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West Chester University of Pennsylvania Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 1,093 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 5 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

61% Women
39% Men


NCAA Division II (with football)

Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $71,141)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $66,573)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 62 95 - -
Baseball 28 - - -
Basketball 15 17 - -
Field Hockey - 24 - -
Football 111 - - -
Golf 10 9 - -
Gymnastics - 19 - -
Lacrosse - 32 - -
Other Sports - 55 - -
Soccer 26 36 - -
Softball - 27 - -
Swimming and Diving 24 28 - -
Tennis 12 17 - -
Volleyball - 19 - -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2.2%
Black/non-Hispanic 8.4%
Hispanic 2.8%
Non-resident alien 0.6%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 0.9%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 84.9%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 103
Liquor Law Violation 352
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 5
Property Crime 18
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Kiera from Hatfield, PA
  • 4
  • The dorms here aren't all that bad. Tyson Hall and Goshen Hall are definitely the nicest of the traditional North Campus housing. If you're lucky enough (or rich…

  • Jun-09-2012 Read More
  • Jenna
  • 4
  • When it comes to picking traditional versus affiliated housing, you get what you pay for. If you live in affiliated housing, you will pay almost twice as much as you…

  • Jun-19-2014 Read More
  • Nicole from Pottstown, PA
  • 4
  • For traditional dorms the living facilities are very decent. Though some of the buildings are old, they are still livable and kept pretty clean. The RA's are VERY nice and…

  • Jan-12-2012 Read More
  • William from Philadelphia, PA
  • 5
  • Having lived and worked in the dorms, both traditional and suite style, for 2 years, I can honestly say that WCU dorm life is a great experience. People on each…

  • Apr-29-2012 Read More
  • Anonymous
  • 3
  • traditional housing is not exceptional. there is no wireless internet in the dorms and my experience there was not the best. there are suites available though. …

  • Jan-26-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • nicholas from west chester, pa
  • May-20-2016 I am a past student here

    the on-campus dining hall (lawrence) gets a bad rep from students, but it is not all-bad. if you know how to navigate your options, and remember to eat as if you are eating regular meals at home, you will not tire your lawrence tolerance in your first few weeks of being on-campus. since lawrence dining hall is set up partially buffet style and partially window-serve style, it helps to become nutritionally aware of what you are consuming, and how much you are consuming, so as not to gain unwanted weight or become nutrient deficient in any way. always have food in your room for those times you are too late to grab dinner at lawrence. the diner (attached to lawrence) is okay, and is open significantly later than lawrence, but you definitely do not want to eat there too often as the menu options are certainly not the healthiest. off-campus eating is great, if you have the financial stability to do so.

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  • 3
  • Michelle from Hazlet, NJ
  • Dec-10-2015 I am a current student here

    The food was not always the best, but when your busy studying, you'll take what you can get. It will definitely make you appreciate home cooking much more.

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  • 4
  • Eric from Mechanicsburg, PA
  • Apr-22-2015 I am a current student here

    The food is your standard Aramark food on campus. Sometimes you wonder where they found the food in Lawrence but it kind of becomes a running joke after a few weeks. If you'd rather eat something less sketchy, the food trucks on campus are a great choice. The town itself offers AMAZING restaurants but they are pricey as West Chester is an expensive town.

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  • 3
  • Jonathan from Denver, PA
  • Jan-14-2015 I am a current student here

    Not the healthiest, but if you want to make something tasty, make new combinations in the dining hall. The food court and restaurants in West Chester are to die for though!

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  • 5
  • Sarah from Lancaster, PA
  • Dec-29-2014 I am a current student here

    The food is really good! The meatloaf and cornbread is to die for! The best part though are the workers. They are all there with a smile and a fun conversation everyday! Doesn't matter what facility you go eat at!

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  • 4
  • Alicia from Lancaster, PA
  • Dec-26-2014 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Personally I feel like WCU has one of the best and largest range of food choices out of the colleges in PA. I've eaten at Ram's Head and at the food carts along the streets of the campus, and the food is the type of food that you could eat three times a day and it will not make you sick or too fat. There is a range of options so every day you can have something different, plus a lot of healthy options.

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  • 4
  • Brooke from Springfield, PA
  • Nov-04-2014 I am a current student here

    There is a multitude of dining and food options all over campus. The only thing that I wish could improve is the options and varieties of healthier and gluten free options.

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  • 4
  • Jenna
  • Jun-19-2014 I am a current student here

