gymnastics
Lacrosse
Rugby
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus, at cooperating institutions: Widener University (third and fourth years are offered partially at Widener University.)
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: St. Joseph's University

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Campus Bookstore with multiple vendors, Lenovo Direct

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Sarah L. Freed
Interim Executive Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
Messikomer Hall
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone
(610) 436-3411

Email
ugadmiss@wcupa.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Recreation Center
Lawrence Center
Library and Starbuck's Cafe by Academic Quad
Sykes Student Union Building
Swope Music Building and Performing Arts Center
Please see our website for a campus events calendar: http://www.wcupa.edu/_INFORMATION/events/

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Borough of West Chester
City of Philadelphia
King of Prussia Plaza and Court
Weekend trips to the beach or skiing (2 hours)
Bandywine Valley attractions (Longwood Gardens, Winterthur Gardens)
Please see the Borough of West Chester website: http://www.downtownwestchester.com/visitorsguide.php

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies, contact Admissions Office or register online

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://www.wcupagoldenrams.com/

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Septa buses Taxis Shuttle from the Septa/Amtrak Exton, PA train station School operates transportation to south section of campus Philadelphia airport is the closest international airport

Driving Instructions to Campus
Route 3, the West Chester Pike, leads directly into town from center-city Philadelphia. From the Pennsylvania Turnpike, motorists traveling west should take Route 202 south from the Valley Forge Interchange while those traveling east can arrive via Route 100 south from the Downingtown Interchange. From the south, Route 202 from Wilmington and Routes 100 and 52 from U.S. Route 1 all lead to West Chester.

Local Accommodations
Please see our on-line Visitor's Guide: http://www.wcupa.edu/visitors/lodging.aspx


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