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IPEDS ID: 168430
OPE ID: 00219000
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Worcester State University
486 Chandler St, Worcester, Massachusetts 01602-2597
General information:  (508) 929-8000
Website:  www.worcester.edu
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Campus setting:  City: Midsize
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  6,306 (5,514 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  17 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
7%
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Navy, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty202214
Instructional202214
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Instructional-0
Research-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees
In-state$8,157$8,157$8,557$8,8573.5%
Out-of-state$14,237$14,237$14,637$14,9372.0%
Books and supplies$984$984$1,104$1,36823.9%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$10,500$10,877$11,255$11,5602.7%
Other$2,700$2,700$2,700$2,7000.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$5,400$5,400$5,400$5,4000.0%
Other$3,200$3,200$3,200$3,2000.0%
Off Campus with Family
Other$3,200$3,200$3,200$3,2000.0%
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
In-state
On Campus$22,341$22,718$23,616$24,4853.7%
Off Campus$17,741$17,741$18,261$18,8253.1%
Off Campus with Family$12,341$12,341$12,861$13,4254.4%
Out-of-state
On Campus$28,421$28,798$29,696$30,5652.9%
Off Campus$23,821$23,821$24,341$24,9052.3%
Off Campus with Family$18,421$18,421$18,941$19,5053.0%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2015-2016
Tuition$2,700
Fees$2,484
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid170790%————
Grant or scholarship aid57673%$2,930,193$5,087
Federal grants27635%$1,212,232$4,392
Pell grants27635%$1,145,405$4,150
Other federal grants25432%$66,827$263
State/local government grant or scholarships52867%$1,015,225$1,923
Institutional grants or scholarships36446%$702,736$1,931
Student loan aid57874%$4,187,581$7,245
Federal student loans56672%$3,050,279$5,389
Other student loans11415%$1,137,302$9,976
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid13,08455%$13,923,370$4,515
Pell grants1,67230%$6,593,219$3,943
Federal student loans3,04255%$18,298,021$6,015
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2012-20132013-20142014-2015
Average net price$13,335$13,454$14,275
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$12,982$12,649$14,097
$30,001 – $48,000$14,051$13,831$14,658
$48,001 – $75,000$16,754$16,511$17,603
$75,001 – $110,000$18,494$18,002$19,291
$110,001 and more$18,494$18,252$19,482
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2015
Total enrollment6,306
Undergraduate enrollment5,514
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment597
Graduate enrollment792
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 75%
Part-time: 25%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 41%
Female: 59%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 4%
Black or African American: 7%
Hispanic/Latino: 9%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 69%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 7%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 80%
25 and over: 20%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 94%
Out-of-state: 6%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2014.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 22%
Part-time: 78%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 3%
Enrolled in some distance education: 23%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 73%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 17%
Enrolled in some distance education: 8%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 74%
Undergraduate application fee (2015-2016): $50
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2015
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants3,7031,3412,362
Percent admitted69%69%68%
Percent admitted who enrolled32%36%30%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
RecommendationsX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2015 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT75192%
ACT688%
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
NOTES:
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading455550
SAT Math470560
SAT Writing440540
ACT Composite2025
ACT English1824
ACT Math1924
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 77%
Part-time students: 44%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Returned in Fall 2015
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 56 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2015.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 51%
Transfer-out rate: 27%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 34%
6-year: 49%
8-year: 53%
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 32%
6-year: 51%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2007 or Fall 2009
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 38%
Female: 58%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 33%
Asian: 50%
Black or African American: 40%
Hispanic/Latino: 45%
White: 53%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 38%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterPostgraduate
Certificate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Bioinformatics0--
Biology/Biological Sciences, General56--
Biotechnology206-
Category total766-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General16916-
Business/Commerce, General1--
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management-7-
Category total17023-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Mass Communication/Media Studies20--
Speech Communication and Rhetoric39--
Category total59--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General17--
Category total17--
Education
Biology Teacher Education--2
Chemistry Teacher Education--1
Early Childhood Education and Teaching318-
Education, General-80
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-1-
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship--0
Elementary Education and Teaching30330
English/Language Arts Teacher Education--15
Foreign Language Teacher Education--6
History Teacher Education--3
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching-51
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching--14
Mathematics Teacher Education--10
Reading Teacher Education-45
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education--2
Secondary Education and Teaching-4-
Social Studies Teacher Education--10
Special Education and Teaching, Other--3
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels--7
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor--3
Category total6133112
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General297-
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other-9-
Category total2916-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature96-
Category total96-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing36--
Clinical Nurse Specialist-19-
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General44--
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling363-
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other29--
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General--1
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-7-
Occupational Therapy/Therapist2522-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse40--
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist-27-
Category total210781
History
History, General4524-
Category total4524-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies79--
Category total79--
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General11--
Category total11--
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General31--
Physical Sciences9--
Category total40--
Psychology
Psychology, General128--
School Psychology-66
Category total12866
Social Sciences
Economics, General10--
Geography5--
Sociology30--
Urban Studies/Affairs14--
Category total59--
Visual and Performing Arts
Visual and Performing Arts, General15--
Category total15--
Grand total1,008192119
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 94
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 3
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 2
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution (*)
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $5,705
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $906
  • (*) One or more average amounts of benefits/assistance are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
RETENTION RATES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
Full-time students: 67%
Part-time students: 25%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2014-2015 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III (with football) MenWomen
Baseball28
Basketball1214
Field Hockey22
Football96
Golf10
Ice Hockey30
Lacrosse17
Soccer2922
Softball17
Tennis9
Track and Field, Indoor5439
Track and Field, Outdoor5541
Track and Field, X-Country2311
Volleyball15
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education12/1/1957 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program(!)12/1/1977 - 12/31/2008Resigned
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program2/1/2004 - 12/31/2008Resigned
American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
Occupational Therapy (OT) - Professional Programs1/1/1988 -  Accredited
Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree1/1/1988 -  Accredited
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs6/1/1984 -  Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels9/27/2008 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels9/27/2008 -  Accredited
Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee
Baccalaureate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (BTEAC) - Baccalaureate programs5/7/2014 -  Accredited
Graduate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (GTEAC) - Graduate programs5/7/2014 -  Accredited
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2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession101
Drug law violations221
Liquor law violations333
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Illegal weapons possession100
Drug law violations201
Liquor law violations331
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible15
Rape4
Fondling1
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Incest0
Statutory rape0
Robbery000
Aggravated assault010
Burglary100
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible05
Rape2
Fondling1
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Incest0
Statutory rape0
Robbery000
Aggravated assault010
Burglary000
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201320122011
Default rate4.2%5.9%5.8%
Number in default516860
Number in repayment1,2141,1391,030
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)