Recognition and Accreditation

Worcester State is proud to have received regional and national acclaim for our sound academics, community service, green initiatives, and more.

Our 10-year reaccreditation by the New England Commission on Higher Education, Inc. (NECHE), formerly the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), in 2012 demonstrates that we meet or exceed its criteria for institutional quality. The chair of NECHE's Commission on Institutions of Higher Education observed: "We are heartened to learn of Worcester State's commitment to student success as evidenced by the recent establishment of the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement, expanded academic governance structures, plans to increase full-time faculty by 15 over the next three years, and an increase of retention rates to an average of 60% over the last four years, up from 37% five years ago."

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The master’s degree programs in nursing at Worcester State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:


New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4514
Phone: 781-425-7785
Email: [email protected]

Worcester State is the only Massachusetts state university to have been ranked among the "Best Northeastern Colleges" by The Princeton Review for 16 consecutive years, 2005-2020.

Money magazine recognized Worcester State as one of the best in the U.S. for educational quality, affordability, and alumni success in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

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