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About Worcester State University

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Worcester State University

Worcester State University champions academic excellence in a diverse, student-centered environment that fosters scholarship, creativity, and global awareness. We prepare our students to take on real-world challenges with portfolios that include critical-thinking, teamwork, problem-solving, communication, technology, and global-awareness skills. Each student is equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary for lives of professional accomplishment, engaged citizenship, and intellectual growth.

Worcester State works to ensure that both staff and students—online and on campus, traditional and non-traditional, undergraduate and graduate, part-time and full-time—will all feel embraced, equipped, and empowered to do and be their best.

Worcester State University offers 59 undergraduate majors and minors; over 29 master's degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates, and graduate programs; and access to online degree programs and professional training. Our accreditation by the New England Commission on Higher Education, Inc. (NECHE), formerly the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), demonstrates that our liberal arts and sciences curriculum meets or exceeds its criteria for assessment of quality.

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Our History

Founded in 1874 as a teacher-training school, Worcester State University has grown to become a traditional liberal arts and sciences university with programs spanning the biomedical sciences, business, humanities, behavioral sciences, the health professions, and—of course—education. We are woven in the fabric of the Worcester community through myriad partnerships, and have evolved to become a resource for lifelong learning throughout Worcester County and beyond.

Our Core Values

As a public institution, Worcester State University embraces the belief that widespread access to high-quality educational opportunities is the cornerstone of a democratic society. Members of the Worcester State community share the following core values:

Our Core Values

As a public institution, Worcester State University embraces the belief that widespread access to high-quality educational opportunities is the cornerstone of a democratic society. Members of the Worcester State community share the following core values:

Academic Excellence

We are committed to providing opportunities to excel through a close-knit learning environment, both in person and online, characterized by distinguished faculty, excellent teaching, and creative linkages between classroom learning and real-world experiences.

Engaged Citizenship

We are committed to promoting community service, social justice, the democratic process, environmental sustainability, and global awareness to prepare students to be active and informed citizens.

Open Exchange of Ideas

We are committed to inviting and considering the most expansive range of perspectives in teaching and learning; in scholarly and creative work; and in the governance of a complex, diverse institution.

Diversity and Inclusiveness

We are committed to being an inclusive community in which our diversity enhances learning for all and that people from all cultures and backgrounds have the opportunity to participate fully and succeed.

Civility and Integrity

We are committed to respecting the dignity of all members of our community and to demonstrating this commitment in our interactions, decisions, and structures.

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