Westfield State University (also known as “‘Westfield State'” and formerly known as Westfield State College) is a comprehensive, coeducational, four-year public university in Westfield, Massachusetts
Westfield State University was founded in 1838 by noted educator and social reformer Horace Mann as the first public co-educational college in America without barrier to race, gender, or economic class.
Westfield State University ranks first among Massachusetts state university peers according to criteria reviewed in the 2011 edition of “Best Colleges” published by U. S. News & World Report. The 572 universities in the category were not ranked nationally, but against their peers in one of four geographic regions. WSU placed in the “Regional University-North” category, reflecting the official Carnegie classification of universities whose highest degree is a master’s and of four-year colleges that specialize in professional as well as liberal arts degrees.
In a 2010 study on cost versus quality, MassINC, the Boston–based nonpartisan public-policy think-tank, reported that Westfield State ranked first among all Massachusetts public and private institutions. The study used measures of college cost-effectiveness – assessing colleges by graduation rate as compared to the cost of tuition, fees, room, board, books and supplies. MassINC reported that “given the relatively similar profile of incoming students to several other Massachusetts public colleges, the success of students obtaining their attempted degree (at Westfield State) is phenomenal.”
In 2012, WSU was ranked fourth nationally by US News in their Best Online Programs Honor Roll. The rankings were based on factors such as graduation rates, indebtedness of new graduates, and academic and career support services offered to students. The Faculty Credentials & Training rank was #1 in the country, with a score of 92.6 on a 100-point scale and 11th in Student Services & Technology.