West Chester University of Pennsylvania requires at least 120 credits to complete a bachelor's degree.
Students can choose the accelarated degree program if they would like to finish all the credits for graduation in less time than normal. West Chester University of Pennsylvania accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Additionally, West Chester University of Pennsylvania has a summer session, so students can earn credits during the summer.
NOTE: Around 73% of students who start college at West Chester University of Pennsylvania graduate within six years.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: West Chester University of Pennsylvania may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.
Students are not required to fulfill a language requirement
Students are not required to take a computer class to graduate.
Reminder: Check with West Chester University of Pennsylvania directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, West Chester University of Pennsylvania students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
Student Designed Majors
West Chester University of Pennsylvania allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.
Students are not required to complete a senior project unless it is required for their specific major.
Double Majoring at West Chester University of Pennsylvania
West Chester University of Pennsylvania offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.
NOTE: Declaring a double major may mean taking more courses, but it can provide a unique combination of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to a graduate program.
✅ West Chester University of Pennsylvania offers services for students with disabilities.
Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.
✅ West Chester University of Pennsylvania has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.
✅ West Chester University of Pennsylvania offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.
✅ West Chester University of Pennsylvania offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, and offers a Freshman Honors College. The Freshman Honors college provides a rich curriculum for highly-motivated first-year students. Students must complete a senior project if they are in the Honors Program at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
❌ Students at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are not required to complete an internship as a graduation requirement.
Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job.
The main library on campus is the Francis Harvey Green Library and there is one other library on campus.
A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time. A 3-2 dual degree program is a five-year program wherein the first three years are spend taking undergraduate courses and the final two years are spent taking graduate courses. Upon completion of the 5 years, the student will be awarded two degrees, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania offers these dual degree programs:
•3-2 dual degree program in engineering in partnership with Penn State University (main campus & Harrisburg), Thomas Jefferson University (formerly known as Philadelphia University), Columbia University and and Case Western Reserve University
What is ROTC?
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.
Does West Chester University of Pennsylvania have any ROTC programs?
Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every university. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania has an Army ROTC program and an Air Force ROTC program.
Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at West Chester University of Pennsylvania include:
•an ARMY ROTC branch unit on campus
•an Air Force ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
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