Searching for a beautiful, affordable college close to home, but not too close to home? Check out West Chester University!
West Chester University (WCU) is a leading public university located just outside of Philadelphia. WCU excels in teacher education, business, health, natural and social sciences, music and the arts. WCU students? They excel at everything!
Founded in 1871, WCU is home to just over 17,000 undergraduates and graduates from more than 40 countries and nearly every state. The University offers more than 180 programs, from certificates through doctoral degrees, and is accredited by more than two dozen accrediting boards, including AACSB. WCU is consistently ranked as a top regional university, a top school in the north, a top school for veterans, a best value, and among the best public universities in the region.
If you think you’ll be a number at West Chester University — you’re right — you’ll be number one. That’s because faculty members, never graduate assistants, are in every classroom every day. Building meaningful relationships with faculty members is a breeze thanks to WCU’s 19:1 student to faculty ratio, and opportunities for collaborative research projects and course-specific faculty-led study-abroad trips.
Speaking of opportunities — they’re everywhere you turn at WCU. The University offers 670 study-abroad programs, 280+ clubs and organizations, 24 NCAA Division II varsity sports (one of the nation’s biggest DII programs), more than 200 events on campus each year, and tons of service learning and community service options. In fact, WCU has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and has been classified as a Community Engaged University by the Carnegie Foundation. Don’t see a club you want to join? Create your own! WCU makes it easy to do what you love and love what you do.
Then there’s WCU’s location which is the perfect starting point for just about any adventure. Downtown West Chester is the epitome of a college town, with independent shops, coffee houses, tons of restaurants, a great music and art scene, and just 30 miles from Philadelphia. West Chester is also located midway between Washington, D.C. and New York City, putting the very best of the East Coast at your fingertips. It’s no wonder that West Chester was named a top college town, AND a best college town to live in after graduation.
The University can tell you all about WCU and why they think it’s so amazing, BUT, the best way to learn about the University is to come and see it for yourself. Visit and find out why so many WCU students say they got to campus and “just knew!”
WCU is beautiful in every season. Register for a tour and let them show you around. Learn more about WCU at wcupa.edu/visitors. WCU hopes to see you soon.