Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

Westfield State University offers free application through Thanksgiving

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 20, 2019

CONTACT: Troy Watkins,, 413.572.5523

Offer speaks to university’s position as “best-value” institution of higher learning

Westfield – Westfield State University is waiving its $50 application fee for full-time undergraduate students who have not yet applied through Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 28.

“Over the last three years, Westfield State has welcomed the opportunity to offer this and other incentives to strengthen our commitment to serving as an accessible and affordable option for high-quality public higher education in Massachusetts,” said Vice President for Enrollment Management, Daniel Forster.

Among other rankings that point to the University’s strengths in fit, affordability, and student outcomes, Westfield State was ranked among the top 200 colleges nationwide, according to Money magazine’s recently released “Best Colleges For Your Money 2019” list. The ranking was determined based on factors centered in quality, affordability, and outcomes. When scored on these factors of highest concern to families, Westfield State is ranked at No. 187.

Located in Westfield, the University enrolls approximately 5,000 undergraduate students with 31 major and 34 minor areas of study and specialized degree granting partnerships, including a 3+3 Bachelor to Juris Doctorate program with UMass Law. Twenty-one varsity teams compete as a Division III member of the NCAA and Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference, where it has been recognized as the top overall athletic program in the conference for four of the last five years.

This offer does not apply to full-time undergraduate students who have already applied, continuing education or graduate students. For more information, visit

According to Forster, Westfield State students fare well following graduation. The University’s three-year loan default rate is 3.8 percent, the lowest among its sister comprehensive state universities and highly favorable compared to national benchmarks in the 10 to 11 percent range.

“This tells us that our graduates earn a fair wage following graduation and are able to fulfill their obligations. It also demonstrates good entrance and exit counseling from our Financial Aid office that informs student borrowers of their rights and responsibilities,” added Forster.

Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public, 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. For more information about Westfield State University, visit,, or



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