Fitchburg State College is now Fitchburg State University. Founded in 1894 as the State Normal School by the state legislature, the institute went through multiple name and status changes before being renamed Fitchburg State University in July 2010. Commonly known as Fitchburg State, it is a four-year public university with a compact urban campus located in Fitchburg, MA.
Fitchburg State University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, the Council for Standards in Human Service Education, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The institute also holds other discipline-based accreditations from agencies such as Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, The Council for Standards in Human Service Education, International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education NCATE.
Fitchburg State offers more than 30 undergraduate programs and 22 graduate programs with emphasis on the career-orientated learning that is well-grounded in liberal arts, as well as selected majors in the traditional arts and sciences. The University awards bachelor’s and master’s degrees in diverse academic disciplines such as biology, business administration, communication studies, computer science, criminal justice, economics, history, secondary education, human services, geography, nursing, political science, industrial technology, psychology, special education, technology education, sociology, and pre-professional programs.
Fitchburg State University is composed of 14 academic departments including Behavioral Sciences Department, Biology & Chemistry Department, Business Administration Department, Communications Media Department, Computer Science Department, Economics, History & Political Science Department, Education Department, Education Unit & Educator Licensure Office, English Studies Department, Exercise & Sports Science Department, Geo/Physical Sciences Department, Humanities Department, Industrial Technology Department, Mathematics Department, Nursing Department, and ROTC.
Fitchburg State University has been offering online courses for over a decade. The well designed and high value online courses are a great option for students who are unable to attend a traditional college due to several personal or professional reasons. The online programs at Fitchburg State offers easy to use technology with 24/7 support, full-access to Online Student Resource Center, access to campus Library Services, and the Virtual Academic Advisor.
Some of the online degrees and certificates offered by Fitchburg State are MBA – Human Resources Management, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN), Master of Science in Forensic Nursing, MBA – Management, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Forensic Nursing Certificate, Web Development Certificate, and Business Certificate.
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Fitchburg State supports both traditional and non-traditional students. Students seeking admission to Fitchburg State must submit the completed application form along with their high school records, an essay, and SAT / ACT scores. Prospective transfer students must submit a completed application along with the official transcripts from all previously attended institutes. International students are also encouraged to apply for admission; students from non-English speaking countries must send a proof of their proficiency in English language.
Fitchburg State believes in providing equal opportunities for education to all and offers financial aid to eligible students. Financial assistance is offered through various mediums including grants, scholarships, loans and work-study programs. All students seeking financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
Grants and scholarships are considered gift aid because they do not have to be repaid. These include the Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), MA State Grant, MA Cash Grant, MA Part-Time Grant, MSCBA Grant, Mass Transfer Tuition Waiver, Special Fee Scholarship, and Fitchburg State University Fee Grant. Student loans are financial aid that must be repaid, typically with interest. Loans include the Parent Plus Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, and Massachusetts No Interest Loan.
Fitchburg State also offers student employment programs which enable students to take on part time jobs to pay for college. Apart from helping them meet education expenses, these student employment programs also help them gain work experience in their field of interest.
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Fitchburg State boasts a vibrant and active student life. The campus hosts events and activities which help foster the social, cultural, personal and professional growth of the students. The university is home to more than 60 student clubs and organizations, including the Anime Club, Falcon Players (Drama Club), FSC Habitat for Humanity, Math Club, Biology Club, Student Government Association (SGA), English Club, Fitchburg Activities Board (FAB), Martial Arts Club, Nursing Student Association (NSA), Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society, Psychology Club, Filmmaker’s Society, Model United Nations Team, Table Top Gaming Club and the Fitchburg State University Business Society.
FSU also has an active Greek life. The campus is home to two fraternities and three sororities. The recognized fraternities on campus are Sigma Pi and Sigma Tau Gamma, while the recognized sororities are Sigma Sigma Sigma, Phi Sigma Sigma, and Alpha Sigma Tau.
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The Point is the student-run newspaper of the college and WXPL (91.3 FM) is the student-run radio station.
The residence life department at Fitchburg State provides student accommodations in modern, well-equipped residence halls. Of the university’s six residence halls, three are suites-style accommodation, two are designated as apartment-style living, and one has a standard dormitory layout. Aubuchon Hall, Mara Village, and Russell Towers are the three suite halls. The apartments are the Townhouse Apartments and the North Street Apartments.
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Fitchburg State’s athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s teams in diverse sports including basketball, soccer, softball, field hockey, and lacrosse. FSU is a member of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division III, New England Football Conference. The athletic teams are nicknamed the Burgs, and their mascot is Falcon.
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Fitchburg State sponsors a cultural series called the CenterStage. It includes lectures and performing arts. The theater program, chorus and jazz groups, the band, and the student dance and theater clubs offer incredible performances throughout the year. The Campus Center Art Gallery at FSU hosts an series of exhibits annually.
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