Academics

Location
Fitchburg, MA
Undergrads
3,430
Tuition (in-state)
$14,790 ($8,710)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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 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

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.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 280th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 801st
    Smartest Professors
  • 1131st
    Best Registration Process
  • 1148th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 1153rd
    Most Caring Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Bekka Farquharson
Hometown
Natick, MA
Major
Professional Communications
Grad Year
2013
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Fitchburg State is known for three majors above all: nursing, communication media, and education. But this does not mean other majors are ignored. All the professors are experts in their fields and have tons of experience and stories to share with their students. They are always willing to help a student boost a grade, create networking opportunities, and complete work assigned in class. All professors are required to have open office hours, but you can always set up an appointment with them if their hours don't fit your schedule.

Most classes are more hands-on work rather than lectures, reports, and quizzes. Many professors assign real-life problems to their students to get them ready for the real world after graduation. These assignments are used to train students to be proficient and professionals in their desired career fields. However, Fitchburg State is not a technical school. Film students learn the equipment during freshman year and then continue in all aspects of film making, pre-production, script writing, lighting, etc. Nursing majors get to work on simulation dummies as well as run routine check-ups on fellow classmates. Marketing majors work with real clients to create marketing campaigns and analyze companies in their current states.

Class registration for the fall semester happens mid-spring semester, while spring registration happens mid-fall semester. Registering for classes is scheduled by what year you are. Seniors register first, then juniors, then sophomores, then freshmen. Freshmen have a special registration over the summer before they enter Fitchburg State in the fall. Many students choose to focus on general education classes and introduction courses in their major during freshman year.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
16:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
186
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
236
Total FT Faculty
186
Faculty with Terminal Degree
91%
Average Faculty Salary
$69,788
Full-Time Retention Rate
75%
Part-Time Retention Rate
44%
Graduation Rate
51%
Programs/Majors Offered
63
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • 20 to 49 students: 66%
  • 50 or more students: 1%
  • Fewer than 20 students: 33%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 5%
  • Curriculum and Instruction: 6%
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General: 5%
  • Special Education and Teaching: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Online courses are offered through many different departments on campus. Winter and summer classes are mainly online courses, and students have the option to take online courses throughout the fall and spring semesters, too. Most professors utilize Blackboard for their online courses. This provides the class with a discussion board for lectures and assignments. There is an electronic submission feature to submit projects, papers, etc., and you can also email your professor directly through the course section. Professors will also post PowerPoint presentations to the page to help with lectures. There is a roster posted to your Blackboard, but if you don't recognize any of the names and/or can't find them on other social networking sites, you really don't get to know the other students in your class.
Best Places to Study
  • Commuter CafĂ©
  • Library
  • Main Lounge
  • The quad (when it is nice out)
  • Your own dorm room
Tips to Succeed
  • Be yourself! College is a fresh start. Don't worry about the drama of high school.
  • Get involved!
  • Get to know your adviser and professors really well. They can be great references/recommendations during and after college.
  • If you aren't doing well in a class or you are nervous you won't do well, go to the Tutor Center immediately.
  • Make multiple schedules around registration time each semester to make sure you have ample options in case your first choice classes are full.
  • Stay organized and keep your different schedules balanced.
Did You Know?
All professors are required to have open office hours to allow students to stop by to talk and get help with a class.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 23 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 22 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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