86%

Acceptance Rate

$6,352

Avg.Financial Aid

002189

FAFSA Code

About Westfield State University

Type Control of Institution - Public/Private

Public

4 Years

Student Population Number of Students attending College

6,100

Website

www.westfield.ma.edu

Accreditation Accreditation is the process by which the quality of learning at various educational institutions are evaluated. Read More.

CIHE

Religious Affiliation Indicates religious affiliation (denomination) for private not-for-profit institutions that are religiously affiliated.

Not applicable

On Campus Housing Does the institution provide on-campus housing?

Yes

Westfield State University is a public institution of higher learning committed to contributing to the economic, social, and cultural growth of the northeast region of the United States of America by developing the knowledge, skills, and character essential for students to become responsible leaders and engaged citizens.

The university was founded by Horace Mann in the year 1839 as the first public co-educational school for teacher education in the U.S., Westfield State University was opened in Barre, Mass. as Normal School for teacher training. After moving to Westfield in 1844, the university developed radically over the last 175 years and was given the present name in 2010. Headquartered in Westfield, Massachusetts.

Westfield State is an education leader committed to providing students of every generation with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status.

This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society. The university strives to be the premier public comprehensive institution in the Northeast region through its commitment to student engagement and success.

Westfield State University has a current population of over 6100 students and a student-faculty ratio of 16:1. This implies that its students get quite good opportunities to interact with the faculty.

The university offers quality undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies. These academic programs at the university are aligned into 4 schools and colleges focused on specific disciplines, with explicit career and professional outcomes. At each of these four schools — College of Education, Health, and Human Services, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, College of Mathematics and Sciences, College of Graduate and Continuing Education — the faculty provide creative learning experiences while challenging students to analyze issues with depth and clarity.

The university offers Bachelor’s and Master's Degree in more than 50 different areas of study. Apart from the traditional face to face teaching on campus, it has the features of online and virtual classrooms for delivering lectures to its students.

Westfield State University Accreditation

Westfield State University is regionally accredited and is recognized by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

Location & Contact

Address

577 Western Ave

Contact

Email: N/A
Phone: 4135725300
Fax: 4135728147
Request Info

Rankings

Westfield State University is ranked among top national universities in U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges ranking of American colleges and universities. In the 2020 edition, the university is ranked:

  • #86 in Regional Universities North

  • #100 in Top Performers on Social Mobility

  • #23 in Top Public Schools

Admissions

Application Deadline Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.

1st Mar

Acceptance Rate Percentage of applicants who are accepted in an Institution.

86%

SAT Range

1000 - 1165

ACT Range

20 - 25

Application Fee

$50

SAT/ACT

Required

High School GPA

Required

Accept Common App

None

Getting into university is not too selective and competitive. Since the university curriculum consists of a wide variety of programs under various colleges, it does not have any uniform admissions process. It varies greatly from program to program and the types of degree pursued. However, the general admission process for undergraduate admissions consists of the following process:

  • Submit the admissions application. Students are encouraged to apply online for quicker processing.

  • Submit official high school and college transcripts.

  • Submit the official ACT, SAT score reports.

  • Submit the current year’s FAFSA and other Financial Aid documentation.

Westfield State University Admissions Office

If the applicants have any queries regarding the admissions process, they can always contact the admissions office through email at admissions@westfield.ma.edu or call them at their official phone number - (413) 572-5218. The address for Westfield State University Admissions Office is given below:

Horace Mann Center

333 Western Avenue

PO Box 1630

Westfield, MA 01086

Annual Cost to Attend

Net Price Cost of attendance minus any grants and scholarships received.

$16,072

Average Annual Cost

$970

Books And Supplies

$1,070

Other Fees

$9,459

Room And Board The charges for an academic year for rooming accommodations and meals for a typical student.

$10,948

Budget For Other Expenses

$2,673

Total One Year Cost

$25,120

Westfield State University is quite affordable in terms of the annual cost required to attend the institution.

The approximate average annual cost to attend the university on a full-time basis is $970 for all students regardless of their residency. However, the exact cost varies from one-degree level to another and from program to program.

Other than the cost mentioned above, books and supplies cost around $1,070, the room and board charge amount to $10,948, and other fees amount to $9,459.

Overall, it can be stated that the average net price for the university is about $16,072.

Academics

Highest Degree Offered The highest degree offered by the Institution.

Master's degree

Student:Faculty Ratio

16:1

Full-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.

75%

Part-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.

50%

Academic Calendar

Semester

Research Funding per Student

N/A

Faculty Overview

49%

Male Professors

51%

Female Professors

Non-traditional Learning

Evening Degree Programs

Teacher Certification

Distance Education

Study Abroad

Majors

Criminal Justice and Corrections

215 Graduates

Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...

