West Chester University of Pennsylvania

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$7,716
0% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$19,348
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
4.43%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
75.3%
15,077 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
17,669
79.8% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
74.7%
1,737 Graduates

About

West Chester University of Pennsylvania is a higher education institution located in Chester County, PA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at West Chester University of Pennsylvania were General Sales, Distribution, & Marketing Operations (248 degrees awarded), General Health & Physical Education (233 degrees), and General Finance (231 degrees).

In 2019, 5,028 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. 61.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 38.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (3,932 degrees), 7.98 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (493 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is $7,716, which is $−14,310 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is $7,716, which is $−14,310 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $19,348.

In 2019, 47% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 60% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$7,716
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at West Chester University of Pennsylvania was $7,716. The cost of tuition at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is $−14,310 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

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Average Net Price

$19,348
2019 Value
1.35%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 West Chester University of Pennsylvania had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $19,348. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of West Chester University of Pennsylvania grew by 1.35%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,942
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at West Chester University of Pennsylvania was of $12,942 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board did not change between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

47%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
60%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

47% of undergraduate students at West Chester University of Pennsylvania received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 9.3% with respect to 2018, when 43% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
4.43%
2017 Default Rate
169
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at West Chester University of Pennsylvania was 4.43%, which represents 169 out of the 3818 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

West Chester University of Pennsylvania received 15,077 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 25.6% annual growth. Out of those 15,077 applicants, 11,356 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 75.3% acceptance rate.

There were 17,669 students enrolled at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2019, and 92% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

West Chester University of Pennsylvania has an overall enrollment yield of 25.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

75.3%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
11,356
Accepted Out of 15,077

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania was 75.3% (11,356 admissions from 15,077 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 74.4%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 25.6%, while admissions grew by 27.1%.

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SAT Scores

92%
Submission Percentage
2,628
Scores Submitted

92% of enrolled first-time students at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

West Chester University of Pennsylvania has a total enrollment of 17,669 students. The full-time enrollment at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is 14,094 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,575. This means that 79.8% of students enrolled at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, both undergraduate and graduate, is 73.6% White, 11.6% Black or African American, 5.99% Hispanic or Latino, 3.45% Two or More Races, 2.63% Asian, 0.125% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0679% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (44.4%), followed by White Male (30.3%) and Black or African American Female (6.47%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (43.6%), followed by White Male (18.6%) and Black or African American Female (16%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

79.8%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, both undergraduate and graduate, is 17,669 students. The full-time enrollment at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is 14,094 and the part-time enrollment is 3,575. This means that 79.8% of students enrolled at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are enrolled full-time compared with 69.2% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

86%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at West Chester University of Pennsylvania was 86%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (74%), West Chester University of Pennsylvania had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    13,013
  2. Black or African American
    2,045
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,059

The enrolled student population at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is 73.6% White, 11.6% Black or African American, 5.99% Hispanic or Latino, 3.45% Two or More Races, 2.63% Asian, 0.125% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0679% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 53.3% White, 16% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.9% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 335 students (1.9%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 1120 more women than men received degrees from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is white (3,932 degrees awarded). There were 7.98 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (493 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is General Sales, Distribution, & Marketing Operations (248 degrees awarded), followed by General Health & Physical Education (233 degrees) and General Finance (231 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are English (279 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (256 degrees), and Public Administration and Social Service (230 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,577,016 people), Secondary school teachers (583,025 people), Education administrators (310,886 people), Special education teachers (218,222 people), and Other managers (209,161 people).

The most specialized majors at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are English (279 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (256 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (230 degrees), Education (663 degrees), and History (58 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are Surgeons, Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Physicians, and Public relations specialists

The most specialized majors at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are English (279 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (256 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (230 degrees), Education (663 degrees), and History (58 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are Elementary & secondary schools (3,026,282 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (435,961 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (228,581 people), Legal services (158,180 people), and Individual & family services (156,983 people).

The most specialized majors at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are English (279 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (256 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (230 degrees), Education (663 degrees), and History (58 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
Most Common
  1. 248 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 233 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 231 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at West Chester University of Pennsylvania was General Sales, Distribution, & Marketing Operations with 248 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

1,954
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
3,074
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 1,954 degrees were awarded to men at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, which is 0.636 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,074).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 250 degrees were awarded to men at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.39 times more than the 180 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 224 degrees were awarded to women at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in Early Childhood Education & Teaching, which is 22.4 times more than the 10 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

48%
100% Completion Time
73%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 48% of students graduating from West Chester University of Pennsylvania completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 73% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 73% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (80%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is Male and Asian (80% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    3,932 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    493 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    241 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is white (3,932 degrees awarded). There were 7.98 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (493 degrees).

0.438% of degree recipients (22 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    2,369 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,563 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    344 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is white female (2,369 degrees awarded). There were 1.52 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,563 degrees).

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Operations

West Chester University of Pennsylvania has an endowment valued at nearly $47.2M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $9.12M (19.3%), compared to the 4.44% average return ($1.71M on $38.5M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2019, West Chester University of Pennsylvania had a total salary expenditure of $322M. West Chester University of Pennsylvania employs 223 Associate professors, 210 Professors, and 163 Assistant professors. Most academics at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are Female Associate professors (122), Female Professors(108), and Male Professors (102).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are: Business and Financial Operations, with 305 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 160 employees, and Service with 159 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$47.2M
2019 Endowment
14.9%
growth from 2018

West Chester University of Pennsylvania has an endowment valued at about $47.2M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of West Chester University of Pennsylvania grew 14.9% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $8.75M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $2.83M - Federal
  2. $12.3M - State
  3. $5k - Local

As of 2019, West Chester University of Pennsylvania received $2.83M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $12.3M from state grants and contracts, and $5k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$134M
2019 Salaries
5.06%
growth from 2018

In 2019, West Chester University of Pennsylvania paid a median of $134M in salaries, which represents 41.8% of their overall expenditure ($322M) and a 5.06% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 4.12% growth from 2017 and a 7.92% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.1M (40.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$61.9M
Instructional Salaries
695
Number of Employees

In 2019, West Chester University of Pennsylvania paid a total of $61.9M to 695 employees working as instructors, which represents 46% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.2M (32.7%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
223 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
305 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at West Chester University of Pennsylvania were Associate professor with 223 employees; Professor with 210 employees; and Professor with 163 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at West Chester University of Pennsylvania were Business and Financial Operations with 305 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 160 employees; and Service with 159 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Associate professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Male Professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at West Chester University of Pennsylvania was Female Associate professor with 122 employees, Female Professor with 108 employees, and Male Professor with 102 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

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