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Worcester State University

Worcester, MA

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About This Campus

Worcester State University is ranked a “Best Value” college by the Princeton Review and it’s the only Massachusetts State University to earn a “Best in the Northeast” for 10 consecutive years. With over 50 undergraduate and graduate academic programs, explore how an excellent college education is within your reach at Worcester State University.

Location Information

Worcester State University is located at 486 Chandler Street, in Worcester, Massachusetts 01602 a thriving community of over 172,000 residents.Worcester State University is located in in the Tatnuck neighborhood on the west side of the city of Worcester. We are within 2 miles of Worcester Regional Airport and are approximately 54 miles from Boston Logan airport.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Worcester
Population | 785,347
Enrollment | 6,350
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Host (A)
Term Dates
Fall | 09/04-12/23
Spring | 01/20-05/20

Campus Diversity

White | 74%
Black | 3%
Hispanic/Latino | 10%
Asian | 5%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 1%
Other | 6%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • With seniors
Closed Programs
Nursing,Occupational Therapy, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Education, biology, chemistry

Notable Academic Programs

  • Visual Arts
  • Communication Disorders
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy

Unique Academic Programs

  • Community Health
  • Health Education
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Urban Studies
  • Biotechnology

Honors Access: Yes
Study Abroad Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Area Studies: American Multicultural Studies, Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Crafts, Theater Art, Visual Arts

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Biotechnology

Business: Accounting, Business Administration, International Business, Management, Marketing, Public Relations

Chemistry: Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry

Communications: Broadcasting, Communication, Journalism, Mass Communication, Print Media

Computer Science: System Administration

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice

Earth Sciences: Physical Sciences

Economics: Economics

Education: Early Childhood, Elementary Education, English, Health Education, Junior High/Middle School, Mathematics, Music, Preschool Education, Secondary Education, Spanish

English: Creative Writing, English, Literature, Writing

Environmental Studies: Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies

Forestry: Biotechnology

General Studies: Arts and Science, Gender Studies, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, Natural Sciences, Social Studies

Geography and Urban Studies: Geography, Physical Geography, Urban Studies

Health and Safety Sciences: Communication Disorders, Community Health, Gerontology, Health Education, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Public Health

History: History

Information Studies: Computer Science

Languages: French, German, Spanish

Mathematics: Mathematics, Statistics

Music: Choral Music

Performing Arts: Music, Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Physics

Political Science: Political Science

Psychology: Industrial Psychology, Psychology

Sociology/Social Work: Social Science, Sociology, Womens Studies

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Communication Disorders

Theater: Performance and Directing


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 520.00 paper, 217.00 computer or 71.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 08/15/19.
  • Estimated cost: $5690.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 19
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 19
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 08/15/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $200 Year Plan A Mandatory
Housing Deposit $100.00 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Activity Fee $36.00 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Health Service Fee $55.00 Semester Plan A & B Optional
Health Insurance $1000.00 Semester Plan A & B Optional
Technology Fee $110 Semester Plan B Mandatory
Parking Fee $50 Semester Plan B Optional
Orientation Fee $75 Year Plan A Mandatory
Res Activity Fee $25.00 Semester Plan B Optional

Important Notes: Damage Deposit (1st semester) 100 Actual cost determined by room

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1,750 per semester.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
Use FAFSA CODE: 002190

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 08/15/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 40% living on campus
  • Double: $4500
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $800.00
  • Proximity to campus: 1 mile
Notes About Housing
No cap on beds in residence halls.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1820 per semester for 19 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
All freshman, sophomore, and junior residents are required to purchase a meal plan.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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