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Westfield State University Ranked Among Best Four-Year Colleges and Most Affordable Nursing Programs in Massachusetts

Westfield State University has been named among Massachusetts “Best Four-year Colleges” according to a report recently released by In addition, the university’s  BSN degree program has been ranked by as the second most affordable in Massachusetts.

Ranked #4 among four-year Massachusetts colleges

Westfield State University is listed #4 in the 2017 ranking of the best four-year colleges in Massachusetts, behind UMass-Amherst, Harvard University and Fitchburg State University. For its ranking, evaluated various factors such as tuition, types of programs offered and graduation rate, utilizing data from the U.S. Department of Education to score each institution on metrics such as affordability, flexibility and student success.

“We are thrilled to be listed as one of the top universities by,” said Dan Forster, vice president for Enrollment Management. “It is always appreciated when an external group recognizes the value and excellence of a Westfield State University education. While it is a great honor, the faculty and staff, our students and families, and especially our graduates have always known the distinctive quality of our programs and the value of the WSU degree.”

The list includes independent four-year schools and those in the Massachusetts System of Public Higher Education. To create the best colleges list, ranked 1,649 four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Each college was scored on a 100-point scale, using the most recent data available from government sources.

Second most affordable BSN degree program in Massachusetts

Westfield State University’s BSN degree program is the second most affordable option in the state, according to 

The website examined data from the National Center for Education Statistics of 23 college nursing programs offering a BSN in the past academic year in order to establish its ranking of the Ten Most Affordable Nursing Degrees in Massachusetts for 2017.

“The value of pursuing a nursing degree at Westfield State lies in our small class sizes and personal attention each individual receives from expert faculty who invest in the success of our students,” said Marcia Scanlon, chair of the university’s Department of Nursing and Allied Health.

Westfield offers a BSN program on campus, as well as a RN to BSN program on campus and, through a partnership, at Springfield Technical Community College. The BSN program prepares nurses to take the National Council Licensing Examination in Nursing for Registered Nurses (NCLEX). The RN to BSN program prepares RNs who hold an Associate of Science in Nursing to acquire a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. “With excellent NCLEX results reported by our May 2017 graduates, we are proud to provide a successful, affordable nursing program to meet the demands of healthcare in multiple settings,” Scanlon concluded.

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