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About Fitchburg State University

Type Control of Institution - Public/Private


4 Years

Student Population Number of Students attending College




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Religious Affiliation Indicates religious affiliation (denomination) for private not-for-profit institutions that are religiously affiliated.

Not applicable

On Campus Housing Does the institution provide on-campus housing?


Fitchburg State University(FSU) is a public university which is located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.Over 3,500 undergraduate and 1,650 graduate students enrolled for a total student body enrollment of 5,200 in the university. University was founded in 1894 as State Normal School in Fitchburg. 

FSU offers 56 undergraduate majors and concentrations in 25 departments from Biology to Pre-Professional Programs. Also the faculty offers more than 40 graduate and certificate programs and the university no longer requires the GRE and GMAT for entrance. University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

  • University has over 3,500 undergraduate and 1,650 graduate students continuing their education.

  • University provides scholarships on the basis of student’s academic achievements, proven leadership and extracurricular activities.

  • The student to faculty ratio is 14:1.

  • The male-female percentage ratio in the university is 47:53.

  • Based on the U.S. News data, FSU is an easy school to get admitted. 

  • Based on the U.S. News data, Visual and Performing Arts, Biological and Biomedical Sciences and Multidisciplinary Studies are among the most popular majors.

Online Education at Fitchburg State University

The university offers 15 online programs across 5 disciplines including Nursing, Business Management, History, Education, and Information Technology programs.The online platform is specifically designed for students looking to improve career opportunities by enhancing professional knowledge. The time schedule of the online program is flexible thus easily incorporated into the busy routine of a working professional. For instance, Fitchburg State University online MBA program instills skills to prepare leader’s in the changing business marketplace.


Some student reviews about the university are given below

  • The campus is very welcoming and there are so many resources to use. Professors here care and do not want you to fail. It is a small school, so you connect better with professors, friends, and other college help.

  • Scenic campus, warm people and informative academics. The community is very welcoming an everyone feels like a part of a large family. The professors are willing to assist the students and mold the best out of them. The dorms are spacious and clean.

  • Every member in the community puts great emphasis on involvement and thus provides as a support system whatever your interests may be. The food is healthy and tasty. The professors are extremely qualified and very helpful. They are ready to walk that extra mile to help the students who find it difficult grasping the syllabus. The non-teaching staff is also very considerate to guide the freshers through their campus life.

Location & Contact


160 Pearl St


Email: N/A
Phone: 9783452151
Fax: 9786653693
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Based on the U.S. News, #108th in Regional University North. Other than this Villanova University ranks:

  • #51th in Top performers on Social Mobility.

  • #34th in Top Public Schools.


Application Deadline Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.


Acceptance Rate Percentage of applicants who are accepted in an Institution.


SAT Range

1000 - 1150

ACT Range

19 - 25

Application Fee




High School GPA


Accept Common App


It is quite an easy school with higher chances to get admitted in, with the acceptance rate of 87%. Last year, over 4,164 undergraduate applicants were admitted into the faculty. Academically it has an average requirement for admission test scores.

The SAT score should be in 1030 or above and an ACT score should be20 or above. The GPA requirement is 3.0 or above on 4.0 scale.

Guidelines for applying to FSU are given below:

  • Submit the common application with the Member School Section for FSU.

  • Ask your school counselor to send the Secondary School Report Form and your official High School Transcript.

  • FSU offers the option of self-report of the SAT or ACT.

  • All non-native English speakers are also required to submit either official TOEFL or IELTS results.

Annual Cost to Attend

Net Price Cost of attendance minus any grants and scholarships received.


Average Annual Cost


Books And Supplies


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Room And Board The charges for an academic year for rooming accommodations and meals for a typical student.


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The average annual cost varies depending upon the program an applicant applies for.

The average annual list price to attend the university on a full-time basis is $24,576 per year for In-state applicants, which comprises $970 for tuition, $1,000 for books and supplies, $11,072 for room and board and $9,384 for other fees. 

For out-state applicants, the annual cost to attend is $30,656 which comprises $7,050 for tuition, $1,000 for books and supplies, $11,072 for room and board and $2,150 for other expenses.

Although scholarships are provided by the university on the basis of student’s academic achievements, proven leadership and participation in extracurricular activities according to both in their schools and their communities. University’s merit-based scholarships are offered through the Presidential Scholarship Program.


Highest Degree Offered The highest degree offered by the Institution.

Master's degree

Student:Faculty Ratio


Full-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Part-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Academic Calendar


Research Funding per Student


Faculty Overview


Male Professors


Female Professors

Non-traditional Learning

Evening Degree Programs

Teacher Certification

Distance Education

Study Abroad


Business Administration, Management...

