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Chances of getting into West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
86%
Admission Difficulty for West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Moderate 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into WCU and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at WCU is 86%.  It ranks #80 in Pennsylvania for lowest rate of acceptance. West Chester University of Pennsylvania is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 12,277 out of 14,234 applicants were admitted.

The school has moderate admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 54 percent (SAT 1010/1180 ACT 20/26). West Chester University of Pennsylvania typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.44. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 23% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The WCU application fee is $45 and applications are due by Apr 1.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. West Chester University of Pennsylvania is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

WCU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1010-1180
Applicants Submitting SAT 
88%
SAT Scores for West Chester University of Pennsylvania
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 510
SAT Math 25th 500
SAT Composite 25th 1010
SAT Scores for West Chester University of Pennsylvania
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 600
SAT Math 75th 580
SAT Composite 75th 1180
Average SAT Score 1100

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to West Chester University of Pennsylvania?

West Chester University of Pennsylvania typically prefers applicants to be in the top 59 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1010 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 920. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1100 out of 1600. WCU ranks #33 in Pennsylvania for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 88 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

West Chester University of Pennsylvania admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1180 and Above Good >92%
1095 to 1180 Avg + 86%-92%
1010 to 1095 Avg - 76%-86%
925 to 1010 Reach 63%-76%
Less than 925 Low <63%
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WCU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
20-26 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
11%
ACT Scores for West Chester University of Pennsylvania
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 19
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for West Chester University of Pennsylvania
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 26
ACT Math 75th 25
ACT Composite 75th 26
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into WCU?

Admission data indicates that WCU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 20 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 49 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 17 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 23 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 26 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #32 in Pennsylvania for highest average ACT composite score. 11 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

West Chester University of Pennsylvania admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
26 and Above Good >92%
23 to 26 Avg + 86%-92%
20 to 23 Avg - 76%-86%
17 to 20 Reach 63%-76%
Less than 17 Low <63%
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WCU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.44
Typical High School Grades 
B+

What GPA do you need to get into West Chester University of Pennsylvania?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into WCU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at West Chester University of Pennsylvania was 3.44 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #56 in Pennsylvania for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.44 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as WCU accepts 86% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted West Chester University of Pennsylvania students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 10.52% Good
3.75 to 3.99 16.02% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 22.64% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 20.78% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 15.24% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 13.13% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 1.68% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

73% of West Chester University of Pennsylvania freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted West Chester University of Pennsylvania students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 14%
Top 25% of class 36%
Top 50% of class 73%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

West Chester University of Pennsylvania admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 9,076 5,158 14,234
Accepted 7,985 4,292 12,277
Acceptance Rate 88% 83% 86%
Enrolled 1,719 1,077 2,796
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 25% 23%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Apr 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
121

Applicants have 121 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Apr 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to West Chester University of Pennsylvania is $45.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to West Chester University of Pennsylvania and what student information is used for admission decisions?

West Chester University of Pennsylvania Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at West Chester University of Pennsylvania
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=216764 IPEDS survey data for West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

FAQs

Does West Chester University of Pennsylvania prefer SAT or ACT?

88% of students submit their SAT scores to WCU. 11% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into West Chester University of Pennsylvania?

86% of those who apply are granted admission to WCU. Admission competition is and the college has moderate admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for West Chester University of Pennsylvania?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1010 and 1180. 88% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for West Chester University of Pennsylvania?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 26. 11% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.