#6 Best Public Universities in Massachusetts

Worcester State University

Worcester, Massachusetts

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Worcester State University overview
Location Worcester, Massachusetts
Online worcester.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Worcester State University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Worcester State University is a public institution located in Worcester, Massachusetts, the state's second-largest city, approximately 40 miles west of Boston. Established in 1874, the university offers a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate programs with notable emphasis on health sciences, business, education, and the liberal arts. The campus exhibits a contemporary architectural style, providing a modern backdrop for its educational activities. Worcester State maintains a mixed selectivity in admissions, welcoming a broad spectrum of students. It features residential facilities that accommodate a significant portion of the student body, promoting on-campus living as part of the college experience. While the university fosters an array of academic pursuits, it does not specifically highlight athletic programs as a core focus of campus life.

In the most recent statistical year 4,718 prospective students applied, and 4,136 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 799 enrolled in the school.  3,554 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,757 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $970 plus fees of $9,816. Worcester State University is ranked 475 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Worcester State University is rated within the top 45% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Worcester State University overview
SAT 1015/1220
ACT 22/29
GPA 3.3

Applications Accepted

Worcester State University overview
Applications Due Jun 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend

Massachusetts Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Worcester State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,368
Other Fees$9,816
Room and Board $13,245
Budget for Other Expenses$1,700
Total One Year Cost$27,099

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Worcester State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,368
Other Fees$9,816
Room and Board $13,245
Budget for Other Expenses$1,700
Total One Year Cost$33,179

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$49,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

47% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Worcester State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 21%
Psychology 15%
Health Professions 14%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 7%
Biology 6%

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