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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:  6,221 (5,307 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  18 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (medium 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
5%
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 2012Full timePart time
Total faculty195225
Instructional195225
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 year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees
In-state$7,155$7,653$8,157$8,1570.0%
Out-of-state$13,235$13,733$14,237$14,2370.0%
Books and supplies$984$984$984$9840.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$9,658$10,248$10,500$10,8773.6%
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 Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
In-state
On Campus$20,497$21,585$22,341$22,7181.7%
Off Campus$16,739$17,237$17,741$17,7410.0%
Off Campus with Family$11,339$11,837$12,341$12,3410.0%
Out-of-state
On Campus$26,577$27,665$28,421$28,7981.3%
Off Campus$22,819$23,317$23,821$23,8210.0%
Off Campus with Family$17,419$17,917$18,421$18,4210.0%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
Tuition$2,700
Fees$2,061
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
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 aid168888%————
Grant or scholarship aid54269%$2,588,586$4,776
Federal grants25433%$1,159,587$4,565
Pell grants25433%$1,068,076$4,205
Other federal grants24631%$91,511$372
State/local government grant or scholarships48662%$932,311$1,918
Institutional grants or scholarships34344%$496,688$1,448
Student loan aid55471%$3,876,383$6,997
Federal student loans54670%$3,009,963$5,513
Other student loans8711%$866,420$9,959
  • 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 aid12,54348%$11,294,022$4,441
Pell grants1,43827%$5,534,461$3,849
Federal student loans2,88054%$17,179,977$5,965
  • 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.
2010-20112011-20122012-2013
Average net price$12,354$13,099$13,335
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 Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$8,745$10,245$10,397
$30,001 – $48,000$10,362$10,919$11,812
$48,001 – $75,000$12,600$13,260$13,812
$75,001 – $110,000$14,876$15,265$15,607
$110,001 and more$16,206$16,879$17,380
  • 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 2012
Total enrollment6,221
Undergraduate enrollment5,307
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment534
Graduate enrollment914
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 75%
Part-time: 25%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 40%
Female: 60%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 3%
Black or African American: 6%
Hispanic/Latino: 7%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 75%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 6%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 77%
25 and over: 23%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 97%
Out-of-state: 3%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2011.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 21%
Part-time: 79%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 2%
Enrolled in some distance education: 18%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 80%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 3%
Enrolled in some distance education: 4%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 94%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $40
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants4,1491,5342,615
Percent admitted61%58%62%
Percent admitted who enrolled31%35%29%
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 2013 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT69089%
ACT699%
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 Reading450550
SAT Math470560
SAT Writing450540
ACT Composite2024
ACT English2024
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: 78%
Part-time students: 33%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Returned in Fall 2012
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, 57 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2012.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 49%
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:
4-year: 28%
6-year: 47%
8-year: 50%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
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: 37%
Female: 57%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 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: 40%
Asian: 43%
Black or African American: 63%
Hispanic/Latino: 40%
White: 51%
Two or more races: 0%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 16%
Non-resident alien: 67%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
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
Biology/Biological Sciences, General54--
Biotechnology2112-
Category total7512-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General1596-
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management-12-
Category total15918-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Mass Communication/Media Studies20--
Speech Communication and Rhetoric38--
Category total58--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General19--
Category total19--
Education
Biology Teacher Education--4
Chemistry Teacher Education--1
Early Childhood Education and Teaching207-
Education, General-636
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-22-
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship--0
Elementary Education and Teaching21722
English/Language Arts Teacher Education--19
Foreign Language Teacher Education--4
History Teacher Education--4
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching-1-
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching--11
Mathematics Teacher Education--14
Reading Teacher Education-12
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education--2
Secondary Education and Teaching-6-
Social Studies Teacher Education--7
Special Education and Teaching, Other--31
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels--13
Category total4150170
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General395-
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other-2-
Category total397-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature58-
Category total58-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing26--
Clinical Nurse Specialist-6-
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General38--
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling228-
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other36--
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General--4
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-9-
Occupational Therapy/Therapist1024-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse40--
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist-32-
Category total172794
History
History, General5011-
Category total5011-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies87--
Category total87--
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General7--
Category total7--
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General27--
Physical Sciences12--
Category total39--
Psychology
Psychology, General106--
School Psychology-55
Category total10655
Social Sciences
Economics, General9--
Geography12--
Sociology26--
Urban Studies/Affairs13--
Category total60--
Visual and Performing Arts
Visual and Performing Arts, General6--
Category total6--
Grand total923190179
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III (with football) MenWomen
Baseball30
Basketball1513
Field Hockey22
Football79
Golf20
Ice Hockey30
Lacrosse16
Soccer2729
Softball15
Tennis11
Track and Field, Indoor4846
Track and Field, Outdoor5042
Track and Field, X-Country1013
Volleyball11
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
American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
Occupational Therapy (OT) - Professional Programs1/1/1988 -  Accredited
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology (SP) - 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
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
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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2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession001
Drug law violations002
Liquor law violations433
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession001
Drug law violations002
Liquor law violations433
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible500
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault000
Burglary441
Motor vehicle theft100
Arson000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible500
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault000
Burglary330
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.
  • 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 Year20102009
Default rate7.6%9.2%
Number in default7379
Number in repayment953857
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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