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Westfield State University Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Westfield State University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Westfield State University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Westfield State University was awarded 57 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is criminal justice and corrections.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Westfield as #686 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list.

Westfield is also ranked #45 out of 68 schools in Massachusetts.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Westfield?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 85%, Westfield State University is easier to get into than many other schools. But that doesn't mean you can slack off on your application. Make sure to treat this school like any other when submitting requested materials and documents.

Average Test Scores

About 92% of students accepted to Westfield submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 580. Math scores were between 480 and 570.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Westfield State University  ( 490 to 580 )

SAT Math Scores for Westfield State University  ( 480 to 570 )
Westfield received ACT scores from 7% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for Westfield State University  ( 20 to 25 )

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Westfield State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1, Westfield State University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Westfield State University is 45%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  45 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Westfield State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 79% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Westfield State University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  79 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Westfield the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 47%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  47 out of 100

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Average Overall Diversity at Westfield

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,069 undergraduates at Westfield with 4,250 being full-time and 819 being part-time.

Westfield Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

Westfield scored 49.13 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  49.13 out of 100
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How Much Does Westfield State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Westfield is $18,131. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Westfield

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$12,276 $13,794 $16,634 $20,186 $21,861

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Westfield, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Westfield, approximately 75% of students took out student loans averaging $7,445 a year. That adds up to $29,780 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Westfield is 4.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Westfield Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Westfield make about $46,100 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Westfield graduates since it is 16% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Westfield State University make the most money.

Location of Westfield State University

Located in Westfield, Massachusetts, Westfield State University is a public institution. Westfield is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

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Location of Westfield State University

Contact details for Westfield are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 577 Western Ave, Westfield, MA 01086-1630
Phone: 413-572-5300

Westfield State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 37 majors graduated from Westfield State University. Of these students, 1,555 received undergraduate degrees and 184 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Business/Commerce 234 $39,000
Criminal Justice & Corrections 229 $36,700
Liberal Arts General Studies 186 $29,300
Teacher Education Grade Specific 124 $28,200
General Psychology 120 $30,300
Communication & Media Studies 75 $30,200
Health & Physical Education 68 $29,600
Nursing 61 $64,800
General Biology 52 $30,200
History 49 $26,200

Learn more about the majors offered at Westfield State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Westfield

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 2,407 students took at least one online class at Westfield State University. This is an increase from the 2,275 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 2,407 484
2016-2017 2,275 449
2015-2016 2,292 433
2014-2015 2,010 397
2013-2014 2,221 410

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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