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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    B-
Fitchburg State is a public university located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,428 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Fitchburg State acceptance rate is 75%. Popular majors include Business Administration and Management, Nursing, and Cinematography and Video Production. Graduating 54% of students, Fitchburg State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,900.
About Fitchburg State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Commonwealth Coast Football
Address
160 Pearl St
Fitchburg, MA 01420
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Fitchburg State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
75%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
890-1090
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$14,361/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,055/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,971/ year
  • $49-75k
    $14,856/ year
  • $76-110k
    $18,130/ year
  • $110k+
    $18,972/ year
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Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
68%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.41 responses
43%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.46 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.46 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,428Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
38%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 29 responses
Report
  • Interesting
    34%
  • Normal
    31%
  • Friendly
    17%
  • Chill
    7%
  • Diverse
    3%
  • Hardworking
    3%
  • Show up for class in the morning, party at night
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
49%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.51 responses
Poll
51%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.73 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 28 responses
Report
  • Growing
    50%
  • Small
    21%
  • Modern
    14%
  • Slowly developing
    11%
  • Timesink
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
54%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
84%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.32 responses
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The school and professors are great. The resources on campus are amazing. You really do get your moneys worth. That being said the food is terrible and never fails to upset my stomach! It’s too expensive for what is offered. There is never anything new and it has no flavor. Financial aid office always loses paperwork and that makes it difficult for us to get our money on time. Other than that the school is excellent and some classes although challenging are very interesting.
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I knew this was the school for me as soon as I stepped foot on campus! This campus is so welcoming and there are so many resources to use. Professors here care and do not want you to fail. It is a small school, so you connect better with professors, friends, and other college help.
I would not recommend Fitchburg at all. For one, it is a suitcase campus so everyone goes home on the weekends, so forget about having fun then. The parties are okay but even then the majority of them are Greek Life only. Academics are just okay. Dining sucks and their hours are awful especially on the weekends. As for dorms, Herlihy and Russell are where you will most likely end up as freshmen, and it is awful. So noisy despite quiet hours; I cannot count the times it has been 2am and someone has been screaming down the hall and no one does anything. Toilets are usually broken, there are pee stains and weeks' worth of hair in the shower, and the stalls have pads or tampons (sometimes wrappers, sometimes used pads and tampons) for the girls' bathroom and poop with pee stains in the guys'. The area around it is boring even if you have a car. I would not advise you to walk off campus (whether you are a male or female). The professors are the only good part of this school.