Need to decide on DPA program

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Mario Gallardo, Jun 2, 2021.


Which school would you pick for the DPA?

  1. Valdosta State

    5 vote(s)
  2. West Chester

    1 vote(s)
  1. Mario Gallardo

    Mario Gallardo New Member

    Hello Everyone,
    I'm a newbie to this forum. I posted this thread in the buisness section, but his may be the more appropriate place to ask this question. I am hoping for input and perspective regarding several DPA programs to which l have been accepted.

    I have been accepted to West Chester University and Valdosta State for the DPA program. I only have several days to let one of the programs know if l have accepted the offer.

    Perhaps you can share any experience you may have with either of the programs? Thank you all!


    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    Unless you are closer to West Chester University of Pennsylvania; otherwise I would go with Valdosta State University has better reputation in ranking, tuition, and the name sounds better
  3. Futuredegree

    Futuredegree Active Member

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  4. Mario Gallardo

    Mario Gallardo New Member

    Thanks, I read that forum the other day. It was informative. It's how I ended up here. I am wanting to know if anyone has info about the West Chester DPA.
    Valdosta is more affordable and I'm leaning that direction. Was just hoping to get some different perspectives.
  5. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    Valdosta is cheaper. However, as a PA resident, WCUPA would be equally affordable for me. I was accepted to this program for Fall 2018 but ended up going with Liberty. I don't know where Valdosta's perceived reputation comes from. However, I think WCUPA is a better school than Valdosta.

    Year Founded: 1851 (WCUPA); 1906 (Valdosta)
    Enrollment: 17k (WCUPA); 11k (Valdosta)
    Endowment: $47m (WCUPA); $20m (Valdosta)
    Accreditation: Both has NASPAA
    Ranking: Tier 1 in most of the areas ranked (WCUPA); Tier 2 in most area ranked (Valdosta)*
    Best Public Affairs Program: 146 (WCUPA); 180 (Valdosta)*

    *U.S. News Rankings
    WCUPA -

    Valdosta -
  6. Mario Gallardo

    Mario Gallardo New Member

    Did you complete the DPA at Liberty?
    Most folks in the south have never heard of West Chester, but you are right about it being an excellent university.
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  7. Dustin

    Dustin Well-Known Member

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  8. MiracleWhipz

    MiracleWhipz New Member

    What did you decide to do?
  9. Mario Gallardo

    Mario Gallardo New Member

    I am going to accept the offer from Valdosta State.
  10. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Congrats, and good luck!

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