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Freshman Application Standards

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.

We understand that applying to college can be overwhelming. To help make this process as simple as possible, we’ve included an overview of requirements for incoming freshmen below.

If you have any questions about whether or not you meet the requirements to apply, we’re happy to help you through the process. Contact Admissions.

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

The following chart outlines which college prep courses are required. Please note that meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Also, standardized test scores (SATs/ACTs) are no longer needed to be considered for Merit Aid Scholarships.


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

Spring 2020

  •  December 1 - All programs 
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Required application materials

  • Application
  • Essay*
  • Official high school transcript with first-quarter grades

* 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
  • Official SAT and/or ACT score report**

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

High school classes completed

Subject Fall 2020
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)

Test Optional Guidelines

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 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

Grade point average (GPA) and SAT/ACT requirements

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)

What is recalculated GPA?

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”.

I'm concerned that I do not meet the requirements. Should I still apply?

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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