Worcester State is located on 58 acres facing Chandler Street in the residential west side of Worcester. It is within an hour’s drive of all major population centers in New England and combines urban convenience with a suburban setting. Worcester State is convenient to Interstate Highways 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike), 190, 290, and 495. The campus is served by buses of the Worcester Regional Transit Authority and by the shuttle bus service of the Higher Education Consortium for Central Massachusetts (HECCMA). The physical facilities of the Campus include the following:
Helen G. Shaughnessy Administration Building
Extensively renovated from 2007 to 2009, the Helen G. Shaughnessy Administration Building combines modern convenience and efficiency with much of the charm of the old Teachers College. It houses streamlined student services in an “academic mall” on the first floor as well as the Admissions Office on the second floor and Academic Affairs on the third floor. Also on the second floor are the President’s Office and Conference Room, the Fuller Theater, and Institutional Advancement (including alumni relations, development, and public relations and marketing). The third floor is also home to Administration and Finance, Institutional Research and Assessment, Human Resources, Payroll and Benefits, Diversity and Affirmative Action. The Division of Graduate and Continuing Education, the Intensive English Language Institute, and the Center for Business and Industry are located on the fourth floor. The building first opened in January 1932 as Worcester State Teachers College, and was designed to accommodate 300 students with spacious classrooms, a gymnasium on the second floor, and a library on the fourth floor. Helen G. Shaughnessy was affiliated with Worcester State for 64 years— as a member of the Class of 1943, associate professor, chair of the Education Department, director of student teaching, director of personnel and labor relations, associate dean of Academic Affairs, and acting executive vice president.
Worcester State University constructed a new 100,000 square-foot Wellness Center which opened in 2016. The new complex features a competition gymnasium, two-court, multi-purpose gymnasium, walking track, two-floor fitness center, three multi-functional exercise rooms, golf simulator and community space.
Kalyan K. Ghosh Science and Technology Building
The Science and Technology Building is a state-of-the-art building designed to house the sciences including: Academic Computing, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Occupational Therapy, Computer Science, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Geography and Earth Science, Geology, Natural Science and Physics, Health Science and Nursing. The building contains 30 science, therapy and computer labs; offices for faculty and staff; conference/seminar rooms; and student discussion areas. This facility also houses a 200-seat Multimedia Classroom and the University’s art gallery.
Learning Resource Center
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) houses the University Library, www.worcester.edu/library, a welcoming venue and comfortable hub for knowledge and learning, and WSU's Information Technology Services. The Library collection contains over 127,000 print books, 300 print periodicals, popular magazines, and newspapers, and 3,700 multimedia materials. On- and off-campus access to all electronic materials is available 24/7/365. These materials include over 161,000 e-books, 135,000 e-journals, and a diversified selection of 250+ databases from Proquest, EBSCO, Gale, among other authoritative publishers. In addition, the Library’s Archives and Special Collections includes more than 150 linear feet of materials related to Worcester State University history, nearly 400 rare books, and the papers of poet and activist, Dennis Brutus.
The Library is open nearly 100 hours a week. Library staff provide drop-in assistance at the Research Help Desk, as well as by appointment, email, or chat. The Librarians also provide classroom instruction on information literacy and research skills in cooperation with academic department faculty. For materials desired but not found in our collections, Library patrons can request them from other libraries through our comprehensive interlibrary loan service. Moreover, the Library is a member of many local, state, and national networks, including the Academic and Research Collaborative, http://www.worcesterarc.org, a consortium of 20+ Worcester area libraries, where WSU students, faculty, and staff have full on-site access to collections and reciprocal borrowing privileges with the issuance of individualized ARC Borrowing cards. Finally, our inviting café serves beverages and light meals. Located near the Library entrance, it has become a popular gathering place for students.
Besides the Library’s collections and services, the LRC is the hub for the complex of modern telecommunications and electronic learning facilities provided by Information Technology Services (ITS). The campus-wide computer network, maintained by ITS, provides wired and wireless Internet connections for student devices, for the library workstations on the 2nd floor of the LRC, and for the fully equipped Computer Lab with Help Desk on the 3rd floor. In addition, the LRC houses WSU's television studios and production facilities, multimedia laboratories, and an instructional center to support the use of multimedia resources in teaching and learning. Finally, the offices for Facilities, Publications and Printing Services, Multicultural Affairs Center, and the Communication and the Criminal Justice academic departments are located in this building along with seminar rooms, classrooms, and lecture halls.
The University has the advantage of naturally attractive surroundings. Among its outdoor facilities are an artificial turf athletic field and an eight-lane synthetic track, baseball and softball diamonds and tennis courts.
May Street Building
Formerly known as Temple Emanuel, this 80,000 square-foot colonial revival style building was built in 1949. Past uses have included classroom and academic space for the Sociology Department and the hosting of a wide variety of University events in the facility’s large auditorium. Future uses for the May Street Building will be determined following a 2016-2017 space evaluation.
The Student Center is available as a resource for the entire Worcester State community and is conveniently situated at the geographical center of the campus. The first floor of the Student Center contains the following resources: Food Court and dining area, Worcester State bookstore, Information Desk, and the Print Center. The first floor also has several meeting/programming spaces including the North/South Auditorium, Blue Lounge, Exhibit Area and One Lancer Place. The second floor houses the Student Center/Student Activities Office, Conference and Event Services, and Commuter Services/ Weekend Programming. Small meeting rooms, WSCW Radio Station and Student Government offices, and the Charter Business TV Lounge—a lounge for commuters and residents with pool tables, ping-pong, video games and several TV’s, are also located on this floor. The third floor holds several Student Affairs offices including the Vice President of Student Affairs, Career Services, Counseling Office, Dining Services, Judicial Affairs and Multicultural Affairs. Student organization offices, including the Student Senate, Student Events Committee, Third World Alliance, the student newspaper, yearbook and more, are also located on this floor as well as the Lancer Loft dining area and additional meeting space.
Sullivan Academic Center
Named for Eugene A. Sullivan, Worcester State president from 1947 to 1970, the Sullivan Academic Center is a primary instructional center on campus. It contains faculty and academic department offices, a large lecture hall (Eager Auditorium), classrooms, and a large attached auditorium. The Sullivan Auditorium provides the setting for a number of formal ceremonies including the annul Senior Capping. Also located in the Sullivan Academic Center are the Center for the Study of Human Rights and the Center for Teaching and Learning.