Students Say

Students are drawn to Worcester State University’s “small classroom learning environments,” “closely-linked” community, and its capacity to provide “a quality education without a ridiculous tuition bill.” One student observes, “Because the class sizes tend to be fairly small, you are able to form an actual relationship with your professors, which can greatly improve your academic experience.” The school’s other strengths include its “fantastic nursing program” and “flexibility in class times.”

Overview

Applicants
4,158
Acceptance Rate
61%
Average HS GPA
3.19

GPA Breakdown

17%
Over 3.75
12%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
29%
2.50 - 2.99
10%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
440 - 540
SAT Math
450 - 560
ACT Composite
19 - 25

Deadlines


Regular
May 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

Students are drawn to Worcester State University’s “small classroom learning environments,” “closely-linked” community, and its capacity to provide “a quality education without a ridiculous tuition bill.” One student observes, “Because the class sizes tend to be fairly small, you are able to form an actual relationship with your professors, which can greatly improve your academic experience.” The school’s other strengths include its “fantastic nursing program” and “flexibility in class times.” Another advantage is that Worcester State students have the option to take classes at other colleges since the school is part of the Worcester Consortium. While WSU’s large contingent of commuter students appreciates “the scheduling that's commuter friendly,” numerous students point out that the “school needs more parking for commuters.” Students are quick to heap praise on their professors who “are very intelligent and able to help any student master complex concepts if they are willing to do the work.” One student shares, “While there are certainly some professors that are lacking in effectiveness, most of the professors at WSU are competent, engaging and helpful.” When it comes to dealing with the school’s “generally unhelpful” administration, students reveal that “The administration seriously needs to work on its effectiveness.” However, a more optimistic student admits, “The administration has gotten a bit better when it comes to 'paper problems'.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
16:1
Total Faculty
512
with Terminal Degree
228

296
Women
216
Men
52
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
59%
Graduate in 5 years
88%
Graduate in 6 years
53%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Brian J. Skerry
Internationally acclaimed photographer

Ronald L. Herrick
Donor in the first successful organ transplant

John L. Dufresne
Novelist

Geoffrey H. Zakarian
Restauranteur, entrepreneur, Chef-extraordinaire, television personality

Dr. Imoigele Aisiku
Renowned neurosurgeon

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
84
Application Deadlines
May 1
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bang For Your Buck

With its relatively small class sizes, commuteand work-friendly structure, and bargain-basement tuition price, Worcester State University surfaces from the pack as the best value school in Massachusetts. The school offers a wealth of scholarship opportunities for students dedicated enough to apply, and 58 percent of first-year students who need financial assistance receive it. Students laud WSU’s “low cost, good course structure, ability to live at home, and great academic programs.”

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,570

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,696

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,151

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$25,654

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
78%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$4,696

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$970
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$7,050
Required Fees
$7,587
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$984

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$850
Transportation for Commuters
$1,000

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

The “very laidback and friendly” student body is mostly local and many students seem to fit the description of “Massachusetts resident, middle class, part-time worker.” One student observes, “Our students tend to come from modest backgrounds and people are very low key and down to earth.” You will typically see students wearing a “Northface jacket, jeans, t shirt...relaxed casual wear.” The WSU student population seems to be divided into commuters and residents. One student says, “Commuter students seem, to me, to be more professional and goal-oriented. Resident students (who are often freshmen and sophomores) tend to be more of the cliched college student…” Although students agree that “Commuters seem to stick together while people who live on campus seem to stick together,” one student points out, “Fitting in at Worcester State is not something to be concerned with. We all have our own styles yet we all seem to just blend right in.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
5,563
Out of State
3%

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
27

Demographics

4.08%
Asian
7.04%
African-American
8.91%
Hispanic
72.75%
Caucasian
4.21%
Unknown

60% female
40% male
3% are out of state
75% are full time
25% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Students at WSU “go to campus events a lot for fun, like movie showings, trips to local places, or fun classes like dance and zumba.” During their downtime, they also “play games in the courtyard and hang out in the common areas.” For students looking to mingle, one student points out, “The student center is the breeding ground for meeting new people outside of class which is how most people get to know a lot of people.” Those who prefer to venture off campus can opt to “go apple picking, go out to eat, go to Blackstone Valley Shoppes or the movies.” One thing to note is WSU “is a substance free campus so it is not a big party school.” As an alternative, “People love to go out Thursday nights due to the college city life where many clubs have college nights.” While one student declares,“Being primarily a commuter school, life on campus virtually dies on the weekend,” another student points out a silver lining. “Worcester has many events that go on through the city and we get student discounts.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
25%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
79
First-Year Students living on campus
60%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
97

