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Fitchburg State University

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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.

FSU Online

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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4026th for the average student loan amount.
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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.

Media and Publications:

The Point is the student-run newspaper of the college and WXPL (91.3 FM) is the student-run radio station.

Campus Facilities:

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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Student Graduation Demographics


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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Ranks 40th in Massachusetts and 806th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Massachusetts and 254th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.04
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 6 0.09
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 244 0.60
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.00
Forcible Rape 15 0.04
Robbery 43 0.11
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 464 1.14
Larceny 908 2.24
Vehicle theft 52 0.13

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Fitchburg, MA 01420-2697
Surrounding communityMidsize suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population39,100 (36,951 urban / 2,149 rural)
Households14,942 (2.50 people per house)
Median Household Income$37,004
Families9,362 (3.13 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2503

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1489th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $970 $970 $7,050
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $8,015 $8,015 $8,015
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $375 $375 $628
FT Graduate Tuition $2,880 $2,880 $2,880
FT Graduate Required Fees $2,322 $2,322 $2,322
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $289 $289 $289
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $20,690 $20,690 $26,770
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,065 $18,065 $24,145
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,385 $12,385 $18,465

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $8,300 $8,710 $8,300 $8,710 $14,380 $14,790
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $800(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,256 $8,344
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,850(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,020 $6,100
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,000(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,500(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$25
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,528 (1,506 male / 2,022 female)
Admitted 2,544 (1,023 male / 1,521 female)
Admission rate 72%
First-time Enrollment 759 (338 male / 421 female)
FT Enrollment 739 (332 male / 407 female)
PT Enrollment 20 (6 male / 14 female)
Total Enrollment6,680

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference New England Football Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Massachusetts State College Ath Assoc
NCAA Baseball Conference Massachusetts State College Ath Assoc
NCAA Track & Field Conference Massachusetts State College Ath Assoc

ACT Test Admission

1164th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 9%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 22

SAT Test Admission

895th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 96%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 540
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 550
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 890 / 1090

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,573
Meals per Week999
Room Fee$5,755
Board Fee$3,050

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 35 48 44 26 4 1,115 22 1,306
Accounting 1 3 1 3 8 17
Architectural Technology/Technician 2 11 1 14
Art Teacher Education 8 8
Behavioral Sciences 1 11 12
Biology Teacher Education
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 5 2 1 24 3 35
Business Administration and Management, General 9 6 4 123 5 147
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 2 2 1 64 3 72
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics 4 1 5
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Science 30 1 2 14 47
Computer and Information Sciences, General 3 2 9 1 15
Counseling Psychology
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 8 9
Creative Writing 2 1 1 16 1 21
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 4 6 48 1 61
Curriculum and Instruction 1 1 1 127 130
Design and Visual Communications, General 1 22 24
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 6 6
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 2
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 30 30
Economics, General 1 1 2
Education, General 1 1
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 19 20
Elementary Education and Teaching 26 26
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship 1 1
English Language and Literature, General 10 11
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 18 1 19
Facilities Planning and Management 3 3
Fine and Studio Arts Management 9 9
Game and Interactive Media Design
General Studies
Geography 2 2
Geology/Earth Science, General 3 3
Health Communication 1 1
History Teacher Education 10 10
History, General 1 21 22
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 2 4 8 14
Human Services, General 4 1 19 1 25
Industrial Technology/Technician 1 3 1 26 31
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 2 10 12
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 4 2 20 27
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Mathematics Teacher Education 2 2
Mathematics, General 3 3
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor 1 7 8
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General 3 4 2 79 1 92
Nursing Practice 1 1
Photography 12 13
Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1
Political Science and Government, General 1 1 2 4
Psychology, General 5 31 36
Public Administration 1 1
Reading Teacher Education
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 3 1 56 1 61
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 8 9
Secondary School Administration/Principalship 3 3
Sociology 2 9 11
Special Education and Teaching, General 82 82
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 1 30 1 34
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 5 6
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology 8 8
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education 2 2
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education 2 2 31 35
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Women's Studies

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 967th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $75,342 ($77,438 male / $67,532 female)
Number of FT Faculty 192 (103 male / 89 female)
Number of PT Faculty 350
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $4,819,781

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