Worcester State University
The College You Trust is Becoming a University

 
Governor Deval Patrick signed legislation July 28, 2010, which granted all Massachusetts State Colleges University Status.  As a result, Worcester State College  becomes Worcester State University on October 26, 2010.


Frequently Asked Questions:


           How does the name change benefit the institution?
           Does the name change result in a change in admission standards for Worcester State 
             University students?
           Does the name change increase student tuition & fees?

           Is financial aid impacted by the name change?
           What campus changes are current students seeing as a result of the name change?
           How does this impact transfer students?

           Is class size being impacted by the name change?
           How does the name change benefit students?
           What does it mean for alumni?

           Does the name change affect faculty member teaching responsibilities?

           Does the name change result in new programs?

           Does this give the Worcester State University the ability to offer doctoral degrees?
           Does the name change increase the size of your student body?

           Is Worcester State University now part of UMass?
           As a state university, is WSU jumping up to Division I in athletics?



How does the name change benefit the institution?
As a state university, our campus is better positioned to compete for private foundation and federal government funding, and helps us attract the best faculty and administrators from a national pool of candidates.

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Does the name change result in a change in admission standards for Worcester State University students?
No, our admissions standards will not be impacted by this law. The change to a state university system is one of name only; it does not change our mission.

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Does the name change increase student tuition & fees?
No. We are committed to maintaining our distinction as the most affordable path to a four-year degree.  Student costs will not increase as a result of the change to a state university system.

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Is financial aid impacted by the name change?
No. The same forms, procedures and standards for applying for and receiving financial aid will continue to apply.

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What campus changes are current students seeing as a result of the name change?
Outside of new signage, there are no apparent changes.  We are remaining the institution our students and alumni have always trusted.  However, we hope the creation of a state university system creates in our students and communities a renewed sense of pride in the excellence in
Worcester State University.

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How does this impact transfer students?
The change will not impact transfer students. The same requirements and standards for transferring credits will apply. Transfer students will not see any increase in costs as a result of the new law.

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Is class size being impacted by the name change?
No. This legislation does not impacted in any way the small classes and opportunities our students enjoy working one-on-one with our faculty.

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How does the name change benefit students?
Graduating from Worcester State University helps our students compete on a more equal footing, especially as 45 other states have already moved to state university systems. A State University system more accurately describes the breadth and depth of educational offerings and opportunities available to our students.

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What does it mean for alumni?
Alumni can feel a renewed sense of pride that their alma mater has been recognized as a university. The change in name does not impact their existing degrees.

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Does the name change affect faculty member teaching responsibilities?
No.  This law does not alter the course load, research requirements, advising and other responsibilities, or faculty compensation.

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Does the name change result in new programs?
No. The law does not approve any new programs.  New programs will continue to need to be approved by the state Department and Board of Higher Education according to procedures already in place.

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Does this give the Worcester State University the ability to offer doctoral degrees?
No. The new law does not authorize us to offer any new degrees, including doctorates.  Prior to the state university law, the state colleges were able to offer doctoral degrees only in conjunction with the University of Massachusetts. This new law does not change that requirement nor approve any new doctoral programs.

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Does the name change increase the size of your student body?
No. Today, the name “college” or “university” does not tell us much about the size of an educational institution.  Nationally, there are many small universities and large colleges.  Some Massachusetts State Colleges are already larger than many private universities. The campuses have no plans to expand based on the change to a state university system, and they will continue to serve a regional mission, drawing many of their students from surrounding areas.

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Is Worcester State University now part of UMass?
No. The state universities are not part of the UMass system.  The state university system and University of Massachusetts serve very different missions.  UMass is a research university, focused on research and training of students at the doctoral level.  The state universities remain teaching universities, with faculty who concentrate on teaching, scholarship and service.

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As a state university, is WSU jumping up to Division I in athletics?
No. The state universities will continue to compete in sports within their current division level.

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