Worcester State University is a public liberal arts and science university located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Worcester State University began in 1874 when it was established as a teacher-training institute known as the Worcester Normal School; the fifth state-funded normal school in Massachusetts, Worcester Normal School was one of dozens of teacher-training institutes that were established in the 19th century. In 1932 Worcester Normal School was renamed the Worcester State Teachers College and the school moved from its first campus on St. Ann’s Hill in Worcester to its current location which was at one time owned by George I. Rockwood, a Worcester inventor and philanthropist. By 1963 the school gradually developed into a liberal arts and science college and the word “teachers” was dropped from the College’s name; in 2010 Worcester State College achieved university status, becoming Worcester State University.
Academic ProgramsWorcester State University has been nationally recognized for the high quality degree programs offered as well as for the dedication of the faculty who teach. Worcester State University’s mission is to champion “academic excellence in a diverse, student-centered environment that fosters scholarship, creativity, and global awareness.” The University’s mission statement continues, “A Worcester State education equips students with knowledge and skills necessary for lives of professional accomplishment, engaged citizenship, and intellectual growth.” Worcester State University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1957.
More than 60 undergraduate majors and minors are offered at Worcester State University. The University’s twenty-plus academic departments are organized into two schools: the School of Education, Health, and Natural Sciences, which houses the departments of Biology; Chemistry; Communication Sciences and Disorders; Computer Science; Earth, Environment, and Physics; Education; Health Sciences; Mathematics; Nursing; and Occupational Therapy; and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, which houses the Business Administration and Economics; Communication; Criminal Justice; English; History and Political Science; Philosophy; Psychology; Sociology; Urban Studies; Visual and Performing Arts; and World Languages departments. Over 30 master’s degrees and post-baccalaureate certificates are also offered.
Student LifeWorcester State University has a total enrollment figure of more than 6,000, including over 5,500 undergraduate students. Worcester State University’s campus is a delightful blend of “community, culture, academics and fun”. Located in the residential northwestern side of the city, Worcester is the second largest city in the state of Massachusetts and is home to nearly a dozen other colleges and universities. Worcester State University boasts a 58-acre campus with state-of-the-art facilities including Ghosh Science and Technology Center and Fuller Theater. The University recently expanded its green spaces, and students are offered accommodations in Worcester State’s modern residence halls.
More than two dozen student groups are recognized on Worcester State University’s campus, including cultural, social, and academic clubs and organizations. Students also have opportunity to learn and grow in the University’s leadership development programs and Worcester State University offers students a variety of dining options, including cafes, food courts, and all-you-care-to-eat dining hall. In addition, Worcester State University’s student services including academic and career services, commuter, disability, counseling, and wellness services, campus ministry, and more, help to assist students in their daily life on campus.