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IPEDS ID: 168263
OPE ID: 00218900
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Westfield State University
577 Western Ave, Westfield, Massachusetts 01086-1630
General information:  (413) 572-5300
Website:  www.westfield.ma.edu
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Campus setting:  Suburb: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  6,237 (5,584 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  16 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & 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
20%
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education – undergraduate programs offered
Distance education – graduate courses offered, programs not offered
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2017Full timePart time
Total faculty228310
Instructional228310
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 year2015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019% change 2017-2018 to 2018-2019
Tuition and fees
In-state$8,815$9,275$9,715$10,4297.3%
Out-of-state$14,895$15,355$15,795$16,5094.5%
Books and supplies$1,100$1,006$1,050$1,0701.9%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$10,012$10,396$10,689$10,9482.4%
Other$2,434$2,434$2,622$2,6731.9%
Off Campus
Room and board$10,012$10,396$10,689$10,9482.4%
Other$2,434$2,434$2,622$2,6731.9%
Off Campus with Family
Other$2,434$2,434$2,622$3,31626.5%
Total Expenses2015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019% change 2017-2018 to 2018-2019
In-state
On Campus$22,361$23,111$24,076$25,1204.3%
Off Campus$22,361$23,111$24,076$25,1204.3%
Off Campus with Family$12,349$12,715$13,387$14,81510.7%
Out-of-state
On Campus$28,441$29,191$30,156$31,2003.5%
Off Campus$28,441$29,191$30,156$31,2003.5%
Off Campus with Family$18,429$18,795$19,467$20,8957.3%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2018-2019
Tuition$6,300
Fees$75
  • Westfield State offers proximity tuition for eligible students from surrounding states. The tuition cost is $1455 per year. All other fees are the same.
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018
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 aid187286%————
Grant or scholarship aid59959%$3,804,785$6,352
Federal grants35635%$1,625,370$4,566
Pell grants35635%$1,545,542$4,341
Other federal grants27227%$79,828$293
State/local government grant or scholarships50850%$1,420,355$2,796
Institutional grants or scholarships36736%$759,060$2,068
Student loan aid75875%$5,643,342$7,445
Federal student loans75074%$3,926,901$5,236
Other student loans15315%$1,716,441$11,219
  • 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 aid13,08055%$16,860,039$5,474
Pell grants1,81933%$7,813,511$4,295
Federal student loans3,68166%$23,668,100$6,430
  • 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.
2015-20162016-20172017-2018
Average net price$15,593$15,850$16,072
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 Income2015-20162016-20172017-2018
$0 – $30,000$12,038$12,057$12,276
$30,001 – $48,000$12,416$12,730$13,794
$48,001 – $75,000$15,271$15,609$16,634
$75,001 – $110,000$19,358$19,809$20,186
$110,001 and more$20,650$20,865$21,861
  • 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 2017
Total enrollment6,237
Undergraduate enrollment5,584
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment461
Graduate enrollment653
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 86%
Part-time: 14%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 46%
Female: 54%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 2%
Black or African American: 5%
Hispanic/Latino: 10%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 73%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 5%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 87%
25 and over: 12%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 92%
Out-of-state: 8%
Foreign countries: 1%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2016.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 41%
Part-time: 59%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 7%
Enrolled in some distance education: 29%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 63%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 6%
Enrolled in some distance education: 30%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 64%
Undergraduate application fee (2018-2019): $50
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2018
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants4,3021,6972,605
Percent admitted86%80%90%
Percent admitted who enrolled27%33%24%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommendedConsidered but not required
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
Other Test (Wonderlic,WISC-III,etc)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2018 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT92993%
ACT667%
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 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing500585
SAT Math500580
ACT Composite2025
ACT English1823
ACT Math1723
  • Portfolio required for applicants to Art major. Audition required for applicants to Music major. TOEFL required for foreign students whose first language is not English. Students with documented learning disabilities are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores.
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: 79%
Part-time students: 50%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2016 and Returned in Fall 2017
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, 62 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2017.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 63%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
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 2010]
4-year: 53%
6-year: 66%
8-year: 67%
[Began in Fall 2012]
4-year: 53%
6-year: 63%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2010 or Fall 2012
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: 60%
Female: 66%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 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: 100%
Asian: 64%
Black or African American: 43%
Hispanic/Latino: 59%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 65%
Two or more races: 58%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 45%
Non-resident alien: 100%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 67%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 26%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 63%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 30%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 68%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 24%
PART-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 14%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 29%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 0%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 17%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 33%
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 71%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 15%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 74%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 15%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 69%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 16%
PART-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 54%
Enrolled at same institution: 2%
Enrolled at different institution: 11%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 59%
Enrolled at same institution: 5%
Enrolled at different institution: 14%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 52%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 10%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2017-2018
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.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Architecture and Related Services
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning9--
Category total9--
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other2--
Category total2--
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General502-
Category total502-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting-6-
Business/Commerce, General205d--
Category total205d6-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric94--
Category total94--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science15--
Information Science/Studies19--
Category total34--
Education
Administration of Special Education--0
Art Teacher Education0-0
Biology Teacher Education00-
Business Teacher Education0-0
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities-0-
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-00
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship-00
Elementary Education and Teaching8090
English/Language Arts Teacher Education400
History Teacher Education200
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching-0-
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching5560
Mathematics Teacher Education110
Music Teacher Education200
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching320
Reading Teacher Education-5-
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education200
Secondary Education and Teaching-0-
Secondary School Administration/Principalship-00
Special Education and Teaching, General31110
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other-0-
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other0--
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education05-
Category total180390
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General291-
Category total291-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature5--
Category total5--
Health Professions and Related Programs
Athletic Training/Trainer8--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse45--
Category total53--
History
History, General32d6-
Category total32d6-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies196d14-
Category total196d14-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other4--
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies50--
Category total54--
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General10--
Category total10--
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science39--
Category total39--
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General76--
Category total76--
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General6--
Physical Sciences0--
Category total6--
Psychology
Counseling Psychology-9-
Psychology, General982-
Psychology, Other-11-
Category total9822-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-16-
Social Work4765-
Category total4781-
Social Sciences
Economics, General16--
Political Science and Government, General16--
Social Sciences, General0--
Sociology13--
Category total45--
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General23--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General4--
Music, General200-
Category total470-
Grand total1,3111710
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2017-2018
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 72
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 20
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 1
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: $6,199
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $3,373
  • (*) 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: 50%
Part-time students: 20%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2017-2018 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III with footballMenWomen
All Track Combined108109
Baseball34
Basketball1818
Field Hockey20
Football90
Golf168
Ice Hockey27
Lacrosse26
Soccer2727
Softball18
Swimming and Diving17
Volleyball16
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
New England Commission of Higher EducationAccredited since (12/01/1957)12/31/2022
Programmatic Accreditation
Accreditor / ProgramStatusNext Review Date
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levelsAccredited since (10/14/2013)12/31/2028
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programsAccredited (07/01/2007 - 08/01/2014)
 No Longer Recognized  National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schoolsAccredited since (03/20/2003)12/31/2016
  • For more detailed information on accreditation for this institution, including all actions and justification for actions, visit OPE's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs: ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/institution-profile/121992.
2016 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201420152016
Illegal weapons possession010
Drug law violations443
Liquor law violations25108
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations210
Liquor law violations1443
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Rape932
Fondling475
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault001
Burglary010
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson101
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Rape932
Fondling452
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault000
Burglary000
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson101
  • (!) 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 Year201520142013
Default rate3.8%4.4%3.9%
Number in default666857
Number in repayment1,7121,5261,435
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)