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Important: Please refer to our Undergraduate Admissions COVID-19 Updates page for the latest information on the status of admissions processes.
Whether you are still in high school or have never attended college, we’re delighted you are considering applying to Worcester State University. We encourage you to get to know us better by exploring our website and visiting with us.
We know that the college application process can be a bit overwhelming and want to walk you through the process to make applying to Worcester State as easy as possible. Contact us if you have any questions.
Here are the documents the Admissions Committee most commonly considers:
Students who have completed dual enrollment coursework must send a complete listing of all dual enrollment courses which include course number, title and the number of credits if not already provided on the high school transcript, along with an official college transcript from the college after courses are completed.
Priority Application Filing Dates: All materials should be submitted as early as possible.
After these dates, the Admissions Office may still accept applications. Please note that certain majors may not be available to students completing their applications after the priority filing dates. Housing may be by wait list and financial aid limited.
All pertinent deposits and the orientation fee are due on or before May 1 for those students who meet the priority deadlines.
No Spring (January entrance) applications are accepted for Nursing (BSN) or Occupational Studies (BSOS).
To ensure you are prepared to succeed in college and as a Massachusetts public university, we determine first-year student admission eligibility in accordance with the published standards established by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (MDHE). However, meeting these
minimum standards does not guarantee you admission to Worcester State.
Student must complete a minimum of 17 college-preparatory courses (each course is equivalent to a year-long high school class) as outlined in the table below to be eligible for admission:
Grades earned in college preparatory courses will be averaged into a grade point average (GPA). In calculating the GPA, extra credit will be given for accelerated courses (for example, honors or Advanced Placement courses.)
Grades will be converted to a 4.0 scale, where "A" = 4.0, "B" = 3.0, "C" = 2.0, and "D" = 1.0. On this scale, a 3.0 GPA is roughly equal to a "B" average. A 3.0 minimum GPA is required, unless the student attains one of the GPA/SAT combinations listed on the chart below.
For students with a re-calculated GPA of 3.0 or above, Worcester State reserves the right to establish additional criteria, such as a minimum SAT or ACT score and/or minimum class standing.
For those students with a recalculated GPA below 3.0, a clear-cut SAT/ACT score will be applied as a minimum standard in accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Scale below.
Worcester State will accept unofficial SAT or ACT scores as part of the admissions process from applicants who have attended high school in the United States. The essay/writing scores are not required. Official SAT or ACT scores will be required (if available) as part of the enrollment process. Students may self-report their test scores on the WSU admissions application or by providing a screen shot of their score report. Official test scores include those sent directly by the testing agency or by a school counselor.
Accepted freshmen attending Massachusetts public high schools must present evidence of passing the M.C.A.S. prior to enrollment. A final, official high school transcript conferring the diploma will suffice for this purpose.
Effective for first-year students applying fall 2018 and beyond, Worcester State University will no longer require the submission of SAT or ACT scores. By eliminating test scores, we support closing the “entrance” achievement gap for those applicants typically at a greater disadvantage. Our focus in making admission decisions for first-year applicants will be on academic work and grade point average in high school, which our research shows is a better predictor for academic success.
Students with a documented learning disability do not have to take tests such as the SAT or ACT for admission to Worcester State. However, they must submit educational testing and assessment completed within the last three years and a copy of the IEP. Students with learning disabilities must still complete the required 16 college prep units with a minimum re-calculated GPA of 3.0. First-year student applicants with a language-based learning disability may substitute two alternate college prep electives for the foreign language course requirements. Applicants on a 504 must meet all Department of Higher Education
Student Accessibility Services
English as a Second Language (ESL) applicants must complete the 16 required college preparatory courses with two exceptions:
Vocational-technical students must complete 16 college preparatory courses, distributed in the same manner and with the same minimum grade point averages required of other high school graduates, with the following exceptions:
Note: A Carnegie unit represents a full academic year of study or its equivalent in a specific subject.
This requirement will remain in effect until the Department of Education implements its requirements regarding foreign language study for vocational-technical students. At that time, vocational-technical applicants for admission to Worcester State University will be required to meet DOE requirements for foreign language study.
Students applying for admission more than three years after high school graduation, or who have completed the GED and whose high school class graduated three or more years prior to applying to college, must show their ability to succeed in college based upon their high school and/or college transcripts. Some campuses may consider standardized test scores and other factors as part of the admissions process for non-traditional applicants. Students who drop out of high school, earn a GED, and apply to college within three years of when their high school class graduated is subject to the same admissions standards as students applying within three years of graduation from high school.
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