West Chester University of Pennsylvania

West Chester, PA 19383
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West Chester University of Pennsylvania (WCUPA) is a public institution in West Chester, Pennsylvania. It is also part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, along with nine other campuses. WCUPA is also the largest of the 14 universities that belong to the system. The university was established in 1871 as the West Chester Normal School. It initially offered a four-year program to educate teachers and added a liberal arts program a couple of years after its founding. It now offers a wide selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including the nursing programs. 

Four CCNE-accredited nursing programs are offered through the WCUPA Department of Nursing, including three BSN programs. Students can enroll in traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, or RN to BSN programs. The university also offers an MSN program. The accelerated program is designed to be completed in 18 months, while the traditional BSN program is a standard four-year program. Both programs include clinical rotations at local healthcare facilities, such as retirement centers, day care centers, community health clinics, and nursing homes. The nursing program has a low student to faculty ratio, with eight students per instructor in clinical settings. Students also receive training at a high-tech learning laboratory located on campus. 

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Number of Students17,306
Student to Faculty Ratio19:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate85%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 0 0
Master's degree 0 0
Doctor's degree - professional practice 0 0
Doctor's degree - other 0 0
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 88.7%

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Institutional Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
01/01/1946 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
09/22/2016 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
10/03/2003 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
10/03/2003 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1040 to 1210
ACT21 to 26
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Recommended
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $45
Graduates $50

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$312/credit
In State Students$312/credit
Out of State Students$780/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$500/credit
In State Students$500/credit
Out of State Students$750/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $14,040 $14,040 $35,100
ADN 70 $21,840 $21,840 $54,600
BSN 125 $39,000 $39,000 $97,500
FNP 50 $25,000 $25,000 $37,500
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 80% of West Chester University of Pennsylvania's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 24% $4,289
Other Federal Grant 3% $1,625
State Grant & Scholarships 23% $2,878
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 11% $4,200
Federal Student Loans 68% $5,091
Private Loans 18% $14,238


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$16,736
$30,001 to $48,000$17,787
$48,001 to $75,000$21,352
$75,001 to $110,000$24,045
Over $110,000$24,813

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Pennsylvania state board of nursing.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
University Avenue and High Street
West Chester, PA 19383

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