Fitchburg State University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$970

0% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$14,649

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

6.59%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

80%

3,608 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

7,075

62.6% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

59.7%

411 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 (114 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (90 degrees), and Cinematography & Film Production (66 degrees).

In 2017, 1,309 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Fitchburg State University. 59.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 40.5% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (1,006 degrees), 10.7 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (94 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Fitchburg State University is $970, which is $-19,763 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Fitchburg State University is $970, which is $-19,763 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $14,649.

In 2017, 59% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 68% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$970

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Fitchburg State University was $970. The cost of tuition at Fitchburg State University is $-19,763 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

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Average Net Price

$14,649

2017 Value

2.01%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Fitchburg State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $14,649. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Fitchburg State University grew by 2.01%.

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Other Student Expenses

$7,975

Room and Board

$1,000

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Fitchburg State University was of $7,975 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of room and board increased by 3.24% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies increased by 25% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

59%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

68%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

59% of undergraduate students at Fitchburg State University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 1.72% with respect to 2016, when 58% 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.

6.59%

2016 Default Rate

78

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Fitchburg State University was 6.59%, which represents 78 out of the 1184 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 3,608 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 1.18% annual growth. Out of those 3,608 applicants, 2,888 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 80% acceptance rate.

There were 7,075 students enrolled at Fitchburg State University in 2017, and 92% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Fitchburg State University has an overall enrollment yield of 26%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

80%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

2,888

Accepted Out of 3,608

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Fitchburg State University was 80% (2,888 admissions from 3,608 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 74.6%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 1.18%, while admissions grew by 8.49%.

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SAT Scores

92%

Submission Percentage

691

Scores Submitted

92% of enrolled first-time students at Fitchburg State University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Fitchburg State University has a total enrollment of 7,075 students. The full-time enrollment at Fitchburg State University is 4,427 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,648. This means that 62.6% of students enrolled at Fitchburg State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Fitchburg State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 74.6% White, 8.65% Hispanic or Latino, 7.08% Black or African American, 2.69% Asian, 2.37% Two or More Races, 0.127% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0283% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Fitchburg State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (35.6%), followed by White Male (33.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (7.59%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (55.1%), followed by White Male (23%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (3.65%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

62.6%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Fitchburg State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 7,075 students. The full-time enrollment at Fitchburg State University is 4,427 and the part-time enrollment is 2,648. This means that 62.6% of students enrolled at Fitchburg State University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

78%

2017 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 78%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Fitchburg State University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    5,279

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    612

  3. Black or African American

    501

The enrolled student population at Fitchburg State University is 74.6% White, 8.65% Hispanic or Latino, 7.08% Black or African American, 2.69% Asian, 2.37% Two or More Races, 0.127% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0283% 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 54.4% White, 15% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.2% 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, 259 students (3.66%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 249 more women than men received degrees from Fitchburg State University. The majority of degree recipients at Fitchburg State University are white (1,006 degrees awarded). There were 10.7 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (94 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Fitchburg State University is General Business Administration & Management (114 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (90 degrees) and Cinematography & Film Production (66 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 (312 degrees awarded), History (32 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (135 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 (2,076,377 people), Physicians (432,989 people), Secondary school teachers (375,450 people), Education administrators (307,335 people), and Postsecondary teachers (284,134 people).

The most specialized majors at Fitchburg State University are Education (312 degrees awarded), History (32 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (135 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (79 degrees), and Biology (114 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, Dentists, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, and Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers

The most specialized majors at Fitchburg State University are Education (312 degrees awarded), History (32 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (135 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (79 degrees), and Biology (114 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 (3,087,393 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (647,742 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (618,867 people), Offices of physicians (228,217 people), and Computer Systems Design (184,362 people).

The most specialized majors at Fitchburg State University are Education (312 degrees awarded), History (32 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (135 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (79 degrees), and Biology (114 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. 114 degrees awarded

  2. 90 degrees awarded

  3. 66 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Fitchburg State University was General Business Administration & Management with 114 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 530

  2. 779

In 2017, 530 degrees were awarded to men at Fitchburg State University, which is 0.68 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (779).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 89 degrees were awarded to men at Fitchburg State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.37 times more than the 65 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 100 degrees were awarded to women at Fitchburg State University in Curriculum & Instruction, which is 3.23 times more than the 31 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

28%

100% Completion Time

53%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 28% of students graduating from Fitchburg State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 53% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 55% 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.

White Female

Highest Graduation Rate (64.8%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Fitchburg State University is Female and White (64.8% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 1.22% of graduates (5 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,006 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    94 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    85 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Fitchburg State University is white (1,006 degrees awarded). There were 10.7 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (94 degrees).

1.76% of degree recipients (23 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    619 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    387 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    55 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Fitchburg State University is white female (619 degrees awarded). There were 1.6 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (387 degrees).

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Operations

Fitchburg State University has an endowment valued at nearly $14.2M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.09M (7.64%), compared to the 6.94% average return ($2.3M on $33.1M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2017, Fitchburg State University had a total salary expenditure of $99.4M. Fitchburg State University employs 70 Professors, 65 Assistant professors, and 59 Associate professors. Most academics at Fitchburg State University are Male Professors (42), Female Assistant professors(33), and Male Assistant professors (32).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Fitchburg State University are: Service, with 73 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 69 employees, and Management with 54 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$14.2M

2017 Endowment

8.64%

growth from 2016

Fitchburg State University has an endowment valued at about $14.2M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Fitchburg State University grew 8.64% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $18.9M 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. $935k - Federal

  2. $2.57M - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Fitchburg State University received $935k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $2.57M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$41.1M

2017 Salaries

3.37%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Fitchburg State University paid a median of $41.1M in salaries, which represents 41.3% of their overall expenditure ($99.4M) and a 3.37% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 6.71% decline from 2015 and a 3.23% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.4M (40.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$16.8M

Instructional Salaries

203

Number of Employees

In 2017, Fitchburg State University paid a total of $16.8M to 203 employees working as instructors, which represents 40.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $16.8M (34%) for similar Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

70 Employees

Service

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

73 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Fitchburg State University were Professor with 70 employees; Assistant professor with 65 employees; and Assistant professor with 59 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Fitchburg State University were Service with 73 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 69 employees; and Management with 54 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Female Assistant professor

  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Fitchburg State University was Male Professor with 42 employees, Female Assistant professor with 33 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 32 employees.

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

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