2024 Comprehensive Report on Rankings, Costs, Graduation Rate and More

$14,133

Net Price

89%

Admitted

21%

Enrolled

73%

Graduation Rate

20/1

Student / Faculty

University Detail

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

is a public, four or more years institution with a total student enrollment of 17,614. In 2021, there were 466 psychology and social work graduates. This institution ranks #24 in Pennsylvania and ranks #251 in the U.S. for schools that offer psychology degree programs.

Psychology Degrees Offered

Bachelor, Postgraduate Certificate, Master

Psychology Graduates

466

Total Enrollment

17,614

Type

Public, Four or more years

Institution Accreditation

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Ranking for West Chester University of Pennsylvania

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#24

Pennsylvania Rank

Combining ranking factors for 93 schools that offer psychology degrees in Pennsylvania, West Chester University of Pennsylvania ranks #24.

#251

U.S. Rank

Combining ranking factors for 1,438 schools that offer psychology degrees in the U.S., West Chester University of Pennsylvania ranks #251.

Psychology Programs Offered

For psychology degrees, West Chester University of Pennsylvania offers General Psychology and Social Work at the bachelor level. At the postgraduate certificate level, the university offers Counseling and Applied Psychology and Industrial Organizational Psychology. At the master level General Psychology, Mental Health Counseling and Social Work are offered.

In the table below, see the programs offered and the number of graduates in each program.

Psychology Graduates in 2021BSPG CERTMA
Counseling and Applied Psychology11
General Psychology25035
Industrial Organizational Psychology11
Mental Health Counseling17
Social Work6181
Total Graduates31122133
US Department of Education

Psychology Program Accreditation(s)

  • Clinical Psychology (CLPSYD) – PsyD Doctoral programs

Admission, Enrollment, Graduation

In the fall of 2021, 14,020 students applied to the West Chester University of Pennsylvania. The university admitted 89% and 21% of those who were admitted also enrolled.

By comparison, the average number of applicants for Pennsylvania universities is 6,852. On average, all Pennsylvania institutions admit 77% and 23% of those who were admitted end up enrolling into the institution.

The percentage of West Chester University of Pennsylvania students who return after their first year to begin their second year is 85%. Compared to all Pennsylvania four or more years colleges, the percentage is 75%.

The overall graduation rate for West Chester University of Pennsylvania is 73%, compared to 66% for all Pennsylvania universities, while the number of students who transferred out of the program is 25%.

  • Credits Accepted: Dual enrollment, Credit for life experiences, Advanced placement (AP) credits

Compare WCU to Pennsylvania Four or more years Colleges
Offering Psychology Degrees

Compare admission, acceptance, retention and graduation rates of West Chester University of Pennsylvania to the average of all Pennsylvania four or more years schools that offer psychology degrees.

Why it Matters

Compare Admission and Enrollment

Low admission rates and high enrollment rates denote not only how selective a school is, but also how in-demand the school is. High graduation rates show the overall success of an institution.

WCU

14,020

Applicants

89%

Percent Admitted

21%

Percent Enrolled

85%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

73%

Graduation Rate

PA Colleges

6,852

Applicants

77%

Percent Admitted

23%

Percent Enrolled

75%

1st Time Student Retention Rate

66%

Graduation Rate

Student & Faculty Information

In the fall of 2021, there were 660 or 69% full-time instructional or research faculty members of all faculty and there were 302 or 31% part-time faculty members employed at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. The number of full-time instructional faculty was 660 or 69%.

Part-time teachers are paid less and cost less, so any organization with a disproportionate number of part-time teachers can invest money in more important areas. However, as part-time teachers, participants can work full-time in their profession and bring experience to the classroom.

Why it Matters

Compare Faculty Numbers

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional percentages indicate that institutions focus their investments in areas that matter most to students.

