West Chester University of Pennsylvania
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.
|Campus LocaleLarge Suburb|
|Number of Students17,306|
|Student to Faculty Ratio19:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus HousingYes|
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
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||1040 to 1210|
|ACT||21 to 26|
|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).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$312/credit|
|In State Students||$312/credit|
|Out of State Students||$780/credit|
|In District Students||$500/credit|
|In State Students||$500/credit|
|Out of State Students||$750/credit|
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|
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.
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|
|Other Federal Grant||3%||$1,625|
|State Grant & Scholarships||23%||$2,878|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||11%||$4,200|
|Federal Student Loans||68%||$5,091|
$19,348Average Net Price
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|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Pennsylvania state board of nursing.