West Chester was originally known as Turk’s Head – after the inn located at what is now the center of the borough. The Borough of West Chester has been the county seat of government in Chester County since 1786. In the heart of town is its courthouse, a classical revival building designed in the 1840s by Thomas U. Walter, one of the architects for the Capitol in Washington, D.C. West Chester University of Pennsylvania is located in the borough. Local attractions near West Chester include Valley Forge, the Brandywine Battlefield, and Longwood Gardens. West Chester is part of the rapidly growing suburban complex surrounding Philadelphia. CNN recently rated West Goshen Township in West Chester #11 in the country on the list of best places to live.
West Chester Education Information
If you are looking for a nationally recognized college or university, the Main Line is home to many institutions that are renowned for their academic excellence. The Main Line offers thousands of students close proximity to Philadelphia, with easy access to public transportation, while still living within the comfort and safety of an affluent residential area. Bryn Mawr College, is a small all women’s only liberal arts college; Cabrini College, a coed Roman Catholic; Eastern University, a private, co-education Christian university. Harcum College is a two-year, private college with academic programs in health-sciences, liberal arts, business and professional studies. Haverford College is one of America’s most outstanding liberal arts colleges founded on Quaker values. Immaculata University is a Catholic coeducational institution sponsored by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Rosemont College is Catholic independent liberal arts institution. Saint Joseph’s University, located on City Avenue bordering Philadelphia and the Main Line, is a Catholic university seeped in Jesuit tradition. Saint Joseph University’s alumni network of 50,000 plus are eager to help students find meaningful employment after graduation. Also located on the Main Line is Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, which prepares men to be ordained into the Roman Catholic Priesthood. Valley Forge Military Academy and College, is two-year college prep school, for both young women and men. Villanova University is the oldest and largest Catholic university in Pennsylvania and is located in the heart of the Main Line. West Chester University is a public university located in the borough of West Chester.
West Chester Community Information
West Chester is home to many exciting things to do, check out the list below of things to do in and around West Chester. If you are looking for art, music or dance opportunities, Chester County Art, Diana Matthews School of Dance, Carousel Ballroom, Crane Performing Arts, Taylors Music and West Chester Music all offer lessons for students, young and old. The Main Line is home to a plethora of fitness-related facilities, including the West Chester YMCA, ACAC, The Spirit of Yoga and Symmetry Pilates. There is something for everyone along the Main Line, from golfing at West Chester Golf & Country Club or Penn Oaks Golf Club, to playing tennis at the Tennis Addiction or Penn Oaks Tennis & Fitness Club. Whatever your interests and hobbies are, you will find all of your needs met in the Main Line communities.
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