Worcester State College was granted university status by the Massachusetts Legislative in 2010, changing the school’s name to Worchester State University (WSU). For the past several years, Worcester has been recognized for its excellence. WSU has been named “Best Northeastern College” by the Princeton Review on multiple occasions and named “America’s Best Value College" in 2007.
Worcester Normal School was founded in 1874 as a teacher training school. It evolved into a liberal arts and sciences college and its name was changed to Worcester State College in 1963. The college was granted its university status in 2010, when it received its current name.
Nestled on a beautiful 58-acre campus in Worcester, MA, the university offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the traditional liberal arts and sciences, biomedical sciences, business, the health professions, and most notably, teacher education. At WSU, student success is the number one priority. This is achieved with small class sizes (with an average 15:1 student-teacher ratio) and learning environment grounded in academic excellence. The school is accredited by the New England Association of School and Colleges, Inc.
Offered is a dynamic and diverse selection of certificate and degree programs. There are 25 programs leading to a baccalaureate degree. These diverse studies range from Arabic to Urban Studies. Offering advanced degrees since 1974, The Graduate School offers graduate and certificate programs that are designed to prepare students for leadership roles and career advancement.
Students may also elect to participate in the University’s ‘minor only’ programs.
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Another program at WSU that offers outstanding opportunities is the International Program. With its commitment to internationalization, the college provides services in academic and cultural exchange, world travel, and global understanding. If interested, students are encouraged to study abroad. Additionally, the University is committed to servicing international students.
Worchester also offers flexible class schedules for their bachelor’s degree programs. Therefore, if you are looking for a way to earn your degree while still maintaining other responsibilities like work and family, a variety of class schedules are available. Evening and online classes are offered in 5 terms during the calendar year. For example, night classes are offered in a number of bachelor degree programs, like Chemistry, English, Sociology, Business Administration and Natural Science.
Deadlines for the start of the January semester are in early December. There are rolling admission deadlines for the September semester. For those applicants who desire on campus housing and financial aid, opportunities are better for those who apply early. An application fee is applicable.
The university has two programs that provide opportunities for prospective students and/or their parents to get an insight into campus life. Each fall, the university has on Open House program, when applicants have an opportunity to participate in a full campus tour and meet faculty and staff. Prospective students and their parents have the chance to discuss the admission process, financial aid, residence life, student development, academics, and career serves. Campus Tours are also conducted throughout the academic year. Reservations are requested to participate in the Open House and Campus Tour programs.
A variety of financial assistance options are available to students, including need-based financial aid programs. Additionally, for those who do not qualify for need-based assistance, there are various programs available to assist with supplements to a student’s financial need.
The first step for all students applying for financial assistance is to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This form is available online and should be completed as early as possible. Next, students are asked to complete and return a Worcester State University Financial Aid Application to the Financial Aid Office
WSU also offers alternative financing options. The university participates in a tuition payment plan, which is a low-cost, flexible monthly payment plan. Additionally, Worcester provides a comprehensive listing of academic scholarships to a wide variety of applicants.
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In addition to opportunities to excel academically, WSU campus living takes the student beyond the classroom, and into activities that promote and encourage unique experiences. The school strongly supports the notion that a well-rounded education consists of more than just classroom learning. Therefore, WSU offers an environment that offers ample opportunities for students to discover new talents and interests. A variety of cultural and social student activities include 40 clubs and organizations, 19 intercollegiate sports programs, and a wide variety of music and theater offerings. The university offers a broad range of student services designed to promote their student’s personal growth and enhance their well-being. Some of these services include career counseling, health services and spiritual programs.
The university’s Student Center has three levels and is conveniently situated at the geographical center of the campus. Some of the facilities housed at the Student Center include the university bookstore, WSCW Radio Stations, the main cafeteria, many student organization offices, and several meeting rooms
WSU offers on campus housing. Students wishing to live on campus may choose to live in one of three residential facilities on campus. This includes the award-winning residence hall, Wasylean Hall.
In order to enhance each student’s experience at Worcester, student services is a collaboration of varied offices. These offices include Academic Support Services, Campus Ministry, Career Services, Commuter Services, Counseling Services, Disability Services, Health Services, Health & Wellness, Judicial Affairs, Multicultural Affairs and the Speech-Language-Hearing Center.
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WSU offers an array of sports. Teams include women’s and men’s basketball, track and field, cross country and soccer. Men’s sports include baseball, football, golf, and ice hockey. Women’s sports offered at the University include cheerleading, field hockey, lacrosse, softball, tennis and volleyball.
Students have accomplished outstanding achievements in the classroom and in their respective sports. The college works to enhance the experience of their students by promoting opportunities for their athletes to experience the total student-athlete experience.
Brooke Bright graduated with her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She currently resides with her family in Northern Illinois. When she is not chasing her two sons around you can find her organizing something or reading a mystery novel.