Fitchburg State University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$970
0% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$15,237
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
6.43%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
88.4%
2,902 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
7,251
48.8% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
61%
450 Graduates

About

Fitchburg State University is a higher education institution located in Worcester County, MA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Fitchburg State University were General Business Administration & Management (93 degrees awarded), General Interdisciplinary Studies (92 degrees), and Registered Nursing (92 degrees).

In 2019, 1,537 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Fitchburg State University. 60.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 39.5% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,164 degrees), 9.7 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (120 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Fitchburg State University is $970, which is $−21,056 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Fitchburg State University is $970, which is $−21,056 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $15,237.

In 2019, 59% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 65% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$970
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Fitchburg State University was $970. The cost of tuition at Fitchburg State University is $−21,056 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

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Average Net Price

$15,237
2019 Value
0.47%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Fitchburg State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $15,237. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Fitchburg State University grew by 0.47%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,343
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Fitchburg State University was of $10,343 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 0.51% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

59%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
65%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

59% of undergraduate students at Fitchburg State University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a decline of 3.28% with respect to 2018, when 61% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
6.43%
2017 Default Rate
76
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Fitchburg State University was 6.43%, which represents 76 out of the 1182 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Fitchburg State University received 2,902 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 10.3% annual decline. Out of those 2,902 applicants, 2,564 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 88.4% acceptance rate.

There were 7,251 students enrolled at Fitchburg State University in 2019, and 68% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Fitchburg State University has an overall enrollment yield of 26.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

88.4%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
2,564
Accepted Out of 2,902

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Fitchburg State University was 88.4% (2,564 admissions from 2,902 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 86.9%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants declined by −10.3%, while admissions declined by −8.75%.

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SAT Scores

68%
Submission Percentage
458
Scores Submitted

68% of enrolled first-time students at Fitchburg State University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Fitchburg State University has a total enrollment of 7,251 students. The full-time enrollment at Fitchburg State University is 3,542 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,709. This means that 48.8% of students enrolled at Fitchburg State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Fitchburg State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 70.8% White, 9.38% Hispanic or Latino, 7.71% Black or African American, 2.55% Asian, 2.51% Two or More Races, 0.11% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0276% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Fitchburg State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (35.4%), followed by White Male (32.5%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (7.4%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (48.7%), followed by White Male (18.5%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (5.82%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

48.8%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Fitchburg State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 7,251 students. The full-time enrollment at Fitchburg State University is 3,542 and the part-time enrollment is 3,709. This means that 48.8% of students enrolled at Fitchburg State University are enrolled full-time compared with 69.2% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

74%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Fitchburg State University was 74%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (74%), Fitchburg State University had a retention rate approximately the same as its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    5,131
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    680
  3. Black or African American
    559

The enrolled student population at Fitchburg State University is 70.8% White, 9.38% Hispanic or Latino, 7.71% Black or African American, 2.55% Asian, 2.51% Two or More Races, 0.11% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0276% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 53.3% White, 16% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.9% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 406 students (5.6%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 323 more women than men received degrees from Fitchburg State University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Fitchburg State University is white (1,164 degrees awarded). There were 9.7 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (120 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Fitchburg State University is General Business Administration & Management (93 degrees awarded), followed by General Interdisciplinary Studies (92 degrees) and Registered Nursing (92 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Fitchburg State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Education (379 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (112 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (106 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Fitchburg State University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,704,471 people), Accountants & auditors (1,027,488 people), Other managers (909,205 people), Secondary school teachers (640,836 people), and Financial managers (526,828 people).

The most specialized majors at Fitchburg State University are Education (379 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (112 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (106 degrees), Biology (81 degrees), and Business (412 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Fitchburg State University are Surgeons, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Physicians, Actuaries, and Cardiovascular technologists and technicians

The most specialized majors at Fitchburg State University are Education (379 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (112 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (106 degrees), Biology (81 degrees), and Business (412 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Fitchburg State University are Elementary & secondary schools (3,382,874 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (877,350 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (855,577 people), Computer Systems Design (606,240 people), and Banking & related activities (535,568 people).

The most specialized majors at Fitchburg State University are Education (379 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (112 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (106 degrees), Biology (81 degrees), and Business (412 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Fitchburg State University.
Most Common
  1. 93 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 92 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 92 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Fitchburg State University was General Business Administration & Management with 93 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

607
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
930
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 607 degrees were awarded to men at Fitchburg State University, which is 0.653 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (930).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 158 degrees were awarded to men at Fitchburg State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.19 times more than the 133 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 133 degrees were awarded to women at Fitchburg State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.842 times less than the 158 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

36%
100% Completion Time
60%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 36% of students graduating from Fitchburg State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 60% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 61% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Black or African American Female
Highest Graduation Rate (89.5%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Fitchburg State University is Female and Black or African American (89.5% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 3.11% of graduates (14 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,164 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    120 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    110 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Fitchburg State University is white (1,164 degrees awarded). There were 9.7 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (120 degrees).

2.08% of degree recipients (32 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    700 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    464 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    73 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Fitchburg State University is white female (700 degrees awarded). There were 1.51 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (464 degrees).

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Operations

Fitchburg State University has an endowment valued at nearly $15.8M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.22M (7.71%), compared to the 4.44% average return ($1.71M on $38.5M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2019, Fitchburg State University had a total salary expenditure of $117M. Fitchburg State University employs 70 Professors, 66 Associate professors, and 60 Assistant professors. Most academics at Fitchburg State University are Male Professors (42), Female Assistant professors(37), and Female Associate professors (34).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Fitchburg State University are: Service, with 79 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 78 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 65 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$15.8M
2019 Endowment
4.48%
growth from 2018

Fitchburg State University has an endowment valued at about $15.8M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Fitchburg State University grew 4.48% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $22.7M lower than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $953k - Federal
  2. $2.76M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Fitchburg State University received $953k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $2.76M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$45M
2019 Salaries
7.44%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Fitchburg State University paid a median of $45M in salaries, which represents 38.3% of their overall expenditure ($117M) and a 7.44% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 1.92% growth from 2017 and a 3.37% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.1M (40.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$17.6M
Instructional Salaries
206
Number of Employees

In 2019, Fitchburg State University paid a total of $17.6M to 206 employees working as instructors, which represents 39.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.2M (32.7%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
70 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
79 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Fitchburg State University were Professor with 70 employees; Associate professor with 66 employees; and Associate professor with 60 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Fitchburg State University were Service with 79 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 78 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 65 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Assistant professor
  3. Female Associate professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Fitchburg State University was Male Professor with 42 employees, Female Assistant professor with 37 employees, and Female Associate professor with 34 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Fitchburg State University.

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