#8 Best Public Universities in Massachusetts

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, Massachusetts

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Fitchburg State University overview
Location Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Online fitchburgstate.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Midsize Suburban
Fitchburg State University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Fitchburg State University, established in 1894, is a public institution nestled in the city of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, approximately 50 miles from Boston. The university showcases a blend of traditional and modern architecture across its urban campus, offering a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs with a notable emphasis on nursing, education, and criminal justice. While maintaining a broadly inclusive admissions policy, Fitchburg State provides housing options to students through its residence halls and apartment-style living. The university is not particularly known for its athletic programs but does field teams under the mascot name Falcons across various sports in the NCAA Division III.

In the most recent statistical year 3,084 prospective students applied, and 2,654 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 486 enrolled in the school.  2,895 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 3,659 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $970 plus fees of $9,951. Fitchburg State is ranked 549 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Fitchburg State is rated within the top 48% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Fitchburg State University overview
SAT 1020/1220
ACT 22/28
GPA 3.29

Applications Accepted

Fitchburg State University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend

Massachusetts Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Fitchburg State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$9,951
Room and Board $13,516
Budget for Other Expenses$2,100
Total One Year Cost$27,737

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Fitchburg State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$9,951
Room and Board $13,516
Budget for Other Expenses$2,100
Total One Year Cost$33,817

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$44,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

47% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Fitchburg State University students
Subject Percent of Class
General Studies 16%
Business 16%
Visual and Performing Arts 14%
Education 8%
Health Professions 6%

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