West Chester University welcomes applications from qualified residents of Pennsylvania, other U.S. states, and international students. The University evaluates its applicants on the basis of scholarship, character, and potential for achievement in the programs to which they apply. The Office of Admissions completes a preliminary evaluation of applications once all information has been received and processed. Every application is reviewed individually and each aspect of a student’s file is considered: academic record, standardized test scores, and selected program of study. The West Chester University application for admission is available in early August and review of completed applications begins in late September. Applicants with the strongest academic credentials are prioritized during the review process and notified of a decision as quickly as possible upon completion of their file. Other candidates may be required to submit additional information such as a personal statement, updated senior grades, or letters of recommendation and/or be referred to the admissions committee for a second review. Candidates who are referred to the admissions committee are typically notified of their decision in mid-to-late spring. All decisions are communicated to applicants in writing. Qualified students of any age and from all racial, religious, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds are welcome at West Chester University. Studies may be pursued on a full- or part-time basis.