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Fitchburg State University

Also known as Fitchburg State

160 Pearl St, Fitchburg, MA

Campus image of Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg State University is a public four year institution founded in 1894 in Fitchburg Massachusetts. Originally known as the State Normal School in Fitchburg, the school has taken on various names throughout its history, including State Teacher's College at Fitchburg, State College at Fitchburg and Fitchburg State College. Fitchburg State College became Fitchburg State University when the Massachusetts State Legislature voted to grant it University status in 2010.

Academics

Fitchburg State University offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses for its students. The school believes in providing a liberal arts education to its students in order to produce well rounded, analytical individuals. Fitchburg requires fulltime students to have four classes per semester, and requires five classes per semester to graduate a within four years. The length of graduate programs may vary, and some offering are available through online courses.

Some programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Students interested in applying to Fitchburg State University must have a competitive GPA, 3.0 or higher, or a GPA between 2.0 and 2.99 and exceptionally high SAT scores. Students who meet the admissions criteria should complete and submit the application in total and await review and response from the university. Admissions requirements for transfer students and adults may vary.

Financial aid is available to eligible students. Students interested in determining eligibility for financial aid should contact or visit the Fitchburg State University financial aid office.

Athletics

The Fitchburg Falcons participate in the NCAA Division III.

Athletic programs offered:

  • Baseball/Softball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Football
  • Ice Hockey/Field Hockey

Additionally, FSU offers intramural sports for students within the school to participate and play against one another. The sports offered change year after year but have included such sports as Flag Football, Kickball, Ultimate Frisbee, and Dodgeball alongside more traditional sport offerings.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may provide a better idea of the students Fitchburg State accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at Fitchburg State University is about 6,600. The student body is made up of 65% undergraduate students and 12% graduate students.

$12,800

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $12,800. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $25 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range estimates:
    • In-State Tuition: $970-$1,200
    • Nonresident Student Tuition: $7,100-$8,460
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $410-$500 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $670-$800 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid90%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships69%$6,225
Receiving Student Loans78%$6,689
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Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Fitchburg State University may provide student services like those listed below:

  • Online classes
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assisting students to find work

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of Fitchburg State is close to 50%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years20%
Graduating in 5 Years24%
Graduating in 6 Years6%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
    • * Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (since 2001)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
    • * Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (since 2001)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
    • * Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (since 1995)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Fitchburg State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division III (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Massachusetts State College Ath Assoc)
  • Basketball (Massachusetts State College Ath Assoc)
  • Field Hockey
  • Football (New England Football Conference)
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track and Field, Indoor
  • Track and Field, Outdoor
  • Track and Field, X-Country
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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by Fitchburg State University by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Architecture

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Education

Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Health and Clinical Professions

History

Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Physical Sciences

Psychology

Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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ACCEPTANCE RATE
74.76%

FINANCIAL AID RATE
90%

STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO
14:1

DEGREES OFFERED ONLINE
8

FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.
$4,848