Worcester State University is a liberal arts and sciences university is centrally located in Worcester, Massachusetts. In 1874 Worcester Normal School was founded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a teacher-training school. The school started offering Bachelor of Science in Education degrees in 1921. In 1932, the name was changed to Worcester State Teachers College and relocated to its present location on Chandler Street. The university offered its first graduate degree, the Master of Science in Education, in 1952. In 1963, its name was changed to Worcester State College since it had transitioned to include studies in liberal arts and sciences. Worcester States Graduate School was founded in 1974, and today it offers 31 masters degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates, and advanced graduate study certificates. The university offered its first graduate degree, the Master of Science in Education, in 1952. It has a total undergraduate enrolment of 5,514, its setting is city, and the campus size is 58 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Worcester State Universitys ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is 118 in Regional Universities North.
Worcester State University is the only Massachusetts state university to be named a Best North-eastern College by the Princeton Review 12 years in a row and is nationally recognized for its community service. The student-faculty ratio at Worcester State University is 18:1, and the school has 71.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 79 percent.
Worcester State University was named as "Best North-eastern College" by The Princeton Review for 2017.It is the only Massachusetts state university to receive the “Best in the Northeast” ranking for 13 consecutive years. It was voted as "Best College in Worcester" by Worcester Magazine from 2006-2016.