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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?

1,136 Undergraduate Awards
$27,825 Avg Cost After Aid
81% Acceptance Rate
  • The post-master's certificate is the highest award offered at Worcester State.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 46% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Worcester State bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $48,200 a year. That's about 18% more than their peers at other schools.

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Worcester State University Rankings

We have ranked Worcester State as #451 out of 2,587 colleges and universities in the country in our 2022 Best Colleges list.

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.

Program Level Awards

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Value Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Value English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Biotechnology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#87 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#104 Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#144 Best General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#176 Best Psychology 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
#1 Best Adult Health Nurse/Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools College Factual
#6 Best Biotechnology Bachelor’s Degree Schools College Factual
#8 Best Mental & Social Health Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools College Factual
#15 Best Criminal Justice Studies Schools College Factual
#28 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools College Factual
#29 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools College Factual

Where Is 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 neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Worcester State?

81% Acceptance Rate
68% Of Accepted Are Women
78% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Worcester State University is 81%. 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 32% of accepted students are men and 68% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 79%, and the acceptance rate for women is 82%.

Average Test Scores

About 78% of students accepted to Worcester State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 600. Math scores were between 500 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Worcester State University  ( 500 to 600 )

SAT Math Scores for Worcester State University  ( 500 to 590 )
Worcester State received ACT scores from 1% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 16 and 29. Math scores were between 17 and 26. Composite scores were between 21 and 29.

ACT English Scores for Worcester State University  ( 16 to 29 )
ACT Math Scores for Worcester State University  ( 17 to 26 )
ACT Composite Scores for Worcester State University  ( 21 to 29 )

Can I Afford Worcester State University?

$27,825 Net Price
65% Take Out Loans
6.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Worcester State is $27,825. 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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Worcester State, approximately 65% of students took out student loans averaging $7,612 a year. That adds up to $30,448 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Worcester State is 6.2%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Worcester State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,871 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,958 undergraduate students at Worcester State, with 3,871 being full-time and 1,087 being part-time.


There are also 766 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,871 full-time undergraduates at Worcester State, 38% are male and 62% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 203
Black or African American 270
Hispanic or Latino 513
White 2,576
International Students 42
Other Races/Ethnicities 267

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

1,403 Took All Classes Online
5,170 Took At Least One Class Online
162.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 5,170 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 162.1%. This is the #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 183 0 35 218
Teacher Education Grade Specific 64 67 42 173
General Psychology 133 0 0 133
Criminal Justice & Corrections 113 0 0 113
Nursing 60 0 19 79
Communication Sciences 49 0 27 76
Mental & Social Health Services 62 0 0 62
General Biology 59 0 0 59
Sociology 53 0 0 53
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 23 0 23 46
Communication & Media Studies 45 0 0 45
History 35 0 10 45
Biotechnology 31 0 8 39
General English Literature 33 0 0 33
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 17 15 32
Computer Information Systems 31 0 0 31
Liberal Arts General Studies 30 0 0 30
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 13 13 26
Special Education 0 25 0 25
Other Health Professions 25 0 0 25
Mathematics 21 0 0 21
General Education 0 0 20 20
Natural Resources Conservation 18 0 0 18
Urban Studies 14 0 0 14
Romance Languages 11 0 2 13
Economics 12 0 0 12
Educational Administration 0 0 11 11
Chemistry 11 0 0 11
General Visual & Performing Arts 10 0 0 10
Geography & Cartography 8 0 0 8
Marketing 0 0 7 7
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 7 7
Teaching English or French 0 4 0 4
English Literature (Other) 0 0 3 3
Health Sciences & Services 0 3 0 3
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 1 0 0 1
General Physical Sciences 1 0 0 1
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,136 129 242 1,507


*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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