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Fitchburg State University is a public institution located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Fitchburg is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

52 Undergraduate Degrees
327 Graduate Degrees
$25,540 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
80% Acceptance Rate

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Fitchburg State University Rankings

Fitchburg State is ranked #80 out of 545 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Fitchburg State has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#33 Best Teaching Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Fitchburg State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#7 Best Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Best Special Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Fitchburg State University?

Location of Fitchburg State University

Contact details for Fitchburg State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 160 Pearl St, Fitchburg, MA 01420-2697
Phone: 978-345-2151

How Do I Get Into Fitchburg State?

You can apply to Fitchburg State online at:

Admission Requirements for Fitchburg State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Fitchburg State?

80% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
92% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Fitchburg State University is 80%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 77%, and the acceptance rate for women is 82%.

Average Test Scores

About 92% of students accepted to Fitchburg State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 580. Math scores were between 480 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Fitchburg State University  ( 490 to 580 )

SAT Math Scores for Fitchburg State University  ( 480 to 560 )
Fitchburg State received ACT scores from 7% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 23. Math scores were between 19 and 23. Composite scores were between 19 and 23.

ACT English Scores for Fitchburg State University  ( 19 to 23 )
ACT Math Scores for Fitchburg State University  ( 19 to 23 )
ACT Composite Scores for Fitchburg State University  ( 19 to 23 )

Can I Afford Fitchburg State University?

$25,540 Net Price
78% Take Out Loans
6.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Fitchburg State is $25,540. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Fitchburg State, approximately 78% of students took out student loans averaging $7,134 a year. That adds up to $28,536 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Fitchburg State is 6.5%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Fitchburg State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,319 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,163 undergraduate students at Fitchburg State, with 3,319 being full-time and 844 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Fitchburg State

There are also 3,036 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,319 full-time undergraduates at Fitchburg State, 48% are male and 52% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Fitchburg State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Fitchburg State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Fitchburg State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 74
Black or African American 367
Hispanic or Latino 437
White 2,256
International Students 14
Other Races/Ethnicities 171

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Fitchburg State University. At this time, 16 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 28 countries are represented at Fitchburg State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Germany.

Online Learning at Fitchburg State University

1,249 Took All Classes Online
5,033 Took At Least One Class Online
53.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 6 master’s degree programs available online at Fitchburg State. In 2017-2018, 5,033 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Fitchburg State has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 7th most popular in Massachusetts for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Fitchburg State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Fitchburg State University was 53.7%. This is the #285 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Fitchburg State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Fitchburg State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Curriculum & Instruction 20%
Curriculum & Instruction 20%
Educational Administration 53%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Fitchburg State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Fitchburg State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Elementary Education #7
Curriculum & Instruction #14
Curriculum & Instruction #14
General Educational Leadership & Administration #24
Teacher Education Grade Specific #28
Educational Administration #30

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Fitchburg State University Teaching Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 168 168
General Special Education 6 0 106 112
Early Childhood Education 15 0 11 26
Elementary Education 9 0 8 17
Trade & Industrial Teacher Education 12 0 4 16
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0 6 3 9
Secondary School Administration/Principalship 0 7 1 8
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services 0 0 7 7
English & Language Arts Education 3 0 0 3
History Education 3 0 0 3
Elementary & Middle School Administration/Principalship 0 2 0 2
Art Education 0 0 2 2
Mathematics Education 2 0 0 2
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching 1 0 1 2
Science Education 0 0 1 1
Technology Education 1 0 0 1
General Education 0 0 0 0
Biology Education 0 0 0 0
Reading Teacher Education 0 0 0 0
Social Science Teacher Education 0 0 0 0
Technical Teacher Education 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 52 15 312 379


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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