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Westfield State University
Westfield State University 577 Western Ave Westfield, MA 01086 Phone: (413) 572-5300
  • General Information
    About Westfield State University

    Emphasizing teaching, student advising, and student involvement in the life of the University and the community, Westfield State University's primary mission is to assist its students to develop intellectually and to use their knowledge and skills to improve the social and economic conditions in their communities. The University seeks to instill among members of its community a sense of social responsibility and citizenship. The University emphasizes the importance of collaborative education, distinguished and strengthened by a general education program which links the arts and sciences with professional studies and by opportunities for experiential and community-based learning. General education courses are developed to respond to stated knowledge and skill objectives. Students examine significant academic and social issues through upper-level integrative courses and courses stressing national and global diversity. Community-based learning and other capstone experiences provide significant opportunities to enrich students' understanding of academic principles and concepts, illuminate differences between theory and practice, inculcate habits of mind and work conducive to success, and instill respect for others. Westfield State’s residential program, the largest of the state university system, complements the academic program. The University, from its beginnings, prepared students to serve their communities as teachers, and teacher education remains a central part of the programs and a model for engagement with the community. Faculty are professionally involved in their disciplines in the community to support learning and scholarship. Building upon a strong base of graduate programs, Westfield State University intends to strengthen and expand its graduate offerings. The University occupies a leadership position in offering post-baccalaureate and professional development programs for educators and will utilize new technologies to improve upon and expand our delivery of these programs. Collaborative relationships with other universities will also make possible the efficient development of new programs in other areas marked by strong undergraduate programs. The nationally recognized Criminal Justice Program stands as an example of the university's service, collaboration and outreach to communities, other universities and state agencies. Technology will continue to be an important priority in the Westfield State's future, enhancing the educational experience and creating new opportunities for collaboration with other colleges, universities, local school systems, and businesses. Each of the state system's higher education institutions place a special emphasis on teaching, lifelong learning, and a campus life that fosters intellectual, social and ethical development. The state universities are committed to excellence in instruction, affordable costs, and to providing responsive, innovative and educational programs of high quality. This is accomplished by developing each student's critical thinking skills, oral and written communication, and a practical appreciation of the arts, sciences, and humanities as they affect good citizenship and an improved quality of life. Westfield State offers a campus climate that respects the ideas, values, perspectives and contributions of a culturally diverse community. They provide both academic and personal support services to assure that all students have a realistic opportunity to achieve academic and career success. They serve as a leader and resource for the community, identifying opportunities and solutions to community problems, and contributing to the region's cultural, environmental, and economic development. Westfield State, as part of public higher education, supports the system through their commitment to joint admissions programs by managing their resources in an efficient and responsible manner; by maintaining high admission standards and career replacement rates; by preventing unnecessary duplication of academic programs; by expanding collaborative efforts with K-12 and other baccalaureate institutions; by providing high quality teacher education programs; and, by developing for each university, beyond its core programs, a distinctive academic focus based upon established strengths, as well as regional and state needs.


    Institutional statistical data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-2010.

    Institution Type
    • 4-year, Public
    Special Learning Opportunities
    • ROTC (Army)
    • Teacher certification
    • Distance learning opportunities
    • Study abroad
    • Weekend/evening college
    Student Services
    • Academic/career counseling service
    • Employment services for students
    • Placement services for completers
    Credit Accepted
    • Dual credit
    • The acceptance of credits for work experience or military experience are subject to review by the school and cannot be guaranteed.Advanced placement (AP) credits
    Religious Affiliation
    • Not applicable
    Federal Aid
    • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
    Degrees/Certificates offered
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Postbaccalaureate certificate
    • Master's degree
    • Post-master's certificate
    Campus Setting
    • Suburb: Large
    Disability Services Student
    • 3% or Less
  • Admission
    Total Applicants 5,393
    Percent Admitted 58%
    Men Admitted 53%
    Women Admitted 62%
    Full Time Retention Rate 79%
  • Submitted ACT & SAT Scores

    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Critical Reading 450 540
      Math 470 560
    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Composite 18 23
  • Student Demographics
    Total Enrolled 6,557
    Native American 18.0
    Asian 63.0
    African American 224.0
    Hispanic 202.0
    Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates 4,671
    Enrolled FullTime Graduates 169

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