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Westfield State University ranked among best-value colleges in the nation by Money magazine


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Ranked 19th in Massachusetts for quality, affordability and outcomes

Westfield – Westfield State University is ranked among the top 200 colleges nationwide, according to Money magazine’s recently released “Best Colleges For Your Money 2018” list.

The rankings were determined based on 26 factors in three categories: quality of education, affordability and outcomes. Among the 727 colleges and universities included in the 2018 edition of this annual list, Westfield State is ranked at No. 19 in Massachusetts, No. 33 in New England and No. 184 overall.

The colleges considered for the ranking were required to have at least 500 students with sufficient and reliable data to be analyzed. They could not be in financial distress and required a graduation rate at or above the median for its institutional category.

“Westfield State graduates its students at a higher rate than other comprehensive state universities in Massachusetts and retains its students at a higher rate than most of its sister institutions,” said Daniel Forster, vice president for Enrollment Management at Westfield State. “These are the factors with which most families are concerned when looking to send their daughters or sons to college as they indicate the long-lasting value of a degree from that university.”

According to Money, Westfield State was recognized for its “many academic options, including flexible learning schedules, online classes, and professional development programs.”

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 on Westfield State University, visit,, or


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