Ready to transform your life? A Westfield State education has the power to do that.
Let’s make sure you’re in the right place to start. You're a First-Year applicant if you are:
- Applying to Westfield State directly from high school and have never attended college after high school graduation
- A Dual Enrollment Program student taking college courses at a college or university as part of your high school experience
Virtual Info Session for First-Year Students
|Enrolling in the fall
|Learning Disabilities Program applicants, to receive priority consideration
|Urban Education Program applicants, to receive priority consideration
|Nursing applicants (freshmen only)
|Fall Regular Application Deadline
|Enrolling in the spring
|Admissions begins reviewing applications for spring freshmen
|Last date to apply for admission starting in the spring semester
First-Year Application Checklist
- Start your application. There are two ways to appy.
Common Application or WSU Application
- Official High School Transcript(s)
First-Year applicants must submit an official high school transcript, beginning with grade 9 and including first-quarter senior year grades. Early Action applicants are NOT required to submit first-quarter senior year grades.
Applicants who attended more than one high school are required to submit official high school transcripts from all high schools attended.
Applicants who earn a high school equivalency diploma (GED) are required to submit an official GED scores report and an official copy of their high school transcript(s).
- SAT and/or ACT Scores (optional)
Westfield State College Board code: 3523
Westfield State ACT code: 1912
The SAT/ACT requirement is waived for those applicants to the Learning Disabilities Program or for those applicants who wish to receive the SAT/ACT waiver through the general admission application process. These applicants must submit a full battery of diagnostic testing (including both cognitive and achievement testing) administered within the last 3 years in lieu of the SAT and/or ACT scores.
- College Essay (optional)
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 Learning Disabilities Program and the Urban Education Program are encouraged to submit an essay.
- Letters of Recommendation (optional except for special admission programs)
Students who wish to submit letters of recommendation are welcome to do so. Recommendations should come from educators (teachers, advisors, guidance counselors, etc.) and students should submit no more than 3 letters of recommendation.
Students applying to the Learning Disabilities Program are encouraged to submit letters of recommendation. Students applying to the Urban Education Program are required to submit 2 letters of recommendation with their application.
If as part of your high school experience you have taken college courses for credit at a participating college or university, you must also submit:
- Complete list of college courses attempted
- A final, official college transcript(s) of the dual enrollment experience upon completion
Homeschooled applicants are subject to the same admission requirements as other First-Year applicants. Students are required to submit an official transcript with all courses attempted, grades, and credits; SAT/ACT scores are optional.
First-Year Admission Standards
All First-Year applicants are reviewed for admission based on their high school record. First-Year applicants must meet the minimum eligibility requirements established by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) in order to qualify for admission to a state university.
Required Preparatory Courses
|First-Year applicants also must complete the following 17 college preparatory courses (year-long academic courses, or the equivalent) prior to starting at Westfield
|Mathematics (Algebra 1 & 2; Geometry or Trigonometry, or comparable coursework) including mathematics during the final year of high school
|Sciences (from Natural Science and/or Physical Science and/or Technology/Engineering, including 3 courses with laboratory work)
|Social Sciences (including 1 course of U.S. History)
|Foreign Language (in a single language)
|Electives (taken from the above list or from the Arts & Humanities or Computer Sciences)
Sliding Scale for First-Year Applicants to a State University
Westfield State University is a test-optional institution. For students who elect to submit test scores, the DHE has a sliding scale that students must meet to be eligible for admission to the state universities.
|Campuses Weighted Average GPA
|Combined NEW SAT Score
(Evidenced-Based Reading & Writing and Math)
|2.51 – 2.99
|2.41 – 2.50
|2.31 – 2.40
|2.21 – 2.30
|2.11 – 2.20
|2.00 – 2.10
After You Apply
Westfield State University maintains and promotes a policy of equal education opportunity for all students, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, physical handicap, or national origin.
The rules, regulations, policies, fees, and other charges, courses of study, and admission and academic requirements that appear in Westfield State University’s recruitment brochures were in effect at the time of publication. They are published for informational purposes only, and do not constitute a contract between the College and any student, applicant for admission, or other person. Whether noted elsewhere in these brochures or not, the College reserves the right to change, eliminate, and add to any existing (and to introduce additional) rules, regulations, policies, fees and other charges, courses of study, and academic and admission requirements. Whenever it does so, the College will give as much advance notice as it considers feasible or appropriate, but it reserves the right in all cases to do so without notice.
After Acceptance, Before You Start
Accepted First-Year students must submit a final official high school transcript, indicating successful completion of all high school requirements and the receipt of their diploma.
Accepted First-Year students attending Massachusetts public high schools must present evidence of passing the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) prior to enrollment. Students who are exempt from the graduation requirement due to the COVID-19 pandemic will not be required to submit evidence of passing the MCAS.