Applying to Westfield

Carefully read these instructions before attempting to fill out your application for admission. You can contact the Westfield State University Office of Admission for assistance at (413) 572-5218 if you have any questions about the Application Form.

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Freshman Application - March 1
  • Fall Transfer Application - March 1
  • Spring Application - November 15
  • Nursing Application - February 1

Applicant Type:

You are a FRESHMAN applicant if you are applying to WSU directly from high school and never attended college.

You are a FRESHMAN applicant in a dual enrollment program if, as part of your high school experience, you have taken courses for credit at a participating state college or university.

You are a TRANSFER applicant with either fewer than 12 credit hours or between 12 and 23 credit hours if you will have attempted and completed successfully 1-23 transferable college credits beyond the high school experience by your planned entrance date at WSU.

You are a TRANSFER applicant with 24 credit hours or more if you will have attempted and completed successfully 24 transferable college credits or more beyond the high school experience by your planned entrance date at WSU.


Admission Information

Freshman Applicants:
You are a freshman applicant if you are applying to Westfield State University directly from high school and never have attended college.

Freshman applicants are required to submit the following information: the Application Form and fee; the College Board's Scholastic Assessment Test Report (s) (SAT: Reasoning Test) or ACT; an official high school transcript, beginning with grade 9 and including grades from the first marking period of the senior year, or acceptable evidence of equivalent preparation; official transcripts of any post-secondary or college work attempted.

Home-schooled students are subject to the same admissions requirements as other students. They should submit a transcript with grades and credits, along with SAT scores.

Freshman Admission Standards
Freshman applicants must meet the minimum Eligibility Index requirements (a sliding scale based on high school cumulative grade point average and SAT scores), established by Department of Higher Education (DHE) in order to qualify for admission to a state college. The Admission Standards document for the MA state colleges is available on the BHE website at www.mass.edu. However, the BHE allows individual state colleges to set a higher minimum admission standard, and Westfield State University has chosen to do so. Freshman applicants also must complete the following 16 college preparatory units (year-long academic courses, or the equivalent):

Freshman applicants also must complete the following 16 college preparatory units:
English 4 units/years
Mathematics (Algebra 1 & 2; Geometry or Trigonometry) 3 units/years
Social Sciences (including 1 unit of US history) 2 units/years
Sciences (including 2 units with laboratory work) 3 units/years
Foreign Language (one language) 2 units/years
Electives (taken from above list and/or the Fine and Performing Arts and Computer Science) 2 units/year

Specific majors may require additional specific units for admission. The Art and Music majors require a performance test as part of the admission process.

Exemptions from the Eligibility Index and substitutions for the 16 units may be granted for applicants who qualify under specific guidelines as defines in the current DHE Admission Standards document. Contact the Admission Office for further information. However, please note that the DHE policy does not allow applicants with cumulative grade point averages as calculated by Westfield State University to be below C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) to be accepted 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.

Your application will be considered incomplete until ALL of the following materials have been received:

Freshman Application Checklist

  • Application Form: apply online or paper application

  • Application Fee: $50 for in-state residents; $50 for out-of-state residents and all International applicants. Make check or money order payable to: Westfield State University. Please print the applicant's name and social security number on the check. Do not send cash. Online applicants are required to pay the application fee online by credit card. This fee is non-refundable.

  • Official Transcripts: Please request that your secondary school(s) guidance office forwards an official high school transcript, beginning with grade 9 and including a grade report for the first marking term of grade 12 (or beyond, if applicable). Also submit official GED test score results, if applicable.

  • Scholastic Assessment Test Report (s) (SAT: Reasoning Test) or ACT: Please arrange, through the College Board or your guidance office, to forward results of ALL your SAT scores directly to the Admission Office. The WSU College Board Code is 3523. Please arrange, through the ACT or your guidance office, to forward results of ALL your ACT scores directly to the Admission Office. The WSU ACT Code is 1912. If English is not your native language, you may qualify to additionally submit the TOEFL. Please contact your high school guidance counselor for more information.


Freshman Applicants participating in Dual Enrollment Programs:

You are a freshman applicant participating in a dual enrollment program if, as part of your high school experience, you have taken courses for credit at a participating state college or university.

