West Chester University of Pennsylvania

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$7,716
2022 Average Net Price
$22,973
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
1.21%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
87.8%
14,778 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
17,275
78.6% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
71.6%
1,748 Graduates

About

West Chester University of Pennsylvania is a higher education institution located in Chester County, PA. In 2022, the most popular Masters Degree concentrations at West Chester University of Pennsylvania were General Business Administration & Management (265 degrees awarded), Social Work (122 degrees), and General Public Health (53 degrees).

In 2022, 4,930 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. 64.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 35.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (3,696 degrees), 6.83 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (541 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is $7,716, which is $−16,280 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is $7,716, which is $−16,280 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $22,973.

In 2022, 53% of undergraduate students attending West Chester University of Pennsylvania received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 52% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$7,716
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at West Chester University of Pennsylvania was $7,716. The cost of tuition at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is $−16,280 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

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Average Net Price

$22,973
2022 Value
62.5%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 West Chester University of Pennsylvania had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $22,973. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of West Chester University of Pennsylvania grew by 62.5%.

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Other Student Expenses

$14,228
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at West Chester University of Pennsylvania was of $14,228 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 1.79% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

53%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
52%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

53% of undergraduate students at West Chester University of Pennsylvania received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a decline of 46.5% with respect to 2021, when 99% 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.
1.21%
2019 Default Rate
49
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at West Chester University of Pennsylvania was 1.21%, which represents 49 out of the 4044 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 14,778 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 5.41% annual growth. Out of those 14,778 applicants, 12,982 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 87.8% acceptance rate.

There were 17,275 students enrolled at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2022. 23% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

West Chester University of Pennsylvania has an overall enrollment yield of 23.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

87.8%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
12,982
Accepted Out of 14,778

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania was 87.8% (12,982 admissions from 14,778 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 89.4%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 5.41%, while admissions grew by 3.62%..

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SAT Scores

23%
Submission Percentage (2022)
689
Scores Submitted (2022)

23% of enrolled first-time students at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

West Chester University of Pennsylvania had a total enrollment of 17,275 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is 13,579 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,696. This means that 78.6% 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% White, 11.8% Black or African American, 6.88% Hispanic or Latino, 3.38% Two or More Races, 3.21% Asian, 0.11% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0116% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (43.8%), followed by White Male (30.7%) and Black or African American Female (6.28%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (46.4%), followed by White Male (18.5%) and Black or African American Female (11.8%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

78.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 17,275 students. The full-time enrollment at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is 13,579 and the part-time enrollment is 3,696. This means that 78.6% of students enrolled at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are enrolled full-time compared with 67.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

82%
2022 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 82%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (73%), 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 (2022)
  1. White
    12,611 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    2,033 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,189 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is 73% White, 11.8% Black or African American, 6.88% Hispanic or Latino, 3.38% Two or More Races, 3.21% Asian, 0.11% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0116% 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 51.2% White, 17.3% 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, 192 students (1.11%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 1,412 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 (3,696 degrees awarded). There were 6.83 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (541 degrees).

The most common Masters Degree concentration at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is General Business Administration & Management (265 degrees awarded), followed by Social Work (122 degrees) and General Public Health (53 degrees).

In 2022,  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 (205 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (225 degrees), and Public Administration and Social Service (266 degrees).

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 (1,693,815 people), Secondary school teachers (552,678 people), Education administrators (313,418 people), Other managers (213,849 people), and Postsecondary teachers (200,442 people).

The most specialized majors at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2022 are English (205 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (225 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (266 degrees), Education (682 degrees), and History (50 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

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 Diagnostic medical sonographers, Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are English (205 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (225 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (266 degrees), Education (682 degrees), and History (50 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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 (3,072,946 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (444,462 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (254,449 people), Legal services (166,995 people), and Individual & family services (165,254 people).

The most specialized majors at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are English (205 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (225 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (266 degrees), Education (682 degrees), and History (50 degrees) (as of 2022).

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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.

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at West Chester University of Pennsylvania was Early Childhood Education & Teaching with 251 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

1,759
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
3,171
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 1,759 degrees were awarded to men at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, which is 0.555 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,171).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 295 degrees were awarded to men at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.4 times more than the 210 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 259 degrees were awarded to men at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in Early Childhood Education & Teaching, which is 51.8 times more than the 5 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

55%
100% Completion Time
75%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 55% 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 77% 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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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

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

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

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, 0.686% of graduates (12 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    3,696 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    541 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    287 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is white (3,696 degrees awarded). There were 6.83 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (541 degrees).

1.32% of degree recipients (65 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    2,357 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,339 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    362 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is white female (2,357 degrees awarded). There were 1.76 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1339 degrees).

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Operations

West Chester University of Pennsylvania has an endowment valued at nearly $54.8M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−9.25%) compared to the 0.773% average return (360k on 46.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2022, West Chester University of Pennsylvania had a total salary expenditure of 304M. West Chester University of Pennsylvania employs 229 Professors, 215 Associate professors and 145 Assistant professors. Most academics at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are Female Professor (123), Female Associate professor (116), and Male Professor (106).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are: Business and Financial Operations, with 307 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 153 employees, and Service with 138 employees.

Endowment

$54.8M
2022 Endowment
12.6%
decline from 2021

West Chester University of Pennsylvania has an endowment valued at about $54.8M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of West Chester University of Pennsylvania declined 12.6% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $8.18M 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. $2.94M - Federal
  2. $11.7M - State
  3. $26.3k - Local

As of 2022, West Chester University of Pennsylvania received $2.94M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $11.7M from state grants and contracts, and $26.3k from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$142M
2022 Salaries
0.906%
decline from 2021

In 2022, West Chester University of Pennsylvania paid a median of $142M in salaries, which represents 46.5% of their overall expenditure ($304M) and a 0.906% decline from the previous year.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 36.1M (39.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$63.1M
Instructional Salaries
663
Number of Employees

In 2022, West Chester University of Pennsylvania paid a total of $63.1M to 663 employees working as instructors, which represents 44.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.3M (31.2%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
229 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
307 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at West Chester University of Pennsylvania were Professor with 229 employees, Associate professor with 215 employees, and Assistant professor with 145 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at West Chester University of Pennsylvania were Business and Financial Operations with 307 employees, Office and Administrative Support with 153 employees, and Service with 138 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Professor
  2. Female Associate professor
  3. Male Professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at West Chester University of Pennsylvania was Female Professor with 123 employees, Female Associate professor with 116 employees, and Male Professor with 106 employees.

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