First-Year
undergraduate admissions 

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Your future starts here.

Ready to transform your life? A ֱ State University education has the power to do just that. As a First-Year student, you’ll explore new opportunities and possibilities through academics, student orgs, athletics, internships, research, study aboard, and so much more. 

  • March 1 

    Fall standard preferred application deadline

  • December 15

    Spring standard preferred application deadline

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We’ve streamlined your application process and are here for you at every step. Connect with our admissions counselors by calling 413-579-3040 or emailing admissions@westfield.ma.edu to get one-on-one help with your application.

Application Steps

Your Application Checklist

Everything you need to get started—from deadlines to documents.

Your College Application

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Official High School Transcripts

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)

ֱ State College Board code: 3523 
ֱ State ACT code: 1912 &Բ;
Test-Optional Policy

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.

Sliding Scale for First-Year Applications to a State University &Բ;

ֱ 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.

College Essay (optional)

Students are not required to submit an essay with their application to ֱ 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 LEAD Scholars Program are encouraged to submit an essay. &Բ;

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 LEAD Scholars Program are required to submit 2 letters of recommendation with their application.

Application Deadlines

February 1
Application deadline for First-Year students in Nursing, and First-Year students in the Learning Disabilities Program.

Applications for the Learning Disabilities Program can be accepted after the February 1 deadline, but we highly recommend and encourage students to apply early to take full advantage of our extensive Admissions support and greatly increase their chance of acceptance. 

March 1
Standard preferred application deadline for Fall start 

December 15 &Բ;
Standard preferred application deadline for Spring start 

Admission Standards

First-Year Admission Requirements

All First-Year applicants are reviewed for admission based on their high school record. First-Year applicants must meet the established by the ) in order to qualify for admission to a state university.  &Բ;

Required Preparatory Courses

First-Year applicants must also complete the following 17 college preparatory courses (year-long academic courses, or the equivalent) prior to starting at ֱ.
English 4 courses
Mathematics (Algebra 1 & 2; Geometry or Trigonometry, or comparable coursework) including mathematics during the final year of high school 4 courses
Sciences (from Natural Science and/or Physical Science and/or Technology/Engineering, including 3 courses with laboratory work) 3 courses
Social Sciences (including 1 course of U.S. History) 2 courses
Foreign Language (in a single language) 2 courses
Electives (taken from the above list or from the Arts & Humanities or Computer Sciences) 2 courses

Specific majors may require additional courses beyond the minimum 17 courses as listed above and may require a higher grade point average and SAT/ACT scores.

Art and Music majors also require an art portfolio review and an audition as part of the admission process.

 

Required Final Documentation

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.

Find What You’re Looking For 

From testing to ֱ and support — discover the details for your next step. If you need help or have questions, reach out to our friendly admission staff.

FAQs

How do I apply to ֱ State University if I am dual-enrolled in both high school and college courses?

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

How do I apply to ֱ State University if I am homeschooled?

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.

Virtual Information Session for First-Year Students

Watch this virtual information session to learn more about ֱ State University and your admission process.

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Undergraduate Admissions
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