Freshman applicants in dual enrollment programs are required to submit at the time of the application, in addition to the credentials listed below, a complete listing of college courses attempted. A final, official college transcript(s) of the dual enrollment experience must be submitted immediately upon its completion.

Your application will be considered incomplete until ALL of the following materials have been received:

Freshman/Dual Enrollment Application Checklist:

  • Application Form: apply online or paper application

  • Application Fee: $50 for in-state residents; $50 for out-of-state residents and all International applicants. Make check or money order payable to: Westfield State University. Please print the applicant's name and social security number on the check. Do not send cash. Online applicants are required to pay the application fee online by credit card. This fee is non-refundable.

  • Official High School Transcript(s): Please request that your secondary school(s) guidance office forwards an official high school transcript, beginning with grade 9 and including a grade report for the first marking term of grade 12 (or beyond, if applicable). Also submit official GED test score results, if applicable.

  • Scholastic Assessment Test Report (s) (SAT: Reasoning Test) or ACT: Please arrange, through the College Board or your guidance office, to forward results of ALL your SAT scores directly to the Admission Office. The WSU College Board Code is 3523. Please arrange, through the ACT or your guidance office, to forward results of ALL your ACT scores directly to the Admission Office. The WSU ACT Code is 1912. If English is not your native language, you may qualify to additionally submit the TOEFL. Please contact your high school guidance counselor for more information.

  • Complete listing of Dual Enrollment Courses: The application form includes space in which you must list, accurately and completely, the course number, title, and credit designation for each college course attempted as part of your Dual Enrollment experience.

  • Official College Transcripts: Please forward to the Admission Office final, official college transcripts from all colleges attended as part of your Dual Enrollment experience as soon as they are available.


Transfer Applicants with fewer than 24 credits:

You will be a transfer applicant with fewer than 24 credit hours (36 quarter hours) if you will have attempted and completed successfully only that number of transferable credit or quarter hours by your planned entrance date. If you will have attempted and completed successfully fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (18 quarter hours), please check the appropriate box under "applicant type" on the application form.

All transfer applicants must submit the Application Form and fee, an official high school transcript (and official GED test score results if applicable), official original transcripts from all colleges attended since high school graduation (including Westfield State University, if applicable), as well as a list of courses in progress at the time of application. Transfer applicants with fewer than 24 credits also must submit the SAT-I, unless they graduate from high school more than three years prior to their planned entrance date.

Transfer Admission Standards, fewer than 24 credits
Transfer applicants with fewer than 24 transferable credit hours earned will be evaluated on the basis of their high school credentials, together with a cumulative grade point average calculated from all transferable college credits attempted. A minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) is required for consideration. The number and academic subject distribution of college credits will determine the amount of weight given to the high school record in the admission decision process. Transfer applicants are expected to complete course work equivalent to the 16 academic units required for first-year students prior to enrollment at WSU.

Students who are attempting their first term of college course work beyond high school graduation at the time of application should be advised that an admission decision will not be made until a final college grade report or transcript for the term in progress is received. Because this requirement may be difficult to meet within the time allowed for admission processing, especially for January term applicants, we recommend that students plan to complete at least 12 transferable credit hours prior to submitting an application to transfer.

For additional information on transfer admission standards and policies, including the Joint Admissions Program, Tuition Advantage Program, and 1990 Commonwealth Transfer Compact, click here.

Acceptance of qualified transfer applicants begins in November for Spring admission and in March for Fall admission and continues until all available spaces are filled.

Transfer applicants who meet the minimum eligibility requirements are not guaranteed admission to the college.

Your application will be considered incomplete until ALL of the following materials have been received:

Transfer Application fewer than 24 credits Checklist:

  • Application Form: apply onlineor paper application

  • Application Fee: $50 for in-state residents; $50 for out-of-state residents and all International applicants. Make check or money order payable to: Westfield State University. Please print the applicant's name and social security number on the check. Do not send cash. Online applicants are required to pay the application fee online by credit card. This fee is non-refundable.

  • Official Transcripts: Please forward to the Admission Office an official high school transcript and official, original college transcripts from all colleges previously attended, including Westfield State University, if applicable. Also submit official GED test score results, if applicable. Failure to submit complete, official copies of all previous academic credentials constitutes academic misrepresentation and will cause an offer of admission to be revoked.

