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 15 consecutive years.
  • We have made The Princeton Review's list of the nation's "Best Value Colleges."

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 473 engagement opportunities. Our unique programming—from theatre stage productions to guest lectures to resource fairs—attracts thousands to our centrally located campus each year.

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Overview

Applicants
4,076
Acceptance Rate
78%
Average HS GPA
3.32

GPA Breakdown

25%
Over 3.75
14%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
23%
2.50 - 2.99
7%
2.00 - 2.49

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 800
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 590
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21.5 - 26

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 15

Regular — May 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
17:1
Total Faculty
465
with Terminal Degree
238

269
Women
196
Men
77
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
39%
Graduate in 5 years
52%
Graduate in 6 years
57%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Bioinformatics.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Biotechnology.

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

  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business/Commerce, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

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

  • COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.

  • EDUCATION.

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

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • 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.

  • History, General.

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

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physical Sciences.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

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

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • 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."

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

Notable Faculty


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
39%
Graduate in 5 years
52%
Graduate in 6 years
57%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Overview

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Dates

Application Deadlines
May 1
Notification Date
Dec 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,254

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,149

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,029

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
79%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$28,759

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$5,299

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$970
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$7,050
Required Fees
$9,191
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,368

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

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,262
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)

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
5,380
Foreign Countries Represented
19

Demographics

4.82%
Asian
8.79%
African-American
13.23%
Hispanic
64.83%
Caucasian
4.04%
Unknown
1.04%
International

60% female
40% male
4% are out of state
77% are full time
23% 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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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
31%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
58%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
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


Director
Frances Manocchio

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
40
Number of Honor Societies
22

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
1

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

7% participate in intramural sports
10% 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
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: WSU Pride Alliance Pride provides students at WSU and within the community with a forum for the issues relating to sexual orientation and sexuality and provide a place to socialize and plan campus programs. Members of Pride aim to encourage understanding and acceptance of members of the LGBTQ community.

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.

95/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
82%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

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

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
No

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
No

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

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell and Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Christopher Dooley
Assistant Director of Admissions

Address
Admissions Office
486 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602

Phone
508-929-8040

Email
grouptours@worcester.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Wellness Center
Student Center
Science & Technology Building
Food Court
Sullivan Commons Woo Cafe

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The Worcester Art Museum, the second largest museum in New England, showcases 5,000 years of creativity from such masters as El Greco, Monet, Rembrandt, Picasso, Van Gogh, and Gauguin.
The EcoTarium, Worcester?s science and nature center, hosts more than a 100,000 visitors annually.
Worcester has 53 parks, including Elm Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, and the largest urban nature sanctuary in New England.
The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, located in downtown, hosts musicals, dance performances, comedy, children?s shows, and a wide range of live music performers?from original acts to nationally recognized cover bands.
The DCU Center, also located in downtown, is your destination for national and international musical acts, popular events like World Wrestling Entertainment matches and Cirque du Soleil performances, and a variety of trade shows and conferences. We hold our undergraduate commencement there.

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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