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Worcester State University Data & Information Overview

437 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
89% Acceptance Rate
This overview covers the essential stats on Worcester State University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more.
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How Well Is Worcester State University Ranked?

#839 Best Colleges in Nation
#40 Best Colleges in MA
Secondary Education Highest Ranked Major

2024 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.

Worcester State University was awarded 437 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is secondary education.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Worcester State as #839 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Worcester State held the #1,110 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

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

See all of the rankings for Worcester State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Worcester State?

89% Acceptance Rate
66% Of Accepted Are Women
13% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 89%, Worcester State has a fairly liberal admissions policy. However, don't just assume you'll get in! Put together a good application and make sure you include all requested documents and materials.

Average Test Scores

About 13% of students accepted to Worcester State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 600. Math scores were between 520 and 593.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Worcester State University  ( 510 to 600 )

SAT Math Scores for Worcester State University  ( 520 to 593 )
Worcester State received ACT scores from 0% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 23 and 24.

ACT Composite Scores for Worcester State University  ( 23 to 24 )

Learn more about Worcester State University admissions.

Worcester State University Faculty

14 to 1 Student to Faculty
51% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, Worcester 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 Worcester State University is 51%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  51 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Worcester State University

73% Freshmen Retention
41% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

Worcester State University has a freshmen retention rate of 73%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  73 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Worcester State for first-time, full-time students is 41%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  41 out of 100

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

Worcester State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,871 Full-Time Undergraduates
29.2% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
62.5% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,958 undergraduates at Worcester State with 3,871 being full-time and 1,087 being part-time.

How Much Does Worcester State University Cost?

$16,886 Net Price
59% Take Out Loans
$27,028 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Worcester State is $16,886. 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 Worcester State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$12,551 $14,181 $16,479 $18,685 $20,181

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 Worcester State, 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 Worcester State, approximately 59% of students took out student loans averaging $6,757 a year. That adds up to $27,028 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Worcester State is 4.4%. 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 Worcester State Graduates Make?

$57,309 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Worcester State with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $57,309 in their early years. That's great news for Worcester State students since it is 35% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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

Location of Worcester State University

Massachusetts State
3,871 Full-Time Undergraduates
Midsize City Campus Setting
Worcester State University is a public institution located in Worcester, Massachusetts. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for Worcester State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 486 Chandler St, Worcester, MA 01602-2597
Phone: 508-929-8000

Worcester State University Majors

35 Majors With Completions
1,167 Undergraduate Degrees
183 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 35 majors graduated from Worcester State University. Of these students, 1,167 received undergraduate degrees and 183 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
Business Administration & Management 176 $39,699
General Psychology 167 $33,633
Criminal Justice & Corrections 88 $37,556
General Biology 81 $39,515
Mental & Social Health Services 70 $35,724
Nursing 70 $67,399
Economics 66 NA
Teacher Education Grade Specific 66 $34,440
Communication & Media Studies 62 $38,549
Sociology 52 $28,306

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

Online Learning at Worcester State

56% Take At Least One Class Online
14% Take All Classes Online

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 2020-2021, 3,051 students took at least one online class at Worcester State University. This is a decrease from the 5,170 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 3,051 748
2019-2020 5,170 1,403
2018-2019 1,855 181
2017-2018 1,972 355
2016-2017 1,845 421

Learn more about online learning at Worcester State University.

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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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