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West Chester University of Pennsylvania

West Chester, PA

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About This Campus

The borough of West Chester is a beautiful suburban college town with a vibrant presence thanks to its thriving small business, engaged local community, and of course – West Chester University students! The town of West Chester is within walking distance of the campus and we have buses that connect to train service and the larger shopping centers. King of Prussia is one of the notably recognized shopping centers in the country and is just a short bus or car ride away. We are also close to Lancaster Co. Amish Country and other cultural attractions. West Chester also has the benefit of not only being close to Philadelphia, but it is within a short train or car ride journey to Washington, D.C., New York City and the Jersey Shore. West Chester offers a superb Music Department, as well a Theater and Arts. There are also many opportunities for student involvement in student organizations.

Location Information

West Chester is a suburban college town located 25 miles southeast of Philadelphia. It is within a short train or car ride journey to Washington, D.C. and New York City.

Helpful Information

Prefer students to live on campus. You will become more involved in campus life. Scheduling of classes gets difficult and there are more class time opportunities if close to campus. Since you cannot register for classes until the non-degree registration opens, scheduling for some popular majors is difficult. Please try to be flexible and have some Gen Ed classes and free electives in your request for classes.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | West Chester
Population | 19,928
Enrollment | 17,527
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/26-12/16
Spring | 1/221-5/0

Campus Diversity

White | 75%
Black | 11%
Hispanic/Latino | 6%
Asian | 2%
Native/1st Nation | 0%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 4%
Other | 2%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • After campus students
Closed Programs

Art and Music Majors need to get in touch with Dept. Chair as these classes may require review or audition

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Anthropology: Anthropology

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Design, Graphic Design, Media Arts, Studio Art

Athletics: Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Physical Education, Sports Medicine

Biological Sciences: Applied Biology, Biology/Life Science, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Business: Accounting, Actuarial Science, Business, Finance/Banking, International Business, Management, Marketing, Marketing Communication

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry

Communications: Communication

Computer Science: Computer Science

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice

Earth Sciences: Earth Science, Geology, Geosciences

Economics: Economics

Education: Early Childhood, Elementary Education, English, Health Education, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science, Secondary Education, Special Education

Engineering: Biomedical Engineering, Engineering Physics

English: English, Literature

Environmental Studies: Conservation Biology, Environmental Health Sciences

Food Science: Nutrition

General Studies: Gender Studies, Liberal Studies

Geography and Urban Studies: Environmental Planning, Geography, Urban Planning, Urban Studies

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Chiropractic, Communication Disorders, Dietetics, Environmental Health, Exercise Science, Health Education, Health Promotion, Health Science, Kinesiology, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Respiratory Therapy

History: History

Information Studies: Computer Science

International Studies: International Relations

Languages: French, German, Language and Culture, Russian, Spanish

Marine Sciences: Marine Sciences

Mathematics: Actuarial Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Computation Science, Mathematical Economics, Mathematics, Statistics

Military Sciences: Air Force ROTC

Performing Arts: Dance, Music, Music Education, Music History, Music Performance, Music Theater, Music Theory and Composition, Music Therapy, Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy, Religious Studies

Physics: Physics

Political Science: Government, International Affairs/Relations, Political Science, Public Policy Studies

Pre-Professional : Engineering Pre-Professional, Medicine Pre-Professional

Psychology: Psychology

Sociology/Social Work: Social Work, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Communication Disorders

Theater: Performance and Directing, Theater


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
  • "NONE"
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550.00 paper, 213.00 computer or 80.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 09/27/18.
  • Estimated cost: $5205.88.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 18
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 18 ($322.00 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 09/27/18.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $200.00 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking Fee $30.00 Year Plan A & B Mandatory

Important Notes: Please see the following website for payment plan information: https://wcupa.edu/_information/AFA/Fiscal/Bursar/paymentPlans.aspx

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students do not need to purchase health insurance.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • Perkins
Use FAFSA CODE: 003328

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 09/27/18

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 40% living on campus
  • Double: $2758.00
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $0
  • Proximity to campus: n/a
Notes About Housing
Our Housing Dept. works well with us to supply housing for our NSE students.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1489.00 declining balance plan.
  • $1489.00 per semester for 14 meals per week.
  • $1454.00 per semester for 12 meals per week.
  • $1365.00 per semester for 9 meals per week.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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