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Freshman Applicants

You are a freshman applicant if you are applying to the university either directly from high school and have never attended a college, or have been enrolled in a Dual Enrollment program as part of your high school program. 
Your high school academic record is the single most important factor in our evaluation process for freshman admission. The quality and level of courses, grade point average, and grade trends are all important factors. SAT I (including the essay portion) and/or ACT scores also are required, as well as a personal essay. Your work experience, teacher recommendations and extracurricular activities as well as a personal essay may strengthen your overall credentials for admission. SAT II test scores are not required but may add support to your application. The TOEFL or ELPT is recommended for students who are non-native speakers of English.

As a Massachusetts public state university, the University determines freshman admission eligibility in accordance with the published standards established by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (MBHE). Meeting these minimum standards does not guarantee admission to the University.

MBHE Massachusetts High School Unit Requirements (University Preparatory) Sixteen University preparatory courses (each course is equivalent to a year-long high school class) are required as a minimum. These include:




4 courses


3 courses (Algebra I & II and Geometry or Trigonometry, or comparable course work)


3 courses (including 2 courses with laboratory work)

Social Sciences

2 courses (including U.S. history)

Foreign Languages

2 courses (in a single language)


2 courses


*Beginning with the college freshmen class entering fall 2016, four years of high school math, including in their senior year will be required

**Beginning with the college freshmen class entering fall 2017, three years of a lab-based science, including natural/physical sciences or technology/engineering courses will be required

Minimum Grade Point Average in Required Courses

The grades you earn in college preparatory courses will be averaged into a grade point average (GPA). In calculating your GPA, you will receive extra credit for accelerated courses (for example, honors or Advanced Placement courses.)

Your grades will be converted to a 4.0 scale, where "A" = 4.0, "B" = 3.0, "C" = 2.0, and "D" = 1.0. On this scale, a 3.0 GPA is roughly equal to a "B" average. A 3.0 minimum GPA is required, unless the student attains one of the GPA/SAT combinations listed on the chart below.

SAT I or ACT Test Requirement

For students with a GPA of 3.0 or above, the University reserves the right to establish additional criteria, such as a minimum SAT I or ACT score and/or minimum class standing.

For those students with a GPA below 3.0, a clear-cut minimum SAT I /ACT score will be applied as a minimum standard, in accordance with the chart below. Students who meet the minimum GPA requirement of 3.0 should not use this chart.






















Accepted freshmen attending Massachusetts public high schools must present evidence of passing the M.C.A.S. prior to enrollment.  A final, official high school transcript conferring the diploma will suffice for this purpose.


Checklist for freshmen applicants:

·      Application form and fee of $40.00

·      Official high school transcript(s): Please request that your secondary high school(s) Guidance Office forwards an official high school transcript including first quarter senior grades directly to the University.

·      Scholastic Assessment Test Report(s):  Please arrange, through the College Board or your guidance office, to forward results of ALL SAT-I scores directly to the Admissions Office.  The College Board Code for Worcester State University is 3524.  If English is not your native language, you may qualify to additionally submit the TOEFL.  Please talk to your guidance counselor.

Applicants who have taken Dual Enrollment courses: Please send a complete listing of all Dual Enrollment courses that includes course number, title and the number of credits.  You will also need to request the official transcript from the college after courses are completed.


You are an ESL student. You may be eligible for exceptions to the admission requirements. For example, you may substitute two electives for the two required foreign language courses. You must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the SAT II: English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT), and should contact your guidance counselor or the Admission Office for more information.


You are applying as a senior at a vocational-technical high school. You must earn the same minimum GPA as other students and submit the SAT I or ACT scores. Vocational-technical applicants must complete an additional elective University-preparatory course, for a total of three such courses, and satisfy one of the following options:

• Complete at least one Carnegie* unit of foreign language;

• Complete a fourth Carnegie unit of mathematics or science, which
  need not be a laboratory course; or

• Complete one Carnegie unit of computer science.

* A Carnegie unit represents a full academic year of study or its equivalent
  in a specific subject.

This requirement will remain in effect until the Massachusetts Department of Education (DOE) implements its requirements regarding world language study for vocational-technical students. At that time, vocational-technical applicants will be required to meet DOE requirements for world language study for admission to Worcester State University.

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