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In 1871 West Chester Normal School was founded as a State Teachers College. Today the campus reflects a metamorphosis, from State College to Nationally Acclaimed Public University. Students from all over the world form a community of learning.  More than 82,000 alumni are shaping the future.

Over the past several years, through the hard work of our faculty, staff, alumni and students, the University has become known for offering a top-quality education for an affordable price. Indeed, Kiplinger’s magazine consistently rates West Chester University as a Top 100 Best Buy amongst all public universities in the United States. Our enrollment has reflected these accolades and competition for admission to our first-year class is at an all time high. Yet, the continued progress and growth of West Chester University faces many challenges and we need your help.

Each year the percentage of budget dollars covered by the Commonwealth's dollars decrease, sometimes by sharp budget cuts which we expect to continue.  We need our alumni more than ever to bridge the gap between decreasing state funding and West Chester's ability to continue to provide an excellent and affordable education.

Your annual contributions to the Purple & Gold Fund support the areas of greatest need at the University each year.  Over the past few years funding from the Purple & Gold Fund has supported important projects including:

  • The Student Emergency Fund
  • Faculty Development & Research
  • Increased & Improved Campus Security 

It is through the support of our alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friends that West Chester University will continue its tradition of providing an outstanding and affordable public education.

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Enhancing a Student’s Educational Experience

Resources, adequate academic facilities and up-to-date technology and tools are crucial for enhancing the educational experience of WCU students.  Find out how your donation can positively impact the student academic environment and influence lives.

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Helping Faculty Make a Difference

Everyday our faculty nurtures students to challenge themselves and expand their knowledge and experiences.  Learn how your support enables faculty to provide innovative coursework to engage and educate WCU students.

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