Fitchburg State College: Narrative Description

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160 Pearl St.
Fitchburg, MA 01420-2697
Tel: (978)345-2151
Free: 800-705-9692
Admissions: (978)665-3140
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Massachusetts Public Higher Education System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1894. Setting: 45-acre small town campus with easy access to Boston. Endowment: $9 million. Total enrollment: 5,201. Faculty: 238 (168 full-time, 70 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 2,906 applied, 68% were admitted. Full-time: 2,850 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 672 students, 55% women, 45% men. Students come from 20 states and territories, 6% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 3% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 16% 25 or older, 48% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 70% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; communications/communication technologies; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Study abroad program. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: recommendations. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $10. State resident tuition: $970 full-time, $40.42 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $7050 full-time, $293.75 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $3618 full-time, $150.75 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $5882. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 65 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 10% of eligible men and 15% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Residence Hall Council, student radio station, student newspaper, Dance Club. Major annual events: film festivals, student Convocations, Falcon Fest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 1,400 students; 1,470 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Hammond Library with 238,743 books, 455,651 microform titles, 2,039 serials, 1,489 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 135 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The college is located in an urban setting, 50 miles from Boston.

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