Overview

Applicants
4,302
Acceptance Rate
86%
Average HS GPA
3.18

GPA Breakdown

15%
Over 3.75
12%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
22%
3.00 - 3.24
30%
2.50 - 2.99
8%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 580
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 580
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 25

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Regular — March 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14.3:1
Total Faculty
545
with Terminal Degree
290

301
Women
244
Men
69
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
53%
Graduate in 5 years
62%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

Majors

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • Ethnic Studies.
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business/Commerce, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.
  • Informatics.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Biology Teacher Education.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
  • History Teacher Education.
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.
  • Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Athletic Training/Trainer.
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physical Sciences.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Economics, General.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine and Studio Arts.
  • Music, General.


Degrees

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Michael Flynn
Massachusetts State Teacher of the Year 2007

Peter Laviolette
Head Coach of NHL team Nashville Predators

Thomas Foley
former head of the Massachusetts State Police

Dennis Picard
Director of Storrowton Village historic site, West Springfield, MA

Dr. Nettie Marie Stevens
discoverer of sex determination by chromosones

Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick
Massachusetts State Superintendent of the Year 2011

Shauna Wilson-Ogundi
teacher, activist, actress recently in "American Gangster"

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
53%
Graduate in 5 years
62%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,516

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,379

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,216

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
79%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$30,202

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$6,521

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$970
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$7,050
Required Fees
$9,459
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,070

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,221
Transportation for Commuters
$1,020

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,903
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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

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

Direct Lender
No

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
5,350
Foreign Countries Represented
14

Demographics

1.40%
Asian
4.81%
African-American
10.14%
Hispanic
75.36%
Caucasian
3.64%
Unknown

55% female
45% male
85% are full time
15% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
48%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
84%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disabilities Services Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Sarah Lazare

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
Yes

Documentation Required for LD

Documentation guidelines are provided at the Banacos Academic Center?s Important Forms, Learning Disabilities Program and Disability Services Website: http://www.westfield.ma.edu/academics/learning-disabilities-program

Documentation Required for ADHD

Documentation guidelines are provided at the Banacos Academic Center’s Important Forms, Learning Disabilities Program and Disability Services Website: http://www.westfield.ma.edu/academics/learning-disabilities-program

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
90
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
6

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Owls)
9 Sports

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

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) The primary purpose of the Westfield State University Queer Straight Alliance is to educate the club and the campus community about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues. The club will take an active role in providing its members and the campus with educational information and activities pertaining to sexual orientation, transgender and all gender variant identities and diversity.

Minority Support Groups: a. Black Student Union Black Student Union was created to bring students of African American descent, and students of other descents, together to build a better sense of community. Black Student Union will not only help promote diversity but bring pride, unity to our community on campus. Black Student Union will focus on the social aspect of our campus and ensure that there are activities to do within the campus that is of black student interest. We will also strive to educate people on African American history and culture that exhibits our beauty creativity and struggle. b. International and Intercultural Club This student club will support students of other nations or cultures, and students who are interested in interacting with students of other nations or cultures. The club will provide these students with an opportunity to meet, to share experiences, to act as peer mentors, and to develop and facilitate programming. c. Jewish Student Organization The purpose of this organization is to experience the Jewish culture as a group and to spread awareness of important Jewish issues and traditions to the Westfield State University community. d. Latino Association (LAFE) LAFE is an educational, political and social organization of students at Westfield State that supports awareness of multicultural issues on campus. e. Multicultural Student Association The Multicultural Student Association exists to provide the community with opportunities to learn about and appreciate Third World cultures and issues. f. Muslim Student Organization Fulfillment of religious needs of Westfield State University Muslim students, faculty and staff is the primary mission of MSO. Its mission also includes presenting Islam and representing local Muslims in the society at large. It strives to build constructive relationships with both Muslims and non-Muslims in general, and with other faith communities in particular. g. Students Advocating for Gender Equality The purpose of SAGE is to promote the discussion and support of student opportunities to encourage change for more equitable society. SAGE is committed to raising awareness about gender through activism to achieve equality. h. Westfield State Veterans Association To provide a social group setting to help veterans, current military personnel and their families adjust and become successful in civilian and college life. To provide military and veteran informational support to interested students and their family members. Establish and maintain a fellowship between this association and the campus community. Organizing projects and participating in events pertaining to goals of this association and the general campus population.

Army ROTC Offered on-campus, at cooperating institutions: Western New England University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Sustainability

73/99

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
1. Apple 2. Dell

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Katelyn Shea
Assistant Director of Admissions

Address
Westfield State University
P.O. Box 1630
Westfield, MA 01086

Phone
413-572-5218

Email
admissions@westfield.ma.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Ely Library
Woodward Athletic Center
Dining Commons
Dower Center for the Arts
Horace Mann Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Stanley Park
The Westfield Athenaeum
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Holyoke Mall at Ingleside
Westfield on Weekends

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Academic Year
Times: Monday through Friday
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Email Address for Visit
N/A

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Closest airport: Bradley International in Windsor Locks, CT. University campus is served by PVTA bus. Amtrak and commercial bus service are 12 miles away in Springfield, MA.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the North: a. Take Interstate 91 South. b. Get off I-91 at Exit 14, which is I-90/Mass. Pike. c. Take Mass. Pike West five miles to Exit 3 (Westfield). d. Turn right onto routes 10/202 South, travel for about two miles through town to the Westfield Public Library (on your right). e. Turn right onto Court street/Western Avenue for 2.5 miles. f. Westfield State University is on your right. From the South: a. Take Interstate 91 North. b. Follow directions from above. From the East: a. Travel on I-90/Mass. Pike until you reach Exit 3. b. Follow directions from above. From the West: a. Travel on I-90/Mass. Pike until you reach Exit 3. b. Follow directions from above.


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