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How Well Is Fitchburg State University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Fitchburg State University was awarded 40 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is human services.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Fitchburg State as #643 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list.

Fitchburg State is also ranked #43 out of 68 schools in Massachusetts.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Fitchburg State?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Fitchburg State University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 80%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

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 Composite scores ranged between 19 and 23.

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

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Fitchburg State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Fitchburg State University, this ratio is 14 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Fitchburg State University is 53%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  53 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Fitchburg State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Fitchburg State University has a freshmen retention rate of 78%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  78 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from Fitchburg State have a four-year graduation rate of 28%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  28 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Fitchburg State University.

Good Overall Diversity at Fitchburg State

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,043 undergraduates at Fitchburg State with 3,164 being full-time and 879 being part-time.

Fitchburg State Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

The overall diversity score for Fitchburg State is 70.57 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  70.57 out of 100
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How Much Does Fitchburg State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Fitchburg State is $16,647. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Fitchburg State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$12,689 $13,799 $16,860 $20,305 $21,816

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Fitchburg State, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. 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.

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How Much Money Do Fitchburg State Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Fitchburg State with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $45,700 in their early years. This is good news for future Fitchburg State graduates since it is 15% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Fitchburg State University make the most money.

Location of Fitchburg State University

Located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Fitchburg State University is a public institution. Fitchburg State is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

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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

Fitchburg State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 44 majors graduated from Fitchburg State University. Of these students, 815 received undergraduate degrees and 684 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 93 $38,200
Nursing 92 $64,900
Interdisciplinary Studies 92 $33,100
Criminal Justice & Corrections 54 $36,000
General Biology 51 $33,100
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 50 NA
Design & Applied Arts 47 NA
General Psychology 40 $29,300
Human Services 31 $35,800
Industrial Production Technology 29 $44,700

Learn more about the majors offered at Fitchburg State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Fitchburg State

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 5,033 students took at least one online class at Fitchburg State University. This is an increase from the 2,762 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 5,033 1,249
2016-2017 2,762 1,514
2015-2016 2,029 475
2014-2015 2,288 468
2013-2014 2,091 417

Learn more about online learning at Fitchburg State University.

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Notes and References


*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.


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