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West Chester University of Pennsylvania
West Chester, PA
West Chester is a public, multipurpose university. Founded as a state Normal School in 1871, it became a state college in 1960 and gained university status in 1983. Its 388-acre campus is located in West Chester, 25 miles west of Philadelphia.
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Institution Type Public
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 14,398
   Women 8,538 (59.3%)
   Men 5,860 (40.7%)
Graduate Students Not reported
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 64% of 12,609 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.44
SAT Math 529 average
490-580 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 525 average
480-570 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 23 average
21-25 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests   X    
Essay     X  
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Cost of Attendance In-state: $26,300
Out-of-state: $37,158
  Tuition and Fees In-state: $9,720
Out-of-state: $20,578
  Room and Board $12,860
Average Percent of Need Met 41%
Average Freshman Award $7,063
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates Not reported
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 6% of classes
10-19 students: 17% of classes
20-29 students: 37% of classes
30-39 students: 25% of classes
40-49 students: 8% of classes
50-99 students: 6% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes
West Chester Population 18,857 
Nearest Metropolitan Area Philadelphia
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing 92% of freshmen, 36% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division II
Mascot Rammy
Sororities 18.6% of women participate
Fraternities 14% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.3% Asian
11.3% Black/African-American
5.5% Hispanic/Latino
3.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
76.9% White
0.7% Unknown
International Students 0.5% from 74 countries
First-Year Students Returning 85.8%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 46.0%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported