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University Facts and Figures

Fitchburg State offers undergraduate and graduate programs with an emphasis on career-orientated learning that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts, as well as selected majors in the traditional arts and sciences. The university features small class sizes, hands-on professional education, and an accessible faculty dedicated to teaching. A compact campus provides the added bonus of a secure community where social and cultural activities abound and students assume a wide-range of leadership roles in the community, student government and social and artistic affairs.

An emphasis on faculty mentoring and internships has resulted in an extremely high success rate in placing students in careers or graduate school.

The university supports both traditional and nontraditional students. Full-time and part-time enrollment opportunities exist during the day and the evening, and at the graduate and undergraduate level. The undergraduate day population is comprised of both commuter and residential students representing the entire state of Massachusetts and all of New England. The graduate and continuing education population includes the whole spectrum of learners — from people desiring to expand their career opportunities by pursuing graduate or undergraduate certificates and degrees, to a typical university student home for the summer taking a course or two to get ahead. The Graduate and Continuing Education Office offers diverse perspectives for part-time and full-time advanced study in a variety of professional and academic fields.


Fitchburg State University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the International Accreditation Council for Business Education, the Council for Standards in Human Service Education, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The university’s programs are also approved by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification, the Interstate Certification Compact of Educational Personnel, the State Board of Registration in Nursing, the Board of Higher Education, the Commonwealth Honors Program and ABET.


The university accepts students on the basis of their high school record, essay, and SAT/ACT scores. When making admissions decisions, such other factors as recommendations from teachers and extra-curricular activities are considered.

Alumni Association

The Alumni Association offers a number of programs and services to the university’s more than 46,000 graduates. It serves the campus community with scholarships, equipment grants and library materials.


Fitchburg State University teams compete in NCAA Division III sports

Men’s Varsity Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Ice Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Track and Field

Women’s Varsity Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Board of Trustees

  • Donald R. Irving (chair)
  • Anna Maria Clementi (vice-chair)
  • C. Deborah Phillips (interim clerk)
  • Lynn Tesconi Barrieau
  • Martha Nicholson
  • Delfi L. Nieto
  • Frank O'Donnell
  • Alexander Ramos (student representative)
  • Carolyn Crowley Stimpson
  • David C. Tiernan


Two semesters: Early September to mid-December, and late January to early May. (Two summer sessions and a winter session are also offered by Graduate and Continuing Education).


Main campus: 48 buildings (six of which are over 100 years old) on 60 acres.
McKay Teacher Education Center: 11 acres.
Athletic Fields: 17 acres.
The university also owns 122 acres in Lancaster used for nature and ecological study, 12.5 acres on John Fitch Highway, and 42 acres on Pearl Hill Road used for passive recreation.

Cultural Events

The university sponsors a cultural series — CenterStage — that includes lectures and performing arts. The theater program, the band, chorus and jazz groups, and the student dance and theater clubs, all offer performances throughout the year. Art exhibits are hosted annually at the Hammond Hall Art Gallery and the Conlon Hall Media Wall. Programming is also offered through the Office of Student Development, the Center for Italian Culture, and Adult Learning in the Fitchburg Area (ALFA).

Degrees Awarded (2017)

Baccalaureate: 859
Master’s: 384
Certificates of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS): 20

Economic Impact

$137 million.
Total full-time employees: 511
The university is the largest non-municipal employer in Fitchburg.

Enrollment (Fall 2017)

Total enrollment: 7,262
Undergraduate: 4,129
Graduate students: 3,133


Full-time faculty: 209
Percent of full-time faculty with doctorate or highest degree in field: 93%
Day student-faculty ratio: 16:1

Financial Aid

Federal, state and institutional programs provide students with more than $40 million in grants, loans, work-study awards and scholarships. About 90% of undergraduates receive some form of financial aid.


The Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library is a comprehensive information center dedicated to the educational development of students. The library allows students and faculty to access the catalog of approximately 195,000 books, CDs and DVDs; 500 print periodical titles; approximately 66,000 unique full text online periodical titles; and access to approximately 130 electronic online databases (encyclopedias, indexes/abstracts, directories, streaming audio and ebooks, etc.). Additional services include Instruction, Reference, Electronic Reserves, distance learning services for the Extended Campus programs, and the university archives.


Fitchburg, Mass. is a city of 40,000 located in the North Central part of the state, close to the New Hampshire border, about 50 miles from Boston.


The university produces an electronic campus newsletter, Fitchburg State University Today. The Point, the student newspaper, is also published online. The alumni magazine, Contact, is published twice annually and carries news and feature stories about the university and its graduates. The university also has a website and a student-run radio station (WXPL, 91.3FM).

Recreation Center

The Recreation Center is the hub for recreational activities at Fitchburg State. The Recreation Center provides access to collegiate sports and a state-of-the-art fitness center equipped with racquetball courts, a dance studio, indoor track, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, group fitness classes and recreation trips.

Residence Halls

The campus has four residence halls and three apartment communities. Half of the undergraduate student population lives in campus residences.


General state appropriations (2015): $36,197,548 (includes fringe benefits)
State capital appropriation: $908,318
Total revenue: $94,702,571
Endowment: $15.8 million, managed by the Fitchburg State University Foundation.

Student and Academic Support Services

The Office of Student and Academic Life oversees a variety of services, including Academic Advising, Athletic and Recreational Services, Campus Center, Career Services, Counseling Services, Disability Services, Expanding Horizons, Health Services, International Education, Center for Diversity and Inclusiveness, Orientation, Peer Tutor and Assessment Center, Student Conduct, Mediation and Education, and Student Development Office.

Tuition and Fees

Annual tuition and fees for full-time day undergraduates (Massachusetts residents), $10,373 (fall 2018). Total annual cost for full-time residential student: $21,295 (fall 2018).
Graduate and continuing education costs are $308 per credit for undergraduate level courses and $319 per credit for graduate level courses (fall 2017).

University Officers

Dr. Richard S. Lapidus, president; Dr. Alberto Cardelle, provost and vice president for academic affairs; Jay Bry, vice president of finance and administration; Dr. Laura Bayless, vice president for student affairs.