From the School

Worcester State University is a public liberal arts and sciences university with a long tradition of academic excellence, and our affordability puts this excellent undergraduate and graduate education within reach for so many. Our commitment to value has earned us the following recognition:

  • We are the only Massachusetts state university to receive the “Best in the Northeast” ranking for 14 consecutive years.
  • We have made The Princeton Review’s list of the nation’s “Best Value Colleges.”
  • We have been awarded a Princeton Review Most Environmentally Responsible College for four consecutive years.

Worcester State students are taught by acclaimed professors who want their students to succeed and receive a variety of multi-disciplinary opportunities that enable them to explore academic interests and prepare for careers. They conduct innovative research and develop creative ideas with faculty, engage in service learning and internships in the community, pursue study away opportunities in the U.S. and abroad, and more. The exceptional academic resources at their disposal include tutoring, computer labs, advising, accessibility services, and an honors program.

Worcester State is deeply rooted in the greater Worcester community, with students in a variety of academic programs contributing over 160,000 hours in 508 engagement opportunities. Our unique programming—from theatre stage productions to guest lectures to resource fairs—attracts thousands to our centrally located campus each year.


From The School

Worcester State University invites students with diverse backgrounds and interests to apply for admission. Applications for undergraduate admission are accepted for fall and spring. Applications for most graduate programs are accepted in November, April, and June.

First-year undergraduate applicants must submit an online application; official high school transcript(s), including first quarter senior grades; and an official copy of SAT or ACT scores. If English is not the student’s native language, the submission of TOEFL or IELTS scores is recommended. A personal essay is recommended, but not required. Effective for first-year students applying fall 2018 and beyond, Worcester State will no longer require the submission of SAT or ACT scores. Details about our test-optional policy can be found at

In addition to the online application, transfer applicants should submit their official high school transcript or GED score report; official transcript(s) from every college/university attended (except Worcester State); and an Education Break Explanation if any time off was taken between high school and college and/or between college semesters. Submitting a personal essay, letters of recommendation, and/or a resume is optional.

For more information about Worcester State’s admissions process, including instructions for international and Graduate School applicants, visit


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
430 - 540
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
460 - 560
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
430 - 530

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 26

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing required


Early Action — November 15

Regular — May 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

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Academic Programs

The programs offered by Worcester State’s 21 academic departments are rooted in the liberal arts and sciences and span the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and School of Education, Health, and Natural Sciences. Our top undergraduate programs include business administration, criminal justice, psychology, biology, and nursing. One hundred percent of the Class of 2016 graduates of our B.S. in Nursing program passed the NCLEX, the third year in a row WSU has claimed the accolade of highest scoring baccalaureate nursing program in the state. Our unique majors include urban studies and interdisciplinary visual and performing arts. Students who major in biotechnology, business administration, nursing, sociology, and urban studies may qualify for one of our 4-Plus programs and begin a master’s degree program during their senior year. Our accredited programs are undergraduate teacher-training, undergraduate and graduate nursing, graduate speech-language pathology, graduate occupational therapy, and graduate school psychology.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Worcester State offers 60 undergraduate majors and minors and 29 graduate-level programs. Our New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation demonstrates that our liberal arts and sciences curriculum is of the highest quality.

Worcester State’s distinguished faculty have a deep commitment to real-world engagement that puts them on the forefront of interdisciplinary initiatives and public policy-making. This ensures that their course content stays relevant. Plus, they involve students in their research, scholarship, and creativity pursuits—something that doesn’t always happen at the undergraduate level at other institutions.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years



  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Biotechnology.


  • Business Administration and Management, General.


  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.


  • Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician.


  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.


  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.


  • English Language and Literature, General.


  • Spanish Language and Literature.


  • Adult Health Nurse/Nursing.
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General.
  • Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling.
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other.
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.


  • History, General.


  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.


  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other.


  • Mathematics, General.


  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physical Sciences.


  • Psychology, General.


  • Economics, General.
  • Geography.
  • Sociology.
  • Urban Studies/Affairs.


  • Visual and Performing Arts, General.

