The Sciences and Engineering Center and The Commons

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West Chester University (WCU) is committed to student success at every level of the college experience. With over 17,000 students, the University has seen a 30 percent increase in enrollment over the last decade and is now the 4th largest university in the Philadelphia region. The demand for what WCU offers – program quality, faculty excellence and twenty-first century resources, combined with exceptionally affordable tuition – continues to grow, making the University increasingly attractive to high-quality students.

Today, WCU is ready to take a pivotal step to support growth and assure continued excellence by building a new facility, The Sciences & Engineering Center and The Commons.  At 175,000 square feet, it will be the largest academic and service building on campus by nearly double.

Designed with a focus on student learning rather than conventional teaching, the building will house the departments of Health, Nursing, Nutrition and Physics as well as the newly approved Biomedical Engineering program.  In addition, it will bridge academic and campus life by providing a student dining facility to accommodate the growing enrollment and flexible conference space to promote faculty and student collaboration.

The Science & Engineering Center and the Commons building is designed to be “The Heart of Campus”, where students can experience WCU social and academic life to its fullest.  With less than 20 percent annually in state funding, West Chester University continues to be committed to providing an outstanding education at an affordable cost for all students.  To make this $130 million dollar building a reality, WCU is using a combination of reserves, bonding and private resources to finance the project.  While the $5 million dollars in private gifts make up the smallest percentage of the financing, they are the margin of excellence which will allow WCU to create a truly unique learning space that is rich in technology and fosters community.

Your gift will not only become a permanent legacy but will provide a transformational experience that will impact the lives of students now and for years to come.

Thank you! 

 The WCU Foundation Campaign and Development Team


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