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IPEDS ID: 165820
OPE ID: 00218400
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Fitchburg State University
160 Pearl St, Fitchburg, Massachusetts 01420-2697
General information:  (978) 345-2151
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Campus setting:  Suburb: Midsize
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  6,680 (4,245 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  15 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty192158
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$800$800$800$90012.5%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$8,064$8,256$8,344$8,8055.5%
Off Campus
Room and board$5,940$6,020$6,100$6,1801.3%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$18,514$19,206$19,704$20,6905.0%
Off Campus$16,540$17,120$17,610$18,0652.6%
Off Campus with Family$11,100$11,600$12,010$12,3853.1%
On Campus$24,594$25,286$25,784$26,7703.8%
Off Campus$22,620$23,200$23,690$24,1451.9%
Off Campus with Family$17,180$17,680$18,090$18,4652.1%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid166490%————
Grant or scholarship aid50568%$3,007,655$5,956
Federal grants27938%$1,209,058$4,334
Pell grants27938%$1,148,728$4,117
Other federal grants21729%$60,330$278
State/local government grant or scholarships41656%$1,107,013$2,661
Institutional grants or scholarships33846%$691,584$2,046
Student loan aid58078%$3,621,551$6,244
Federal student loans57778%$3,198,346$5,543
Other student loans7410%$423,205$5,719
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid12,43859%$12,672,662$5,198
Pell grants1,42234%$5,245,989$3,689
Federal student loans2,86769%$17,356,390$6,054
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$10,929$11,686$11,926
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$7,500$8,595$8,845
$30,001 – $48,000$7,987$9,519$9,377
$48,001 – $75,000$11,007$11,889$12,587
$75,001 – $110,000$14,173$15,759$16,251
$110,001 and more$15,325$16,267$17,120
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment6,680
Undergraduate enrollment4,245
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment398
Graduate enrollment2,435
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 81%
Part-time: 19%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 44%
Female: 56%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 2%
Black or African American: 5%
Hispanic/Latino: 9%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 76%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 5%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 82%
25 and over: 17%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 90%
Out-of-state: 9%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 8%
Part-time: 92%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 1%
Enrolled in some distance education: 22%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 77%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 4%
Enrolled in some distance education: 35%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 61%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $25
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2012
Number of applicants3,5281,5062,022
Percent admitted72%68%75%
Percent admitted who enrolled30%33%28%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2012 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading440540
SAT Math450550
SAT Writing430530
ACT Composite1822
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 78%
Part-time students: 45%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 61 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 50%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
4-year: 21%
6-year: 47%
8-year: 51%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 44%
Female: 56%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 43%
Black or African American: 41%
Hispanic/Latino: 44%
White: 51%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 49%
Non-resident alien: 100%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterUndergraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Architecture and Related Services
Architectural Technology/Technician14---
Category total14---
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Women's Studies-0--
Category total-0--
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General341--
Category total341--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General114d33d0-
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General-14d--
Category total114d64d0-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia6---
Health Communication-1--
Speech Communication and Rhetoric268-0
Category total329-0
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General15-0-
Computer Programming/Programmer, General--0-
Computer Science1334--
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design--0-
Category total28340-
Art Teacher Education-8--
Biology Teacher Education00-0
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-9--
Curriculum and Instruction-130--
Early Childhood Education and Teaching1317--
Education, General-1-0
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-12-8
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship---1
Elementary Education and Teaching1313--
English/Language Arts Teacher Education810-1
History Teacher Education55--
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching012--
Mathematics Teacher Education20--
Reading Teacher Education---0
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education-0--
Secondary Education and Teaching-9--
Secondary School Administration/Principalship-1-2
Special Education and Teaching, General1963--
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education11--
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education11231-
Category total72314112
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Industrial Technology/Technician31---
Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology/Technician--1-
Category total31-1-
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing21---
English Language and Literature, General83--
Category total293--
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Facilities Planning and Management3---
Category total3---
Health Professions and Related Programs
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling-0--
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor-8--
Nursing Practice-1d-0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse61---
Category total619d-0
History, General175--
Category total175--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies610--
Category total610--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies0---
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other0---
Category total0---
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General3---
Category total3---
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Behavioral Sciences---12
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General83--9
Category total83--21
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Kinesiology and Exercise Science27---
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management6---
Category total33---
Physical Sciences
Geology/Earth Science, General3---
Category total3---
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics5---
Counseling Psychology-0-0
Psychology, General32--4
Category total370-4
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General25---
Public Administration---1
Category total25--1
Social Sciences
Economics, General2---
Political Science and Government, General4---
Category total19---
Visual and Performing Arts
Cinematography and Film/Video Production72---
Design and Visual Communications, General24---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General2---
Fine and Studio Arts Management-0-9
Game and Interactive Media Design0---
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology8---
Category total1190-9
Grand total818439247
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III (with football) MenWomen
Field Hockey18
Ice Hockey28
Track and Field, Indoor4727
Track and Field, Outdoor5228
Track and Field, X-Country2719
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education12/1/1953 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels4/21/2001 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels4/21/2001 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools1/1/1995 -  Accredited
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible001
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault330
Motor vehicle theft000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible000
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault320
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year20102009
Default rate9.7%4.1%
Number in default8634
Number in repayment885823
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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