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About Worcester State University

Worcester State University is a public, state school in an urban setting in Worcester, Massachusetts. Worcester State University was founded in 1874 and now enrolls around 5,724 students a year, including 4,958 undergrads.

Worcester State University offers housing for up to 1,577 students. Most students live off campus, either in nearby housing that is not owned by the college, or

Worcester State University's endowment was valued at $18,939,379 in 2021. For each full-time student, Worcester State University spends about $8,550. There are 16 undergraduate students for every full-time Worcester State University professor.

2021 Worcester State University Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 81%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 88%
Average GPA 3.4
Mean ACT score 24
Mean SAT score 1100
Tuition $970
In-State Tuition $970
Out-of-State $7,050

2022 Worcester State University Regular Decision Application Deadline

Worcester State University Early Admission

Worcester State University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark Your Calendar!

The deadline to apply early to Worcester State University is on November 15, 2021, which is coming up soon!
Worcester State University admits 88% of students that apply early action.

Worcester State University Acceptance Rate 2021

It is moderately difficult to get into Worcester State University. In 2021, Worcester State University accepted 81% of applicants. Out of 4,047 applications received in 2021, 3,279 students were offered admission . ### Worcester State University Waitlist 2021

Worcester State University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into Worcester State University?

Worcester State University is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Worcester State University, applicants must submit the following items.

Worcester State University Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School Gpa (On 4.0 Scale) 2
Transcript of High School Record

Worcester State University Average GPA and Test Scores

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to Worcester State University is 3.4 out of 4.0. The mean SAT scores for students who get into Worcester State University is 1100. The mean ACT score for Worcester State University students is 24.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Worcester State University.

Worcester State University Waitlist

Worcester State University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

Does Worcester State University Require the ACT or SAT?

Worcester State University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 78.4% submitted the SAT. 3.6% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at Worcester State University

Yes! Worcester State University provides on-campus housing for up to 1,577 students.

Worcester State University students are active in the school's DC (Dance Company/Club), SS (Student Senate) and TWA (Third World Alliance). Third World Alliance Multicultural Show, Student Events Committee Spring Week, and and Dance Company Showcase are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Worcester State University.

Financial Aid at Worcester State University

Worcester State University meets 78.1% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $16,063 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can.. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is Worcester State University a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Worcester State University

About 80% of students who start at Worcester State University come back for their second year of college. Out of the 785 students who started at Worcester State University as first-time freshman, 320 graduate within four years.

Around 59% of students who started at Worcester State University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $29,051 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Worcester State University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Worcester State University a good school for you?

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Where is Worcester State University Located?

Worcester State University is located in the urban setting of Worcester, Massachusetts, less than an hour from Boston.

If you want to see Worcester State University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 290 to Worcester, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Worcester Regional Airport, Logan International Airport.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Worcester State University and Worcester are like without leaving home.

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College Info

486 Chandler Street Worcester, MA 01602-2597

Campus Setting: Urban

Worcester State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jun 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Worcester State University is Jun 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Worcester State University is Aug 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Worcester State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 26

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Worcester State University is 24. Students with an ACT score of 26 and above have a good chance of getting into Worcester State University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Worcester State University SAT Scores


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Math SAT Range

480 - 580


Reading SAT Range

470 - 580

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Worcester State University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Worcester State University is like? There are approximately 5,724 students enrolled at Worcester State University, including 4,958 undergraduate students and 766 graduate students. 78% percent of students attend school full-time, 96% percent are from MA and 4% percent of students are from other states.


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