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Students returning to campus

Posted 08/30/16

Fitchburg State launches the 2016-17 academic year in September with one of its largest and most diverse incoming classes. The University will also mark a milestone in its history with the formal installation of its 11th president, Richard S. Lapidus, in October.

To accommodate the hundreds of new students headed to on-campus residence halls and apartments, several local streets will be temporarily closed on Friday, Sept. 2 and Monday, Sept. 5. North Street will be closed between Ross and Pearl streets between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday. There will be temporary closures as needed along Cedar Street between Pearl and Holman street on both days. Public transportation providers have been made aware of the temporary closures and will reroute vehicles accordingly as students move in.

Orientation activities for new students start Friday afternoon, with a welcome from President Lapidus at 4 p.m. on the main quadrangle.

The University will welcome more than 1,000 first-year and transfer students when classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 6. It is the University’s second-largest incoming class in its history, with students hailing from 228 high schools in Massachusetts, along with 22 other states and five foreign countries.

New and returning students will find a campus that has undergone significant capital and personnel investment since the spring, including:

  • The townhouse complex along Highland Avenue has been renovated to include glass-enclosed entryways that will increase safety, energy conservation and aesthetics.
  • The second floor renovation of the C-wing at the McKay Complex has been completed.
  • The University’s Graduate and Continuing Education division is launching a new “big data” certificate program, helping students develop knowledge and skills in data analysis and visualization, database development, machine learning and data mining. Certificate holders will gain competitive skills for careers across a wide array of areas including medicine, bioinformatics, government, education, marketing, security and financial management.

The campus is also gearing up for the formal inauguration of President Lapidus at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Athletics and Recreation Center. The ceremony is part of a weeklong celebration of Fitchburg State’s history and its future, with academic and cultural programming that is open to the wider community. The inauguration week will also include the University’s homecoming celebrations.

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