    There are two main places to eat your meals on-campus: Lawrence Dining Hall and Ram'Â?s Head located in Sykes Student Union. Lawrence is buffet-style eating: you use one meal swipe to get in and you can eat whatever you want, as much as you want. The food at Lawrence is nothing spectacular, but most of it is not technically bad. It'Â?s what you would expect from college dining. Occasionally they'Â?ll have something that you might actually really enjoy. The great thing about Lawrence is the variety of food. You will always find something you like. There are some stations that have the same options every day, including the salad bar, soup, fruit, pizza, made-to-order pasta, made-to-order wraps, waffle makers, burgers, fries, cereal, bagels, and hot dogs. There are other stations that vary what they make on a day-to-day basis. Some of these options include meatloaf, chicken nuggets (so delicious), grilled chicken, pork, chicken pot pie, cooked vegetables, baked potato bar, fajita bar, Frito salad bar, mashed potato bar, nacho bar, and several other options. The best thing about Lawrence by far is the ice cream. They have a dozen different hard ice cream options, but they also have a soft serve machine. That can't be beat. Sykes is a completely different machine. The way the meal plan works at Sykes is that one meal swipe is worth $4.70. All the food at Sykes has a price, so you can buy up to $4.70 worth of stuff and use one meal swipe. If your food costs over $4.70, you can either pay for the balance with your Flex (you get $250 a semester with your meal plan), or you can use two meal swipes. If you have a lot of roll over meals (your meals roll over from week to week during the semester), then it'Â?s smarter to just use two meals rather than use up all your Flex. Flex rolls over from semester to semester and year to year, so it'Â?s nice to accumulate some roll over Flex that you can use if you ever want to eat on campus once you don'Â?t have a meal plan anymore. The other places for quick eating on campus are Einstein'Â?s Bagels, Starbucks, Java City, Larry'Â?s Market, the Pod in Main Hall, and the Diner. All of these places use your meal plan and accept meal swipes as well as flex. They function on the same system that Sykes does, where your meal swipe is worth $4.70. Einstein'Â?s is a great breakfast option. Their bagels are delicious, and in my opinion they have the best coffee on campus. Also, everyone that works there is super friendly. The only downside of Einstein'Â?s is that if you try to go before your 9:30 or 10:00 class, or if you go on a weekend morning between 10 AM and 1 PM, you will be standing in line for half an hour, because everyone else is doing the same thing as you. If you want to go before your 8 AM or 9 AM, you should have little to no line. The Starbucks on campus functions just like a normal Starbucks, so they carry the full menu. The great thing about using meals here is that instead of having to use $5 to pay for a Frappucino, you can just use a meal swipe. But again, right before and after classes, the line is usually out the door, and you will be standing in line for half an hour. Don'Â?t expect to just be able to grab coffee there before class. Java City is located near the entrance of Sykes, and the line here is rarely ever long. They have a smaller selection of bagels and pastries than Starbucks and Einstein's, and they usually only have two different kinds of coffee brewing. However, their coffee is good and really strong. If I have a cup of coffee from Java City, I am wired for the rest of the day. Larry'Â?s Market is located right outside of Lawrence, and they sell a lot of snack foods, everything from bags of chips, dip, candy, peanut butter, cereal, cleaning products, soda, Ben & Jerry's, and Bagel Bites. You can purchase anything in the store with Flex, which is great. The downside is that you could get anything in Larry's at a Grocery Store for much cheaper, but since you already have the Flex, it'Â?s nice to have the option. Larry's also sells packaged sandwiches, which can be combined with a small bag of chips and a drink for one meal swipe. This meal swipe combination also works at the Pod. Nothing else in Larry'Â?s or the Pod can be purchased with a meal; you have to use Flex. The Pod sells Java City coffee, soup, soda, juice, pre-packaged sandwiches, salads, and wraps, bagels, and pre-packaged cookies and granola bars. The Diner is open for lunch, dinner, and late-night junk food cravings (It's open from 12 to 12 on weekdays and 4PM to 1 AM on weekends). It'Â?s a sit down, order up style. They have everything from burgers to wraps to milkshakes to mac and cheese bites. The food is deliciously greasy and fattening, so if you eat at the diner, you will feel like you need a shower afterwards. If the line is long, you will have to wait a good 15-30 minutes for your food. On a bad night, some people wait up to an hour for their food (if you order a quesadilla, be prepared to wait). But if you go when it'Â?s not crowded, you won'Â?t have a problem.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Eric from Mechanicsburg, PA
  • Apr-22-2015 I am a current student here

    Greek life is extremely present in West Chester. It can be a little overwhelming because some students may feel as if they can't have as much fun here without joining a Greek organization but there are still plenty of other ways to make friends in this town.

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  • 0
  • Jenna
  • Jun-19-2014 I am a current student here

    During the first few weeks of school, when Rush weeks start happening, it will seem like everyone and their mother is in a fraternity or sorority. That really is not the case. The campus reports that 1,087 students of the approximate 11,000 undergraduate students are involved in Greek life. When you'Â?re on campus, I'd say that it usually seems like 30% of the people that I know or are in class with are in a fraternity or sorority. I personally am not. If you want to be in a fraternity or sorority, then go for it. Everyone that is involved in Greek life absolutely loves it. If you don'Â?t want to be involved in Greek life, don'Â?t think that you will be the odd ball out. Greek life does not rule the campus, and there are plenty of other ways to make friends.

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  • 0
  • Roman from Philadelphia, PA
  • Feb-05-2013 I am a current student here

    Greek life is so much fun. These guys know how to party and get good grades. Joining a fraternity or sorority will give you a second family and show you how even the smallest charities can make a great difference in society. You will surely make some brothers and sisters if participating in the Greek life

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  • 0
  • Rosy from Philadelphia, PA
  • Jan-11-2013 I am a current student here

    The greeks on campus are always willing to help out students that need help either homework, studying or directions. The pride is always shown and as normal people they always have a smile on there faces.

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  • 0
  • Jalen from Philadelphia, PA
  • Nov-28-2012 I am a current student here

    The Greek Life on campus is amazing. Its a perfect way to get involved, meet new people, and give back to the community.

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