Special Admission Opportunities

Students with Learning Disabilities

Westfield State University makes every effort to provide an enriching educational experience for qualified students with learning disabilities. Massachusetts law allows SAT scores to be waived for all students with documented learning disabilities. The MA Board of Higher Education also allows students with language-based disabilities to substitute two college preparatory units in humanities or social sciences for the foreign language requirement. Although by state law students are not required to disclose a learning disability, applicants who wish to receive special consideration in the admission process and special tutorial services after enrollment must submit a copy of complete diagnostic testing along with official high school transcripts.

Diagnostic testing, which includes both a cognitive and an achievement test, should have been administered within the last three years. Preferred tests include the WISC or WAIS (cognitive tests) together with any achievement test used by your school system, OR the complete Woodcock Johnson Psycho-Educational Battery (comprised of both cognitive and achievement tests). All diagnostic materials received will be kept confidential and will be used only within guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. For further information, contact Disability Services at (413) 572-8789 or visit the Learning Disabilities website.

Urban Education Program

The Urban Education Program provides supportive services to students from diverse educational, economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds (African-American, Asian-American, Latino, and Native American.) For over thirty years, the Program has identified eligible candidates for admission and provided them with the academic and personal support necessary to ensure their retention and graduation from Westfield with marketable skills. In addition, the Program promotes the pursuit of graduate studies and, toward that end, its counselors assist Program participants with the graduate and/or professional school admission process. Program eligibility criteria include an interview with the Urban Education staff, letters of recommendation, and final approval of the Program Director. If this program fits your needs as a college applicant, contact the Urban Education Program, Westfield State University, P.O. Box 1630, Westfield, MA 01086, or call (413) 572-5391 or visit the Urban Education website.