Worcester State College

Worcester State College

Worcester State College is a public, four year college located in Worcester, Massachusetts. It was established in 1874. The college offers bachelors and masters degrees in more than 20 areas of study. Worcester was named one of "America's Best Value Colleges" by the Princeton Review in 2007. The college enrolls more than 4,500 undergraduates and over 800 graduates every year. The campus is spread across an area of 50 acres.

Worcester State College's athletic department sponsors both men's and women's sports teams that participate in sports like baseball, basketball, soccer and golf. WSC's sports teams are nicknamed the Lancers.

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Worcester State College
486 Chandler St
Worcester , MA 01602-2597
General Phone: (508) 929-8000

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Worcester State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching231education, educational administration, special education, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, teacher ed, kindergarten/preschool teaching, early childhood education, ...
Business and Management176business management, non-profit management
Therapy and Counseling149psychology, communication disorders, community health services
Liberal Arts144Spanish language, English, economics, geography, sociology, urban studies, history
Media77communication studies, mass communication
Science72biology, biotechnology, physical sciences, chemistry
Nursing and Emergency Medicine61registered nursing, adult health nursing, clinical nurse specialist
Security and Law Enforcement48criminal justice and safety
Medical Support and Technology35health service and sciences, speech pathology
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy27occupational therapy
Medicine22health professions
Medical Administration15health care administration
Computer Science and Engineering12computer and info science

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree76226
Postbaccalaureate certificate13114
Master's degree18318

Worcester State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Worcester State had a total enrollment of 5,358 students (4,659 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 40%
Women 60%
Full-Time 96%
Part-Time 4%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 68%
Graduate 32%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 75%
Black 4%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 14%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 24%
20-21 23%
22-24 19%
25-29 12%
30-34 5%
35-39 4%
40-49 6%
50-64 3%
65+ 1%

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

New Hampshire1%
(International Students)1%

Worcester State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 76 %
Part-Time 69 %

Worcester State Room and Board (2007)

Worcester State offers campus housing for 1,000 of its 4,659 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Worcester, 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.

Worcester State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal450540
SAT Math450560
SAT Writing450540
ACT Verbal1722
ACT Math1822
ACT Composite1823

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT93%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT5%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Worcester State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,170
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 12,250
Room and board $ 8,527
Room charge $ 5,877
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,650
Books and supplies $ 984
Other expenses $ 2,700

Financial Aid:
Worcester State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 219000)

Worcester State Faculty

Worcester State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track3133
Non-tenured and not on tenure track104

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year26$80,93325$79,356
Associate professoracademic year30$69,27639$64,539
Assistant professoracademic year26$55,56920$54,332
Instructoracademic year6$50,2328$53,121
All faculty totalacademic year88$67,37292$65,354

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

Worcester State 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

Worcester State Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Education And Teaching
Biology Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, Other
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Urban Studies/Affairs

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Occupational Therapy/Therapist

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physical Sciences

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Communication Disorders, General
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
Psychology, General

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Worcester State Highlights

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What Sets Worcester State Apart:

% of full-time faculty on tenure track
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% of degrees in education and teaching
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% of degrees in science
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% of degrees in therapy and counseling
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% of degrees in media
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Top 19%Worcester State Salaries of full-time faculty
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Top 19%Worcester State Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)

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, navy, air force)
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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