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West Chester University of Pennsylvania Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on West Chester University of Pennsylvania, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is West Chester University of Pennsylvania Ranked?

2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

West Chester University of Pennsylvania was awarded 103 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is special education.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked WCUPA as #371 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 123 colleges in Pennsylvania, WCUPA is ranked at #32.

See all of the rankings for West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Is It Hard to Get Into WCUPA?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to West Chester University of Pennsylvania you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 69%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 85% of students accepted to WCUPA submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 610. Math scores were between 510 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for West Chester University of Pennsylvania  ( 530 to 610 )
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SAT Math Scores for West Chester University of Pennsylvania  ( 510 to 600 )
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WCUPA received ACT scores from 14% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for West Chester University of Pennsylvania  ( 21 to 26 )
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Learn more about West Chester University of Pennsylvania admissions.

West Chester University of Pennsylvania Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At West Chester University of Pennsylvania, this rate is 19 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is 70%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  70 out of 100
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Retention and Graduation Rates at West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Freshmen Retention Rate

West Chester University of Pennsylvania has a freshmen retention rate of 85%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  85 out of 100
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Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At WCUPA the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 43%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  43 out of 100
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Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Average Overall Diversity at WCUPA

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 14,615 undergraduates at WCUPA with 13,044 being full-time and 1,571 being part-time.

WCUPA Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

WCUPA scored 51.07 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  51.07 out of 100
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How Much Does West Chester University of Pennsylvania Cost?

The overall average net price of WCUPA is $22,101. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for WCUPA

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$16,477 $17,954 $20,913 $24,453 $25,204

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of WCUPA, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At WCUPA, approximately 70% of students took out student loans averaging $8,307 a year. That adds up to $33,228 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WCUPA is 4.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do WCUPA Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from WCUPA with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $48,400 in their early years. That's great news for WCUPA students since it is 22% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.

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See which majors at West Chester University of Pennsylvania make the most money.

Location of West Chester University of Pennsylvania

West Chester University of Pennsylvania is a public institution located in West Chester, Pennsylvania. WCUPA is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

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Location of West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Contact details for WCUPA are given below.

Contact Details
Address: University Avenue And High Street, West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-1000
Website: https://www.wcupa.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WCUPA
Twitter: https://twitter.com/wcuofpa

West Chester University of Pennsylvania Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 58 majors graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Of these students, 3,698 received undergraduate degrees and 960 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 250 $36,300
General Sales & Marketing 248 $40,400
Health & Physical Education 233 $31,800
Finance & Financial Management 231 $48,700
Business Administration & Management 229 $40,000
General Psychology 218 $29,600
Liberal Arts General Studies 175 $27,400
Nursing 167 $66,000
Writing Studies 166 $36,000
General Biology 141 $39,200

Learn more about the majors offered at West Chester University of Pennsylvania along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at WCUPA

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 3,425 students took at least one online class at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. This is an increase from the 2,906 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 3,425 1,285
2016-2017 2,906 1,141
2015-2016 2,010 829
2014-2015 1,611 475
2013-2014 1,227 333

Learn more about online learning at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

References

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