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We're a public institution located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, dedicated to integrating high-quality professional programs with strong liberal arts and sciences studies.

Founded in 1894, we now have more than 30 undergraduate programs and 22 master's degree programs, and 6,000 full and part-time students.

Get to Know Us

Facts and Figures

From enrollment numbers, faculty headcount, financial aid amounts, and much more...  

Our Leadership

Meet our president as well as our board of trustees, find office hours and schedules to public meetings. 

Our History

We've proudly served student populations since 1894. Learn a little bit of our humble beginnings.      

Institutional Learning Priorities (ILPs)

What students know, are able to do, and value upon graduation from Fitchburg State University
Through their complete educational experience, Fitchburg State graduates will be creative and critical thinkers who integrate and communicate their learning from a variety of disciplines and experiences in ways that enhance their civic, personal and professional lives.

Accomplished through:

  • Foundational Skills and Disciplinary Breadth - Students will demonstrate attainment of the Learning Outcomes of the General Education program.
  • Mastery in a Defined Body of Knowledge - Students will attain the specialized academic objectives of their major or programs.
  • Engagement with Campus and Community Life - Students will develop personal and professional skills, goals, and ethical standards of behavior through co-curricular experiences.

Accomplished through:

  • Creative and Critical Thinking - Students will use evidence and context to increase knowledge, reason ethically, assess the quality of information, solve problems, and innovate in imaginative ways.
  • Effective Communication - Students will carefully consider and clearly articulate ideas for a range of audiences and purposes in written, spoken, technology-mediated, visual, or other forms of communication.
  • Integrative Learning - Students will apply their breadth and depth of knowledge, skills, and experience to address complex issues.

Accomplished through:

  • Respect for People and Cultures - Students will appreciate the contributions and needs of diverse individuals and groups and understand themselves in solidarity with others locally, nationally, and globally.
  • Civic Participation in Wider Communities - Students will demonstrate their ability to work within and across communities, to apply their knowledge in the service of others, and to promote social justice.
  • Continuous Learning and Personal Growth - Students will approach the world with confidence and curiosity, appreciate the complex identities of themselves and others, and reflect critically on their experiences throughout life to make informed choices that advance their own well-being and that of the larger community.

Our Mission, Vision and Values


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.


Fitchburg State University will be nationally recognized for its excellence in teaching and learning in current and emergent fields, for its commitment to transforming lives through education, and for its dedication to public service.

In order to achieve this, we will:

  • Prepare students for a global society through curricular innovation and program development
  • Achieve academic excellence by investing in our faculty and librarians in their pursuit of knowledge, professional competency, and scholarship
  • Employ innovative uses of technology in the library and across our campus to maximize student learning
  • Create a culture of diversity to meet the needs of the region and enhance the personal and academic lives of the university community
  • Build partnerships within our community to provide real-world opportunities for our students and collaborative solutions to community issues.

Core Values

Offering equitable access to high-quality programs and services to people of varying cultural backgrounds living within and beyond our diverse community of North Central Massachusetts

Providing opportunities for students of varying socioeconomic backgrounds to pursue an affordable, quality education

Forging partnerships with businesses and community organizations within the region to enhance quality of life

Sustaining a supportive campus environment for students, faculty, staff, and alumni in which all members can grow and excel in their personal and professional lives

Striving for excellence in academic programs and services through innovative teaching and professional practices


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Maps and Directions

Trying to find your way around campus? Access campus and building maps, as well as information on the best ways to get here from out of town.
Read more about: Maps and Directions

University Police

We strive for exemplary community-oriented policing services by creating partnerships and problem solving strategies that promote the safety, security, and well-being of everyone on campus.
Read more about: University Police

Marketing and Integrated Communications

We're glad to be a source of news and information about Fitchburg State University, as well as lead our communications, marketing, messaging, public relations and branding activities.
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