Worcester State University's 58 acre campus is nestled in the residential west side of Worcester, the second largest city in Massachusetts and New England and a dynamic college city with over 30,000 students. The campus is a short drive from tranquil forests, hiking trails and beautiful vistas and an even shorter distance from a vibrant city life that offers popular entertainment venues, award-winning restaurants, cultural museums, historic parks, and so much more. Directions are available on the website at http://www.worcester.edu/directions. 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. 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 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 and Environmental 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 Worcester State University's Mary Cosgrove Dolphin 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, and the Communication and the Criminal Justice academic departments are located in this building along with seminar rooms, classrooms, and lecture halls.
May Street Building
Formerly known as the Temple Emanuel, this 80,000 square foot colonial revival style building was built in 1949 to house the largest Reform Jewish Congregation in the Northeast at the time. In 2012, after many years of leasing classroom space to Worcester State University, the Congregation of Temple Emanuel began exploring with Worcester State Foundation, Inc. (the University's not-for-profit fundraising affiliate) the possibility of selling the facility and its adjacent 110-space parking lot. In June of 2015, the sale was completed and the University entered into a use agreement with the Worcester State Foundation for use of the entire building. 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 2015-2016 space evaluation.
Sagamore Road Studios
Worcester State University forged an affiliation with the Worcester Center for Crafts in 2009, a center that offers public instruction in Ceramics/Glass/Metals/Photography, in the art and aesthetics of craft and creativity, and in the appreciation of the hand-made aesthetic object. The Worcester Center for Crafts is located in three locations: the main Sagamore Road Studios building at 25 Sagamore Road in Worcester; at 35 B New Street, home of the state-of-the-art Glass Studio; and on the campus of Worcester State University where a Darkroom Photography program is sited.
The WSU Visual & Performing Arts Department art areas are housed at the Sagamore Road Studios in the same building as the Worcester Center for Crafts; VPA offers two craft center courses as part of its Division of Graduate and Continuing Education curriculum.
Worcester State 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.
Residence Halls at Worcester State University provide housing to full-time undergraduate students.
Chandler Village is a unique living area with 63 apartments in 26 interconnected townhouses. The apartments accommodate four, five, eight, nine, ten, or eleven persons and include furnished common living and kitchen areas.
Dowden Hall, more traditional in style, is a five-story residence hall that includes single, double, and triple rooms with study and recreational lounges. There is a convenience store on the first floor and a fitness center in the basement.
Sheehan Hall, is the newest residence hall which opened Fall 2014. The facility accommodates 400 students and features the main campus dining hall overlooking the John F. Coughlin Field. Each unit consists of two double or four single rooms sharing a private bathroom. In addition to housing students, this residence hall contains Health Services, the Office of Residence Life and Housing, a multifunctional room, game room, small fitness center, student lounges, and a communal kitchen.
Wasylean Hall, named for Phillip M. Wasylean II '64, is a six-story, suite-style building with multiple study and common rooms throughout. The suites are designed to accommodate four and six people. Each unit has single and double occupancy bedrooms with furnished common living and kitchen areas. There is a coffee shop on the first floor. Wasylean Hall is also home to the University Police.
Several housing opportunities exist which offer students the opportunity to live together, take classes together and participate in activities that focus on various special interests (See 'Services for Students' section for more information).
The Student Center is available as a resource for the entire Worcester State University community and is conveniently situated at the geographical center of the campus. The first floor of the Student Center contains a food court area, Worcester State University bookstore, Information Desk, and the Student Print Center. The first floor also has several meeting/programming spaces including a fitness center, the Office of Student Affairs meeting rooms, Radio Station WSUR and SGA Offices, and Lancer Landing. The second floor houses the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Development, and the Living Room—a lounge for commuters and residents with pool tables, ping-pong, video games and several TV’s. The third floor contains student organizations suites along with a common lounge and dining, video game areas, and several TVs complete this 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 Amphitheater), the Woo Café, classrooms and a large attached auditorium. The Sullivan Auditorium provides the setting for a number of formal ceremonies including the annual 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.