|Provost||R. Lorraine Bernotsky|
|685 full-time; 277 part-time|
|Campus||College town, 388 acres (1.57 km2)|
|Colors||Purple and Gold |
|Athletics||NCAA Division II – PSAC|
|Sports||23 varsity teams|
(9 men's & 14 women's)
West Chester University of Pennsylvania (WCU or WCUPA) is a public university in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The university's North Campus is partially in West Chester borough and partially in West Goshen Township. The South Campus is partially in West Goshen Township and partially in East Bradford Township. There is also a West Chester University campus located in the City of Philadelphia.
WCU is the largest of the 14 state universities of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). West Chester was ranked 55th in the Master's Universities (North) category by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and ranked 12th for Public Universities (North). The university is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS). MONEY Magazine named West Chester University a best college value university.
The university traces its roots to the private, state-aided school that existed from 1812 to 1869. As the state began to take increasing responsibility for public education, the academy was transformed into West Chester Normal School, still privately owned and state certified. The normal school admitted its first class, consisting of 160 students, on September 25, 1871. In 1913, West Chester became the first of the normal schools to be owned outright by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
West Chester became West Chester State Teachers College in 1927 when Pennsylvania initiated a four-year program of teacher education. In 1960, as the Commonwealth paved the way for liberal arts programs in its college system, West Chester was renamed West Chester State College, and two years later introduced the liberal arts program that turned the one-time academy into a comprehensive college.
The campus quad located on North Campus appears on the National Register of Historic Places, and is called the West Chester State College Quadrangle Historic District, featuring WCU's historic buildings. The buildings, with the exception of Anderson Hall and Philips Memorial Building, were each built with local Chester County serpentine stone. They include Ruby Jones Hall, Recitation Hall and the Old Library.
With passage of the State System of Higher Education bill, West Chester became one of the 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education on July 1, 1983. Along with its new name— West Chester University of Pennsylvania—the institution acquired a new system of governance and the opportunity to expand its degree programs.
West Chester is recognized for its formal poetry program. Its annual conference on form and narrative in poetry began in 1995 and is devoted to New Formalism. It has established a poetry center that sponsors readings and an annual book competition oriented toward formal poetry. It has also established Iris Spencer awards recognizing undergraduate achievement in formal poetry.
Nineteen days before his death, Frederick Douglass gave his very last public lecture at West Chester University. The lecture took place on February 1, 1895. Now, the university has the Frederick Douglass Institute on its campus as well as a statue of Douglass. It has been named a national historic landmark by the U.S. National Park Service. The Underground Railroad Network to Freedom recognized the Frederick Douglass Institute for its great work in understanding the history of the underground railroad.
In April each year, students celebrate Banana Day, a unique annual event where the entire campus is full of a gorilla, Rammy, and others giving out bananas. Banana Day was conceptualized by WCU senior, Rodolfo P. Tellez, in 1996. Students take part in games similar to a field day to win Banana Day t-shirts, from push up competitions to banana eating contests.
|Forbes||141 - Public Universities in U.S.|
|U.S. News & World Report||12 - Public Universities
55 - Overall
At the undergraduate level, the university offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Music degrees. Paraprofessional studies are available in law, medicine, and theology. In cooperation with the Pennsylvania State University, Columbia University, and Philadelphia University, West Chester University offers a 3–2 dual-degree program combining liberal arts, physics, and engineering. Also available are early admission assurance programs with Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Temple University School of Medicine. The university provides special admission opportunities and scholarships to the Widener School of Law–Harrisburg Campus. Certification programs are available in health and physical education, teacher certification, driver education and safe living, and outdoor recreation. Interdisciplinary areas of study with transcript recognition include American studies, ethnic studies, Latin American studies, Russian studies, peace and conflict studies, women's studies, and linguistics. At the graduate level, West Chester University of Pennsylvania offers master's (M.A., M.B.A., M.Ed., M.M., M.P.A., M.P.H., M.S., M.S.W., M.S.N., M.U.R.P.) and doctoral (DPA, DNP, Ed.D., Psy.D.) degrees.
WCU opened an International Programs office to aide in sending students abroad. West Chester sponsors a number of annual courses, which include study abroad during spring, summer, and winter breaks.
The university participates in the National Student Exchange Program, in which students spend up to a year at any one of more than 170 member schools across the United States. Transfer of credit is a part of this program.
The West Chester University "Incomparable" Golden Rams Marching Band, which has over 300 members, performs pre-game, halftime, or post-game at all home and select away WCU football games in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and in Delaware. The band performs in parades and high school marching band competitions. The Golden Rams have performed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day parade, Miss America parade, Philadelphia Eagles games, Pittsburgh Steelers games, and the annual Collegiate Marching Band Festival in Allentown, Pennsylvania. In 1993, the band performed pregame for Game 3 of the World Series in Philadelphia. In 2009 and 2018, the band attended the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, an honor given to only two college bands in the United States each year. The IGRMB was awarded the 2019 Sudler Trophy by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. This is the first time in history that a Division II university received this honor.
