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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. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Westfield State University Ranked?

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2020 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Westfield State University was awarded 58 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Westfield as #615 out of 1,727 colleges and universities in the country on its 2020 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Westfield held the #695 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Westfield also holds the #40 spot on the Best Colleges in Massachusetts ranking.

See all of the rankings for Westfield State University.

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

The student to faculty ratio at Westfield State University is about average at 16 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Westfield State University is 43%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  43 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

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Westfield State University.

Below Average Overall Diversity at Westfield

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,584 undergraduates at Westfield with 4,800 being full-time and 784 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.

The overall diversity score for Westfield is 35.81 out of 100. This is below average when compared to other schools in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  35.81 out of 100
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How Much Does Westfield State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Westfield is $17,773. 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 +
$12,160 $12,833 $15,712 $19,912 $20,968

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Westfield, approximately 76% of students took out student loans averaging $7,450 a year. That adds up to $29,800 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Westfield is 3.8%. 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Westfield with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $46,100 in their early years. That's great news for Westfield students since it is 13% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year.


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

Location of Westfield State University

Westfield State University is a public institution located in Westfield, Massachusetts. The suburban atmosphere of Westfield makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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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 33 majors graduated from Westfield State University. Of these students, 1,544 received undergraduate degrees and 171 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 209 $39,000
Criminal Justice & Corrections 204 $36,700
Liberal Arts General Studies 202 $29,300
Teacher Education Grade Specific 136 $28,200
General Psychology 112 $30,300
Communication & Media Studies 97 $30,200
Health & Physical Education 76 $29,600
General Biology 51 $30,200
Social Work 47 $34,300
Nursing 45 $64,800

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 is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

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

Learn more about online learning at Westfield State University.

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