Worcester State University

Worcester, MA 01602
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Worcester State University is one of the fifteen public 4-year colleges in Massachusetts. The campus is located in an urban area, in Worcester.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 6,434 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 910 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 728 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 80%). Every year 55% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Worcester State University's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $970, and fees were $8,562. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $7,050 and $8,562 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleMidsize City
Number of Students6,434
Student to Faculty Ratio17:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate80%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 3 31
Master's degree 1 14
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 97.3%

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Institutional Accreditations
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
12/01/1957 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
02/01/2004 - 12/31/2008
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
12/01/1977 - 12/31/2008
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/27/2008 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
09/27/2008 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $50
Graduates $50

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$397/credit
In State Students$397/credit
Out of State Students$691/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$322/credit
In State Students$322/credit
Out of State Students$322/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $17,865 $17,865 $31,095
ADN 70 $27,790 $27,790 $48,370
BSN 125 $49,625 $49,625 $86,375
FNP 50 $16,100 $16,100 $16,100
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 89% of Worcester State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 34% $4,384
Other Federal Grant 30% $294
State Grant & Scholarships 61% $2,276
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 42% $1,857
Federal Student Loans 70% $5,103
Private Loans 15% $10,723


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$15,232
$30,001 to $48,000$16,096
$48,001 to $75,000$19,007
$75,001 to $110,000$20,550
Over $110,000$20,920

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Massachusetts state board of nursing.
Worcester State University
486 Chandler St
Worcester, MA 01602

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