The athletic teams at West Chester University of Pennsylvania are named the Golden Rams. Students participate in NCAA Division II athletics in the PSAC and the ECAC. West Chester University has won national championships in women's basketball, women's lacrosse, women's swimming (the team was the DGWS champion in 1972), women's field hockey (including four AIAW titles from 1975–78), and men's soccer. West Chester won the first ever women's basketball national championship in 1969 and was on the losing end in the final game each of the following three years.
In 1961, the men's soccer team won the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship. Jerry Yeagley was a player on WCU's championship team before going on to win six NCAA Championships and six National Coach of the Year Awards as the men's soccer coach at Indiana University. In addition, prior to the NCAA instituting a tournament format to decide the champion in 1959, the Golden Rams were voted the National Soccer Champions in 1950 by the Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association.
In 1977, 1979, and 1982 the boxing team won the National Collegiate Boxing Association national championship. In 1976, Edward Skalamera claimed the national title for his 147 lb. weight class while Joe Gery took the top position in the nation for his 180 lb. class.
WCU's football program has won 21 PSAC East championships (1960, 1961, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2018), has appeared in the NCAA Division II playoffs 14 times (10–14 record) (1988, 1989, 1992, 1994, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019), and was the ECAC team of the year in 2006 and 2007.
The WCU Men's and Women's swimming teams are noted for dominating the PSAC in recent years; the Men have not lost the conference title since 1998 and hold a total of 25 PSAC championships, the most out of any school in the conference. 2008 was a particularly successful year for the Men's team; finishing 3rd at NCAA's and fielding an 800-yard freestyle relay team that took the national title. The women's swim team has remained undefeated in the PSAC since 2007 and hold a combined total of 10 championships. West Chester graduate Jackie Borkowski ('10) competed in the 2012 Olympic trials in Omaha, Neb. in the 50m freestyle ultimately coming in 86th place. She won 3 individual national titles during her tenure with the Golden Rams.
In 2008, West Chester defeated C.W. Post College 13–12 to win the Division II women's lacrosse title. It was the second national title in the women's program history. WCUPA played in the NCAA tournament in 2010 (2nd place), 2011 (4th place), and 2012 (2nd place). The 2013 team was named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Champions. Ginny Martino's winning percentage is 80% over the last 17 years as head coach (250–60).
In 2012, the Men's Baseball Team claimed West Chester's first NCAA Division II College Baseball National Championship. The Golden Rams shut-out Delta State 9–0 in Cary, North Carolina. West Chester becomes the first team from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) to win the national championship and just the third northern school to walk away with the title.
West Chester's Women's Field Hockey team won the NCAA Division II championship in 2011, 2012, and 2019. The varsity Womens Rugby program also won the National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA) rugby national championship in 2019.
Politics and government
- Mary Ann Arty (1926-2000) — former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
- Chris Asplen (b.1954) — DNA policy expert and former Assistant United States Attorney for the US Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C.
- Jill Biden (b.1951) (M.Ed. 1981) — American educator and former Second Lady of the United States
- Tim Briggs (b. 1970), member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
- Carolyn Comitta (b. 1952) — financial officer, 58th Mayor of West Chester, and current member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
- Jeff Gannon (b. 1957) — conservative columnist, journalist, author, male escort
- Molly Henderson (b.1953) — former Commissioner of Lancaster County, PA
- Albert W. Jefferis (1868-1942) — former member of the United States House of Representatives
- Stephen Kinsey (b. 1958) — member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
- John A. Lawless (b.1957) — former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
- F. Joseph Loeper (b. 1944) — former member of the Pennsylvania Senate, Republican Leader of the PA Senate, and Republican whip of the PA Senate
- Isaac James MacCollum (1889-1968) — physician and 11th Lieutenant Governor of Delaware
- Jose Miranda (b.1985) — former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
- Joseph Miró (b.1946) — former member of the Delaware House of Representatives
- Frank Noonan — former Pennsylvania State Police commissioner and Federal Bureau of Investigation agent
- Jennifer O'Mara (b. 1989) — member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
- Joe Pitts (b. 1939) — former member of the United States House of Representatives
- Roy Reinard (b. 1954) — former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
- John A. Rocco (b. 1936) — former member of the New Jersey General Assembly
- Elinor Z. Taylor (1921-2010) — former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
- Dan Truitt — engineer and former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
- Barbara McIlvaine Smith (b. 1950) — former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
- Francis Tenaglio (b. 1949) — former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
- Curt Weldon (b. 1947; Class of 1969) — former member of the United States House of Representatives
- Dean Wink (b. 1944) — former speaker of the South Dakota House of Representatives
- Tommy Tomlinson (b. 1945) — member of the Pennsylvania Senate
Business and industry
- Michael Dever (b. 1957) — businessman, futures trader, entrepreneur, and author. CEO of Brandywine Asset Management, Inc.
