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Framingham State College: Narrative Description


100 State St., PO Box 9101
Framingham, MA 01701-9101
Tel: (508)620-1220
Admissions: (508)626-4500
Fax: (508)626-4017
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Massachusetts Public Higher Education System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1839. Setting: 73-acre suburban campus with easy access to Boston. Research spending 2003-04: $13,294. Educational spending 2003-04: $3970 per student. Total enrollment: 6,015. Faculty: 296 (160 full-time, 136 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 3,803 applied, 62% were admitted. 5% from top 10% of their high school class, 28% from top quarter, 75% from top half. Full-time: 3,062 students, 68% women, 32% men. Part-time: 811 students, 63% women, 37% men. Students come from 15 states and territories, 20 other countries, 8% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 3% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 10% 25 or older, 45% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 72% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at College Academic Program Sharing, 8 members of the other Massachusetts State colleges. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, recommendations. Required for some: essay, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 2/15, 11/15 for early action. Notification: 3/31, 12/15 for early action. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $970 full-time, $210 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $7050 full-time, $463 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $3770 full-time, $156 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to class time. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time and course load. College room and board: $5539. 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: 35 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Union Activities Board, Student Government Association, Gatepost (student newspaper), Hilltop Players, literary magazine. Major annual events: homecoming, All College Day, Sandbox Festival. 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. 1,500 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Whittemore Library with 165,219 books, 658,878 microform titles, 409 serials, 3,313 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.6 million. 575 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Area is located 20 miles west of Boston and has transportation facilities. Part-time job opportunities are available for students. This diversified community offers many opportunities in the areas of high technology, retailing, and manufacturing, as well as being a major residential center.

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