Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State was the first co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, creed, or economic status.
Westfield State is an education leader committed to providing students of every generation with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society.
1839: Founded by Horace Mann as the first public coeducational school for teacher education in the U.S. The school is opened in Barre, Mass. as Normal School for teacher training.
1844: Moved to Westfield
1847: Alumni Association established
1892: Dedication of Court Street building (now City Hall)
1925: Student government established
1932: Name changed to State Teachers College and a four-year program instituted
1956: Current campus dedicated
1960: Name changed to State College at Westfield
1960s: Graduate and Continuing Education instituted
1967: Name changed to Westfield State College
2009: Largest freshman class and highest enrollment in Westfield State’s history