Other Admissions Information
Physical Examination Requirements
Information on physical examination requirements is available in the Student Affairs section of this catalog.
Students with Disabilities
West Chester University will make every effort to assure that students with disabilities will have access to all classes required for their program of study and will endeavor to remove all obstacles to a fulfilling, comprehensive university experience.
Students should contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Room 223 Lawrence Center to arrange suitable accommodations. Additional information can be obtained by calling 610-436-2564.
Second Baccalaureate Degree
An individual may pursue a second baccalaureate degree at West Chester University after earning the first baccalaureate degree either at West Chester University or another institution. Such an individual must apply for admission through the Office of Admissions as a transfer student.
Admission of College Graduates Seeking Certification
College graduates who wish to obtain teaching certification should consult with the Office of Graduate Studies, 610-436-2943.
Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification
Individuals who are interested in post-baccalaureate teacher certification, at either the undergraduate or graduate level, should contact the Office of Graduate Studies for admissions materials. Applicants will be referred to the appropriate faculty adviser(s) for completion of the Approved Program of Studies form.
Readmission of Former Undergraduate Students
Degree students who have not attended West Chester University for three or more consecutive semesters are classified as "inactive" and must request an application for readmission from the Office of Admissions. After an absence of only one semester, students wishing to return need to contact the Office of the Registrar and their department advisers. Students applying for readmission who have attended any institutions of higher learning since leaving West Chester must request those institutions to forward transcripts of their records to the
Office of Admissions
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
Readmitted students who have a disability that they previously did not disclose but wish to do so should contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities(OSSD) at 610-436-2564. These students will be informed of the appropriate documentation to submit as well as the assistance and support services available to them. Students who believe that their disability had an effect on their previous course work at the University and wish to have this fact considered should include that information in their personal statement. They also may wish to seek the support of the OSSD in the readmission process.
Readmitted students are bound by the requirements in general education, major, minor, and cognate areas at the time of readmission, except where permission is granted by the respective department concerning departmental requirements.
Students intending to enroll in student teaching in the first semester of readmission must file an application for student teaching with the individual departments at least four months before their expected readmission. See also "Student Teaching" in the section entitled "Academic Affairs."
All readmission applications, including all supporting documents, should be filed by August 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester.
Readmission of Former Graduate Students
Second Master's Degree
Students wishing to obtain a second master's degree from West Chester University (where the baccalaureate degree may have been earned at West Chester University or another institution) must meet all academic requirements set by the Office of Graduate Studies and the department concerned. Candidates for a second master's degree must earn a minimum of 24 credits beyond the hours applied toward the first master's degree. All new credits and additional departmental academic requirements must have been completed within a six-year period preceding the awarding of the second degree.
Senior Citizen Policy
The Senior Citizen Program allows retired Pennsylvania residents to attend West Chester University tuition free on a space-available basis. To qualify, the student must be retired, at least 60 years old, and have been a Pennsylvania resident for at least a year. Students may enroll as either degree or non-degree students and may audit or take courses for credit. The program does not include internships, independent study, individualized instruction, student teaching, thesis, seminar, or any similar course requiring extra faculty compensation for the additional enrollment. All scheduling information is available in the Office of Graduate Studies.
Senior citizen students may not register prior to the beginning of classes. They must attend the first meeting of the class(es) for which they wish to register and obtain the instructor's signature on their schedule, indicating there is space available in the class. They then return their signed schedule, along with a signed Senior Citizen fee waiver form and signed audit form if they wish to audit, to the Office of Graduate Studies. The office then schedules the student and submits the fee waiver form to the Office of Financial Aid.
Criminal Convictions Policy
West Chester University is committed to ensuring a safe learning environment for all students and employees. As a result, policy and procedures have been developed to protect all members of the University Community.
If a prospective student confirms a prior criminal conviction on his or her admission application, said application will enter a predetermined review process. A prior conviction, in and of itself, does not automatically result in the denial of admission to the University. However, because some state professional standards and licensure requirements bar the issuing of a license to an individual with certain criminal convictions, an individual who indicates such a conviction may be deemed ineligible for acceptance into related academic majors/programs, regardless of whether other university requirements have been met. In addition, entrance into university-owned or university-affiliated housing may also be denied.
Ultimately, decisions regarding admission will be based on the following criteria:
- Nature and severity of the offense or offenses
- Length of time since completion of the sentence, if applicable
- Extent to which the conduct would be relevant to the applicant’s participation in the University Community
- The applicant's attitude toward the offense and its effect on the applicant's life