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As you get ready to go to Westfield State university in Westfield, Massachusetts, you’ll be moving to a large suburb. Westfield isn’t far from Springfield. Even though these communities are geographically close, the traffic on the highway means you’re going to be slowed down if you decide to explore outside Westfield. A weekend trip to Boston may take from an hour and a half to two and a half hours.

Overview of Westfield State University

As you study a map, you’ll see that the university is near the western boundary of Westfield. In your free time, you’ll be able to check different activities out in the city such as the river esplanade, Hawks Nest Conservation Area, or Dewey House; Hampton Ponds Park is at the northeastern edge of the city.

Westfield State University is a 4-year public school. Students earn degrees ranging from bachelors up to post-graduate certificates. If you are planning to earn a degree that goes beyond a bachelor’s, you can choose to return to Westfield without transferring any credits.

The student population is 6,100, mostly undergraduates, and the student-to-faculty ratio 16 to 1. With this ratio, you’re likely to have a relatively easy time getting in touch with your professors, though you might not be able to talk to them after class. You won’t have to worry about finding off-campus housing because the university has campus housing, which means you’ll be living in a dorm setting with fellow students.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Suburb: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 16:1
Graduation Rate 61%
Year Founded 1838

Student Enrollment

Total Students6,100


Undergraduate Student

Male 2,422
Female 2,960

Graduate Student

Male 323
Female 395

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Male 1,699
Female 2,756


Male 1,376
Female 2,508

Acceptance Rate87%

Male 81%
Female 91%

Enrollment 1,046

Male 356
Female 241
Application Fee $50
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Required
Other Test (Wonderlic,WISC-III,etc) Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Recommended
Application Deadline March 1
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The total price of your education is not only tuition (in- or out-of-state), but also books, supplies, room and board, and other various expenses. For Westfield State University, this comes out to $26,044 on average.

If you or your family are eligible for financial aid, you may not have to pay all of this amount to the university. Instead, you pay the average net price, which refers to the amount that’s left after financial aid has been applied. For a recent academic year, the average net price was $17,149. For families earning between $48,001 to $75,000 their price is around $17,643 and families earning more than $110,001 pay around $23,002.

Freshmen students who applied for financial aid in a recent year numbered 863. About 61% of them (or 605) received an average of $6,456 in grants and scholarships. And 429 (43%) received an average of $2,726.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $17,149
Average Total Aid $6,456
Students Receiving Financial Aid 86%
Room & Board $11,453

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $10,849
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $16,929
  • Books and Supplies - $1,070
  • Room & Board - $11,453
  • Other - $2,672


After your first year, you may decide to complete your university education here. This means that you, along with a certain percentage of your fellow freshmen, become a part of the retention rate, which is the number used to track how many first-year students return for their sophomore year. In many ways this indicates that students enjoy classes and the social environment, at least they think it is worth returning. The retention rate at Westfield State University is 75%.

The 4-year graduation rate is 50% and the 6-year rate is 61%. Students taking classes part-time or who must finish a few more classes after four years often complete their degrees at the 6-year mark. This is becoming more and more common across the US.

You may decide at some point in your schooling that you need more spending money, maybe just to improve your social life or maybe because you have a couple of bills that you are responsible for. If you talk to your adviser, you may be able to take one or two classes in the evening or, if you prefer, you may be able to take them in an online format.

The most popular degree programs offered include business, management, marketing and related support services; homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and related protective services; education; psychology; and communication, journalism, and related programs.

Student Population Total

Student Population 6,100

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 233 Total Graduates / 18%
Business/Commerce, General 233 Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 214 Total Graduates
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 214 Graduates
All Education Majors 159 Total Graduates / 12%
Elementary Education and Teaching 77 Graduates
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching 47 Graduates
Special Education and Teaching, General 28 Graduates
History Teacher Education 3 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 102 Total Graduates / 8%
Psychology, General 102 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 73 Total Graduates / 6%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 73 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 41%

Outcome & Salary

After graduation, you’ll be ready to begin earning a salary. Graduate’s early-career salaries are around $48,400, their average salary is about $59,454, and their mid-career salary is $84,300.

The 4-year cost of education (net price) is $68,596. You can look for a return on investment (ROI) beginning with your 10-year earnings. Your 10-year salary earnings potential is $594,540 and your 20-year salary earnings potential is $1,437,540. After deducting the net cost of your education, your 10-year projected (ROI) is $525,944 and your 20-year projected ROI is $1,368,944.

A high school graduate not going to college earns a national average salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $48,400
College Grads Average Salary $59,454
College Grads Mid Career Salary $84,300
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $594,540
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,437,540
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $68,596
10 Year Projected ROI $525,944
20 Year Projected ROI $1,368,944
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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