West Chester University of Pennsylvania Reviews

  • 22 Reviews
  • West Chester (PA)
  • Annual Tuition: $22,236
88% of 22 students said this degree improved their career prospects
86% of 22 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 8/13/2020
  • Degree: Graphic Design
  • Graduation Year: 2012
"The graphic design program at West Chester University is a major scam. Extremely primitive. Does not level up to other school programs, and does not prepare you for the field. The professors that are head of the graphics department have very low level understanding of the Adobe programs, and we were encouraged to look into signing up for external programs online to learn more and teach ourselves."
jay
  • Reviewed: 11/6/2019
  • Degree: Education
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"I attended school here from 2014-2018. I had an amazing experience at WCU and wouldn't change it for the world. For the most part professor are passionate and helpful. The only professors I didn't love were for my science courses (I took about 6 science classes) They really didn't know how to teach the material. They just read from slides and that was basically it. Once you get into upper level courses it becomes more close knit with your classmates and professors. Good party/bar school that is for sure! The campus is beautiful and the staff around the school is pretty friendly! I made so many friends here and had a great college experience."
Jonathan Heintz
  • Reviewed: 4/22/2019
  • Degree: Teaching
  • Graduation Year: 2013
"The education classes were not structured to help future mathematics teachers; we always heard about how to approach other subjects... and then oh yea there's math, too. The math classes are very hit or miss. If you have a good professor, the class can be awesome, but some of the math professors do not connect well with their students."
Stephanie Allen
  • Reviewed: 5/24/2018
  • Degree: Communications (Speech & Rhetorical Studies)
  • Graduation Year: 2005
"West Chester University is a community built on a foundation and expectation of excellence. The university is inclusive and welcoming and has endless amounts of resources to their students. The partnerships that are established on and off campus are a true reflection of how invested the university is I the student body. I was able to obtain an internship for four consecutive years, which allowed me to obtain networking experience and job experience allowing me to leave WCU with a nice bulky resume. Small class sizes, incredible professors, endless activities, all provided the perfect combination for success and a second home."
Nicole Forrest
  • Reviewed: 5/12/2018
  • Degree: English
  • Graduation Year: 2008
"I transferred to West Chester University after spending my freshman year at a college in Boston. This college had a tremendous program and I really enjoyed the city. However, when I began my sophomore year, I was not happy there any longer and realized that I should just transfer to West Chester which has a tremendous education program which would help me become a teacher. The professors were very accommodating and I only had a handful throughout my time there who I felt were not the best. The English program was powerful and helped prepare me for my career as a teacher and then my career as an administrator."
Jordan Belfort
  • Reviewed: 6/6/2017
  • Degree: English
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"Most boring place on Earth. Most of the professors are nice, but some are unimaginably horrible. I learned nothing, and hated every minute of it. They do whatever they can to scam you out of your money, from throwing you into a dorm room your freshman year with all kinds of pre-existing damages and making you pay for them, to forcing you to buy a bull**** meal plan if you live on campus. There's unnecessary construction everywhere that will wake you up in the morning and the dorm hallways always smell like puke. There are much better schools. I suggest you find one."
Shannon
  • Reviewed: 4/10/2017
  • Degree: Teaching
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"West Chester University has one of the best Music Ed programs out of all the state schools, and with the rising cost of tuition, being able to get the quality of education I did while keeping cost minimal was ideal. My professors were there every step of the way helping to make sure I had what I need to build a successful career after graduation. Along with the academics, I made some forever friends while I was a student at WCU. Student activities and extracurriculars were always available and made for an incredible undergraduate experience. I now work in a job that I love getting out of bed for and have just been excepted into a once in a lifetime graduate program out of state. West Chester was everything I'd hoped it would be and more."
Callie Krajcir
  • Reviewed: 4/9/2017
  • Degree: Nutrition
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"West Chester University of PA is an amazing school. From its beautiful campus to its challenging academics, WCU is the picture-perfect school. I studied nutrition and dietetics at WCU. The College of Health Sciences is located on South Campus, which is about a mile away from North Campus. This, I would say, was a blessing and a curse. While the health science students like to stay close-knit and with their own kind, it is a hike from North Campus. I believe the nutrition program at WCU has prepared me pretty well as I move onto graduate school. The activities and extracurriculars on campus are endless. A student can become involved in a fraternity/sorority, a club sport, a club of interest, etc. The University connects students with many opportunities to network in their field by hosting job fairs, career seminars, and resume building help. I would recommend WCU to any student who wants to have a positive and fun college experience!"
Brandon Whisman
  • Reviewed: 3/31/2017
  • Degree: Physics
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"My school has a fantastic opportunity for new students, and returning students to excel in their fields of study. All without getting caught up in the city life. West Chester is a very nice and quiet school to attend. Most of the classes all take place within walking distance of each other which is very convenient. The thing I enjoy the most about my school is the scenery and the environment. This is because the school focuses very hard on providing an appealing look to their students. All of the buildings can be accessed on one street either through walkways or direct access. This provides a giant meeting hub on the street where students can get food and socialize before classes. One downside to the school is parking. If you, like me, commute to school then parking permits are a must. Otherwise be prepared to walk up to two miles everyday just to get to campus. All-in-all west Chester university is everything I wanted in a college life. Anyone thinking to attend this school would instantly fall in love."
