President Christopher M. Fiorentino
It is an honor to serve as the president of West Chester University, one of the top regional comprehensive public universities in the nation. Serving more than 17,000 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, West Chester University has earned a national reputation for excellence, value and student success. Located 25 miles west of Philadelphia on a leafy, 406-acre campus, WCU is the largest state-owned university in the Commonwealth and the premier state institution in such key measures as retention and graduation rates.
At WCU, we are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good. We offer 118 undergraduate majors, more than 50 master’s programs and four doctoral programs. Our Philadelphia campus offers bachelor’s and master’s programs in criminal justice and social work, graduate programs in special education and communication studies, an RN-to-BSN program and more. This satellite campus, coupled with our growing distance education initiatives, such as a highly competitive online MBA program, help us extend our reach to more students who are seeking a quality WCU education.
Preparing our students to be global citizens is a key component of our mission and goals. More than 500 of our students took advantage of international learning experiences last year. These included traditional study abroad programs, as well as participation in conferences, service learning, music performances and more. Currently, the University has more than 180 international students from 40-plus countries.
Meeting community needs while placing students on a lifelong path of active citizenship is integral to our mission. Last year, our students participated in almost 800,000 hours of public service through coursework and co-curricular programs.
West Chester University has accomplished much in recent years and the future is even brighter. I encourage you to learn more about WCU via this website and to visit us in person in the near future.
President, West Chester University