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Rank: 246

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

West Chester, PAwww.wcupa.edu
With over 17,000 students, West Chester University is the largest of the 14 institutions that make up the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university offers well over 100 graduate and undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences, business and public affairs, social sciences, visual and performing arts, health sciences, and education. The most popular undergrad majors are business, health professions, and education. Undergrads must complete an extensive series of general education requirements, including classes in composition, communication, science, diverse communities, and the arts, among others. Special programs in the College of Health Sciences include the Healthy Aging Consortium, the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research, and the Mind/Body Institute. Other academic institutes at WCU include the Frederick Douglass Institute, which aims to advance multicultural studies; the Ethnic Studies Institute; and the Poetry Center, which hosts the nation's largest annual poetry conference every summer. West Chester, a city of about 18,000 people, features a cozy downtown with pizza shops and clothing boutiques, and is about 35 miles away from Philadelphia. But the university has a Center City campus in Philadelphia that offers programs tailored for adult and professional learners. These include bachelor's degrees in criminal justice, social work, and nursing, and master's programs in social work, criminal justice, and communication studies.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$27,400
% of students who get any grants
42%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$20,000
Average price for low-income students
$15,400
admissions
Acceptance rate
64%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1060/23
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
15,851
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
58%
% of need met
48%
% of students who get merit* grants
2%
Average merit grant
$4,180
student success
Graduation rate
70%
Average time to a degree
4.4 years
Average student debt
$23,500
Average salary within 3 years
$46,700
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
30%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
rolling

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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