WCU

20 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

69%

Percent Full-Time

31%

Percent Part-Time

69%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

PA Colleges

13 / 1

Student Faculty Ratio

52%

Percent Full-Time

48%

Percent Part-Time

51%

Percent Full-Time Instructional

Tuition and Student Expenses

For the 2021-2022 academic year at West Chester University of Pennsylvania the average cost of undergraduate tuition is $7,716, and the average cost for books and supplies is $1,200.

For graduate students, the average cost for tuition is $9,288 and the average cost for graduate fees is $2,610.

In the table below, find the average total expenses to attend West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2021-2022 including tuition, room, board and living expenses for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Note that the average total expenses do not include financial aid, grants, loans or scholarships. You can find the average financial aid and net price data in the sections below.

Expenses for West Chester University of Pennsylvania2021-2022
On Campus Room & Board$14,228
On-Campus Living Expenses$2,520
Total Living Expenses$16,748
Tuition for In-State, Undergraduate$7,716
Books and Supplies, Undergraduate$1,200
Total Undergraduate Expenses$25,664
In-State, Graduate Tuition$9,288
In-State, Graduate Fees$2,610
Total Graduate Expenses$11,898
US Department of Education

Net Price

Average Net Price

The average net price to attend West Chester University of Pennsylvania is $14,133. Average net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board, living costs, books, supplies together and then subtracting the average financial (grants, scholarships and loans) for federal financial aid recipients.

In other words, the average net price is the average amount students pay to attend this university for one year.

Average net price is calculated from the most recent data supplied by each institution to the US Department of Education and is found by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. The total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

Net Price by Family Income

Depending on the federal, state, or institutional grant aid available, the table below shows the average amount students pay to attend West Chester University of Pennsylvania presented by family income bracket.

Students may pay more or less depending on their individual circumstances; however, these are the average costs as tracked by the university and reported to the U.S. Department of Education.

Average Net Price by Income2020-20212021-2022
$0 – $30,000$15,718$8,168
$30,001 – $48,000$16,325$8,733
$48,001 – $75,000$19,085$11,386
$75,001 – $110,000$23,443$15,109
$110,001 and more$25,353$16,433
US Department of Education

Compare West Chester University of Pennsylvania to all Pennsylvania universitas that offer psychology degrees for the cost to attend, average financial aid, percent of students receiving aid and the average net price to attend.

For program ranking, we see a lower overall cost of tuition and cost of living expenses minus the average financial aid a student may receive as the ranking factor student may want to consider.

Why it Matters

Compare Average Cost to Attend and Net Price

Low student faculty ratios and high full-time instructional professors indicates to us institutions that focus their investments in areas that matter most: the education of students by the best instructors possible.

WCU

$25,664

Cost to Attend

$4,705

Average Financial Aid

100%

Percent Receiving Aid

$14,133

Net Price

PA Colleges

$45,060

Cost to Attend

$18,452

Average Financial Aid

92%

Percent Receiving Aid

$21,691

Average Net Price

Financial Aid

The number of beginning students who enter postsecondary education for the first time and receive financial aid is 2,754 or 100%.

The number of undergraduate students who receive a grant or scholarship is 14,563 and the average amount of their grant or scholarship is $4,705.

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid# Receiving AidAverage Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship Aid14,563$4,705
Pell Grants3,592$4,523
Federal Student Loans7,291$6,272
US Department of Education

Below, compare the financial aid students receive at the West Chester University of Pennsylvania to all schools across the United States that offer psychology degrees.

We see higher percentages of those receiving aid and the percent that aid covers the net price of education as an indicator of the strength of the institution.

Why it Matters

Compare Financial Aid

Financial Aid can make the difference between being able to afford college or being priced out of college. Many students may find college far more affordable than they could imagine, when accounting for the various kinds of financial aid available.

WCU

14,563

Grant or Scholarship Aid

57%

Grants or Scholarships

3,592

Number of Pell Grants

14%

Pell Grants

7,291

Federal Student Loans

29%

Federal Student Loans

PA Colleges

3,134

Grant or Scholarship Aid

49%

Grants or Scholarships

1,217

Number of Pell Grants

19%

Pell Grants

2,090

Federal Student Loans

32%

Federal Student Loans

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