University ranked again for upward social mobility

October 6, 2020
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For the second consecutive year, Fitchburg State University has been recognized for upward social mobility in U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of colleges and universities.

The ranking among regional universities reflects Fitchburg State’s success in enrolling and graduating large numbers of economically disadvantaged students.

“Access and affordability are at the very foundation of our mission,” Fitchburg State President Richard S. Lapidus said. “We are proud of our track record of creating opportunities for all students, and for helping them complete their studies and move forward with their lives and careers.”

The methodology looked at students who qualified for Pell Grants, who typically come from households whose family incomes are less than $50,000 annually, though most Pell Grant money goes to students with a total family income below $20,000.

Lapidus said the university’s success in creating upward social mobility is tied to the work Fitchburg State is continuing in its newest strategic plan, whose three pillars are educational justice, being a student-ready campus, and inclusive excellence.

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