Westfield State University

2014 Quick Stats
Western Avenue

Westfield, MA 01086

Phone: (413) 572-5300
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Mar. 1
application deadline

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#123 Overall Score: 35 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Westfield State University is a public institution that was founded in 1838. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,368, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 256 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Westfield State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 123. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,697 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $14,777 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Continuing the legacy of its founder, Horace Mann, who in 1838 established it as America's first public institution of higher education without barrier to race, gender or above all, economic class, Westfield State University has emphasized the student as the center of the university. Westfield State builds upon a tradition of excellence and innovation by engaging students in a dynamic and diverse learning community. Through rigorous academic and applied learning, students become leaders in society. They are helped to develop intellectually and to use their knowledge and skills to improve the social and economic conditions in their communities through community service. The university emphasizes the importance of collaborative education, distinguished and strengthened by a general education program that links the arts and sciences with professional studies, and by opportunities for experiential and community-based learning.

Under the leadership of its nineteenth president, Evan S. Dobelle, Westfield State has expanded academic offerings and opportunities for international study and exchange, as well as community service learning and internships. The university has also embarked on a $100 million Master Plan that includes a new building for classrooms and laboratory space, a new 410-bed residence hall and an expansion of its existing Dining Commons. Its collaborations with local government, the business community and area not-for-profits have contributed to the ongoing revitalization of the City Westfield and its city center with downtown student housing, a downtown art gallery and an extensive calendar of cultural activities.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1838
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $4,515,961


When applying to Westfield State University, it's important to note the application deadline is March 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at Westfield State University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 64.2 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 64.2%
Application deadline March 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Westfield State University is 17:1, and the school has 38.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Westfield State University include: Education; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 79.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 44%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Education 15%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 14%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 13%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 12%
Psychology 8%

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Student Life

Westfield State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,368, with a gender distribution of 47.2 percent male students and 52.8 percent female students. At this school, 54 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 46 percent of students live off campus. Westfield State University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 6,079
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Westfield State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Westfield State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Westfield State University, 54 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Westfield State University.

Students who have cars on campus 54%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Westfield State University, 60.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,136.

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In-state tuition and fees $8,697 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $14,777 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,795 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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