Students Say

Students at Worcester State University receive a "high quality education" with an "affordable" price tag. What's more, undergrads here value the fact that "the school works hard to help students find themselves." They benefit from "small class sizes" as well as "many free services that are aimed at helping students excel." These "rang[e] from tutoring to counseling." When it comes to specific majors, students love to highlight the "great nursing and occupational therapy department[s]." As one undergrad brags, "The nursing program is ranked number one for [the] NCLEX passing rate out of all Massachusetts state schools." By and large, students describe their professors as "knowledgeable" and "incredibly kind." It's common for them to have a "strong…background in the topics that they teach." In turn, this enables them to "illustrate points with examples of their personal experience." Just as essential, they are "always open to questions" and "promote open minded discussions." And, best of all, WSU professors clearly want "their students to succeed and will go above and beyond to make sure that happens."


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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Brian J. Skerry
Internationally acclaimed photographer

Ronald L. Herrick
Donor in the first successful organ transplant

John L. Dufresne

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

Dr. Imoigele Aisiku
Renowned neurosurgeon

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes


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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

The 2017-2018 annual tuition and fees are $9,532 for a full-time, in-state undergraduate student and $15,612 for a full-time, out-of-state undergraduate student. The average annual cost of housing, including a meal plan, is $11,776. Students who buy health insurance through Worcester State pay an additional $2,755 annually. The meal plan for commuter students is $300 for the year. Visit for details about costs and financial aid services.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office assists students and their families with the process and guidelines of financing their education and understanding their financial aid options while attending Worcester State. Because financial aid packages vary based on students’ unique circumstances, the Financial Aid Office assigns a financial aid counselor to work with each student through the duration of their time at Worcester State.

Important dates in the financial aid cycle are as follows:

  • October 1 is the first day students can file their annual Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • November 1 is the deadline for on-time consideration for financial aid for students entering a college in the spring
  • March 1 is the priority date for filing the FAFSA (Late applications will be considered, subject to the availability of funds.)
  • May 1 is the deadline for applying for the MASSGrant and for on-time consideration for financial aid for the academic year

Donor-funded scholarships are available to students who complete the online scholarship applications. Visit for details.


Application Deadlines
May 1
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

Life on our campus is a perfect blend of community, culture, academics—and fun. Whether you are a resident student or a commuter student, you’ll have many opportunities to make friends, learn new skills, and discover new interests. Best of all, students describe their peers as "warm and welcoming" and say it's "easy to get to know people."

Worcester State’s undergraduate student body comprises 5,381 fulland part-time students, 59% of whom are female, 41% male, and 26% underrepresented minorities. The university has 1,090 fulland part-time graduate students and more than 70 international students and scholars from 15 countries.

Students hear "many different languages spoken" around campus. As one student explains, there's "such a variety of people at this school that everyone will find someone who becomes a good friend." What’s more, our student body is "very diverse" and comprised of a healthy mix of "traditional and nontraditional students."

The energy on campus comes from our vibrant student clubs and organizations, as well as students’ on-campus and community activism. We offer 19 intercollegiate programs that compete at the NCAA Division III level; more than 35 student clubs and organizations, including club sports, class committees, and the Student Government Association; and more than 20 honor societies. When students get involved in a student organization at Worcester State, they develop lifelong skills that contribute to intellectual enrichment and success following graduation.

Our Student Involvement and Leadership Development Office offers leadership training for students involved in clubs and organizations. These specialized programs include Leadership Getaway, Helping Emerging Leaders Progress, and Art of Leadership. The office also works with students who want to start a new club or special interest group.

Our residence hall staff run the First-Year Residential Student program to help new students with personal, academic, and social transitions. All resident students participate in a variety of fun programs such as late-night activities every Thursday. Meanwhile, the Commuter Services Office hosts daytime activities throughout the year.

Fun events open to all students include everything from "comedians" to "free yoga [and] bingo" to trips to popular destinations like Boston and New York or entertainment and sporting events. One excited undergrad says, "There was a trip to King Richard's Fare in September, an organization brought a group of exotic animals to the school for the students to learn more about, and in December…the school [made] an ice rink for students to skate on and [had] gingerbread houses to decorate along with hot chocolate and cookies."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



60% female
40% male
4% are out of state
75% are full time
25% are part time

Students Say

Despite the fact that the Worcester State student body is comprised of many "commuters," undergrads assure us that there's still a great "community feel." Students describe their peers as "warm and welcoming," and many proudly report that Worcester State undergrads are "extremely focused on activism on campus and in the community." Students say that their classmates are "so supportive and always there to help when needed." The student body is "very diverse" and comprised of a healthy mix of "traditional and nontraditional students." What's more, you'll hear "many different languages spoken" around campus. Best of all, at WSU it's "easy to get to know people." As one student explains, there's "such a variety of people at this school that everyone will find someone who becomes a good friend." And a fellow undergrad concludes, "Everyone is always walking around smiling [because] it just feels good to be here."


