WCU's Charter Day of Giving

Alumni, faculty, staff, and friends raised $41,638 for student success at WCU during this 24-hour initiative. Thank you to everyone who participated, and be sure to view President Christopher Fiorentino’s special thank-you video message below.

WCU's Charter Day of Giving

It’s an historic year for West Chester University. In addition to celebrating its Charter Day on March 10th, the University is celebrating its sesquicentennial in 2021.

While 1871 may have marked the first day of class, it was even earlier that the Normal School at West Chester was officially chartered as a training academy for elementary school teachers. On March 10, 1870, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed an act “to authorize the Trustees and Contributors to the West Chester Academy to become a State Normal School.”

Plans were solicited from several architects for “the completion of an institution not only attractive and convenient to those who seek its halls for education, but combining all that is … necessary to render it equal if not superior to any institution of similar kind in the commonwealth.”

Visit WCU’s sesquicentennial website for frequently updated features about our history and heritage.

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