West Chester University of Pennsylvania

700 South High Street
West Chester, PA 19383


Undergraduate: 14,592
Graduate: 2,960
Total Headcount: 17,552

National Geographic Funds Two WCU Faculty Studying the Impact of Sea Levels Risingin the Delaware Bay

It’s a safe bet that many members of our WCU community have driven through the salt marshes heading “downa shore” in New Jersey or to the beaches of Delaware and Maryland. Turtles, crabs, and wading birds occupy the muddy grass hummocks there now, but human habitation at some sites around the Delaware Bay dates back 13,000 years – before the sea level rose, swamped the land, and turned fresh water salty.                               


 Points of Pride

West Chester has one of the largest centralized geothermal heating and cooling systems in the U.S., which will save $1 million annually and significantly reduce pollution.

West Chester students performed more than 755,000 hours of community service this past year.

West Chester has been awarded the designation of “military friendly school” by G.I. Jobs Magazine for creating an intentional culture of understanding, acceptance, and success for veterans, active military, and those who support them.

West Chester is a founder of the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research, fostering rain forest conservation, discovering new plant and animal species, and new medicines.

The Business and Public Affairs Center, West Chester's newest academic building, achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification for sustainability. The School of Music and Performing Arts Center and the renovated Mitchell Hall are both LEED Silver.

 Notable Alumni

Geno Auriemma ’81 - Head women’s basketball coach at the University of Connecticut, member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

Jill Biden M’82 - noted educator and second lady of the United States/wife of VP Joe Biden

Michael Brune ’93 - Executive Director of the Sierra Club

Col. Tyree Blocker – M’86, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner

Julie J. Janovsky ’94 – Senior Manager, The Pew Charitable Trusts


Dr. Chris Fiorentino

Dr. Chris Fiorentino

Chris Fiorentino became the president of West Chester University on January 9, 2017 after serving as interim president since April 2016. He started teaching at WCU in 1983, while working on his doctoral degree in economics. He has chosen to work at WCU ever since because "I've never had a day when I wasn't excited to come to work," he says. "My role has evolved over time," says Fiorentino. Dr. Fiorentino started as an assistant professor, was the dean of the College of Business and Public Affairs for more than 20 years, and most recently, in 2013, became the vice president for External Operations. Learn more.