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Westfield State University Overview

Westfield State University is a public institution located in Westfield, Massachusetts. The suburban atmosphere of Westfield makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

What Is Westfield State University Known For?

1,555 Undergraduate Awards
$27,269 Avg Cost After Aid
85% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at Westfield is 5%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The post-master's certificate is the highest award offered at Westfield.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 45% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Westfield with a bachelor's degree make about $46,100 a year. That's 13% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • It takes the average Westfield student 4.2 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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Westfield State University Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, Westfield is ranked #289 out of 2,320 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Westfield has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#116 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#367 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Westfield.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Other Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#29 Best Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best Public Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#52 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#53 Best General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#64 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Westfield has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#17 Best Value Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#18 Best Value Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections College Factual
#44 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#54 Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections College Factual
#55 Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#55 Best Value Colleges for Psychology College Factual

Where Is Westfield State University?

Location of Westfield State University

Contact details for Westfield are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 577 Western Ave, Westfield, MA 01086-1630
Phone: 413-572-5300
Website: www.westfield.ma.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WestfieldStateUniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/westfieldstate

How Do I Get Into Westfield?

You can apply to Westfield online at: https://explore.westfield.ma.edu/Ellucian.ERecruiting.Web.External/Pages/Welcome.aspx

Admission Requirements for Westfield

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Westfield?

85% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
92% Submit SAT Scores
Westfield has the high acceptance rate of 85%, which means it is fairly easy to gain admittance as long as you submit a complete application with requested materials.

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 82%, and the acceptance rate for women is 88%.

Average Test Scores

About 92% of students accepted to Westfield submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 580. Math scores were between 480 and 570.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Westfield State University  ( 490 to 580 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Westfield State University  ( 480 to 570 )
200
800
Westfield received ACT scores from 7% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 18 and 23. Math scores were between 18 and 24. Composite scores were between 20 and 25.

ACT English Scores for Westfield State University  ( 18 to 23 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Westfield State University  ( 18 to 24 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Westfield State University  ( 20 to 25 )
1
36

Can I Afford Westfield State University?

$27,269 Net Price
75% Take Out Loans
4.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Westfield is $27,269. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Westfield, approximately 75% of students took out student loans averaging $7,445 a year. That adds up to $29,780 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Westfield is 4.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Westfield State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,250 Full-Time Undergraduates
55% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 5,069 undergraduate students at Westfield, with 4,250 being full-time and 819 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Westfield

There are also 726 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,250 full-time undergraduates at Westfield, 45% are male and 55% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Westfield

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Westfield State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Westfield Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 73
Black or African American 213
Hispanic or Latino 445
White 3,235
International Students 21
Other Races/Ethnicities 263

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Westfield State University. At this time, 10 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 19 countries are represented at Westfield. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Canada, Pakistan, and Rwanda.

Online Learning at Westfield State University

484 Took All Classes Online
2,407 Took At Least One Class Online
4.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 2,407 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Westfield has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 8th most popular in Massachusetts for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Westfield

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Westfield State University was 4.3%. This is the #1,719 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Westfield regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Westfield majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business, Management & Marketing 10%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 11%
General Business/Commerce 11%
General Psychology 6%
History 29%
History 29%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 11%
Psychology 11%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Westfield ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Westfield.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Sociology #46
History #51
History #51
General Psychology #118
General Business/Commerce #137
Social Sciences #158
Psychology #164
Criminal Justice & Corrections #316
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #356
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #394
Liberal Arts General Studies #394

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Westfield State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Criminal Justice & Corrections 229 16 245
General Business/Commerce 234 0 234
Liberal Arts General Studies 186 0 186
Teacher Education Grade Specific 124 19 143
General Psychology 120 1 121
Social Work 42 70 112
Communication & Media Studies 75 0 75
Health & Physical Education 68 0 68
Nursing 61 0 61
History 49 6 55
General Biology 52 1 53
Natural Resources Conservation 41 0 41
Political Science & Government 40 0 40
Special Education 28 7 35
General English Literature 31 2 33
Economics 28 0 28
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 22 22
Teacher Education Subject Specific 7 14 21
Romance Languages 21 0 21
Fine & Studio Arts 17 0 17
Information Science 15 0 15
Urban & Regional Planning 14 0 14
Public Administration 0 13 13
Mathematics 12 0 12
Music 12 0 12
Computer Science 11 0 11
Ethnic Studies 10 0 10
Sociology 10 0 10
Other Psychology 0 7 7
Accounting 0 6 6
Allied Health Professions 6 0 6
Chemistry 4 0 4
Drama & Theater Arts 4 0 4
Health Sciences & Services 3 0 3
General Physical Sciences 1 0 1
Educational Administration 0 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,555 184 1,739

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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