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Westfield State University



  • Founded by Horace Mann as the first public coeducational school for teacher education in the U.S. The school is opened in Barre, Mass. as Normal School for teacher training.
  • Moved to Westfield
  • Alumni Association established
  • Dedication of Court Street building (now City Hall)
  • Student government established
  • Name changed to State Teachers College and a four-year program instituted
  • Current campus dedicated


The 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.


The Center for Teacher Education and Research, known as the CENTER, was established in 2004. The CENTER works to develop collaborations and partnerships between Westfield State University and public school districts, community colleges and universities, collaboratives, and professional organizations in order to provide high quality professional development for teachers and administrators.


One of the largest employers in the City of Westfield.

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Student services

  • Division of Administration and Finance
  • Academic Affairs

Housing services

The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to its employees and applicants for employment to ensure that individuals with disabilities enjoy equal access to all employment opportunities. 

Library services

  • Ely Library

ICT services

Computers in classroom/computer labs that are open to all students/programs are considered LCCs and are replaced every 4 years. For a list of currently supported labs, please contact the Academic Information Services (AIS) Technology Support Desk (TSD) Manager.

Medical services

Any NEW student that is not covered by a qualifying health insurance program may obtain coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield Student Health Insurance Plan, which is an alternative program arranged by the University and administered through University Health Plans, Inc.

Student Life

Campus life

You can roll out of bed a few minutes before class starts and still make it on time. You can stop by your room between classes. And you never have to worry about parking. Plus, all first-year students are guaranteed housing.Not only do we offer suite- and apartment-style halls, we also work hard to maintain and update all the residence halls to include nice lounge areas and comfortable, functional living spaces. And all residence halls have full-time directors on staff.

Sports facilities

Maintaining health and fitness isn’t always easy.  The key to staying healthy is not just about what you eat.  Our campus offers two first-rate fitness centers that will help you maintain a healthy, balanced life. 

Student clubs

  • Boxing Club
  • Competitive Dance Club
  • Equestrian Club
  • Ice Hockey Club-Mens
  • Ice Hockey Club-Womens
  • Martial Arts (Muay Thai)
  • Lacrosse Club-Mens
  • Quidditch Club
  • Rugby Football Union-Mens
  • Rugby Football Union-Womens
  • Ultimate Frisbee Club


Westfield State University is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Accreditation is a status granted to educational institutions or programs that have been found to meet or exceed stated criteria of educational quality. 

Westfield, Massachusetts, United States

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