You know you're a transfer applicant when...
- You have a high school diploma or GED and
- You have enrolled in any regionally accredited college or university after high school, even if it's just for one course
Thinking about transferring to Fitchburg State? Here are some answers to questions you might have to help you with the admissions process.
What are the admissions requirements?
As a state university, the minimum requirements for admission to Fitchburg State are set by the Commonwealth’s Department of Higher Education. (Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.)
Applicants must meet one of the three following criteria:
- 12-23 transferable college credits and a minimum 2.5 college GPA; or
- Up to 23 transferable college credits, a minimum 2.0 college GPA and must also meet the admissions standards for freshman applicants; or
- 24 or more transferable credits and a minimum 2.0 college GPA
If you have any questions, please contact an admissions counselor
How many semester hours can be considered for transfer?
A maximum of 60 semester hours of transfer credit may be accepted for coursework taken at two-year accredited institutions, or credit granted for college - level examinations (CLEP), the military, and/or advanced placement courses.
The maximum increases to 75 semester hours if you attend an accredited four-year institution. Official transfer credit evaluations are conducted by the Registrar's Office after a student is admitted to the university.
I attend a Massachusetts community college or state university, does that make it easier to transfer my credits?
The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education established MassTransfer – this program makes the transfer process between Massachusetts’ higher education institutions easier.
You must apply while in attendance at your current community college or state university. Please contact your college Transfer Office for more information. To apply please visit the MassTransfer website.
Due to the competitive nature of some of our majors, higher admissions standards may be applied and space cannot be guaranteed in certain programs, such as Film/Video Production, Photography, Game Design and Nursing.
How much does Fitchburg State cost & do you offer financial aid?
Fitchburg State is very affordable. You can see what our costs are in the chart below. And, we offer about $32 million in financial assistance to 80% of our students. The financial aid we offer is in two forms; need-based aid and merit aid. For more information, please visit our costs and financial aid page.
|In-state tuition||$ 970|
|New England Regional Student Program (NERSP) Tuition**||$1,455|
|Fees for all students||$8,015|
|Average Room & Board||$8,910|
|TOTAL COSTS 2013-2014|
|In-state (Commuter)||$ 8,985|
*Costs are subject to change
**The New England Regional Tuition Student Program (NERSP) offers a discount on our tuition and fees for students who reside in specific New England states and who are studying specific majors as shown in the chart below.
Discounts offered to students living in New England states studying the following programs
|VERMONT||Earth Systems Science|
|NEW HAMPSHIRE||Communications Media|
|RHODE ISLAND||Communications Media|
|Earth Systems Sciences|
Everything looks great! How do I schedule a visit to check out the campus?
We would love to have you visit the campus. Many students say once they visit, they can’t imagine going anywhere else.
OK, I'm ready to apply! What do I need to do next?
When applying to Fitchburg State, you’ll need to submit the following:
- Completed Application
- Application Fee
- Application Essay
- Official High School Transcript*
- Official SAT/ACT Scores*
- Official College Transcript (all colleges attended)
- Letters of Recommendation (Optional)
- Resume (Optional)
* If you have completed an associate's degree at the time of application, you do not need to submit an official high school transcript. Also, if at the time of application you will have graduated from high school 3 or more years ago, or you have 24 or more transferable college credits, you do not need to submit SAT/ACT scores.
Priority Application Deadlines
A priority deadline is not a hard deadline, and we will accept applications after the deadline has passed. However, some of our programs are highly competitive and have limited space available. For your best opportunity to be considered for these programs, it is best to apply no later than the priority deadline.
Applying by the priority deadline will give you a better chance of meeting deadlines for financial aid and on-campus housing.
Fall Semester: March 1st
Spring Semester: November 1st
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Nursing: January 1st
Film/Video, Game Design and Photography: January 1st for fall; November 1st for spring
Honors Program: February 1st
Merit Scholarship: February 1st
March 15th for fall (if seeking on-campus housing)
July 15th for fall (if no on-campus housing required)
December 1st for spring.