WCU Colleges

West Chester University is organized into five Colleges: Arts and Sciences; Business and Public Affairs; Education; Health Sciences; and Visual and Performing Arts. It is one of the 14 universities that comprise Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

WCU Fast Facts:

  • The fourth largest university in the Philadelphia region.
  • A public, regional, comprehensive institution, founded in 1871 as an institute for teacher preparation. In addition to education, which is the most popular major today, music instruction has been part of the school's curriculum since its founding.
  • Approximately 14,492 degree seeking students: 2,258 graduate and 12,234 undergraduate. (Fall 2010)
  • Currently offers more than 80 undergraduate and 70 master's degree programs taught by 563 full-time and 243 part-time faculty. (Fall 2010)
  • Students are drawn primarily from Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland. In total, students come from 26 different states and 64 different countries.



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