Worcester State University in Worcester

Worcester, MA

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Overview

Worcester State University offers 204-degree programs. Student-to-faculty ratio is 17:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 61%. The most popular test is SAT - 92% of students submitted it in comparison to 8% of students who submitted ACT. 33.1% are women, and 66.9% are men. 1% percents of international students. Worcester State University is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Worcester State University is 16429$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $12861 and $23616 per year. 51% of full-time Worcester State University students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $44,800, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Worcester State University is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.

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$16,429
ABOVE AVERAGE

By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Worcester State University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$12,649
$30,001 - $48,000$13,831
$48,001 - $75,000$16,511
$75,001 - $110,000$18,002
$110,001+$18,252

Admission considerations

Required:

  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Recommended:

  • Secondary school rank
  • Recommendations

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Finance

Charges:

  • Typical room charge for academic year: 7920

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -

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Percent of students with financial aid

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14%

Types of financial aids

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3084 of Worcester State University undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 55 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Worcester State University number 62 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Massachusetts.

Students at Worcester State University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
$0 - $30,000
100%
$5,385
$30,001 - $48,000
98.72%
$4,824
$48,001 - $75,000
70.1%
$1,879
$75,001 - $110,000
8.89%
$191
$110,001+
0%
$0

Salary After Attending

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$44,800

According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services

Career

Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Disability services

7%

Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Worcester State University.

ROTC

ROTC - Army

ROTC - Navy

ROTC - Air Force

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program offering scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements offering students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate

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51%
BELOW AVERAGE

Worcester State University graduation rate is below the national average.

51% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Worcester State University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This index doesn’t take into account students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare institutions.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

5 : 1

Admission considerations

Required:

  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Recommended:

  • Secondary school rank
  • Recommendations

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.

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61%

In comparison to National Average

Worcester State University acceptance rate is below national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 63%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 2% only.

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61%
BELOW AVERAGE

In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 66%, so Worcester State University acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 5% only.

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61%
BELOW AVERAGE

Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.
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31%

Total

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31%

Full time

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0%

Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate

77%

Part-time retention rate

44%

The Worcester State University full-time retention rate is 77% and part-time retention rate is 44%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are included in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it shows that school offers quality curriculum, pleasant student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Worcester State University students submitting SAT scores

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92%

Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1365 - 1650

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 455 - 550
Math: 470 - 560
Writing: 440 - 540

SAT Test Score Range

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ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Worcester State University students submitting ACT scores

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8%

Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
20 - 25

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 18 - 24
Math: 19 - 24
Writing: 0 - 0

ACT Test Score Range

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SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Worcester State University is 17:1, that means that for every 17 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio

17:1
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Men/Women

Number of international students

95
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1%

Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown

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Students enrollment in distance education

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In Worcester State University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown

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Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Worcester State University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Massachusetts.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by 486 Chandler St address in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Worcester State University with 0.16% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are forcible sex offense, burglary, and aggravated assault.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Worcester State University offers 204 programs in total: 87 are for Bachelor's degree, 60 - for Master's degree, 54 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, and 3 are Post-master's certificate.

This is one of the highest number of programs in comparison with other 23 universities in Worcester county, with one of the highest number of Postbaccalaureate certificate. Worcester State University is one of the few institutions in Worcester that offers a Post-master's certificate program.

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Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Massachusetts state average data to help you compare.

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Worcester State University provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 4794 students with 143817 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 671 with 16110 credit hours.

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Student Reviews and Ratings for Worcester State University

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

Great customer service. Can be incredibly busy though.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Financial Aid office is extremely unhelpful and ruined my overall experience of this school. They’re always trying to siphon more money away from you instead of actually helping you. Absolutely terrible, avoid this school at all costs.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Amiable college. Anbiance at its best

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Let me start by saying that I am in my fifth year here, some of which is my fault. However, WSU is also partially responsible as well. They change their program requirements really often, setting you back in your progress toward your degree. There are some really AWESOME professors, but there are also some absolute DUDS. One professor made us buy 5 books and then on the first day of class, just said "I decided not to use them anymore." Well, that's great. Are you paying all our costs to ship them back?! What pushes the school to three stars is that it has a nice student center and quite a few activities for students to get involved. That said, some of the student center staff can be a bit grouchy. I've been yelled at for swearing (YES, AT A COLLEGE!). Since I'm almost there, I've stuck it out, but if I were just starting to look for a school, I'd probably opt to spend a little more money to go somewhere better...

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

The classes are good but res life makes living on campus boring, bookstore is expensive and very unhelpful, and financial aid is also super unhelpful. It took them the day I was suddenly alerted that I was having my classes deleted to tell me I missed something on the paper work and they never check they're emails even though they encourage you to

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 486 Chandler St

Place:

Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +5089298000

Institution is active in current year: 1

Institution's internet website address: worcester.edu

Financial aid office: Go to the page

Admissions office: Go to the page

Online application: Go to the page

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