West Chester University of Pennsylvania

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$7,238

2.52% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$18,651

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

4.17%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

64.5%

12,604 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

17,005

80.7% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

70.1%

1,444 Graduates

About

West Chester University of Pennsylvania is a higher education institution located in Chester County, PA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at West Chester University of Pennsylvania were General Psychology (247 degrees awarded), Liberal Arts & Sciences (226 degrees), and Dietetics (207 degrees).

In 2016, 4,111 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. 62.2% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 37.8% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (3,385 degrees), 10.1 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (336 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is $7,238, which is $-12,922 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is $7,238, which is $-12,922 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $18,651.

In 2016, 42% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 63% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$7,238

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at West Chester University of Pennsylvania was $7,238. The cost of tuition at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is $-12,922 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

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Average Net Price

$18,651

2016 Value

2.81%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 West Chester University of Pennsylvania had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $18,651. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of West Chester University of Pennsylvania grew by 2.81%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,780

Room and Board

$1,200

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at West Chester University of Pennsylvania was of $12,780 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 0.677% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

42%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

63%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

42% of undergraduate students at West Chester University of Pennsylvania received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a decline of 2.33% with respect to 2015, when 43% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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4.17%

2015 Default Rate

154

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at West Chester University of Pennsylvania was 4.17%, which represents 154 out of the 3692 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

West Chester University of Pennsylvania received 12,604 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 0.158% annual decline. Out of those 12,604 applicants, 8,127 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 64.5% acceptance rate.

There were 17,005 students enrolled at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2016, and 86% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

West Chester University of Pennsylvania has an overall enrollment yield of 30.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

64.5%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

8,127

Accepted Out of 12,604

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania was 64.5% (8,127 admissions from 12,604 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 58.7%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants declined by -0.158%, while admissions grew by 9.71%.

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SAT Scores

86%

Submission Percentage

2,119

Scores Submitted

86% of enrolled first-time students at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

West Chester University of Pennsylvania has a total enrollment of 17,005 students. The full-time enrollment at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is 13,715 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,290. This means that 80.7% of students enrolled at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, both undergraduate and graduate, is 76.3% White, 11.7% Black or African American, 5.15% Hispanic or Latino, 2.82% Two or More Races, 2.28% Asian, 0.106% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0882% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (46.1%), followed by White Male (31.2%) and Black or African American Female (6.6%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (49.9%), followed by White Male (18%) and Black or African American Female (14.6%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

80.7%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, both undergraduate and graduate, is 17,005 students. The full-time enrollment at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is 13,715 and the part-time enrollment is 3,290. This means that 80.7% of students enrolled at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are enrolled full-time compared with 68.7% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

86%

2016 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at West Chester University of Pennsylvania was 86%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), West Chester University of Pennsylvania had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    12,981

  2. Black or African American

    1,993

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    876

The enrolled student population at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is 76.3% White, 11.7% Black or African American, 5.15% Hispanic or Latino, 2.82% Two or More Races, 2.28% Asian, 0.106% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0882% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 54.7% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.3% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 127 students (0.747%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 1007 more women than men received degrees from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. The majority of degree recipients at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are white (3,385 degrees awarded). There were 10.1 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (336 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is General Psychology (247 degrees awarded), followed by Liberal Arts & Sciences (226 degrees) and Dietetics (207 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are English (306 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (187 degrees), and Math & Statistics (95 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are Elementary & middle school teachers (2,065,428 people), Secondary school teachers (390,366 people), Education administrators (304,574 people), Postsecondary teachers (241,882 people), and Miscellaneous managers (217,363 people).

The most specialized majors at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are English (306 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (187 degrees), Math & Statistics (95 degrees), History (77 degrees), and Education (524 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are Physicians & surgeons, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Chief executives & legislators, and Dentists

The most specialized majors at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are English (306 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (187 degrees), Math & Statistics (95 degrees), History (77 degrees), and Education (524 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are Elementary & secondary schools (3,088,495 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (458,366 people), Hospitals (224,368 people), Insurance carriers & related activities (165,709 people), and Computer Systems Design (156,140 people).

The most specialized majors at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are English (306 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (187 degrees), Math & Statistics (95 degrees), History (77 degrees), and Education (524 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Most Common

  1. 247 degrees awarded

  2. 226 degrees awarded

  3. 207 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at West Chester University of Pennsylvania was General Psychology with 247 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 1,552

  2. 2,559

In 2016, 1,552 degrees were awarded to men at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, which is 0.606 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,559).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 148 degrees were awarded to men at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in General Finance, which is 3.02 times more than the 49 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 213 degrees were awarded to women at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in General Psychology, which is 3.18 times more than the 67 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

44%

100% Completion Time

67%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 44% of students graduating from West Chester University of Pennsylvania completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 67% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 69% within 200%.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

American Indian or Alaska Native Male

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.0693% of graduates (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,385 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    336 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    155 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is white (3,385 degrees awarded). There were 10.1 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (336 degrees).

0.073% of degree recipients (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    2,100 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    1,285 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    229 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is white female (2,100 degrees awarded). There were 1.63 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,285 degrees).

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Operations

West Chester University of Pennsylvania has an endowment valued at nearly $33.2M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $3.15M (9.47%), compared to the 2.07% average return ($597k on $28.9M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2015, West Chester University of Pennsylvania had a total expenditure of $259M. Of that $259M, they spent $119M on salaries and $259M on benefits.

West Chester University of Pennsylvania employs 208 Assistant professors, 190 Associate professors, and 187 Professors. Most academics at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are Female Assistant professors (116), Female Associate professors(103), and Male Professors (97).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are: Business and Financial Operations, with 274 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 170 employees, and Service with 147 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$33.2M

2015 Endowment

5.5%

growth from 2014

West Chester University of Pennsylvania has an endowment valued at about $33.2M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of West Chester University of Pennsylvania grew 5.5% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $4.36M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $803k - Federal

  2. $12.1M - State

  3. $2.5k - Local

As of 2015, West Chester University of Pennsylvania received $803k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $12.1M from state grants and contracts, and $2.5k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$119M

Salary Expenditure

$259M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, West Chester University of Pennsylvania had a total expenditure of $259M. Of that $259M, they spent $119M on salaries and $259M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at West Chester University of Pennsylvania as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$119M

2015 Salaries

5.74%

growth from 2014

In 2015, West Chester University of Pennsylvania paid a median of $119M in salaries, which represents 45.9% of their overall expenditure ($259M) and a 5.74% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 6.16% growth from 2013 and a 5.46% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.3M (42.2% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$55.3M

Instructional Salaries

679

Number of Employees

In 2015, West Chester University of Pennsylvania paid a total of $55.3M to 679 employees working as instructors, which represents 46.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $9.7M (31%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor

Most Common Instructor

208 Employees

Business and Financial Operations

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

274 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at West Chester University of Pennsylvania were Assistant professor with 208 employees; Associate professor with 190 employees; and Associate professor with 187 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at West Chester University of Pennsylvania were Business and Financial Operations with 274 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 170 employees; and Service with 147 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Assistant professor

  2. Female Associate professor

  3. Male Professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at West Chester University of Pennsylvania was Female Assistant professor with 116 employees, Female Associate professor with 103 employees, and Male Professor with 97 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

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