  • Scholastic Assessment Test Report (s) (SAT: Reasoning Test) or ACT: Please arrange, through the College Board or your guidance office, to forward results of ALL your SAT scores directly to the Admission Office. The WSU College Board Code is 3523. Please arrange, through the ACT or your guidance office, to forward results of ALL your ACT scores directly to the Admission Office. The WSU ACT Code is 1912. If English is not your native language, you may qualify to additionally submit the TOEFL. Please contact your high school guidance counselor for more information.

  • Complete Listing of College Courses in Progress: The Application Form includes space in which you must list, accurately and completely, the course number, title, and credit designation for each course in progress at another college for the semester immediately preceding your planned entrance date.


Transfer Applicants with 24 credits or more:

You will be a transfer applicant with 24 credit hours or more (36 quarter hours) if you will have attempted and completed successfully that number of transferable credit or quarter hours by your planned entrance date.

All transfer applicants must submit the Application Form and fee, an official high school transcript (and official GED test score results, if applicable), official original transcripts from all colleges attended since high school graduation (including Westfield State University, if applicable), as well as a list of courses in progress at the time of application.

Transfer applicants who will have earned an associate's degree from a Massachusetts community college by their planned entrance date are exempted from submitting an official high school transcript. MA community college graduates who have fulfilled the Commonwealth Transfer Compact are guaranteed that their associate's degree will be treated as a unit in transfer.

Applicants transferring from two-year colleges are entitled to transfer a maximum of two years (67 credit hours) toward the bachelor's degree. Applicants transferring from four-year colleges are entitled to transfer a maximum of 90 credit hours toward the bachelor's degree. All transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at Westfield State University to receive the bachelor's degree. General education core requirements and individual major requirements may increase the minimum credit hour requirements for some students.

Transfer Admission Standards, 24 credits or more:
For transfer applicants with 24 transferable credit hours or more earned by their planned entrance date, the admission decision primarily is based upon the cumulative grade point average calculated from all transferable college credits attempted. However, these transfer applicants are expected to complete course work equivalent to the 16 academic units required for first-year students prior to enrollment at Westfield. A minimum cumulative grade point average between 2.50 and 2.80 (on a 4.0 scale), depending on choice of major, is required for consideration. Qualified MA community college graduates, particularly those who have fulfilled the Commonwealth Transfer Compact or are eligible for the Joint Admissions or Mass Transfer Program, are given priority consideration for admission into all major programs of study.

Acceptance of qualified transfer applicants begins in November for Spring admission and in March for Fall admission and continues until all available spaces are filled.

Transfer applicants who meet the minimum eligibility requirements are not guaranteed admission to the college
The Fall transfer application filing period is January 1 to April 1. The Spring filing period is September 1 to November 15. After these dates, consult the Admission Office to determine whether applications still are being accepted.

Your application will be considered incomplete until ALL of the following materials have been received:

Transfer Application 24 credits or more Checklist:

  • Application Form: apply onlineor paper application

  • Application Fee: $50 for in-state residents; $50 for out-of-state residents and all International applicants. Graduates of the 15 MA Community Colleges are exempted from submitting the fee. Make check or money order payable to: Westfield State University. Please print the applicant's name and social security number on the check. Do not send cash. Online applicants are required to pay the application fee online by credit card. This fee is non-refundable.

  • Official Transcripts: Please forward to the Admission Office an official high school transcript* and official, original college transcripts from all colleges previously attended, including Westfield State University, if applicable. Also submit official GED test score results, if applicable. (*Massachusetts community college graduates are exempted from submitting the high school transcript). Failure to submit complete, official copies of all previous academic credentials constitutes academic misrepresentation and will cause an offer of admission to be revoked.

  • Complete Listing of College Courses in Progress: The Application Form includes space in which you must list, accurately and completely, the course number, title and credit designation for each course in progress at another college for the semester immediately preceding your planned entrance date.

  • Some applicants may be required to submit additional materials for consideration. Please refer to the Application Instructions or contact the Admission Office at 413-572-5218.