Framingham State University

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100 State Street, PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101

Phone: (508) 620-1220
2013-2014 Tuition
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rolling admission

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RNP Ranked Not Published.
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Regional Universities (North)

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Framingham State University is a public institution that was founded in 1839. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,490, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 50 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Framingham State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,080 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $14,160 (2013-14).

The campus of Framingham State University is about 20 miles outside of Boston in Framingham, Mass. Founded as an all-women’s school in 1839, Framingham State now boasts a student body that’s about 65 percent female. On campus, there are more than 50 student clubs and organizations to consider joining, as well as athletic opportunities with the Framingham State Rams, members of the NCAA Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference. Framingham State University sponsors a variety of extracurricular events for students as well, including the Evening Performance and Lecture Series and international film broadcasts. Programming is available for commuter students, too, including coffee meet-ups.

The university operates a variety of research centers and institutes, including the John C. Stalker Institute for Food and Nutrition, the Center for Social Research, and the Center for Global Education. Among the options for graduate students at Framingham State University is a graduate nursing program.

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

Framingham State offers the only public, four-year, residential college experience in the greater Boston area. Situated on an exceptionally beautiful 50-acre, traditional New England campus 18 miles west of the city, the university features small class size and personalized attention for students at all levels. While founded as a teacher preparation institution, the majority of students today major in other disciplines and professional programs, although education programs remain highly sought after. The University confers the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Education degrees in twenty-seven majors, including art history, art studio, biology, business administration, business and information technology, chemistry, communication arts, computer science, criminology, early childhood education, economics, elementary education, English, environmental science, fashion design and retailing, food and nutrition, food science, geography, history, liberal studies, mathematics, modern languages, nursing (post-RN program), political science, pre-engineering psychology, and sociology. Student success is central to the mission of the University. Comprehensive academic support and advising services help students make the transition to the first-year and stay on track to degree completion. The University also features a robust honors program for exceptional students. At the advanced level, Framingham State University graduates approximately 500 master's students each year in 24 graduate programs, including an MBA program that can be completed on a full or part-time basis. Framingham State was a pioneer in undergraduate and graduate online education, having offered online courses since 1998. Traditional college-age students as well as non-traditional students seeking higher education on either a full- or part-time basis have opportunities to participate in campus life through a wide variety of co-curricular activities and to develop the knowledge and skills needed to compete in a global and technological society.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1839
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $21,788,314


When applying to Framingham State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 15. The application fee at Framingham State University is $45. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 51.7 percent and an early acceptance rate of 67.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 51.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Framingham State University is 16:1, and the school has 41.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Framingham State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences; Social Sciences; Psychology; and Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 74 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 34%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 16%
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 13%
Social Sciences 12%
Psychology 10%
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 9%

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Student Life

Framingham State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,490, with a gender distribution of 37.4 percent male students and 62.6 percent female students. At this school, 52 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 48 percent of students live off campus. Framingham State University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 6,506
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Framingham State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Framingham 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 Framingham State University, 12 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Framingham State University.

Students who have cars on campus 12%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Framingham State University, 63.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,107.

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In-state tuition and fees $8,080 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $14,160 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,074 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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