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Fitchburg State University

  • Fitchburg, MA
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 56%44%
    student ratio
  • 4,159
    total students
  • $970 | $7,050
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Rolling
    fall application deadline
  • 74%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 500
    sat math
  • 490
    sat reading
  • 480
    sat writing
  • 22
    act composite

Overview

Fitchburg State University Overview

Fitchburg State University is a four-year public university which offers online and traditional undergraduate programs that are multicultural, interdisciplinary, and combine science and the liberal arts. Average tuition and fees costs are $17, 900 and 83 percent of students receive financial aid. Fitchburg State University serves 3,500 undergraduate students and more than 4,100 part- and full-time continuing education and graduate students. Fitchburg offers master's degrees, MBAs, and postgraduate certificates as well as bachelor's degrees. Fitchburg State University's Main Campus is located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts strives to develop the student as a whole, preparing the student for a successful career after graduation. Fitchburg State is an affordable university and provides its students with lifelong learning opportunities.

Extracurricular Activities at Fitchburg State University

There are numerous and varied opportunities at Fitchburg State for student leadership through the Student Government Association, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Campus Center Advisory Committee, Fitchburg Activities Board, publications, and many student-run organizations.

More than sixty student-clubs and organizations are open to all Fitchburg State University students, including the Dance Club, a student newspaper, the Falcon Players (theater), WXPL (student radio station), and the Black Student Union just to name a few. Several sororities and fraternities contribute to the social and recreational life of the campus.

Hundreds of popular and well-attended activities take place at Fitchburg State during the year, including films, lectures, concerts, seminars, coffeehouses, pub entertainment, recreational tournaments, a performing arts series, and visual arts exhibits.

Degree Offerings at Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg State University, in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, confers the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Education degrees at the undergraduate level.

Fitchburg State offers the following undergraduate programs: accounting, applied mathematics, architectural technology, biology, biotechnology, clinical exercise physiology, cognitive science, communications media, computer information systems, computer science, construction technology, criminal justice, developmental psychology, earth systems science, economics, education {teacher education programs are available in early childhood education; elementary education; middle school education; and secondary education, with emphases in biology, earth science, English studies, history, and mathematics; special education, with emphases in severe disabilities (all levels), and moderate disabilities (pre-K to 8) and technology education}, electronics engineering technology, energy management technology, English studies, environmental biology, exercise and sports science, film/video, fitness management, game design, geography, geo/physical sciences, graphic design, history, human services, interactive media, interdisciplinary studies, international business and economics, literature, management, manufacturing engineering technology, marketing, mathematics, neuroscience and behavior, nursing, photography, political science, professional communication, professional writing, psychological science, sociology, technical theatre arts, theater, and the following pre-professional programs: dentistry, law, medicine, and veterinary medicine.

Fitchburg State University Campus

Fitchburg State University is located in a residential area near the center of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, a city with a population of 43,000, which serves as the hub of the commercial and industrial life of north-central Massachusetts. The University's Wallace Civic Center provides a variety of activities, such as exhibits, fairs, performances, ice skating, hockey, and lectures. Fitchburg offers many opportunities for study and practical experience in the areas of sociology, psychology, health, computer technology, business, industry, political organization, and community service. Outdoor activities, including skiing, camping, hiking, canoeing, and fishing, are just minutes from the campus.

The historic and literary centers of Lexington and Concord and the widely varied cultural advantages of Boston are approximately an hour's travel from the university. Worcester, Massachusetts, the second largest city in New England, is a half hour to the south. Both commuter rail and bus service are available.

Fitchburg State University Curriculum

Fitchburg State University students attend classes on a two-semester calendar; fall semester begins in September and spring semester begins in mid-January. The curriculum has a heavy concentration in the liberal arts and sciences, and students are encouraged to participate in internships during their academic careers. These internships are available through connections that Fitchburg State University has with numerous social agencies, business, and government offices.


Location & Contact

Fitchburg State University

160 Pearl Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420-2697
USA

Elaine Lapomardo

Director of Admissions

Phone: 978-665-3140
Fax: 978-665-4540
Email: admissions@fitchburgstate.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Special Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Middle School Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Early Childhood Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Technology/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Trade and Industrial Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • History Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering technologies
    • Architectural Engineering Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Energy Management and Systems Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Industrial Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Construction Engineering Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biomedical Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Exercise Physiology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biotechnology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Neurobiology and Behavior
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Applied Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Sport And Fitness Administration/Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Developmental and Child Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Safety
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Human Services
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • American Government and Politics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Graphic Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Theater Design and Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Photography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

74% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied3,818
    • Accepted2,834
    • Acceptance Rate74%
    • Enrolled4,159
    • Female Applicants2,274
    • Females Accepted1,762
    • Female Acceptance Rate77%
    • Male Applicants1,544
    • Males Accepted1,072
    • Male Acceptance Rate69%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Minimum high school GPA of 2
      16 core courses
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.10
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Yes
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 490 450 540
    • SAT Math 500 450 550
    • SAT Writing 480 430 520
    • ACT Composite 22 18 23
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$970
    • Out-of-state tuition *$7,050
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$8,015.00
    • Room and board *$8,602.00
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students4,159
    • Male Student Percentage44%
    • Female Student Percentage56%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino8.54%
    • Black or African American5.46%
    • White or Caucasian74.63%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.1%
    • Asian1.68%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more races2.43%
    • Unknown4.21%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout.49% representing 4 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students8% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 41%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Student Government Association, Dance Club, Activities Board, Greek Council, MASSPIRG
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Football Yes Division 3 No
    • Ice hockey No Division 3 No
    • Lacrosse No No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Water polo Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Field hockey No Division 3 No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Ice hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes Division 3 No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Water polo Yes No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty288
    • Full-time Percentage67%
    • Part-time Percentage33%
    • Female Percentage50%
    • Male Percentage50%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio15:1 or 3,476 students to 225 faculty


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