Worcester State University

Worcester, MA

Worcester State University

Worcester, MA

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Hard work, amazing results

Worcester State University is a public liberal arts and sciences university with a long tradition of academic excellence. Our students receive a variety of multidisciplinary opportunities, enabling them to explore their academic interests and prepare for their careers. From leadership development opportunities built into many facets of academics and campus life to requiring  our students to pursue two areas of study—either a major and a minor or a double major—Worcester State students work hard and achieve amazing results. Our students:
• Conduct innovative research and develop creative ideas with acclaimed faculty
• Engage in service learning and internships in the community
• Pursue study away opportunities in the US and abroad

A Worcester State education equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary for lives of professional accomplishment, engaged citizenship, and intellectual growth. Our affordability puts this excellent undergraduate and graduate education within reach for many students. Our commitment to value has earned us recognition as the only Massachusetts state university to receive the “Best in the Northeast” ranking for 16 consecutive years and has put us on The Princeton Review’s list of the nation’s “Best Value Colleges.” 

Worcester State University offers 60 undergraduate majors and minors, 29 master’s degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates, and graduate programs, and real-time access to online, noncredit professional training. Our accreditation by the New England Commission on Higher Education, Inc. (NECHE), formerly the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), demonstrates that our liberal arts and sciences curriculum meets or exceeds its criteria for assessment of quality.

The University is centrally located in Massachusetts, about an hour’s drive from Boston, Springfield, and Providence. Our 58-acre campus is nestled in the residential northwest side of Worcester—the second-largest city in New England and home to 37,000 college students from more than a dozen colleges and universities. Worcester State is deeply rooted in the greater Worcester community, with students in a variety of academic programs contributing 161,646 hours in 508 engagement opportunities. Our unique programming—from theater stage productions to guest lectures to resource fairs—attracts thousands to our campus each year.


US News Badge

#31 in Top Public Schools | U.S. News & World Report, 2024

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#96 in Best Regional Universities—North | U.S. News & World Report, 2024

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Ranked in the top half of schools in the nation for Undergraduate Nursing Programs | U.S. News & World Report, 2024

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#1 Best College or University in Central Massachusetts | Telegram & Gazette, 2023

Two programs. Four years.
Endless opportunities.

At Worcester State University, students choose two academic programs, either a double major or a major/minor combination. “Major Plus” is Worcester State’s new academic framework that balances liberal arts, sciences, and professional education, doubling students’ skill sets and increasing their career opportunities. Having two academic programs lays out a solid, clear path for each student—one in which every class counts and they know exactly what they’re aiming for on their way to graduation. Completing two academic programs makes Worcester State grads competitive candidates for graduate admission and twice as attractive to prospective employers as those who’ve completed only one program.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “What sets Worcester State apart are the close relationships between faculty, administration, and students. The ability to reach out and connect with anyone on campus is truly special. I’m proud to be part of such a supportive, connected community.”

    • Jay Dahlstrom ’19
  • “The classes and professors at Worcester State prepare you to be competitive and self-assured in the working world. I know when I’m faced with future opportunities, I’ll have the confidence and support to take it and succeed.”

    • Krystal Barrera ’19