Undergraduate Admissions

  • Military Affairs and Veterans Services

    As a veteran, military member, or dependent, you can take advantage of Worcester State University’s Veteran/Military Admission Program to enroll in one of our undergraduate programs. This program will help you through a specific admission process, which may have requirements that vary from our traditional first-year and transfer admission procedures. It also allows you to maximize benefits awarded for your or your relative’s years of military service.

  • Military Record Review Process

    If you are a veteran or military member, we will review your records to determine whether we can award academic credit for your previous military occupation, training, coursework, and experiences toward Worcester State’s degrees and certificates. This credit will be determined based on Worcester State’s admissions standards.

    The military has simplified the process to access your transcript, regardless of what branch you served in. If you served in the Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy, you can obtain your transcript via the online Joint Service Transcript System. If you served in the Air Force, you can obtain your transcript by visiting the Air University Registrar’s website.

    The Admissions Office may use multiple methods for evaluating your military occupation, training, experience, and coursework for academic credit—including the ACE Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, CLEP, and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests—to determine what is eligible for academic credit at Worcester State in accordance with the state’s MassTransfer agreement.

    Veterans and Military Members Admissions Process

    Once you receive official notification about the credits Worcester State will accept, we invite you to begin the application process. If you are accepted, you’ll then need to confirm your enrollment by submitting a non-refundable admission deposit by May 1. (Enclosed with your acceptance letter is an Admissions Response Form with instructions on submitting this deposit. The deposit is $300 for on-campus resident students and $150 for commuter students.) The deposit should be sent to the Admissions Office.

    Once you have been accepted, you will receive your accept letter with your Worcester State login credentials from the Admissions Office. You’ll need to access your Worcester State email account to receive important information about joining the student community. The most important emails you will receive initially will be from the Academic Success Center.

    If you have questions about the admissions process, contact Christopher Dooley at christopher.dooley@worcester.edu or 508-929-8040.

    Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act

    The Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (codified at 38 U.S.C. 3679) has been amended by Section 1005 of Public Law 116-315, the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D., Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020, which modifies 38 U.S.C. 3679(c).

    The amendment requires that for all courses, semesters, or terms beginning after August 1, 2021, public institutions of higher education must charge qualifying veterans, dependents and eligible individuals tuition and fees at the rate for in-state residents.

    As amended, 38 U.S.C. 3679(c) requires that the following individuals be charged the in-state resident rate:

    • A veteran using educational assistance under either Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty Program), Chapter 31 (Veteran Readiness & Employment) or Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill®), of 38 U.S.C. who lives in the state in which the institution is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence).
    • Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 G.I. Bill® benefits (38 U.S.C. § 3319) who lives in the state in which the institution is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence).
    • Anyone described above while he or she remains continuously enrolled (other than during regularly scheduled breaks between courses, semesters, or terms) at the same institution. The person so described must be using educational benefits under Chapter 30, Chapter 31 or Chapter 33 of 38 U.S.C.
    • Anyone using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C. § 3311(b)(9)) who lives in the state in which the institution is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence).

    In summary, individuals are no longer required to enroll within three years of discharge or release from a period of active duty service or the transferor’s discharge or release from active duty service in order to receive the in-state resident tuition rate.

    Federal law permits public institutions of higher education to require eligible veterans, dependents, or other eligible individuals to demonstrate their intent to establish residency in the state by means other than satisfying a physical presence requirement. For example, institutions can request documentation such as a driver’s license, car registration or voter registration, signed lease, or rent receipt to help establish an applicant’s intent to establish residency in Massachusetts.

    Please note that the federal law does not include a durational residency requirement, nor does it include a requirement that the eligible veteran, dependent, or other eligible individual demonstrate intent to remain in Massachusetts indefinitely. Finally, please note that the federal law does not bar institutions from requiring the eligible veteran, dependent, or other eligible individual to meet other requirements, unrelated to residency, in order to be eligible for the in-state tuition rate.

