Fitchburg State University

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160 Pearl Street

Fitchburg, MA 01420-2697

Phone: (978) 345-2151
2013-2014 Tuition
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RNP Ranked Not Published.
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Regional Universities (North)

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Fitchburg State University is a public institution that was founded in 1894. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,162, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 45 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Fitchburg State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,985 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $15,065 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Fitchburg State University is committed to excellence in teaching and learning and blends liberal arts and sciences and professional programs within a small college environment. Our comprehensive public university prepares students to lead, serve, and succeed by fostering lifelong learning and civic and global responsibility. A Fitchburg State education extends beyond our classrooms to include residential, professional, and co-curricular opportunities. As a community resource, we provide leadership and support for the economic, environmental, social, and cultural needs of North Central Massachusetts and the Commonwealth.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1894
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $10,765,216


When applying to Fitchburg State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1. The application fee at Fitchburg State University is $25. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 72.1 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 72.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by May 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Fitchburg State University is 16:1, and the school has 40.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Fitchburg State University include: Business Administration, Management and Operations; Film/Video and Photographic Arts; Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Education, General; and Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 75.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 24%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration, Management and Operations 14%
Film/Video and Photographic Arts 12%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General 10%
Education, General 9%
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 9%

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Student Life

Fitchburg State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,162, with a gender distribution of 46.6 percent male students and 53.4 percent female students. At this school, 41 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 59 percent of students live off campus. Fitchburg State University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 6,888
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Fitchburg State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Fitchburg State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Fitchburg State University, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Fitchburg State University.

Students who have cars on campus 75%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Fitchburg State University, 63.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,909.

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In-state tuition and fees $8,985 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $15,065 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,805 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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