Fitchburg State University can trace its roots to the opening of a teacher training school in the local high school in Fitchburg, Massachusetts in 1894. This program quickly grew and by the 1930s, the State Normal School gained approval to award bachelor’s degrees. Throughout the twentieth century, school titles were changed, programs diversified, and facilities expanded. Today, Fitchburg State University is a public, four-year, liberal arts college enrolling more than 7,000 students on its 90-acre campus. The university houses over 30 undergraduate programs and 22 master’s degree programs.
Fitchburg State University focuses on career-oriented learning that helps students train for experiences after graduation and retains core values of accessibility, affordability, community, enrichment, and excellence integrated in the university’s vision of “its excellence in teaching and learning in current and emergent fields, for its commitment to transforming lives through education, and for its dedication to public service”.
Fitchburg State University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. through the Commission on Higher Education. In addition, FSU retains programmatic accreditation from:
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
- International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
- Council for Standards in Human Service Education
- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Students can choose from various programs at Fitchburg State. Graduate students may earn master’s degrees in Art, Arts in Teaching, Business Administration, Education, and Science, with more focused areas available for all degrees, with the exception of Business Administration. Undergraduate degrees feature Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Education programs ranging from fields in science and math to degrees in nursing education and computer science. FSU also offers extended campus programs, hybrid courses, evening courses, accelerated courses, professional development seminars, and life-experience credit.
Distance education is also available to those who may not be able to physically attend classes on campus. Distance education programs allow students to certain master’s and bachelor’s degrees as well as certificates. Coursework retains accreditation and standards equal to that of on-campus counterparts. Programs include:
- MBA Human Resources Management
- MBA Management
- Master of Science in Forensic Nursing
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an optional Management Concentration
- Forensic Nursing Certificate
- Web Development Certificate
- Business Certificate
In order to apply to Fitchburg State, prospective students need to complete the application. The university is looking for students who are academically motivated, represent a plethora of talents and interests, involved within the campus community, and willing to lead and serve others. Accepted students average total SAT scores of approximately 1300-1597 and average composite ACT scores ranged between 18-23.
Tuition at FSU is based on state-residency, and more than $28 million has been distributed in financial aid in the form of grants, loans, work-study awards and scholarships to eligible students. Approximately 80% of undergraduate students receive some type of financial assistance. Students can apply for need-based aid through submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Specific grant programs for qualifying students include:
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
- MA State Grant
- MA Cash Grant
- MA Part-Time Grant
- Tuition Waiver
- Mass Transfer Tuition Waiver
- MSCBA Grant
- Special Fee Grant
- Fitchburg State University Fee Grant
Students may also apply for loans, such as the Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan, and the Massachusetts No Interest Loan.
Extracurricular activities include a number of activities at Fitchburg State University. The university competes in NCAA Division III sports. Men’s and women’s teams include basketball, cross country, soccer, and track and field. Added men’s sports include baseball, football, and ice hockey, while women may compete in field hockey, lacrosse, and softball. All students also have access to a fitness center with racquetball courts, a dance studio, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, an indoor track, and group fitness classes. Cultural events on campus include lectures and performing arts through CenterStage, and other programming through the Campus Center Art Gallery, the Center for Italian Culture, the Jewish Heritage Endowment, and the Adult Learning in the Fitchburg Area. Students can also choose to participate in one of the many clubs and organizations, including academic clubs, special interest groups, student government, Greek life, media groups, and honor societies.
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Public
Highest Level Of Offering:Post-master's certificate
Adult Age Enrollments:3,054
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