    Under the same amendment, public institutions of higher education are now required to provide notice of this in-state tuition eligibility for covered individuals by making this information publicly available in their academic catalogs and on their websites. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) will make publicly available on its website a database explaining any public institution’s requirements for beneficiaries to be charged in-state tuition.

    Any institution found not to be in compliance with the requirements of Section 1005 of Public Law 116-315 by August 1, 2021, will be disapproved by VA for the Chapter 33 Post-9/11 G.I. Bill®, Chapter 30 Montgomery G.I. Bill®-Active Duty Program and Chapter 31 Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E).

    Prepare for Academics

    In accordance with the state’s VALOR Act, you’ll receive accurate and complete academic counseling to begin your academic journey here at Worcester State. Our Academic Success Center will work with you to review your credits and Worcester State’s programs of study to determine the allocation of military credits in appropriate curriculum areas. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss your academic and career interests and assess how many military credits count toward achieving your goals. All inquiries regarding the specific allocation of military credit should be directed to the Academic Success Center.

    Academic Success Center contacts:

    Tammy Tebo
    Assistant Dean of Academic Services
    ttebo1@worcester.edu
    508-929-8933

    Colleen Wheaton
    Director of First-Year and Transfer Services
    cwheaton1@worcester.edu
    508-929-8043

    Shaughnessy Administration Building, Suite 130

    Veterans Benefits Certification
    Before the start of each semester—including your first—you’ll need to verify your attendance to receive education and training benefits from the Veterans Administration. Worcester State’s Veteran Affairs Certifying Official Cherie Milosh will assist you with all aspects of veteran benefits. Her office is located within the Registrar’s Office (Office 107 in the Shaughnessy Administration Building). Contact her at 508-929-8773 or cmilosh@worcester.edu. In addition, anyone in the Registrar’s Office can assist you with general questions.
    Military Medical Records
    You must provide medical history documentation to attend Worcester State. The Veterans Administration’s My HealtheVet portal will assist you in this process.
    Dependents of Veterans and Military Members

    Whether you are a dependent of a veteran or military member, you’re invited to review our admissions process for first-year or transfer students. Once you are enrolled, the Registrar’s Office can provide general information about military education benefits.

    Spouses and dependents of 100% disabled or deceased veterans wishing to inquire about possible veterans’ benefits should contact the Registrar’s Office.

    Catalog Addenda

    Rolling Addendum for Undergraduate Studies Catalog 2019-2020

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    Nature of site: Practicum
    85 Green Street
    Worcester, MA 01604

    Doherty Memorial High School
    Nature of site: Practicum
    299 Highland Street
    Worcester, MA 01602

    Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital
    Nature of site: Clinical
    189 May Street
    Worcester, MA 01602

    Hostal Dona Chava
    Nature of site: Field work
    Calle 2da NO,5, Pedernales 84000
    Dominican Republic

    May Street School
    Nature of site: Practicum
    265 May Street
    Worcester, MA 01602

    Saint Francis Rehabilitation Center
    Nature of site: Clinical
    101 Plantation Street
    Worcester, MA 01604

    Sterling Village
    Nature of site: Clinical
    18 Dana Hill Road
    Sterling, MA 01564

    United Nations Association of Greater Boston
    Nature of site: Internship
    85 Devonshire Street #1000
    Boston, MA 02109

    University of Massachusetts Medical School
    Nature of site: Practicum
    55 Lake Avenue North
    Worcester, MA 01609

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Nature of site: ROTC
    100 Institute Road
    Worcester, MA 01609

    Rolling Addendum for Graduate Studies Catalog 2019-2020

    Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of New England
    Nature of site: Fieldwork
    1071 Varnum Avenue
    Lowell, MA 01854

    LUK, Inc.
    Nature of site: Fieldwork
    545 Westminster Street
    Fitchburg, MA 01420

    Marlborough High School
    Nature of site: Practicum
    431 Bolton Street
    Marlborough, MA 01752

    Quinsigamond Elementary School
    Nature of site: Practicum
    14 Blackstone River Road
    Worcester, MA 01504

    St. Bernard High School
    Nature of site: Practicum
    45 Harvard Street
    Fitchburg, MA 01420