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Worcester State University

Worcester, MA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate88%

Worcester State University Admissions

Worcester State University is moderately difficult to get into. Worcester State University admitted 88% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 4,718 applications received in 2023, 4,136 students were offered admission.

If you want to apply to Worcester State University, the regular decision application deadline is May 1 and the fee for the application is $50.

Worcester State University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Worcester State University's admissions stats.

Worcester State University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Mean SAT Score 1127
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 19.8%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 1.4%
Waitlist No

Worcester State University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Worcester State University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 15 December 15
Regular Decision Yes 5 1

Want to Apply Early to Worcester State University?

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

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 15. Worcester State University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

Worcester State University accepts approximately 94% of early action applicants and 88% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Worcester State University admitted 1,538 of the 1,638 who applied early action.

Some students apply early to college in hopes that it will boost their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of being admitted, since it is a way to show your interest in a school.

➡️ Find a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Worcester State University Admissions

How Challenging Is It To Get Admitted to Worcester State University?

It is moderately difficult to get into Worcester State University. Worcester State University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2022, Worcester State University accepted 88% of students, approximately 4,136 from the 4,718 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Worcester State University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Worcester State University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Worcester State University

Worcester State University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Worcester State University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Worcester State University

What does Worcester State University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
First Generation Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Application Essay Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Worcester State University for more information on admission factors.

Worcester State University Application Requirements

To apply to Worcester State University, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Worcester State University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements Test scores SAT and/or the ACT are no longer required. Students may opt-in to the test-optional policy.
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Worcester State University?

Students admitted to Worcester State University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

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

In 2022, 19.8% of Worcester State University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 1.4% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Worcester State University?

To be competitive with other Worcester State University applicants, you should strive to score between 1040 and 1220 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Worcester State University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1220 and 25% of scored lower than 1040, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Worcester State University student is 1127.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Worcester State University students scored 610 or higher and 75% of students scored 510 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Worcester State University students scored 612 or higher, and 75% scored a 510 or higher.

To be most competitive at Worcester State University, you should strive to earn between 22 and 26 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Worcester State University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 on the ACT.

A 22 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Worcester State University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 22.

More Information on Transferring to Worcester State University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Worcester State University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is May 1. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Worcester State University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Worcester State University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Worcester State University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Worcester State University.

Does Worcester State University accept transfer credits?

✅ Worcester State University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Worcester State University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Worcester State University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Worcester State University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Worcester State University?

❌ No, Worcester State University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Worcester State University's acceptance rate?

✅ Worcester State University's acceptance rate is 88%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Worcester State University?

❌ Worcester State University does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Worcester State University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Worcester State University was 94% in 2021.

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Worcester State University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Worcester State University? Worcester State University is a somewhat selective institution. The Worcester State University acceptance rate is 88%. This means that the institution accepts 87 out of every 100 applicants.


Worcester State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

May 1

Transfer Applications are Due

May 1

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

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

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

Worcester State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1040 - 1220


Math SAT Range

510 - 610


Reading SAT Range

510 - 612

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1220 and Above


1040 to 1220


1040 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Worcester State University students is 1127. Applicants with SAT scores of 1220 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Worcester State University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1040 to 1220 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1040 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Worcester State University.

Worcester State University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Worcester State University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.4. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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