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
International Student
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
33
Number of Honor Societies
17

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
1

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

7% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Lancers)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Soccer
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Lancers)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: The purpose of Gay Straight Alliance is to provide students at Worcester State University and the community with a forum for the issues relating to sexual orientation and sexuality. The group shall also provide support to students who are having problems in dealing with their sexual orientation. The members of Gay Straight Alliance also aim to encourage understanding and acceptance of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, trans-sexual, trans-gender and straight ally students throughout the college community. Along with educating the community, Gay Straight Alliance also gives students a place to socialize and sponsors recreational activities.

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: College of the Holy Cross
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Sustainability

In terms of both course offerings and campus practices, Worcester State University is implementing green strategies with speed and efficacy. Partially because Massachusetts state laws are increasingly going green, all WSU buildings are operated and maintained sustainably, and in addition to the two existing LEED Gold-certified buildings on campus, the university began construction in 2013 on a new athletic facility and residence hall with dining hall that will be LEED Gold as well; another 836,522 square feet of campus building space is LEED Silver. One of WSU’s residence halls runs a cogeneration unit, and the university has two on-site solar arrays totaling 152 kilowatts. The university purchases EPEAT Gold and Energy Star-rated technology products, has reduced paper waste by charging $0.10/ page for printing services, and meters energy consumption in all campus buildings. WSU contributes to the Worcester Consortium shuttle, which travels between local schools and other locations of interest, meaning students can use it gratis; WSU also participates in NuRides, which coordinates carpools. For faculty, the school offers an option to condense the work week to four days in order to reduce commuting vehicle emissions. WSU’s climate action plan is integrating teaching sustainability into its curriculum, the Chemistry and Physical and Earth Sciences departments are already engaged in sustainability research, and sustainability-oriented course offerings include green chemistry and environmental chemistry. The Environmental Advocacy Group (EAG) for students helped to implement singlestream recycling on campus, among other measures. WSU’s ambitious plans for the future include diverting landfill waste through RecycleMania, new hydration stations, composting food waste, and switching to LED lighting.

Green Rating
90
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
22

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell and Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Benjamin McElroy
Assistant Director of Admissions

Address
Admissions Office
486 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602

Phone
508-929-8113

Email
Benjamin.McElroy@worcester.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Sheehan Hall
Student Center
Science and Technology Building
Food Court
Sullivan Commons Woo Cafe

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Local coffee shops (live music, poetry readings)
Solomon Pond Mall
Worcester Art Museum
DCU Center, Lucky Dog (concert halls)
Auburn Mall

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Public transportation (buses, taxis,shuttle bus etc.). Closest airport is Worcester Regional Airport which is approximately 2 miles from WSU.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90): Take Exit 10 (Auburn) to Rt. 290 East. (see from 290 East) From Rt. 495: Take Exit 25 to Rt. 290 West. (see from 290 West) From Rt. 9 West: Follow Rt. 9 West into Worcester. (see from Highland St.) From Rt. 146 North: Take Rt. 146 North to Rt. 290 East. (see from 290 East) From Rt. 190 South: Take Rt. 290 West. (see from 290 West) From Rt. 290 West: Take Exit 18 (Rt. 9 West); turn right off exit ramp and stay in center lane, following directions for Rt. 9 West. Turn right onto Rt. 9 West, also known as Highland Street. (see from Highland St.) From Rt. 290 East: Take Exit 17 (Rt. 9). Turn left onto Rt. 9 West which will turn into Highland Street at bottom of the hill. Proceed up the hill onto Highland Street. (see from Highland St.) From Highland Street: While on Highland Street, stay in the right hand lane. Stay on Highland Street for 1.5 miles. (you'll pass Elm Park and Doherty High School on the left.) At the rotary, bear left onto June Street. (Pizza establishment on corner) At the second light, turn right onto May Street. The main entrance to the College will be three blocks up on your left.

Local Accommodations
Beechwood Hotel, Worcester ($$$) Comfort Inn, Auburn ($) Courtyard Marriot, Worcester ($$) Fairfield Inn & Suites, Auburn ($$) Hilton Garden Inn, Worcester ($$$) Holiday Inn, Worcester ($$) La Quinta Inn, Auburn ($$) Quality Inn & Suites, Worcester ($$) Residence Inn, Worcester ($$)
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Key Stats

4,158
Applicants
5,563
Size
61%
Acceptance Rate
1000
SAT Scores

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