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Worcester, MA 01602-2597
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Worcester State University

Worcester State University Rating: 4.3/5 (8 votes)

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Introduction

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.

History

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.

Academics

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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Unique Programs

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.

Admissions

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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3199th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

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.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

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.

Information Summary

Ranks 38th in Massachusetts and 771st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 5 0.08
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,342 0.74
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 11 0.01
Forcible Rape 36 0.02
Robbery 411 0.23
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2,066 1.13
Larceny 3,481 1.91
Vehicle theft 530 0.29

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Worcester, MA 01602-2597
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population23,141 (23,141 urban / N/A rural)
Households9,254 (2.41 people per house)
Median Household Income$47,906
Families5,873 (3.03 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2502

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1389th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $970 $970 $7,050
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $7,187 $7,187 $7,187
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $340 $340 $593
FT Graduate Tuition $2,700 $2,700 $2,700
FT Graduate Required Fees $2,061 $2,061 $2,061
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $265 $265 $265
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $22,718 $22,718 $28,798
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,741 $17,741 $23,821
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,341 $12,341 $18,421

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $7,653 $8,157 $7,653 $8,157 $13,733 $14,237
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $984(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $10,248 $10,500
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,700(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,400(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,200(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,200(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$40
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,149 (1,534 male / 2,615 female)
Admitted 2,515 (896 male / 1,619 female)
Admission rate 61%
First-time Enrollment 780 (318 male / 462 female)
FT Enrollment 775 (315 male / 460 female)
PT Enrollment 5 (3 male / 2 female)
Total Enrollment6,447

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference New England Football Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Massachusetts State College Ath Assoc
NCAA Baseball Conference Massachusetts State College Ath Assoc
NCAA Track & Field Conference Massachusetts State College Ath Assoc

ACT Test Admission

855th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 9%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 24

SAT Test Admission

811th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 89%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 550
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 560
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 920 / 1110

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,177
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$7,557
Board Fee$3,320

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 13 64 59 43 7 1,034 60 1,292
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing 8 3 1 13 1 26
Biology Teacher Education 3 1 4
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 4 2 8 37 3 54
Biotechnology 4 2 5 22 33
Business Administration and Management, General 5 10 11 9 2 120 6 165
Chemistry Teacher Education 1 1
Chemistry, General 5 7 14 1 27
Clinical Nurse Specialist 1 5 6
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 1 2 34 1 38
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling 6 1 21 2 30
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 1 15 2 19
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 4 9 1 71 2 87
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 26 27
Economics, General 1 2 1 5 9
Education, General 1 1 39 1 42
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 19 1 22
Elementary Education and Teaching 2 48 50
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
English Language and Literature, General 1 2 1 37 2 44
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other 2 2
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 2 17 19
Foreign Language Teacher Education 2 2 4
Geography 11 12
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 2 32 2 36
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 4 4
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 2 7 9
History Teacher Education 1 3 4
History, General 1 2 53 4 61
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 1 1
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching 11 11
Mass Communication/Media Studies 2 1 1 1 14 1 20
Mathematics Teacher Education 9 4 14
Mathematics, General 7 7
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 3 1 8 12
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 1 27 6 34
Physical Sciences 1 1 8 2 12
Psychology, General 4 10 2 86 2 106
Reading Teacher Education 2 1 3
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 38 40
School Psychology 2 8 10
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 2 2
Secondary Education and Teaching 5 1 6
Social Studies Teacher Education 7 7
Sociology 2 3 21 26
Spanish Language and Literature 4 1 7 1 13
Special Education and Teaching, Other 26 4 31
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 2 1 35 38
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 26 5 32
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 1 10 1 13
Urban Studies/Affairs 1 9 3 13
Visual and Performing Arts, General 6 6

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 974th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $75,202 ($77,763 male / $68,337 female)
Number of FT Faculty 201 (81 male / 120 female)
Number of PT Faculty 405
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $4,500,358
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