Fitchburg State University

593 reviews
  1. Fitchburg, MA
  2. 4 Year
C+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B
  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
    B-
  12. Safety
    C+
Fitchburg State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
New England Football Conference
Address
160 Pearl St
Fitchburg, MA 01420

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
72%
SAT Range
900-1110
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$12,715/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $9,897/ year
  • $30-48k
    $10,508/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,460/ year
  • $76-110k
    $16,704/ year
  • $110k+
    $17,366/ year

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
68%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.41 responses
44%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.43 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.43 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,419Undergrads
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 26 responses
Report
  • Interesting
    35%
  • Normal
    31%
  • Friendly
    19%
  • Chill
    8%
  • Hardworking
    4%
  • Show up for class in the morning, party at night
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
50%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.48 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.70 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 25 responses
Report
  • Growing
    52%
  • Small
    24%
  • Modern
    12%
  • Slowly developing
    8%
  • Timesink
    4%

After Fitchburg State University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
57%
National
47%
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

Reviews

593 reviews
  • Excellent
    47
  • Very Good
    194
  • Average
    290
  • Poor
    37
  • Terrible
    25
This will be my first and last semester here. I have had a lot of issues since even before I was able to register for classes. I kept thinking, "it will get better". I was wrong.

Transfer:

I am a transfer in from another college, and I had my transcript mailed in from the previous college. I transferred as a CIS major to a CIS major and only 40% of my credits transferred, even though the coursework I took at my previous college was either on par, or superseded what was given here. I was not allowed to meet with an adviser who specialized in my Career field until after courses started, and wasted $3000 on cash. The courses were super easy (because I did them already in my previous college).

Advising:

After attempting to speak with an adviser, I was granted a small window of opportunity to talk to him, however, as a commuter I would have to scheduled my whole day for it, and that would mean I would lose an work day. I eventually spoke with the dean, and they pulled me out of my classes and put me into something more suited to my skill level.

Classes:

I was taking a basic Math Class (1300), and I was not able to get the book because the book store was out. I needed to wait for money to purchase it, and the software required for the class. I purchased it 4 weeks late, and after seeing the course scheduled for that class. Which, involved a huge assignment due EVERYDAY. It appears this class in particular is suited for someone without a family to tend to or a full time job. I was not able to make up the missed grades, and decided to withdrawal to prevent a GPA loss.

Withdrawal:

You need a form signed by the professor to withdrawal from the class. After obtaining the form, and getting it signed, I went to the registrars office with withdrawal. NOPE. I am not allowed to withdrawal because i have a medial records hold on my account.

Conclusion:

Steer Clear!
  • College Senior
  • Oct 5 2015
It's great here, I met a lot of close friends whom I currently live with in a suite with this year. Since it is not a huge school you get to know a lot of people and can feel yourself as a part of the campus life in Fitchburg State. Much appreciated are the small changes such as the basketball court and better food. Not going to lie, the surrounding city of Fitchburg is not pretty to look at but if you stay on campus, you'll be fine and enjoy yourself. Campus police takes their job very serious and make sure no one is in danger at all times. Some of the athletes here can be full of themselves but it's very easy to avoid dealing with them (unless their drunk at a party when you have to knock them out). I'd have to say the majors that Fitchburg State is most recognized for are the Exercise and Sport Science, Nursing, Film and Business. The professors here are really cool and all of them are very passionate of what they teach. Love this place, best state school in Massachusetts hands down, and I've visited many schools.

Proud to be a falcon! Class of 2018.
  • College Sophomore
  • 11 months ago
The Campus – The Campus Center is going under construction, but the final results will be astonishing! It is the Living Room of the campus, where the majority of student activities, clubs, and organizations are held.

The Recreation Center is really nice! Good workout area, indoor suspended track, full length basketball court, a pool, racket ball courts, studios for classes, and much more. They sponsor many of the intramural sports that are offered to the students.

There are 5 main residential facilities:
Aubuchon- Suite style living, mainly freshman, but free laundry!
Russel Towers- No suites, nicer facilities, good mix of students
Mara Village- 8 Mara Buildings, suite style
Herlihy- Very quiet, handicap accessible, and connected to the dining hall
Town Houses-Mostly upper class-men, applications reviewed by credit system.

Holmes Dining Hall: Plenty of seating, and a broad selection of food to eat.
  • College Junior
  • Oct 24 2011