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Worcester State University

Worcester, MA

Worcester State University, founded in 1874, is a public university. Its 58-acre campus is located on the west side of Worcester, approximately 45 miles west of Boston.

School Profiles: Undergrad

Worcester State University is one of the nine publicly supported state universities in Massachusetts offering high-quality, affordable undergraduate and graduate academic programs. We are dedicated to promoting lifelong intellectual growth, global awareness, and career opportunities for our students in traditional liberal arts and sciences, teacher education, biomedical sciences, business, and health professions.

AT A GLANCE

QUICK FACTS

Location
58-acre campus nestled in the residential northwest side of Worcester, Massachusetts—the second-largest city in New England—home to nine colleges and situated 40 miles west of Boston 

Student Population
• 6,217 total 
• 5,380 full- and part-time undergraduate students
• 837 full- and part-time graduate students
• 60% female, 40% male (undergraduates) 

Academics
•  59 undergraduate majors and minors (BA and BS degrees)
• 29 master’s degrees, postbaccalaureate, and advanced graduate study certificates (EdS, MA, MEd, and MS degrees)
• 82 study abroad programs 

Student-Faculty Ratio
17:1
 

Faculty
470 full- and part-time faculty; 176 full-time faculty with a PhD 

Athletics
• NCAA Division III varsity sports; 20 teams (nine men’s, 11 women’s)
• MASCAC, Little East, GNAC, and ECAC conferences
• Intramural sports: Intracampus competition in nine sports  

Financial Aid
4,513 students receiving financial aid; $10,271 average award

Areas of Study
Accounting
Advertising and Public Relations
Art*
Big Data Analytics
Biochemistry
Bioinformatics
Biology*
Biotechnology+
Business  Administration*+
Chemistry*
Communication*
Communication Education*
Communication Sciences and Disorders*
Composition and Music Technology
Computer Science*
Criminal Justice*
Developmental Processes Psychology
Digital Media Production
Early Childhood Education
Early Education and Care
Earth Science Education (Middle/Secondary)
Earth Systems Science
Economics*
Educational Studies*
Elementary Education
English*
Entrepreneurial Studies and Small Business Management 
Environmental and Sustainability Studies
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Ethnic Studies
Finance
Financial Mathematics*
Foreign Service
Forensic Science 
French*
General Science Education (Middle)
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Geography*
Gerontology
Global Studies
Green Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry
Health Education*
Health Fitness*
History*
Information Technology*
Intergenerational Studies and Community Service*
International Business
Journalism
Liberal Studies
Management
Marketing
Material Science and Inorganic Chemistry
Mathematics*
Mathematics for Elementary Education
Media Production
Mental Health Services
Middle East Studies*
Middle School Education*
Middle School Mathematics*
Music*
Nursing+
Occupational Studies
Philosophy*
Philosophy and Law*
Physics*
Political Science*
Pre-dental
Pre-law*
Pre-MBA
Pre-medicine
Pre-optometry
Pre-pharmacy
Pre-physical Therapy
Pre-physician’s Assistant
Pre-veterinary
Psychobiology*
Psychology*
Public Administration and Planning
Public Health*
Public Health/Pre-nursing
Public Health and Social Justice*
Public History
Secondary Education Mathematics
Secondary School Education*
Sociology*+
Social Work and Social Policy
Software Development
Spanish*
Spanish Education
Spanish for Health Professionals*
Spanish for Professions 
Statistics and Modeling
Theatre*
Traditional Mathematics*
Urban Studies*+
Visual and Performing Arts
Women’s Studies
Writing* 

Boldface: Majors offered
* Minors offered
+ 4-Plus program

Challenging academics for a changing world 
Worcester State University opens up a world of opportunity for active and engaged students. With nationally recognized programs, outstanding facilities, and esteemed, dedicated faculty, we combine classroom and career preparation to give our graduates a powerful real-world advantage.

Supporting your success 
Worcester State University provides exceptional resources for students ready to challenge and advance themselves. We believe academic support like tutoring, advising, accessibility services, and an honors program are vital to our students’ achievements. Our library provides scholarly resources as well as a place to study and collaborate.  

Life at Worcester State University
Life on the Worcester State University campus is a perfect blend of community, culture, academics, and social opportunities. Whether you’re a residential or commuter student, you’ll have many opportunities to make new friends, learn new skills, and discover new interests. 

Find your home away from home
Worcester State University provides on-campus housing to approximately 1,600 students and guarantees housing for four years in our award-winning residence halls. We are committed to providing an inclusive living-learning environment. Our residence hall staff run the First-Year Residential Experience Program to help new students with personal, academic, and social transitions. All residential students participate in a variety of fun programs such as late-night activities every Thursday. 

Work hard, play hard
Athletics are about more than just playing sports; they’re about learning teamwork, building confidence, and understanding competitive strategy. Our student-athletes strive to be high achievers—on the field, in the classroom, and in the community at large. Worcester State has nine men’s and 11 women’s NCAA Division III varsity teams and competes in the MASCAC, ECAC, and Little East Conference. 

Creating career pathways
Worcester State University is committed to providing the best-educated workforce and citizenry in the nation. From internships, research, clinicals, and practica to community service learning and global opportunities, we provide invaluable hands-on experiences that give our students a competitive edge in the workplace after graduation.