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Fitchburg State University
Fitchburg State University 160 Pearl St Fitchburg, MA 01420 Phone: (978) 345-2151
  • General Information
    About Fitchburg State University

    Fitchburg State University is an institution of higher education that integrates an interdisciplinary, multicultural liberal arts and sciences core with all professional and arts and sciences majors. In 1997, the Board of Higher Education designated the college as the site of the Leadership Academy. Fitchburg State emphasizes the importance of leadership studies, service learning, civic responsibilities, ethical development, and international education. Thus, it is this central theme that animates our mission statement: the establishment of a leadership honors program, extensive course work and extracurricular emphasis, and a commitment to exploring leadership for the twenty-first century. In the process, the university encourages the development of the whole person and prepares students for careers that meet the needs of their varied communities. Our faculty members are scholar-teachers who employ a variety of pedagogies and modes of technological instruction to further such goals for all. In addition, this comprehensive public university is committed to providing affordable, life-long learning opportunities in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education. Lastly, Fitchburg State University is extensively involved in promoting sound economic development, especially in the Northern Worcester County Area. Fitchburg State University's mission strives to: * Integrate high-quality professional programs with strong liberal arts and sciences studies * Promote, facilitate, and model self-reliant learning within a cooperative framework * Stress high standards of academic, professional, and societal performance * Provide opportunities for social and academic success to enhance self-esteem * Foster excellence in teaching, service, and research * Provide library resources and services necessary to support the current and anticipated academic needs of the university * Promote an atmosphere of collegiality, openness to ideas, and esprit de corps * Support faculty and administrators with professional development opportunities * Respond in an affirmative and creative manner to the changing character of society * Develop a global perspective through international exchanges and programs * Meet social, economic, technological, and environmental changes * Support racial, cultural, and ethnic diversity in the university community * Maintain a healthy, safe, and aesthetic living and learning environment sensitive to local and global concerns Fitchburg State University seeks to achieve its mission through: Mutually supportive strong Liberal Arts and Sciences professional majors: * Offering a liberal foundation that encourages multicultural and interdisciplinary courses * Focusing on modes of inquiry within each discipline to strengthen critical thinking skills * Providing extensive field experiences that bring together theory and practice * Integrating technological development across the curriculum * Educating students for participation in the world community at both the undergraduate and graduate level through academic and experiential opportunities * Supporting undergraduate majors that complement graduate programs that, in turn, build on the strengths of the undergraduate offerings A student-centered environment: * Emphasizing creative teaching and active learning * Providing learning experiences where students come together to challenge one another's ideas in an environment of mutual respect * Responding to the intellectual, cultural, social, physical, and recreational needs of the residential and commuting populations * Providing support for students, including an academic advising center, computer facilities, a freshmen readiness program, developmental skills and ESL programs, peer advising, tutorials, counseling, as well as health services * Offering appropriate services for students with physical and learning disabilities Commitment to the welfare of the larger community and region that it serves with: * Collaborative efforts with school districts, the health care community, social service agencies, the business community, and higher educational institutions, particularly community colleges * Programs for disadvantaged and gifted students, both outreach and on-campus * Cultural events and activities that enrich the life of the community * Faculty, administration, and student participation in community programs * Tuition and fees that are within reach of people with moderate economic means


    Institutional statistical data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-2010.

    Institution Type
    • 4-year, Public
    Special Learning Opportunities
    • ROTC (Army)
    • Teacher certification
    • Distance learning opportunities
    • Study abroad
    Student Services
    • General Education Courses
    • Career Services available upon completion
    Credit Accepted
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experiences
    • Advanced placement (AP) credits
    • The acceptance of credits for work experience or military experience are subject to review by the school and cannot be guaranteed.
    Religious Affiliation
    • Not applicable
    Federal Aid
    • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
    Degrees/Certificates offered
    • Less than 1 year certificate
    • 1-2 years certificate
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Postbaccalaureate certificate
    • Master's degree
    • Post-master's certificate
    Campus Setting
    • Suburb: Midsize
    Disability Services Student
    • 3% or Less
  • Admission
    Total Applicants 3,651
    Percent Admitted 64%
    Men Admitted 60%
    Women Admitted 68%
    Full Time Retention Rate 77%
  • Submitted ACT & SAT Scores

    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Critical Reading 440 560
      Math 460 560
    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Composite 17 23
  • Student Demographics
    Total Enrolled 12,180
    Native American 21.0
    Asian 112.0
    African American 283.0
    Hispanic 291.0
    Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates 3,558
    Enrolled FullTime Graduates 232

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