Academic Resources

  • Academic Support Services

    Here at Worcester State University, we believe that academic support services—like tutoring, computer labs, and advising—are vital to the academic achievements of our students. From your first moment on campus to your final days before graduation, you will find yourself accessing resources, solving problems, and connecting with other members of the academic community through these service centers.

  • Academic Computing
    We provide a broad range of computing resources to our student community. In addition to several departmental labs on campus, you will find an open lab with fully-networked Windows PCs on the third floor of the Learning Resources Center.
    Academic Success Center

    Our Academic Success Center in Room 130 of the Shaughnessy Administration Building empowers you to engage in the Worcester State community and chart a clear path to academic success. Our office strives to facilitate student success through exemplary, holistic advisement, timely and appropriate referrals, and well-coordinated support services, which include:

    • Advising and registration for all new first-year and transfer students
    • Placement testing in English, mathematics, and foreign languages
    • Workshops for students about advising and pre-registration
    • Group tutoring
    Testing Services

    Placement Testing

    Worcester State University offers placement testing in math, writing, and foreign languages in the Academic Success Center (Room 130 of the Admin. Building.) A valid, government-issued, photo ID is required for testing. Initial placement testing is free. There is a $20 fee in order for WSU students to retake any portion of the placement test.

    Testing is offered at a variety of times by appointment only. Access the online scheduler here to make an appointment:

    Schedule your Placement Test

    To schedule CLEP Tests or if you have any other questions please reach out to our office at: ASCTesting@worcester.edu or by phone at 508-929-8139.

    Note: If you are student with a documented disability and would like to request accommodations for placement testing you must submit a request Student Accessibility Services. The Director of Student Accessibility Services my review your supporting disability documentation first in order to approve any placement test accommodations. You may reach Student Accessibility Services at sas@worcester.edu or 508-929-8733.

    CLEP Testing

    The Academic Success Center offers CLEP exams by appointment to WSU students.

    Worcester State awards a maximum of 60 credits through the CLEP exam process towards an undergraduate degree. View and download the list of CLEP exams WSU accepts and for WSU course equivalencies.

    To prepare for a CLEP test:

    • Review CLEP's Information for Test Takers, which provides exam descriptions, information about how to prepare, and what to expect on exam day.
    • Use free online resources, such as Modern States.org, which has designed online courses taught by faculty from universities across the country in each of the 33 CLEP exam subject areas. Students can logon and complete these courses at their own pace prior to registering and taking a CLEP exam.

    To register for a CLEP test:

    Note: There is an additional $10 essay charge when you take the American Literature, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature, College Composition, and College Composition Modular CLEP exams.

    Tutoring Services

    The goal of the Academic Success Center's tutoring program is to build your classroom experience and increase your academic success.

    If you are a student looking for more support in your coursework, you can take advantage of the Academic Success Center’s variety of tutoring services. The center works closely with academic departments to set up group tutoring for specific courses. These groups are led by peer tutors who are recommended by faculty.

    In addition to group tutoring, students are encouraged to attend academic workshops held in the Academic Success Center. These group sessions focus on effective studying and time management techniques and help identify strategies to achieve success at WSU.

    For more information about tutoring services and the current semester's tutoring schedule, visit Tutoring Services page (WSU login required).

    Spanish Clinic
    The Spanish Clinic offers free tutoring services by trained upper-level Spanish majors. Appointments are not necessary, and you are free to use the lab on an informal basis to enhance your listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural skills.
    Math Center

    Our Math Center (Sullivan Academic Center, Room 140) services are designed to enhance your learning and success in any course that contains mathematical components. Housed in the Mathematics Department, the center's peer tutors provide a conceptual mathematical understanding that enable students to succeed in courses and complete assignments independently.

    Our drop-in services include:

    • Tutoring for all Mathematics Department courses
    • Assistance for all other courses with mathematical components

    The Tutoring Schedule is available to add to your WSU Google calendar.

    Add Schedule to your Calendar

    Writing Center

    Our Writing Center is located in Room 306 of the Sullivan Academic Center. Staffed by friendly, knowledgeable peer consultants, the center is a space where students have productive conversations about their writing.

    All services at the Writing Center are offered free of charge.

    For more information about how to schedule an appointment and about the kind of work you will be doing with our trained consultants, visit the Writing Center page (WSU login required).