Undergraduate Admissions

We get it. Applying to college is overwhelming. Let us make things a little easier.   
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To make this as simple as possible we’ve included an overview of requirements for incoming freshmen below.


Fall 2021 Deadlines

  • December 1 - Nursing and Game Design Priority Deadline
  • February 1 - Merit Scholarship Consideration
  • February 15 - Financial Aid Priority Deadline
  • March 1 – Priority Deadline
  • May 1 – Deposit Deadline

Spring 2021 Deadlines

  • December 1 - All programs

Please note we are rolling admissions, which means we do not have an Early Action or Early Decision deadline. However, we do review applications as soon as they are complete, so the sooner you apply the sooner you will hear your admissions decision. 

For our competitive programs we strongly suggest you apply by the Priority Deadline, however we will continue to accept applications for these programs as long as there is space available.


Discover all that Fitchburg State University has to offer in our undergraduate Viewbook

More than 40 academic programs, 85 student clubs, Division III athletics and a picturesque New England campus located only a 75 minute train ride from Boston. Scholarships available.


Transfer Admissions 
International Admissions

What You Need To Apply

Please note: The application fee has been eliminated for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 undergraduate applicants. No application fee is required!

  • Application
  • Essay*
  • Official high school transcript
  • Resumé (pre-nursing majors only)

* All applicants are required to submit a minimum 300 word essay. The essay is an opportunity to share with us information that would help us become better acquainted with you. We encourage students to write on the topic of their choice.

Optional materials:

  • Letters of recommendation
  • Interview
  • Resumé (pre-nursing majors must submit a resumé)
  • Official SAT and/or ACT score report**

**Students interested in Nursing or merit scholarships must submit SAT/ACT scores as required materials for their application.

Fall 2021 Requirements

Subject Number of Courses
English 4 courses
Mathematics 4 courses (Algebra I & II and Geometry or Trigonometry, or comparable coursework) including mathematics during the final year of high school.
Sciences 3 courses (drawn from Natural Science and/or Physical Science and/or Technology/Engineering, and all three must include laboratory work); Technology/engineering courses must be designated as science courses (taken for science credit) by the high school.
Social Sciences 2 courses (including 1 course in U.S. History)
Foreign Languages 2 courses (in a single language) 
Note: American Sign Language (ASL) is a foreign language.
Electives 2 courses (from the above subjects or from the Arts & Humanities or Computer Sciences)

While it may be beneficial for some students to elect to be Test Optional, SAT/ACT scores may be useful (or even required) for some applicants.

Below are our Test Optional guidelines:

  • Applicants who have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher are already eligible candidates for undergraduate admission and are strongly encouraged to submit SAT/ACT scores
  • Applicants with SAT scores of 1030 or higher or ACT scores of 20 or higher are also encouraged to submit test scores as part of their application
  • Applicants with a high school GPA below 3.0 that elect to be Test Optional must submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or high school guidance counselor
  • Applicants to our Nursing program are required to submit SAT/ACT scores
  • Applicants may be required to submit additional information after applications are initially reviewed
  • Students with a documented learning disability should not elect to be Test Optional. By submitting psycho-educational/cognitive testing, the student is requesting a waiver of the SAT/ACT scores
  • Applicants for whom test scores are automatically sent to Fitchburg State from the testing agency or are included as part of the high school transcript can still elect to be Test Optional – the scores will not be taken into consideration as part of the application review
  • Applicants applying to our Game Design program for the Fall 2020 semester or later, we will not be requiring test scores for consideration. Students who are applying for semesters prior to Fall 2020, please note test scores are required.
Recalculated High School GPA Combined SAT ERW & M and/or ACT Must Equal or Exceed (ACT composite equivalent in parenthesis)
2.51 - 2.99 990 (19)
2.41 - 2.50 1030 (20)
2.31 - 2.40 1070 (21)
2.21 - 2.30 1110 (22)
2.11 - 2.20 1140 (23)
2.00 - 2.10 1180 (24)

If your GPA is below 3.0 we use the sliding scale to determine admissibility.

When reviewing a high school transcript, we re-calculate a student’s GPA based on their college prep, honors or AP level courses only. We do not include courses that are based on performance such as physical education, health, music, etc.

When re-calculating a GPA we also give “extra credit” for higher-level courses. For example if you received a “B” in an honors course, we would consider this a “B+”. If you received a “B” in an AP or IB course, we would consider it an “A”.

If you have a minimum recalculated GPA of a 2.00 or higher, you’re considered for admission.

If your GPA and SAT/ACT combination doesn’t fit within the sliding scale, we’ll automatically consider you for one of our special admissions programs:

If you do not have a 2.00 or higher, we cannot accept you as a freshman. However, you can enroll in another college first and then apply as a transfer student once you have earned some college-level credits.

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Accepted Student Info Sessions every Friday at 11am until May 1.

Virtual Future Falcon Day (Accepted Student Day) will launch April 21 at 10am

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Other Ways To Join

It's possible to get college credit before your career begins. Here's three other ways to consider getting a head start at Fitchburg State. 

Dual Enrollment

You are able to enroll in available courses that meet your high school graduation requirements. Learn more about it! 

Summer Bridge

An opportunity for students who show the potential to succeed in college, but who did not meet the university’s minimum standards for admission. 

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