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Worcester State University Overview

Worcester State University is a public institution situated in Worcester, Massachusetts. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Worcester State University Known For?

1,217 Undergraduate Awards
$26,949 Avg Cost After Aid
76% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at Worcester State is the post-master's certificate.
  • In 2017-2018, 45% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Worcester State with a bachelor's degree make about $48,200 a year. That's 18% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Worcester State University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#151 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Value Communication Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Biotechnology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value English Literature (Other) Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Value Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Value History Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Biotechnology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Value English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Value Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Value Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

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

Rank Ranking Name Source
#4 Best Colleges for Mental & Social Health Services College Factual
#33 Best Value Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual
#49 Best Value Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#52 Best Value Colleges for Health Professions College Factual
#62 Best Value Colleges for Psychology College Factual
#68 Best Value Colleges for General Psychology College Factual

Where Is Worcester State University?

Location of Worcester State University

Contact details for Worcester State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 486 Chandler St, Worcester, MA 01602-2597
Phone: 508-929-8000

How Do I Get Into Worcester State?

You can apply to Worcester State online at:

Admission Requirements for Worcester State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Worcester State?

76% Acceptance Rate
64% Of Accepted Are Women
The acceptance rate at Worcester State University is 76%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 36% of accepted students are men and 64% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 78%, and the acceptance rate for women is 75%.

Can I Afford Worcester State University?

$26,949 Net Price
70% Take Out Loans
5.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Worcester State is $26,949. 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 Worcester State, approximately 70% of students took out student loans averaging $7,237 a year. That adds up to $28,948 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Worcester State is 5.9%. 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.

Worcester State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,078 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 5,332 undergraduate students at Worcester State, with 4,078 being full-time and 1,254 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Worcester State

There are also 872 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,078 full-time undergraduates at Worcester State, 38% are male and 62% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Worcester State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Worcester State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 205
Black or African American 318
Hispanic or Latino 551
White 2,655
International Students 56
Other Races/Ethnicities 293

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Worcester State University. At this time, 11 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 39 countries are represented at Worcester State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Vietnam, Brazil, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at Worcester State University

355 Took All Classes Online
1,972 Took At Least One Class Online
10.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,972 students took at least one online class at the school.

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


Online Growth Rankings of Worcester State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Worcester State University was 10.3%. This is the #1,319 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Worcester State regardless of major.

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%.

Worcester State University Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 190 0 18 208
Teacher Education Grade Specific 65 62 46 173
General Psychology 152 0 0 152
Criminal Justice & Corrections 128 0 0 128
Nursing 63 0 24 87
Mental & Social Health Services 76 0 3 79
General Biology 67 0 0 67
Communication & Media Studies 64 0 0 64
Communication Sciences 40 0 24 64
Sociology 47 0 0 47
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 28 0 17 45
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 32 12 44
Computer Information Systems 40 0 0 40
Educational Administration 0 0 39 39
History 33 0 6 39
General English Literature 30 0 0 30
Liberal Arts General Studies 28 0 0 28
Biotechnology 22 0 5 27
Other Health Professions 25 0 0 25
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 12 12 24
Special Education 0 23 0 23
Romance Languages 19 0 4 23
Mathematics 21 0 0 21
Economics 20 0 0 20
General Education 0 0 16 16
Urban Studies 16 0 0 16
General Visual & Performing Arts 16 0 0 16
Natural Resources Conservation 9 0 0 9
Geography & Cartography 8 0 0 8
Marketing 0 0 7 7
Chemistry 7 0 0 7
Health Sciences & Services 0 5 0 5
Teaching English or French 0 3 0 3
General Business/Commerce 2 0 0 2
English Literature (Other) 0 0 2 2
Curriculum & Instruction 0 1 0 1
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 1 1
General Physical Sciences 1 0 0 1
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,217 138 236 1,591


*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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