Fitchburg, MA
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$14,790 ($8,710)
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Reviews 436 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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College Junior

Scholarships: Receiving financial aid can be a big hassle especially when paperwork has not gone through. The people in the financial aid office are really friendly and helpful but sometimes give you the wrong information. The best way to receive financial aid is to make sure you complete your Fafsa on time and also get good grades.

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College Junior

Campus Dining: Theres two places to get food. The main dining hall or the commuter cafe. Most people go to the commuter cafe but that takes dining dollars. The main cafe uses are meal plan swipes. The food in the dining hall is poor and only good some days. The food options are very repetitive and you will get tired of it.

College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: These a fair amount of Chinese food, pizza shops, and other fast food restaurants around that campus. The cost is pretty cheap. A lot of places offer student discounts which is good.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Some professors are better than others so its hard to say. The registration process can be a drag sometimes cause you may not always get the classes you need which puts you behind. The workload can be fairly easy depending on what classes you are taking. Popular studying areas are the library or the falcon hub.

College Junior

Academics: I'm currently in Human services and it requires a lot of practicums hours. Overall it is not a hard major to be in and I enjoy it.

3 College Junior

Weather: The weather is like typical New England weather. Some days are cold some are warm. It really is never consist and hard to predict. During the winter we sometimes get a lot of snow days.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live off campus so I do not know.

College Junior

Athletics: School spirit is big at school. A lot of people show up to games to support the teams. Football, hockey and basketball are the more popular sports at the school. The gym is pretty small and the work out facilities are pretty small as well.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I enjoyed the experience I've had at this school and the people I have met. Since this school is small I was able to build relationships with people quickly. Also this school is not to far from home so I enjoy that.

College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is not big at the school due to the school being small. There are some pretty cool clubs that do a lot of activities and there are a good amount of people in these clubs.

College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone pretty much comes from the same area so most people act/dress alike. The school is diverse so people hang out with all types of people.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Campus strictness is pretty average. Depending on what you do you will be disciplined and not let off easy. Police take their jobs serious so underage drinking and drug use is not allowed.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing is okay. Most dorm rooms are a pretty decent size. Getting the housing you want can sometimes be difficult. The social atmosphere is pretty good since the school is small you see a lot of familiar faces.

4 College Junior

Majors: I enjoy being in the program I am in. The only thing I do not like is that you must keep your grades up or you will be kicked out the program. My future career goal is to work with kids and to become a child care specialist.

3 College Junior

Majors: The process of getting into my program is that you must maintain a 2.5 and attend an interview.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel like campus police do a good job to make sure that the students are safe. When it does get late at the commuter rail and the shuttle is not running I wish campus police would be quicker at coming to get students.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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Bekka Farquharson
Natick, MA
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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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