Chester University is a school that is increasingly becoming more
difficult to get into. It is one of, if not,
the hardest of the PA state schools to gain admission
to. The campus itself is small but due to its
great location in the quaint borough of West Chester it
feels a lot bigger. The academic quad has a great
'feel' and has a very stereotypical east coast university look.
Most of the dorms are old and not in
great condition. New additions to the residence program are very
nice including a suite style and apartment living for students
but they are expensive. Tyson and Goshen tend to be
the most popular dorms as they have bigger rooms and
laundry rooms on all floors. Killinger is 24 hour quiet
and all honors students live there. McCarthy is all female.
Wayne is also fairly popular. Sanderson and Ramsey fall somewhat
towards the bottom of the list. University Hall is the
new suite style building and its not offered for first
year students. It is more expensive but includes private bathrooms
for the suite and some even have living areas. On
the small south campus there are two apartment complexes which
first year students can'tlive in.The South Campus Apartments and the
Village. South Campus Apts are less expensive but nice and
the Village is a year long lease, more expensive but
very nice. The only downside is that you have to
take a bus to get to North Campus (the main
WCU area) and the buses are often crowded and don't
run on time. Most Jrs and Srs live off campus
in the many houses/rooms/apartments that are rented to students in
The food at the school is below average.
The main dining hall is typical cafeteria food while the
options at the Student Union can be good on some
days. Parking is horrible. You don't need a car and
its not even worth the hassel. If you must drive
cough up the $150/semester for the parking garage but make
sure you get there early...passes go fast and most students
camp out over night to get them.
school is above average. WCU is known for its education
major and excels in that area. The communication studies program
is also very good. West Chester is also well known
for its band and theatre activites (although the theatre major
is not that great) Most students are focused and the
school is known for stressing academic excellence.
West Chester are not that great and most of the
teams are not very well ranked. Greek life is present
but not overwhelming. The campus is also dry and with
the new SIPS program the dry policy is being enforced. WCU does still have its old party school rep as
most students find ways around the dry campus. Most students
drink and often consume hard liquor in their rooms before
heading out for the night. Most parties are at crowded
frats and the over 21 crowd heads into West Chester
for the great night life it provides. Thursday night is
the biggest party night at WCU and you can tell
by the amount of people walking up and down High
Street walking to the frats. Drug use is also somewhat
high at WCU with marijuana and cocaine being the most
popular...this is due to its proximenty to several affluent areas.
The schools is also a suitcase school with about 50%
of the campus leaving each weekend which accounts for Thursday
being the biggest drinking night.
Safety on campus is a
concern with the current Fall 06 semester as many students
have been involved in assaults both on and off campus.
A card access system is in place in the dorms.
During the hours of 8am-8pm students can enter either through
the front or back doors of their dorms by swiping
their Ram E Card. Your card only opens your dorm.
Basically this means that anyone can enter the buildings if
they wait for a resident to open the door for
them. After 8pm students must enter through the front door,
swipe their cards and then show the security officer their
ID which has a sticker on it that shows you
are a resident of that building. Guests must also being
signed in during that time.