196 Graduates

Business/Commerce, General

173 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

114 Graduates

Psychology, General

95 Graduates

Communication and Media Studies

87 Graduates

Health and Physical Education/Fitne...

78 Graduates

Special Education and Teaching

45 Graduates

Social Work

42 Graduates

Biology, General

37 Graduates

History

32 Graduates

Registered Nursing, Administration,...

28 Graduates

Political Science and Government

27 Graduates

Natural Resources Conservation and...

26 Graduates

English Language and Literature, Ge...

25 Graduates

Computer Science

22 Graduates

Economics

20 Graduates

Mathematics

19 Graduates

Music

18 Graduates

City/Urban, Community and Regional...

16 Graduates

Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervent...

15 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

15 Graduates

Information Science/Studies

14 Graduates

Fine and Studio Arts

12 Graduates

Sociology

11 Graduates

Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft

7 Graduates

Romance Languages, Literatures, and...

7 Graduates

Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender,...

6 Graduates

Chemistry

2 Graduates

Physical Sciences

1 Graduates

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Student Body

Undergraduate Students

5,382

Socio-Economic Diversity Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

31%

Full-time

85%

Part-time

15%

Students Gender

Male

45%

US National: 44%

Female

55%

US National: 56%

LGBTQIA STUDENT RESOURCE GROUPS

ON CAMPUS WOMEN'S CENTER

Race/Ethnicity

74% White

4% Unknown

5% Black

11% Hispanic

4% Two or more races

0% Non Resident alien

2% Asian

0% American Indian/Alaska native

0% Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander

Geographic Density

Geographic Density

High

0%

Unknown Location

9%

Out Of State

91%

In State

0%

Foreign

Economic Diversity

36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Median Household Income

$72,419 per year

Campus Life

Housing

The students can reside on campus and N/A of Freshman Live On-Campus.

On Campus Housing Available

Yes

Freshmen Required to Live on Campus

No

Freshmen Live on Campus

N/A

Undergrads in College Housing

54%

Averege Housing Cost

$7,727/year

Campus Food

The institution has several dining and meal plan options available to students and the average meal plan cost is around $4,243/year.

Meal Plan Available

Yes

Average Meal Plan Available

$4,243/year

Athletes

Division Sports Nickname

Owls

School Colors

blue and white

Varsity Athletics Association

NCAA

Varsity Athletics Conference Primary

New England Football Conference

Total Male Athletes

244

Total Female Athletes

193

Intramural Sports

15

Sports Club

17

Sports Team (Men)

Baseball

Basketball

Cross Country

Football

Golf

Ice Hockey

Soccer

Track and Field

Sports Team (Women)

Basketball

Cheerleading-Dance Team

Cross Country

Field Hockey

Golf

Lacrosse

Soccer

Softball

Swimming and Diving

Track and Field

Volleyball

Campus Safety

24-Hour Security Patrol

Yes

Campus Emergency Phones

Yes

24-Hour Escort Safety rides

Yes

Mobile Campus Emergency Alert

Yes

The university offers on-campus housing facilities to the students who wish to stay on the campus. A candidate will be needed to pay a normal expense of $11,453 per year for living on campus. Westfield State University has several dining and meal plan options for its students and the average meal plan at WSU costs around $4,243 per year. To ensure the safety and security of students, the university has a number of campus safety and security measures in place. Some of these features include 24-hr security patrol, campus emergency phones, 24-hr escort safety rides and mobile campus emergency alert. There are around 45% male and 55% female students enrolled at the university.

After Graduation

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation

$36,300/year

Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation

$46,100/year

Median Total Debt After Graduation The median cumulative federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated.

$0$100,000

$19,225

$27,000

Typical Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.

$200 - 280

Outcomes 8 Years of Attending

Show data for students who

and started their studies

Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

Financial Aid

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid.

59%

Average Aid Per Year

$6,352

Students Receiving Federal Grants

35%

Average Aid Per Year

$4,566

Students Receiving State Aid

50%

Average Aid Per Year

$2,796

Students Receiving Institutional Grants

36%

Average Aid Per Year

$2,068

Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income

Aid awarded based on the family income.

Income

Average Amount

< $30K

$10,290

$30K - $48K

$8,772

$48K - $75K

$5,932

$75K - $110K

$2,380

> $110K

$705

Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants

$661,730

As part of the Massachusetts public higher education system, Westfield State University is proud to offer a comprehensive university experience at a price that minimizes cost. So, it makes sure that financial concerns don’t slow students down on their way to higher education.

The average financial aid amount paid by the college is about $6352.

Students seeking financial assistance should first complete the FAFSA. The Federal School Code for the university is 002189.

Various types of financial aid are being provided by the institution includes the following:

Gift Aid - $6,352

Federal Grants - $4,566

State Aid - $2,796

Institutional Grants - $2,068

For any further information about the financial aid, we suggest you follow the official website or our financial aid page by clicking below.  

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