Application Process

Directions for First-Year Applicants

Students may apply online at http://www.worcester.edu/apply.

Applications may be obtained from the Admissions Office, Worcester State University, 486 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602-2597, 508-929-8040.

Each applicant must submit the following materials:

  • A completed Worcester State application form
  • Payment of an application fee: $50 for all applicants.
  • An official copy of the high school transcript including first-quarter senior grades (Transcripts are deemed official only when sent directly to the Admissions Office from the high school.)
  • An official copy of an SAT or ACT score report.  Student's whose language of instruction is not English, must submit TOEFL, IELTS or a comparable exam score report. Test results should be submitted directly to Worcester State from the testing agency.

NOTE:  Effective for fall 2018 admission, first-year applicants may opt-out from submitting SAT or ACT scores.  Some exceptions apply, such as nursing, occupational studies, and home-schooled applicants.  Refer to our test-optional policy at http://www.worcester.edu/test-optional.  

High school students must request an official high school transcript that includes at least the first marking period of the senior year. Also, a final high school transcript must be requested at the time of graduation that indicates successful completion of the requirements to graduate from high school. The Admissions Office must receive this official, final high school transcript before registration for courses and the final award of financial aid is approved. All transcript materials requested by the applicant become the property of Worcester State and cannot be released to the applicant or to other institutions, agencies, or individuals.

First-Year Priority Application Filing Dates

All materials should be submitted as early as possible. Preferred postmarked filing dates are as follows:

Fall Semester Early Action (first-year applicants only) November 15
Nursing (BSN) and Occupational Studies (BSOS) - Fall only January 15 (firm)
Fall Semester Regular Decision (September entrance) March 1
Spring Semester (January entrance) November 15

After these dates, contact the Admissions Office to determine if applications are still being accepted. Please note that certain majors may not be available to students completing their applications after the priority filing dates.

All pertinent deposits and the orientation fee are due on or before May 1 for those students who meet the priority deadlines.

No Spring applications will be accepted for Nursing (BSN - track I) or Occupational Studies (BSOS).

Directions for Transfer Student Applicants

Transcripts from colleges or universities previously attended are the primary factor in determining acceptance to Worcester State. To be considered a transfer applicant, a student must have successfully completed the requirements listed on page 19 at a regionally accredited college or university. The following materials must be supplied:

  • A completed Worcester State application form.
  • Payment of an application fee: $50 for all applicants.
  • An official final high school transcript, indicating proof of graduation from an accredited high school or a high school equivalency certificate indicating the test scores received. These must be received by the Admissions Office before clearance for registration or the award of financial aid is approved.
  • An official transcript of all courses completed at each post-secondary institution attended (transcripts are deemed official only when sent directly to the Admissions Office from the previous colleges or universities).
  • Transcripts and other documents submitted in languages other than English must be accompanied by an English translation and course-by-course evaluation (if applicable) from a recognized agency or organization. For a list of approved evaluating agencies please contact the Admissions Office. Students wishing to transfer in credit completed at a non-U.S. institution must be prepared to submit a course description and/or syllabus to the appropriate department chair in order to be granted credit.

Transfer Priority Application Filing Dates

All materials should be submitted as early as possible. Preferred postmarked filing dates are as follows:

Fall Semester (September entrance) May 1
Spring Semester (January entrance) November 15
Nursing (BSN) (Fall enrollment only - limited space into the first-year level) January 15 (firm)
LPN to BSN (September entrance) February 1
RN to BSN (September entrance) May 1

After these dates, contact the Admissions Office to determine if applications are still being accepted. Please note that certain majors may not be available to students completing their applications after the priority filing dates.

All pertinent deposits and the orientation fee are due on or before May 1 for those students who meet the priority deadlines.