Westfield State College

Westfield State College

Westfield State College is a small, liberal arts college located in Westfield, Massachusetts. It was established in 1838 as a normal school. The college offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study. WSC is acclaimed for its Criminal Justice and Education Programs.

WSC fields both men's and women's sports teams, which participate in the NCAA Division III. WSC's official mascot is the owl and its teams are nicknamed the Owls. There are several clubs and organizations on campus as well.

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Contacting Westfield State College

Westfield State College
577 Western Ave
Westfield , MA 01086-1630
General Phone: (413) 572-5300

Westfield State College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching233educational administration, special ed administration, elementary/middle school admin, secondary school administration, special ed, education of disabled, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, ...
Security and Law Enforcement197criminal justice and safety
Liberal Arts159English, liberal arts and sciences, liberal arts and humanities, economics, political science, sociology, history
Business and Management142business, accounting
Therapy and Counseling105psychology, psychology courses
Media76communication studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy34health and physical education
Family and Social Work25public administration, social work
Art Studies24art studies
Science21biology, physical sciences
Computer Science and Engineering16information science, computer science
Architecture and Planning9urban planning
Conservation and Resource Management8environmental science
Drama and Performing Arts4drama

Number of programs and degrees for Westfield State College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree91927
Master's degree13128
Post-master's certificate114
Postbaccalaureate certificate2114

Westfield State College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Westfield State College had a total enrollment of 5,392 students (4,791 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 50%
Women 50%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 82%
Graduate 18%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 82%
Black 3%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 11%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 30%
20-21 33%
22-24 17%
25-29 7%
30-34 3%
35-39 3%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York1%
New Hampshire1%

Westfield State College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 76 %
Part-Time 100 %

Westfield State College Room and Board (2007)

Westfield State College offers campus housing for 2,600 of its 4,791 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Westfield, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Westfield State College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal450540
SAT Math470560
ACT Composite1823

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT93%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT7%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsrequired

Westfield State College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,515
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 12,595
Room and board $ 8,065
Room charge $ 5,215
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,850
Books and supplies $ 950
Other expenses $ 1,750

Financial Aid:
Westfield State College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 218900)

Westfield State College Faculty

Westfield State College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year46$79,48729$75,938
Associate professoracademic year20$62,65423$64,912
Assistant professoracademic year35$55,55236$51,982
Instructoracademic year5$50,5313$43,700
All faculty totalacademic year106$67,04291$62,611

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Westfield State College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football New England Football Conference
Basketball Massachusetts State College Athletic Association
Baseball Massachusetts State College Athletic Association
Track Massachusetts State College Athletic Association

Westfield State College Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Administration of Special Education
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Secondary School Administration/Principalship
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Physical Sciences

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other

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Westfield State College Highlights

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What Sets Westfield State College Apart:

% of degrees in security and law enforcement
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Top 6%Westfield State College % of degrees in security and law enforcement
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Number of students
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% of degrees in media
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Top 16%Westfield State College % of degrees in media
% of degrees in therapy and counseling
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Top 18%Westfield State College % of degrees in therapy and counseling
% of degrees in art studies
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Top 19%Westfield State College % of degrees in art studies

checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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