- George Wackenhut (1919-2004) — founder of Wackenhut private security corporation
- Manu Mazumdar (b. 1965) (MBA 1990) - CEO, Windsor Financial Services; Former President, Arrowpoint Technologies
Arts and entertainment
- Jessica Barth (b. 1980) — actress
- Keith Brion (b.1933) — Director of Bands of Yale University
- Howard J. Buss (b. 1951) — composer of contemporary classical music
- Bob Curnow (bb.rn 1941) — trombonist, conductor, composer, arranger, Music Producer, educator, and music publisher
- Melissa Dunphy (b. 1980) — composer of classical music
- Derek Frey (b. 1973) — film producer and director, head of Tim Burton productions
- Shane Gillis (b. 1987) - stand-up comedian, podcast host, would-be SNL cast member
- Donald Yetter Gardner (1913-2004) — songwriter and educator.
- Thom Hannum (b. 1957)) band director at the University of Massachusetts. Member of the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame
- Barry Jenner (1941-2016) — police officer and actor (1974-2016)
- Matthew McGrory (1999-2005). actor, Guinness World Records holder for tallest actor and biggest feet
- George N. Parks (1953-2010) — former band director at the University of Massachusetts
- Paul Ruditis — author
- Rodney Linderman (b. 1963), lead singer of punk band, The Dead Milkmen
- Larry Mendte (b. 1957)) — news anchor and radio talk show host. Honored with receiving the Edward R. Murrow Award
- Heidi Strobel (b. 1978) — Survivor Amazon Contestant
- Tom Wright — actor (b. 1952)
- Nafessa Williams (b. 1985) — actress
- Geno Auriemma (b.1954) (B.A. 1981) — University of Connecticut head women's basketball coach
- Max Barsky (b. 1991) — professional wrestler best known by his ring name David Starr
- Dean Demopoulos (b. 1954) — collegiate and NBA basketball coach
- Kevin Guskiewicz (b.1966) — Sports Medicine researcher, as well as a Kenan Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina. Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC. Interim Chancellor at UNC.
- Steve Maxwell (b.1952) — one of the top 100 trainers in the United States by Men's Journal.
- Pat Meiser — she was named one of the nation's top 50 women's sports executives by Street and Smith's Sports Business Journal. Former Penn State head women's basketball coach and Athletic director at University of Hartford
- Ed T. Rush (b.1942) — former NBA referee
- Cathy Rush (b. 1947) (B.S. 1968, M.Ed. 1972) former Immaculata University head women's basketball coach
- Joe Senser (b. 1956) — former NFL football player
- Eddie Layton (1925-2004) — organist and New York Sports Hall of Fame member
- Ralph Tamm (b. 1966) — former NFL football player
- Tank Toland (b. 1973) — professional wrestler
- Marian Washington (b. 1946) — former women's basketball coach. Inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
- Chuck Weber (1930-2017) — former NFL football player
- Lee Woodall (b. 1969) — former NFL football player
- Jerry Yeagley (b. 1940; Class of 1960) — coached Indiana University to 6 NCAA Soccer Championships
- Dirk Ballendorf (1939-2013) — historian and professor. Specialist on Micronesian culture, politics current affairs, and history
- Leon Bass (1928-2013) — educator and African-American soldier in World War II who witnessed the Buchenwald concentration camp. Participant in the International Liberators Conference
- Howard Dodson (b. 1939) — scholar who is the Director of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and Howard University Libraries, and was formerly the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem
- John Doebley — botanical geneticist, anthropologist, and professor
- Francis Harvey Green (1861-1951) — educator, poet, and lecturer. Former Chairman of English at West Chester University. Headmaster of the Pennington School
- Henry Theodore Hallman (1904—1999) — professor and artist
- Michael Horrocks (1985-2001) first officer United Airlines flight 175 on September 11, 2001
- Miles D. McCarthy (1914-1995) — professor of Biology. One of the five founding faculty members of California State University, Fullerton. Served as president of California State University, Fullerton as well as Chairman of the Biology Department and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
- David Roselle (b. 1939; Class of 1961) — American mathematician and served as the ninth president at the University of Kentucky and the 25th president of the University of Delaware
- Vice Admiral D. Brian Peterman — assumed command of United States Coast Guard Atlantic Area
- Asaf Romirowsky — Middle East historian
- Stanley Weintraub (1929-2019) — historian and biographer
- Bishop Geralyn Wolf (b. 1947) — former Bishop of Rhode Island
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