Worcester State University

2014 Quick Stats
486 Chandler Street

Worcester, MA 01602-2597

Phone: (508) 929-8000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
May 1
application deadline

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Regional Universities (North)

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Worcester State University is a public institution that was founded in 1874. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,307, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 58 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Worcester State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,157 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $14,237 (2013-14).

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

Worcester State University is a four-year public higher education institution with 25 majors including traditional liberal arts and sciences, teacher education, biomedical sciences, business, and the health professions. Our students learn in small, friendly classes taught by committed, accessible faculty offering engaging research opportunities to graduate and undergraduate students alike. Worcester State University is the only Massachusetts state university to be named a Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review nine years in a row and is nationally recognized for its community service.

Worcester State University is dedicated to offering high quality, affordable undergraduate and graduate academic programs and to promoting the lifelong intellectual growth, global awareness, and career opportunities of our students. To this end, we value teaching excellence rooted in scholarship and community service; cooperate with the business, social, and cultural resources of Worcester County; collaborate with other institutions of higher learning in the region; and develop new programs responsive to emerging community needs.

Set on 58 acres in the residential west side of Worcester, Massachusetts Worcester State University an attractive and safe campus within an hour's drive of all major population centers in New England.

For more information, visit www.worcester.edu.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1874
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $10,573,433


When applying to Worcester State University, it's important to note the application deadline is May 1. The application fee at Worcester State University is $40. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 68.1 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 68.1%
Application deadline May 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Worcester State University is 18:1, and the school has 53.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Worcester State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Psychology; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 77.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 18:1
4-year graduation rate 33%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 22%
Health Professions and Related Programs 18%
Psychology 12%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 9%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 7%

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Student Life

Worcester State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,307, with a gender distribution of 39.7 percent male students and 60.3 percent female students. At this school, 31 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 75 percent of students live off campus. Worcester State University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 6,221
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Worcester State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Worcester 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, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Worcester State University, 45 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Worcester State University.

Students who have cars on campus 45%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Worcester State University, 56.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,180.

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In-state tuition and fees $8,157 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $14,237 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,877 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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