History, Affiliations and Rankings
Established in 1894, Fitchburg State University was formerly known as the State Normal School in Fitchburg by the Massachusetts General Court in Massachusetts, USA. In 1935, the institute began to offer master’s programs. In 2010, the institute's name was changed to the Fitchburg State University by the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate. The institute has affiliations with NCAA Division III, Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC), and New England Football Conference (NEFC). Fitchburg State University ranks #600 in US College Rankings by the Times Higher Education 2022 and #97 in Regional Universities North by the US News & World Report 2022.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
Fitchburg State University have various buildings on its campus. They are Hammond Hall has the Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library, the Information Desk, the Game Room, the Falcon Hub, the Follet Bookstore, the Campus Center Cafe, and the North Street Bistro which includes various cafeterias. Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library is the main library on campus with more than one million books, having an extensive collection of children's and young adults' books. The Library has various collections from notable alumni, faculty, and local residents. Thompson Hall mainly houses a classroom building and the Nursing Department and its labs. The Antonucci Science Complex has science classrooms, laboratories, departmental offices, and a 90-seat lecture hall. In 2013, a new Science Center Lab Wing was built, which is home to teaching and research laboratory space. Fitchburg State University offers 56 undergraduate majors and concentrations in 25 departments. The university also offers more than 40 graduate and certificate programs in Business Administration and Web Development.
Accomplishments and Alumni
Fitchburg State University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The university’s programs are also authorized by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification, and the Interstate Certification Compact of Educational Personnel. The top alumni of the institute are Michael Bavaro, a filmmaker, Ethan F. Becker, a speech coach, Robert Cormier, an author, and Paul Coyne, a TV producer/editor.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
Fitchburg State University have about 4,700 students on-campus, out of which 3,400 are undergraduates and about 1,200 are postgraduates. There are about 750 international students at the institute. The institute has a 46:54 male to female ratio at the institute. The Center for Diversity and Inclusiveness of the institute cultivates a welcoming and warm space for all the members of the Fitchburg State University community and assists every person personally by celebrating all cultures, perspectives, and experiences. Through programming and affiliations, the institute offers opportunities for acceptance, understanding, and celebration. The visiting companies at the institute are Dell, Audible, Amazon, and others.