West Chester University of Pennsylvania

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$7,716
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$19,336
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
3.4%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
86.3%
14,234 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
17,719
79.5% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
75.4%
1,767 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 Psychology (236 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (219 degrees), and General Sales, Distribution, & Marketing Operations (216 degrees).

In 2020, 4,805 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. 63% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 37% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (3,623 degrees), 6.86 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (528 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is $7,716, which is $−14,814 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is $7,716, which is $−14,814 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $19,336.

In 2020, 57% of undergraduate students attending West Chester University of Pennsylvania received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 59% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$7,716
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at West Chester University of Pennsylvania was $7,716. The cost of tuition at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is $−14,814 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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Average Net Price

$19,336
2020 Value
0.062%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 West Chester University of Pennsylvania had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $19,336. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of West Chester University of Pennsylvania grew by 0.062%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,174
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at West Chester University of Pennsylvania was of $13,174 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 1.79% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

57%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
59%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

57% of undergraduate students at West Chester University of Pennsylvania received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 21.3% with respect to 2019, when 47% 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.
3.4%
2018 Default Rate
132
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at West Chester University of Pennsylvania was 3.4%, which represents 132 out of the 3879 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 14,234 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 5.59% annual decline. Out of those 14,234 applicants, 12,277 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 86.3% acceptance rate.

There were 17,719 students enrolled at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2020, and 90% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

West Chester University of Pennsylvania has an overall enrollment yield of 22.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

86.3%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
12,277
Accepted Out of 14,234

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania was 86.3% (12,277 admissions from 14,234 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 75.3%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −5.59%, while admissions grew by 8.11%.

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SAT Scores

90%
Submission Percentage
2,510
Scores Submitted

90% of enrolled first-time students at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

West Chester University of Pennsylvania has a total enrollment of 17,719 students. The full-time enrollment at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is 14,083 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,636. This means that 79.5% 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 73.7% White, 11.6% Black or African American, 5.66% Hispanic or Latino, 3.46% Two or More Races, 2.77% Asian, 0.203% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0564% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (44.7%), followed by White Male (30.1%) and Black or African American Female (6.79%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (44.8%), followed by White Male (18.5%) and Black or African American Female (15%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

79.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, both undergraduate and graduate, is 17,719 students. The full-time enrollment at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is 14,083 and the part-time enrollment is 3,636. This means that 79.5% of students enrolled at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are enrolled full-time compared with 68.8% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

85%
2020 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 85%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), 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
    13,057
  2. Black or African American
    2,063
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,003

The enrolled student population at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is 73.7% White, 11.6% Black or African American, 5.66% Hispanic or Latino, 3.46% Two or More Races, 2.77% Asian, 0.203% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0564% 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 52.6% White, 16.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% 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, 371 students (2.09%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 1249 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 (3,623 degrees awarded). There were 6.86 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (528 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is General Psychology (236 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (219 degrees) and General Sales, Distribution, & Marketing Operations (216 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 (283 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (256 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (186 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 (1,823,525 people), Secondary school teachers (454,776 people), Education administrators (291,841 people), Postsecondary teachers (209,653 people), and Other managers (179,692 people).

The most specialized majors at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are English (283 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (256 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (186 degrees), Math & Statistics (107 degrees), and Education (617 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, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Physicians, and Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists

The most specialized majors at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are English (283 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (256 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (186 degrees), Math & Statistics (107 degrees), and Education (617 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 (3,000,172 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (423,147 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (236,018 people), Individual & family services (152,714 people), and Computer Systems Design (149,548 people).

The most specialized majors at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are English (283 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (256 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (186 degrees), Math & Statistics (107 degrees), and Education (617 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. 236 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 219 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 216 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at West Chester University of Pennsylvania was General Psychology with 236 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

1,778
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
3,027
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 1,778 degrees were awarded to men at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, which is 0.587 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,027).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 257 degrees were awarded to men at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.33 times more than the 193 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 220 degrees were awarded to women at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in General Psychology, which is 4.31 times more than the 51 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

50%
100% Completion Time
75%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 50% 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, 75% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 76% 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 Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 0.34% of graduates (6 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    3,623 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    528 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    255 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is white (3,623 degrees awarded). There were 6.86 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (528 degrees).

1.21% of degree recipients (58 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    2,248 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,375 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    380 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is white female (2,248 degrees awarded). There were 1.63 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,375 degrees).

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Operations

West Chester University of Pennsylvania has an endowment valued at nearly $48.6M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $6.61M (13.6%), compared to the 3.19% average return ($1.26M on $39.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2020, West Chester University of Pennsylvania had a total salary expenditure of $311M. West Chester University of Pennsylvania employs 221 Associate professors, 211 Professors, and 144 Assistant professors. Most academics at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are Female Associate professors (121), Female Professors(110), and Male Professors (101).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are: Business and Financial Operations, with 293 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 168 employees, and Service with 134 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$48.6M
2020 Endowment
2.82%
growth from 2019

West Chester University of Pennsylvania has an endowment valued at about $48.6M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of West Chester University of Pennsylvania grew 2.82% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $8.95M 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. $2.99M - Federal
  2. $11.4M - State
  3. $14.2k - Local

As of 2020, West Chester University of Pennsylvania received $2.99M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $11.4M from state grants and contracts, and $14.2k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$137M
2020 Salaries
1.74%
growth from 2019

In 2020, West Chester University of Pennsylvania paid a median of $137M in salaries, which represents 43.9% of their overall expenditure ($311M) and a 1.74% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.06% growth from 2018 and a 4.12% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.6M (40.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$60.6M
Instructional Salaries
675
Number of Employees

In 2020, West Chester University of Pennsylvania paid a total of $60.6M to 675 employees working as instructors, which represents 44.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11M (31.8%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
221 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
293 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at West Chester University of Pennsylvania were Associate professor with 221 employees; Professor with 211 employees; and Professor with 144 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at West Chester University of Pennsylvania were Business and Financial Operations with 293 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 168 employees; and Service with 134 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at West Chester University of Pennsylvania was Female Associate professor with 121 employees, Female Professor with 110 employees, and Male Professor with 101 employees.

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

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