ADMISSIONS

  • Fall First-Year Student Course Registration

    The Academic Success Center (“ASC”) works closely with you as you begin your journey to becoming a student at Worcester State University. The ASC is here to help make your transition a successful one by creating your first semester of classes and providing you with academic advising, support and resources throughout your first year at Worcester State. The process for getting registered is outlined below.

    If at any point during the process you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us at 508-929-8139.

  • Registration Information

    If you have not already retrieved your username and password (from your deposit confirmation letter), follow the instructions shown in the video below. You will need to set up your Worcester State username, email and password in order to access important Worcester State materials.

    Beginning in April, our Academic Advisor in the ASC will email you a link to our Schedule Questionnaire via your Worcester State email account. This information will help your Academic Advisor design a well-rounded first semester schedule. We recommend you check your Worcester State email often. Your Academic Advisor will send regular communications regarding specific items you may need to act on or be aware of prior to the start of the semester.

    Password Retrieval for New Students

    Placement Test Information

    Taking a Placement Test at Worcester State University is based on a student's recalculated high school grade point average (GPA) and academic major. Your Academic Advisor will notify you if you need to take a placement test in Math or English prior to your class schedule being created. Placement Tests are available remotely to all students. You will be allowed to take these tests at home. Below is an overview of majors that require a placement test and when students will take the test.

    English Placement Test

    Students with a recalculated high school GPA of 2.7 or higher, will not be required to take the English Placement Test at WSU and will be placed directly into College Writing I (EN-101). Students below a 2.7 GPA will need to complete our remote Writeplacer/Accuplacer Placement Test, this can be scheduled with the Academic Success Center. Upon completion of the test, students will also be placed into College Writing I (EN-101). Based on the results, students may also be placed into a co-requisite writing lab to provide additional support in the first semester.

    Math Placement Test

    At Worcester State, the following majors require the Math Placement Test regardless of high school GPA. The timeframe in parentheses is when you will be asked to complete the Math Placement Test. These majors include:

    ProgramMath Placement Test
    Completion Timeframe
    BiologySummer
    BusinessFall
    BiotechnologySummer
    ChemistrySummer
    Communication Sciences and DisordersSummer
    Computer ScienceSummer
    EconomicsFall
    Early and Elementary EducationSummer
    Environmental ScienceSummer
    GeographySummer
    MathematicsSummer
    NursingFall
    Occupational TherapyFall
    Public HealthFall

    If you have declared one of these majors or are interested in pursuing these academic programs, you will need to take the Math Placement Test.

    Recalculated GPA of ≥2.7

    Students with a recalculated high school GPA of 2.7 or higher may automatically enroll in Survey of Mathematics (MA 105). This is a college level math course which will satisfy the math requirement in the following majors:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Communication
    • English
    • Health Education
    • History
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Spanish
    • Urban Studies
    • Visual and Performing Arts

    Students may not necessarily take Survey of Mathematics (MA 105) in their first semester, but are encouraged to take this course within the first 60 credits of study.

    Recalculated GPA of <2.7

    If your recalculated high school GPA is under a 2.7, you are required to take the placement test in English, regardless of your major.

    Undeclared

    Also, if you are undeclared, but thinking about a major listed in the testing-needed category for math, we encourage you to take the Math Placement Test. If you decide on one of these majors later, you can always take the Placement Test at that time. And of course if you are unsure if you should take any of these Placement Tests, please feel free to contact us.

    Check out our Summer Opportunities

    This summer, Worcester State University will be hosting a variety of summer opportunities and experiences for students to participate in.

    Academic Opportunities


    AID Summer Bridge

    Dates: June 1 to July 2, 2021
    During the 6 week summer experience, students have the opportunity to gain anywhere between 3-12 credits towards their graduation requirements. The program provides educational support to students who show motivations and the desire to succeed in higher education. Included in this category are first generation, urban, low income, and/or ALANA/BIPOC (African American, Latinx, Asian, & Native American, and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) students. There is a strong emphasis on students' transition and adjustment during the summer and first year. Wraparound services such as academic assistance, individualized or group skills development, assistance with budgeting, financial aid, academic advising, and cultural and enrichment support students during their undergraduate experience. To learn more about the program, visit the AID webpage and/or email Laxmi Bissoondial, AID Coordinator/Interim Director Multicultural Affairs at lbissoondial@worcester.edu.

    Cornerstone STEM Scholars

    Dates: June 7 to June 25, Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
    This three credit course, conducted via zoom, is open to incoming First-Year students majoring in STEM fields including Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Computer Science and Mathematics. A focus will be placed on the students' STEM field while also incorporating technology and Information literacy along with learns the skills of writing and presenting at the college level. For more information contact: Daron Barnard dbarnard@worcester.edu.

    ED-191: Lancer Learning - A Free 3-Credit Summer Course

    Dates: Summer II session (July 12 to August 27)
    To start your academic journey at Worcester State, first-year students can opt to take a free, 3-credit course during our Summer II session. The course will be offered online and in a flexible format that will suit any summer plans you may have.

    Students will be able to participate Lancer Learning in a variety of ways to complete assignments, connect with faculty and also engage with current Worcester State students. Our faculty will work to give you a preview of college expectations in the classroom. They will provide learning tools and assist you with any academic or personal barriers to your college success. You will have the opportunity to develop a close relationship with your faculty and administrators as well as with some Worcester State students. We have high hopes that this free 3-credit course will bring you the confidence and self-assuredness that you need to begin your first semester at Worcester State.

    Note: Registration for Summer 2021 has now closed.

    If you have any questions about enrolling in this class, email your Academic Advisor or asuccess@worcester.edu.

    New Student Orientation


    This summer, the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement will be offering a variety of opportunities for new students to learn about Worcester State University before you begin this fall semester.

    In June, all first-year students will be invited to campus to attend a one day orientation event. You will have 8 dates to choose from. During orientation, students will meet representatives from campus offices and departments and have a chance to tour the campus and of course, get to meet one another.

    2021 In-Person Orientation Program Dates

    • Monday, June 21
    • Tuesday, June 22
    • Thursday, June 24
    • Friday, June 25
    • Monday, June 28
    • Tuesday, June 29

    Registration will be available soon. Keep an eye on the Orientation page for details.

    2021 Online Orientation Program

    In July, an accompanying online orientation program will be introduced to all students that will provide an in-depth look and explanation of the offices and departments that are key to the success of a new student's first semester. This program is interactive and can be viewed through the month of July. It is required that all first-year students complete this online orientation. More details will be shared with you in June via your Worcester State email account.