Fitchburg, MA
Tuition (in-state)
$14,790 ($8,710)
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Reviews 420 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: You don't necessarily need a laptop, but you definitely want to get one just for the convenience. Every time I've gone to the computer labs, there's always a computer open on one of the floors. The school gives you a decent printing limit. You have a certain number of free pages and then you need to pay a small fee when you run out. I print all of my class slides and papers and never ran out. There were only a few instances where the network was funky, but I would say it's better than most schools and tech support are always really helpful.

2 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: There aren't many bars or clubs in the area. If you venture too far you go into the ghetto. There's a bunch of parties in the off-campus apartments, but they're always incredibly crowded and filled with cocky jocks.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: I've never had a problem with the school's strictness. They're not overly strict nor are they completely laid back.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The support of the teams are relatively good but some sports not might have the same number of people cheering but it depends on what sports the person likes or which friends are on them. The most part the games are good and entertaining the school tries to get the school hype at the beginning of season sports to boost the support for each team.

3 College Freshman

Academics: They have opportunities to go see job sites and to view buildings. They have a group that goes from state to state to view buildings and take a tour to see how it was made, what materials were used and how much it cost.

3 College Freshman

Weather: There are a lot of snow days a class cancelations here.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is a decent variety of places to choose from.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of places that look the exact same.

2 College Freshman

Parking: there are not a lot of places to park for a commuter school.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They are strict with all of the right things and that is safety.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is not much to do in the city of Fitchburg itself.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: everyone is very average in everything they do. But there are some people that have high quality of everything.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Most sports teams go and support other sports teams.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are always cops out patrolling and emergency buttons around campus to press.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are a couple close bars to go too full of students.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The school has an app with a GPS to see where the shuttle is.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There is always something to do on campus and the sports teams are great.

3 College Freshman

Academics: The economics program at fitchburg state offers internship opportunities right in Boston which is great.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I professors are ok. I always say you get out of it what you put into it.

4 College Junior

Weather: This is a northern school, its going to be cold and snowy in the winter. There is a major ski area right down the road. During the fall/spring, the weather is really nice and the scenery is great.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is around, but they don't have their own housing.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: They wait until summer to send out notification. Otherwise, it is just the standard FASFA form and a streamlined scholarship application.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The university pretty much respects that you are an adult. As long as you are not bothering others, you can do as you please. There are consequences for bad behavior, just like any other living environment. Don't set off the fire alarm and you are good.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: The social scene is pretty tame. Not an overwhelming amount of parties, but there is usually something to do.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drugs are around, but it's pretty underground and you have to seek them out. Alcohol is pretty widely available, there are plenty of parties. There is little peer pressure, most students are pretty chill and respect others well. It is not a dry campus so if you are not underage then it isn't a problem as long as you behave.


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Bekka Farquharson
Natick, MA
Professional Communications
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Fitchburg is a small school with 3,500 undergraduates. The campus is thriving throughout the week but does die down on weekends. Many students are Massachusetts residents, and many students have cars on campus, which makes traveling easy on weekends. However, the first week or two of the school year is when many students stay on campus to make new friends.

The professors really do their best to get to know each and every student. They have open office hours when students can ask questions about papers or projects or just have conversations with their professors. Most classes are never larger than 25 students. The top majors on campus are communications, education, and nursing. The communications department is one of the top departments in the entire country. Each student in the department is required to complete an internship in the final semester before graduation.

Job placement after graduation can go either way for students, depending on how aggressive you are in the process, you could find some great opportunities right away, or you could be searching for a while. The Career Services office on campus is always willing to help students work on résumés, search for internships, apply for jobs during or after school, and prepare for job interviews.

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