• First-Year Student Course Registration

    The Academic Success Center (“ASC”) works closely with first-year students as they begin their journey to becoming a student at Worcester State University. The ASC is here to help make the transition to university a successful one by providing academic advising, support and resources throughout the first year at Worcester State. The registration process is outlined below.

    For any questions during the process, the ASC can be reached at 508-929-8139 or by email at

  • Registration Information

    For students who have not already retrieved their username and password (found in their acceptance letter), follow the instructions shown in the video below. A Worcester State username and password is needed in order to access important registration materials that will be sent to all first-year student's Worcester State email addresses.

    Beginning in April, ASC Academic Advisors will email links to the Fall Registration Guide via Worcester State email accounts. This information will explain how to access the online advising and registration tool, Self-Service.

    We recommend checking Worcester State email often. Academic Advisors will send regular communications regarding specific items which may need to be acted on or to 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. Academic Advisors will notify new students whether they need to take a placement test in Math or English before selecting courses. Placement Tests are available remotely, and all students 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 Worcester State 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 remotely 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

    The following majors require the Math Placement Test regardless of high school GPA. Students will need to complete the Math Placement Test in the time frame indicated below:

    ProgramMath Placement Test
    Completion Timeframe
    Communication Sciences and DisordersFall
    Computer ScienceSummer
    Early Childhood and Elementary EducationSummer
    Environmental ScienceSummer
    Occupational TherapyFall
    Public HealthFall

    Recalculated GPA of ≥2.7

    Students with a recalculated high school GPA of 2.7 or higher register for Survey of Mathematics (MA 105) without taking the Math Placement Test. This is a college level math course which is advised for the following majors:

    • Art
    • Criminal Justice
    • Communication
    • English
    • Health Education
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Spanish
    • Theater
    • Urban Studies
    • Visual and Performing Arts
    • World Languages

    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 a student's recalculated high school GPA is under a 2.7, they will be required to take the placement test in English and Math, regardless of major.


    If a student is undeclared, and thinking about a major that requires the Math Placement Test, we encourage the Math Placement Test to be taken. If a student decides on one of these majors at a later time, they can always take the Placement Test at that time. If a students is unsure whether they 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, Director Multicultural Affairs at

    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

    New Student Orientation

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

    In June, all first-year students will be invited to campus to attend a two day, overnight orientation program. There will be 3 sessions 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.

    2022 In-Person Orientation Program Dates

    • Session 1: June 21-22
    • Session 2: June 23-24
    • Session 3: June 27-28

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

    2022 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 in June via Worcester State email accounts.