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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
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
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
High School Unit Requirements (College Prep)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:
Minimum Grade Point Average in Required CoursesGrades 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.SAT or ACT Test
RequirementFor students with a re-calculated GPA of 3.0 or above, the
University reserves the right to establish additional criteria, such as a
minimum SAT or ACT score and/or minimum class standing.
with a re-calculated GPA below a 3.0, a clear-cut minimum SAT or ACT score will
be applied as a minimum standard, in accordance with the Massachusetts
Department of Higher Education sliding scale admissions formula outlined in the
chart below. Students who meet the minimum 3.0 re-calculated GPA requirement
should not use this chart.
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.
Students with a Documented Learning DisabilityStudents
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
requirements.Student Accessibility Services English as a Second Language (ESL) StudentsEnglish as a Second Language (ESL) applicants must complete the 16 required
college preparatory courses with two exceptions:
Vocational-Technical Students 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:• Two vocational-technical courses may be used to fulfill the 2
required electives.• Vocational-technical high school graduates who
do not complete the 2 required college preparatory foreign language courses
must complete an additional elective college preparatory course for a total of
three such courses, and satisfy 1 of the following options:
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.Non-Traditional
Applicants 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
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