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The Worcester State campus is centrally located in Massachusetts, about an hour’s drive from Boston, Springfield, and Providence, Rhode Island. Our 58-acre campus is nestled in the residential northwest side of Worcester—the second largest city in New England and home to 37,000 college students at more than a dozen colleges and universities.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Worcester State’s close-knit campus is known for its rolling topography, diverse landscape, and varied architecture. Since 2004, capital projects have addressed the demand for more on-campus housing, need for additional on-campus parking, and commitment to modernize our facilities.

Classrooms, lecture halls, laboratories, and creative spaces are located in the Sullivan Academic Center, Ghosh Science and Technology Center, Learning Resource Center, Shaughnessy Administration Building, and Sagamore Studios within the Worcester Center for Crafts (accessible via regular shuttle service).

The talents and creativity of our students are showcased in the Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery, Worcester State Theatre productions held in the modern Fuller Theater, and Worcester State University Chorale and music ensembles throughout greater Worcester—and the world. Students studying science and health gain hands-on experience in our biology and chemistry labs, nursing simulation and occupational therapy labs, and rooftop greenhouse—all located in the Ghosh Center. A variety of majors incorporate our community garden, located adjacent to the main campus and next to a local elementary school, into their courses.

The Library is the intellectual heart of Worcester State, a place where members of the campus community converge, collaborate, learn, and discover. It has a variety of spaces: individual carrels for independent study; collaborative areas with flat-screen displays; tables with ample space to spread out; lounge chairs with built-in desks; and a café that serves snacks and Starbucks coffee.

With four residence halls that provide on-campus housing for approximately 1,600 students, Worcester State offers a four-year housing guarantee. Dowden Hall is a traditional-style residence hall housing 400 first-year students. Sheehan Hall, our newest residence hall, houses 400 students, the main campus dining hall, Residence Life offices, and the Health Services Office. Chandler Village is an apartment-style complex that houses approximately 420 students. Wasylean Hall also offers apartment-style living areas for 348 students; University Police offices are on the first floor.

Our Sustainability Office makes the campus greener through initiatives like installing hydration stations in every building, installing LED lighting throughout campus, bringing Zipcars to campus, and initiating single-stream recycling. This work has earned us recognition as a Most Environmentally Responsible College by The Princeton Review for four consecutive years and helps us fulfill the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Worcester is home to a burgeoning enterprise hub, a robust health-care and biotech scene, and many startup businesses and nonprofits. The city’s public transit includes 25 commuter trains that run to and from Boston daily and a regional airport with scheduled service by JetBlue to Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, and JFK airports.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

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

Students Say

Worcester State makes it fairly easy to become "involved in many aspects of campus [life]." Indeed, there are a number of "community service, intramural [and] social advocacy groups" in which to participate. Athletics are also quite popular and you'll quickly discover that both "the football field…[and] the gym [are] frequently occupied." Additionally, the "residence life office [hosts] late night activities for students every Thursday and [has] day activities for commuters" as well. Fun events include everything from "comedians" to "free yoga [and] bingo." And one excited undergrad adds, "There was a trip to King Richard's Fare in September, an organization brought a group of exotic animals to the school for the students to learn more about, and in December…the school [made] an ice rink for students to skate on and [had] gingerbread houses to decorate along with hot chocolate and cookies." Lastly, hometown Worcester is "rich with historical and creative museums" as well as bars and restaurants that undergrads enjoy patronizing from time to time.

Special Needs Admissions

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Frances Manocchio

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Extended test time


Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

8% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Lancers)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Ice Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Lancers)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

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


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.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Fee for Network Use

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell and Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Christopher Dooley
Assistant Director of Admissions

Admissions Office
486 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Wellness Center
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

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Athletic Department

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available


Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


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.

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