Anonymous Student
  • Reviewed: 3/22/2017
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"West Chester University is a good campus. The library [Francis Harvey Green] has a considerable amount of reference books; the reference books you cannot check out are located on the 2nd Floor, and the Special Collections on the 6th Floor. The library staff are polite and very knowledgeable. The students have developed a bad habit of staring at their cell phones and walking very slowly, on areas of the sidewalk that contain a heavy volume of people traffic. The food carts are the best method to obtain quick and substantial food. Lawerence Hall Dinning is $7.00 for all you can eat, but it lacks a steady pace of food supply. Often the only food available is a salad bar, rolls, and dry cereal (pretty desolate)."
Robert Miller
  • Reviewed: 3/8/2017
  • Degree: English
  • Graduation Year: 2008
"I attended West Chester University from 2004 to 2008 and graduated with a Bachelor's in English & a minor in journalism. My expire at WCU was great. The teachers were mostly top notch except for a few bad eggs but I suspect that that is anywhere you go. My only gripe would be that the advisers could have been better at assisting and in their general knowledge of the curriculum requirements. Be sure to make sure you take ownership of this. Overall, I would highly recommend!"
Andi Peters
  • Reviewed: 3/2/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"West Chester University's Social Work BSW program was phenomenal. The staff (professors, chair, field instructors, etc.) provided their students with exceptional resources for success. They always had an open door, and led you through real-life examples that were relevant to your field of work. The professors allowed the students to feel welcomed in class, and the environment was always very warm and inviting. I am beyond grateful to have gained my education through this social work program at WCU!"
Vance J. Row
  • Reviewed: 12/13/2016
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
  • Graduation Year: 1999
"The Criminal Justice Department at West Chester University of Pennsylvania was taught by practitioners with real-world experiences and insights. The students benefit from this greatly and are highly prepared to tackle their chosen career path as a result of their education."
Ebony C
  • Reviewed: 9/20/2016
  • Degree: History
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"I am a non-traditional student. I found it very difficult to take my general education requirements because they were all offered during the day. My advisor and several West Chester professors created classes called independent studies just for me! This allowed me to work full time and still graduate in a timely manner. I love West Chester University and I am thankful for my professors treating me like a person and not another number."
Victoria
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2016
  • Degree: History
  • Graduation Year: 2008
"West Chester has a calm feeling when you walk through the campus that makes you relaxed and happy to be there. If you like small towns, this is the place to be with the beautiful trees on the campus and the smaller buildings with smaller groups if students per class. This allows professors to have one-on-one time with each student."
Kathleen Caputo Nelms
  • Reviewed: 1/5/2016
  • Degree: Fine Arts
  • Graduation Year: 1992
"My undergraduate experience at West Chester University was a positive one. I went into college pursuing a Fine Arts degree. I choose West Chester for the location and because I knew it had an Art department, however while I was there, I had the privilege of taking courses with an amazing professor who changed the path of my life by inspiring me to become an art teacher. She became a mentor to me and with her encouragement, I went on to obtain my teaching certification in Art because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others the way she had made a different in mine. The education that I received at West Chester University was exceptional, and contributed to my success as a graduate student and teacher."
Alex Hillemeyer
  • Reviewed: 11/5/2015
  • Degree: Special Education
  • Graduation Year: 2007
"I found West Chester's program in Special Education excellent. The support from my adviser Dr. Wandry helped me complete the program in 4 years and meet my needs as a non-traditional student. Further, through the relationships developed at West Chester, I was highly motivated to continue pursuing my education at a graduate level. Upon graduating, I had no difficulty in finding employment, and felt that support given while in school to plan and prepare for employment was excellent. I would highly recommend this program to others. The only other suggestion I would give is that I you enter this degree program seek to add a math/science certificate onto it to make you a more marketable candidate."
Gmit92
  • Reviewed: 10/13/2015
  • Degree: Performing Arts
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"Loved the communities I became a part of at WCU - however, career placement was tough. My friends and department were my family for four years though, and as a theatre major - I spent every waking hour with them all, working together and having fun - including staying up through the night rehearsing sometimes. I wouldn't trade it for the world!"
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2015
  • Degree: Early Childhood Education
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"I am VERY happy that I went to West Chester University. I feel prepared to begin a career in education and I believe that this school provided a great program. Although I am having difficulty with my loan repayment right now, it will be much easier once I get a full-time job in my field."
pardothepianoman
  • Reviewed: 7/27/2015
  • Degree: Teaching
  • Graduation Year: 2010
"I received a great education from WCU. Top-notch facilities, faculty, and curriculum, with plenty of performance and social opportunities. Solid college town, too!"