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West Chester University of Pennsylvania

West Chester, PA

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  1. West Chester is regularly ranked as one of the best college towns in America
  2. WCU is only 30 miles from Philadelphia and under 2.5 hours to D.C. and NYC
  3. WCU has an average class size of 25-35 students

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 is close to Philadelphia and 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 and Theater and Arts Department. There are also many opportunities for 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.

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | West Chester
Population | 20,000
Enrollment | 17,669
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Host Payment
Term Dates
Fall | 08/29-12/17
Spring | 1/23-5/13

Campus Diversity

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


  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: After campus students
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs

Art and Music Majors need to get in touch with Dept. Chair as these classes may require review or audition. Education course are limited for incoming exchange students.

Notable Academic Programs

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Unique Academic Programs

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Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • African American Studies
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Arabic
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Astronomy
  • Athletic Training
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business Management
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Chiropractic
  • Coaching
  • Communication
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Dietetics
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • Elementary Education
  • Engineering Physics
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Health Engineering
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Exercise Science
  • Finance/Banking
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • German
  • Global Studies
  • Government
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Education
  • History
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Jazz Studies
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology
  • Latin American Studies
  • Law Enforcement/Police Sciences
  • Literature
  • Marine Sciences
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Music History
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music Therapy
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Performance and Directing
  • Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy Studies
  • Religious Studies/Theology
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Russian
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Urban Planning
  • Urban Studies
  • Web Design
  • Women and Gender Studies


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 / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 06/17/21

  • 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 Students
  • 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 students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 18

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment 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 Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • Perkins
Use FAFSA CODE: 003328

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

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $200.00 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $30.00 Year Host & Home Mandatory

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

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/17/21

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 40% living on campus
  • Double: $2897.00
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $0
  • Proximity to campus: n/a
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Our Housing Dept. works well with us to supply housing for our NSE students

Meal Plans

  • Campus Meal Plans
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1618.75 declining balance plan.
Notes About Meal Plans
Please go to the following link for more detailed information https://westchester.campusdish.com/MealPlans/Category?cat=All_Meal_Plan_Products_6601&lid=6601


Figures per Semester are current as of 06/17/21

Important Notes about Health Insurance
Student will be required to present proof of health insurance before they can register for classes.

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


  • Health records due by: 4/15/22
  • Immunization before registering
  • Immunization before residence hall move in
  • Health / accident insurance
  • Immunization: Meningococcal
  • Immunization: meningitis waiver available per Housing and Residence Life, TB testing per Health Center request

Other Health Related Comments
All immunizations are recommended. Student will complete health information through an online portal. Meningitis waiver available through Housing and Residence Life. TB testing may be required at the request of the Health Center

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