486 Chandler St.
Worcester, MA 01602
Experience Worcester State University from your car.
Take a self-guided driving tour and find out what makes Worcester State University special. Go at your own pace and enjoy all that Worcester State has to offer from the comfort and safety of your car. As a thank you for visiting, you will receive an application fee waiver to apply for undergraduate admission!
Enjoy the ride by using Worcester State’s free resources:
Note: Printed information guides are available at the kiosk at the North Entrance.
Before You Begin
Six Informational Stops
You are currently at the North Entrance. Worcester State is located on the west side of the city and surrounded by a lovely, residential neighborhood. As you take this driving tour, you will find that each building and facility helps tell the story of the University and its values.
John Coughlin Memorial Field
The John Coughlin Memorial Field is #11 on the campus map.
Here you see the 2,500-seat, artificial turf field of battle. Named in honor of John F. Coughlin, Sr.—one of the most successful coaches in Worcester State history—the stadium is Worcester State’s outdoor venue for NCAA III varsity competition in football, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, and women’s lacrosse. To your right, rounding out the outdoor sports complex are two adjacent competition fields, Rockwood Softball Field and Kevin Lyons Baseball Diamond.
The Wellness Center is #7 on the campus map.
The state-of-the-art 101,000 square foot, *LEED- Gold-certified Wellness Center opened in September 2016. It offers the latest in exercise and weight-lifting equipment, a wide variety of group exercise classes including yoga and dance, an indoor elevated track, and locker rooms. Amenities available to students and student athletes include a multipurpose gym, a 1,500 seat competition gym, batting cages, and a golf simulator. After your workout, refuel and meet up with friends at the center’s juice and smoothie bar at Albro Lounge.
Note: The Wellness Center building has earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for sustainable design and energy performance from the U.S. Green Building Council. Worcester State has been named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges by The Princeton Review 6 years in a row.
Ghosh Science & Technology Center
The Ghosh Science & Technology Center is #8 on the campus map.
Nestled between The Wellness Center and The Shaughnessy Administration Building, you will find a place where art, science, and technology intersect at Worcester State. Ghosh Science & Technology Center provides a state-of-the-art home for the health sciences, natural sciences, and computer science departments. The labs at Ghosh are where professors and students achieve many of their most important breakthroughs and innovations. Worcester State students are tackling real world problems and researching topics like “Cost-effective, green approaches to water purification” or “Household cleaning supplies and their implications for human health and the environment. ” Other highlights include occupational studies lab, nursing simulation lab, a rooftop greenhouse, cellular and molecular biology instrumentation and the Speech-Language-Hearing Center that serves the surrounding Worcester Community. At the Ghosh Science & Technology Center you will also find inspiration in the fine art showcase, The Mary Dolphin Cosgrove Art Gallery.
Shaughnessy Administration Building
The Shaughnessy Administration Building is #8 on the campus map.
The historic Shaughnessy Administration Building is Worcester State’s one-stop “academic mall” of student services including the Academic Success Center, Student Accessibility Services, Financial Aid, Admissions, and the President’s Office. This classic 1930s New England-style university edifice is the perfect representation of Worcester State’s commitment to sustainability and proud legacy—the University has been educating leaders since its founding in 1874. Shaughnessy was the first building ever built at this Chandler Street campus, and recent renovations earned it a prestigious *LEED green-building certification. You will also find the beautiful Fuller Theater located on the second floor. This 166 seat theater is a performing artist’s dream. Its stylish, intimate setting is ideal for yearly plays and musical performances.
Note: The Shaughnessy Administration Building has earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for sustainable design and energy performance from the U.S. Green Building Council. Worcester State has been named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges by The Princeton Review 6 years in a row.
Learning Resource Center
The Learning Resource Center is #13 on the campus map.
The Learning Resource Center is a modern cylindrical building clad in gold with 540 rooftop solar panels. The three-story Learning Resource Center features the Library, Information Technology, Office of Multicultural Affairs, many academic departments and administrative offices, nearly twenty classrooms, and the Starbucks café. The library offers a variety of learning spaces including individual study carrels, lounge chairs, collaborative study areas with flat-screen displays, along with copying, scanning, and printing stations. Whether you major in Communication or just take a couple elective courses, students have access to the television studio, editing suites, multimedia labs, video & photographic equipment along with photographic dark rooms all located within the Learning Resource Center.
Sullivan Academic Center
The Sullivan Academic Center is #3 on the campus map.
Across from the Learning Resource Center, The Sullivan Academic Center combines Worcester State’s twin passions for rigorous intellectual inquiry and life-changing engagement with the community—locally and globally. Sullivan is not only where you will take many of your classes, it is also where you will forge connections between your coursework and opportunities to make a positive impact in the world. This academic hub is home to several action-based research centers like the Center for the Study of Human Rights, the Intergenerational Urban Institute and the Center for Pre-K-12 Initiatives in Education. Additionally, this building is home to many resources for academic help, like the Writing Center, Spanish Clinic, and Math Center. Another exciting feature is the 1,000-seat Sullivan Auditorium theater where student-led productions, renowned guest lectures, and community gatherings take place every semester.
Sheehan Hall is #19 on the campus map.
Built in 2014, Sheehan is the newest residence hall featuring suite-style, co-ed residence hall living for 400 upper-class students at Worcester State. Each suite consists of 2 double or 4 single rooms sharing a private bathroom. On the first floor you will find the full-service dining hall at the POD (Pulse on Dining) for the entire Worcester State community and visitors. Take a seat with friends and enjoy the best view on campus—a two-story glass wall overlooking John Coughlin Memorial Field. The POD includes cappuccino and grill stations among a vast array of culinary options. Sheehan Hall also features traditional residence living areas, student lounges, a fitness center and a community game room.
Wasylean Hall, Chandler Village, and Dowden Hall are #16, #18, and #20 on the campus map.
Just behind Sheehan, when you reach the high ground of the Upper Campus (UC) residential area, you will discover a leafy townhouse vibe that perfectly balances the intensity of classes, research, and internships. Although you are just steps away from the twin epicenters of campus—Sheehan Hall and the Student Center—UC’s relaxed environment will make you feel immediately at home.
- Wasylean Hall: apartment-style living for 348 upper-class students. Apartments house 2, 4, or 6 people; each apartment is equipped with a kitchen and common area. Wasylean also houses Java Junction quick dining, and Offices for University Police.
- Chandler Village: apartment village complex for 420 upper-class students
- Dowden Hall: traditional co-ed residence hall for 400 first-year students, convenience store quick dining, and residents’ fitness center
Note: Both the Sheehan Hall and Dowden Hall buildings have earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for sustainable design and energy performance from the U.S. Green Building Council. Worcester State has been named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges by The Princeton Review 6 years in a row.
The Student Center is #12 on the campus map.
At the geographic heart of campus, you will find the freshly renovated Student Center—an important focal point of community life at Worcester State. You will find essential services like the Worcester State Bookstore as well as multiple dining and snacking options at the Food Court and late-night dining on the third floor. Students enjoy the many lounges and meeting spaces here like Lancer Landing that is equipped with several flat screen LCD televisions and a game room.
The Student Center is home to freshly renovated offices for the 40+ student organizations at Worcester State, including Commuter Services, Military Affairs and Veteran Services, WSUR Worcester State Radio Station and The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Development. The Student Center houses the International Programs Office that works with students on an individual basis for study abroad opportunities and faculty-led mission trips.
486 Chandler St.
Worcester, MA 01602