West Chester has a general population of 17,861 and an overall student population of 14,211. Approximately 14,211 of West Chester's students are enrolled in schools that offer criminal justice programs.
The largest criminal justice school in West Chester, by student population, is West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Approximately 127 students graduated in 2010 from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with credentials in criminal justice.
A total of 127 students graduated with credentials in criminal justice from criminal justice schools in West Chester in 2010. Tuition in 2009 at West Chester's criminal justice schools was $19,967 per year for instate students and $28,299 per year for out of state students.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,320 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a criminal justice program in West Chester. And if you live on campus at one of the West Chester-based criminal justice schools, you will have an added expense of $7,214 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $12,939.
Many criminal justice graduates choose to work as criminal justice professionals after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in West Chester, your job prospects are not very good. In 2010, there were 39,000 criminal justice professionals in Pennsylvania. Of these criminal justice professionals, 17,450 were working in the greater West Chester area. The government projects that the number of criminal justice professionals in West Chester will increase by 6% by the year 2018. This anticipated change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for criminal justice professionals.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a criminal justice professional in West Chester is $29,690 per year. This is higher than the state-wide average salary for criminal justice professionals.