Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State was the first co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, creed, or economic status.
Westfield State is an education leader committed to providing students of every generation with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first 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.
- 1839: 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.
- 1844: Moved to Westfield
- 1847: Alumni Association established
- 1892: Dedication of Court Street building (now City Hall)
- 1925: Student government established
- 1932: Name changed to State Teachers College and a four-year program instituted
- 1956: Current campus dedicated
- 1960: Name changed to State College at Westfield
- 1960s: Graduate and Continuing Education instituted
- 1967: Name changed to Westfield State College
- 2009: Largest freshman class and highest enrollment in Westfield State’s history
- 2010: Name changed to Westfield State University
- 2014: First nursing class graduates 21 students
- 2016: New Science and Innovation Center opens