Fitchburg State College

Fitchburg State College

Fitchburg State College is a four-year, public institution located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. It was established as the State Normal School in 1894 by the Massachusetts state legislature. Fitchburg State enrolls more than 3,500 undergraduate and 1,650 graduate students annually. The college offers postgraduate certificates, bachelors degrees and masters degrees in more than 25 areas of study. The main campus is spread across an area of over 70 acres.

Fitchburg State recognizes more than 60 student clubs and organizations. 'The Point' is the student-run newspaper, and WXPL is the student-run radio station. Its official mascot is the Falcon.

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Fitchburg State College
160 Pearl St
Fitchburg , MA 01420-2697
General Phone: (978) 345-2151

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Fitchburg State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching424education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, ...
Liberal Arts135English, creative writing, general studies, liberal arts and humanities, economics, geography, political science, sociology, history ...
Business and Management132business management, accounting, human resources
Photography and Commercial Art55cinematography, photography
Computer Science and Engineering50computer and info science, computer programming, computer science, web design
Security and Law Enforcement45criminal justice and safety
Therapy and Counseling40psychology, counseling psychology, marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling
Nursing and Emergency Medicine39registered nursing, various nursing
Engineering Technician27plastics engineering tech, industrial tech
Media24communication studies, digital communications
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy17sports and fitness management, exercise science
Design16design and visual communication
Family and Social Work13human services
Drama and Performing Arts10drama, theatre design
Architecture and Planning7architectural tech
Art Studies6arts management

Number of programs and degrees for Fitchburg State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree62839
Postbaccalaureate certificate65
Master's degree37030
Award of less than 1 academic year35
Post-master's certificate662

Fitchburg State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Fitchburg State had a total enrollment of 6,692 students (5,174 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 47%
Women 53%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 38%
Graduate 62%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 67%
Black 2%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 26%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 19%
20-21 18%
22-24 15%
25-29 13%
30-34 7%
35-39 6%
40-49 11%
50-64 7%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Hampshire3%
Rhode Island1%
New York1%

Fitchburg State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 75 %
Part-Time 80 %

Fitchburg State Room and Board (2007)

Fitchburg State offers campus housing for 1,540 of its 5,174 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Fitchburg, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Fitchburg State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440560
SAT Math460560
ACT Composite1723

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT98%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT8%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Fitchburg State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,400
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 12,480
Room and board $ 7,148
Room charge $ 4,448
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,700
Books and supplies $ 600
Other expenses $ 1,850

Financial Aid:
Fitchburg State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 218400)

Fitchburg State Faculty

Fitchburg State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2333
Non-tenured and not on tenure track37

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year34$79,95626$80,209
Associate professoracademic year35$66,12323$63,985
Assistant professoracademic year27$55,47535$53,993
Instructoracademic year0*4$55,172
All faculty totalacademic year96$68,02788$64,404

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Fitchburg State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football New England Football Conference
Basketball Massachusetts State College Athletic Association
Baseball Massachusetts State College Athletic Association
Track Massachusetts State College Athletic Association

Fitchburg State Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architectural Technology/Technician

Art Studies
Arts Management

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Design and Visual Communications, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

Engineering Technician
Industrial Technology/Technician
Plastics Engineering Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Human Services, General

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Political Science and Government, General

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production

Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor
Psychology, General

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checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
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checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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