114 Graduates

Registered Nursing, Administration,...

90 Graduates

Film/Video and Photographic Arts

76 Graduates

Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, G...

61 Graduates

Physiology, Pathology and Related S...

60 Graduates

Criminal Justice and Corrections

59 Graduates

Biology, General

53 Graduates

Psychology, General

41 Graduates

Human Services, General

39 Graduates

Design and Applied Arts

38 Graduates

Industrial Production Technologies/...

34 Graduates


31 Graduates

Communication and Media Studies

26 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

19 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

18 Graduates

Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft

17 Graduates

Rhetoric and Composition/Writing St...

14 Graduates

Architectural Sciences and Technolo...

12 Graduates

Computer and Information Sciences,...

11 Graduates

Computer Science

11 Graduates


11 Graduates

English Language and Literature, Ge...

8 Graduates

Special Education and Teaching

8 Graduates

Health and Physical Education/Fitne...

7 Graduates


5 Graduates


4 Graduates

Geography and Cartography

4 Graduates


3 Graduates

Political Science and Government

3 Graduates

Radio, Television, and Digital Comm...

3 Graduates

Research and Experimental Psycholog...

3 Graduates

Computer Software and Media Applica...

1 Graduates

Environmental Control Technologies/...

1 Graduates


Student Body

Undergraduate Students


Socio-Economic Diversity Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.






Students Gender



US National: 44%



US National: 56%




70% White

2% Unknown

11% Black

12% Hispanic

3% Two or more races

0% Non Resident alien

2% Asian

0% American Indian/Alaska native

0% Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander

Geographic Density

Geographic Density



Unknown Location


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Economic Diversity

36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Median Household Income

$71,253 per year

Campus Life


The students can reside on campus and N/A of Freshman Live On-Campus.

On Campus Housing Available


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Averege Housing Cost


Campus Food

The institution has several dining and meal plan options available to students and the average meal plan cost is around $3,490/year.

Meal Plan Available


Average Meal Plan Available



Division Sports Nickname


School Colors

yellow and green

Varsity Athletics Association


Varsity Athletics Conference Primary

New England Football Conference

Total Male Athletes


Total Female Athletes


Intramural Sports


Sports Club


Sports Team (Men)



Cross Country


Ice Hockey


Track and Field

Sports Team (Women)


Cross Country

Field Hockey




Track and Field


Campus Safety

24-Hour Security Patrol


Campus Emergency Phones


24-Hour Escort Safety rides


Mobile Campus Emergency Alert


On-campus housing facilities are offered to the students who wish to remain nearby. A candidate will be needed to pay a normal expense of $11,250 per year for living on campus. Fitchburg State University has several dining and meal plan options for its students and the average meal plan at FSU costs around $3,490 per year. To ensure the safety and security of students, the university has a number of campus safety and security measures in place. Some of these features include 24-hr security patrol, campus emergency phones, 24-hr escort safety rides and mobile campus emergency alert. The number of female and male students at the university are 47% and 53%, respectively.

After Graduation

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation


Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation


Median Total Debt After Graduation The median cumulative federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated.




Typical Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.

$227 - 280

Outcomes 8 Years of Attending

Show data for students who

and started their studies

Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

Financial Aid

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid.


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving Federal Grants


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving State Aid


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving Institutional Grants


Average Aid Per Year


Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income

Aid awarded based on the family income.


Average Amount

< $30K


$30K - $48K


$48K - $75K


$75K - $110K


> $110K


Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants


FSU provides financial aid in the form of scholarships and grants. The University’s Office of Financial Assistance is available to help students and their families through the financial aid application process. In order to access the financial aid of the university, the applicant has to fill the FAFSA form.

By learning about the various sources of aid and the application process, you can make sure that you get the most financial aid as possible. Completing the application process prior to the assigned deadlines will give you a better opportunity to secure your financial aid.

FSU’s college code number for FAFSA 002184

  • University’s average financial aid package for incoming first-year students is $14,717.

  • Approximately 91% of the class receives financial assistance. 

  • Federal Direct Stafford Loan is a federally guaranteed student loan administered by the university offered for graduate students.

  • Nursing loans are offered for undergraduate students from the Federal Government. 

The Percentage of Aid offered to the students per year at MSU per year is given below:

  • Around 69% of students receive Gift Aid for an average amount of $6,975.

  • A total of 47% of students receive Federal Grant Aid for an average amount of $4,729.

  • An average amount of $2,355 is offered as State Aid to 62% of students.

  • And 56% of students receive Institutional Aid for an average amount of $2,013.

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