The new academic year is about to begin at Fitchburg State University, where new and returning students will find upgraded facilities, new housing options and the foundations for new academic programs.
New resident students will move in Monday, Sept. 3 (Labor Day) between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Move-in will start with registration at the Wallace Civic Center on John Fitch Highway, with vehicles then directed up North Street to the main campus. Portions of North Street will be closed to traffic during the move-in, and portions of Highland Avenue and Cedar Street may also be closed at times. There will also be road closures between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for returning student move-in on Wednesday, Sept. 5. Fall semester classes begin Thursday, Sept. 6.
“The start of the semester brings an infusion of new life to the campus, with 1,000 incoming first-year and transfer students, along with new members of our faculty and staff,” President Richard S. Lapidus said. “The transformative work that takes place in our classrooms and laboratories will be complemented by the University’s continued collaboration with our shared community.”
Among the highlights of the coming semester is the first graduation of the University’s police program, whose graduates will complete bachelor’s and master’s degrees and certification to work full-time in municipal police departments across Massachusetts. This summer, the first recruit officer class has undergone rigorous skills training in an academy including emergency vehicle operations and qualification at the firing range, among other tactical programs. The graduation ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at Weston Auditorium.
The University’s investment in the downtown theater block reaches a milestone this fall with the opening of the ideaLab on the second floor of 717 Main St. The space will include classrooms and studio space for the University’s game design program, along with open space for interdisciplinary learning that will be accessible to the public.
Back on campus, resident students will find more opportunities for living, learning communities based on their academic interests. The University is opening a new living, learning community for its Honors Program students, complementing shared living arrangements for criminal justice students and those pursuing degrees in STEM fields.