Virtual Info Session for First-Year Students
Students are not required to submit an essay with their application to Westfield State but may submit one if they choose. There is no specific essay question that students must answer; students are welcome to submit an essay with a topic of their choosing. Students applying to the Banacos Academic Program and the Urban Education program are encouraged to submit an essay.Any student wishing to submit an essay should copy and paste the essay into the “College Essay (optional)” section on the application.
You are a freshman applicant participating in a dual enrollment program if, as part of your high school experience, you have taken college courses for credit at a participating college or university. In addition to the required documents listed above freshman applicants, dual enrollment applicants must also submit a complete list of college courses attempted. A final, official college transcript(s) of the dual enrollment experience must be submitted upon its completion.
Home-schooled applicants are subject to the same admission requirements as other freshman applicants. They are required to submit a transcript with grades and credits, along with SAT and/or ACT scores.
Freshman applicants must meet the minimum eligibility requirements (a sliding scale based on a recalculated high school cumulative grade point average and SAT and/or ACT scores), established by the Department of Higher Education (DHE) in order to qualify for admission to a state university. The Admission Standards document for the Massachusetts state universities is available on the DHE website at www.mass.edu. Applicants who meet minimum eligibility requirements are not guaranteed admission. The DHE allows individual state universities to set a higher minimum standard, and Westfield State University has chosen to do so.
Freshman applicants also must complete the following 17 college preparatory courses (year-long academic courses, or the equivalent):
|Freshman applicants also must complete the following 17 college preparatory courses:|
|Mathematics (Algebra 1 & 2; Geometry or Trigonometry, or comparable coursework) including mathematics during the final year of high school||4 courses|
|Sciences (from Natural Science and/or Physical Science and/or Technology/Engineering, including 3 courses with laboratory work)||3 courses|
|Social Sciences (including 1 course of U.S. History)||2 courses|
|Foreign Language (in a single language)||2 courses|
|Electives (taken from the above list or from the Arts & Humanities or Computer Sciences)||2 courses|
|Sliding Scale for Freshmen Applicants to a State University|
|Campuses Weighted Average GPA||Combined NEW SAT Score (Evidenced Based Reading & Writing and Math)||ACT Score|
|2.51 – 2.99||990||19|
|2.41 – 2.50||1030||20|
|2.31 – 2.40||1070||21|
|2.21 – 2.30||1110||22|
|2.11 – 2.20||1140||23|
|2.00 – 2.10||1180||24|
Specific majors may require additional courses above and beyond the minimum 17 courses as listed above and may require a higher grade point average and SAT/ACT scores.
Art and Music majors also require an art portfolio review and an audition as part of the admission process.
The DHE policy does not allow applicants with a recalculated grade point average below a C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) to be accepted to any Massachusetts state university under any circumstances.
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.