Fitchburg State University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$970
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$15,831
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
4.8%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
88%
2,998 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
6,728
49.8% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
57.9%
417 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 (107 degrees awarded), General Interdisciplinary Studies (105 degrees), and Registered Nursing (102 degrees).

In 2020, 1,815 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Fitchburg State University. 62.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 37.3% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,370 degrees), 9.32 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (147 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Fitchburg State University is $970, which is $−21,560 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Fitchburg State University is $970, which is $−21,560 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $15,831.

In 2020, 58% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 62% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$970
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Fitchburg State University was $970. The cost of tuition at Fitchburg State University is $−21,560 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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Average Net Price

$15,831
2020 Value
3.9%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Fitchburg State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $15,831. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Fitchburg State University grew by 3.9%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,525
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Fitchburg State University was of $10,525 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 1.76% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

58%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
62%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

58% of undergraduate students at Fitchburg State University received grants or loans in 2020. This represents a decline of 1.69% with respect to 2019, when 59% 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.
4.8%
2018 Default Rate
60
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Fitchburg State University was 4.8%, which represents 60 out of the 1249 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Fitchburg State University received 2,998 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 3.31% annual growth. Out of those 2,998 applicants, 2,638 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 88% acceptance rate.

There were 6,728 students enrolled at Fitchburg State University in 2020, and N/A% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Fitchburg State University has an overall enrollment yield of 25.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

88%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
2,638
Accepted Out of 2,998

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Fitchburg State University was 88% (2,638 admissions from 2,998 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 88.4%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 3.31%, while admissions grew by 2.89%.

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SAT Scores

N/A%
Submission Percentage
0
Scores Submitted

N/A% of enrolled first-time students at Fitchburg State University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Fitchburg State University has a total enrollment of 6,728 students. The full-time enrollment at Fitchburg State University is 3,349 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,379. This means that 49.8% of students enrolled at Fitchburg State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Fitchburg State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 70.4% White, 10.2% Hispanic or Latino, 9.44% Black or African American, 3.02% Asian, 2.23% Two or More Races, 0.134% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0595% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Fitchburg State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (34.8%), followed by White Male (31.6%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (8.05%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (47.3%), followed by White Male (21.6%) and Black or African American Female (7.14%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

49.8%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Fitchburg State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 6,728 students. The full-time enrollment at Fitchburg State University is 3,349 and the part-time enrollment is 3,379. This means that 49.8% of students enrolled at Fitchburg State University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.8% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

77%
2020 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 77%. 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
    4,735
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    689
  3. Black or African American
    635

The enrolled student population at Fitchburg State University is 70.4% White, 10.2% Hispanic or Latino, 9.44% Black or African American, 3.02% Asian, 2.23% Two or More Races, 0.134% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0595% 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 52.6% White, 16.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% 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, 181 students (2.69%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 461 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 (1,370 degrees awarded). There were 9.32 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (147 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Fitchburg State University is General Business Administration & Management (107 degrees awarded), followed by General Interdisciplinary Studies (105 degrees) and Registered Nursing (102 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 (450 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (123 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (134 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 (1,674,609 people), Accountants & auditors (1,022,393 people), Other managers (858,550 people), Secondary school teachers (595,597 people), and Financial managers (524,216 people).

The most specialized majors at Fitchburg State University are Education (450 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (123 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (134 degrees), Business (546 degrees), and Protective Services (85 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 (450 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (123 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (134 degrees), Business (546 degrees), and Protective Services (85 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 (3,297,341 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (658,424 people), Computer Systems Design (572,792 people), Banking & related activities (537,237 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (529,122 people).

The most specialized majors at Fitchburg State University are Education (450 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (123 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (134 degrees), Business (546 degrees), and Protective Services (85 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. 107 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 105 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 102 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Fitchburg State University was General Business Administration & Management with 107 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

677
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
1,138
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 677 degrees were awarded to men at Fitchburg State University, which is 0.595 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,138).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 209 degrees were awarded to men at Fitchburg State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.08 times more than the 193 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 193 degrees were awarded to women at Fitchburg State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.923 times less than the 209 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

37%
100% Completion Time
61%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 37% of students graduating from Fitchburg State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 61% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 62% 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 Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Black or African American Female
Highest Graduation Rate (69.4%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Fitchburg State University is Female and Black or African American (69.4% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 1.2% 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
    1,370 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    147 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    133 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Fitchburg State University is white (1,370 degrees awarded). There were 9.32 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (147 degrees).

2.15% of degree recipients (39 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    868 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    502 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    96 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Fitchburg State University is white female (868 degrees awarded). There were 1.73 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (502 degrees).

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Operations

Fitchburg State University has an endowment valued at nearly $18.1M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $867k (4.78%), compared to the 3.19% average return ($1.26M on $39.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2020, Fitchburg State University had a total salary expenditure of $121M. Fitchburg State University employs 69 Associate professors, 68 Professors, and 53 Assistant professors. Most academics at Fitchburg State University are Male Professors (43), Female Associate professors(35), and Male Associate professors (34).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Fitchburg State University are: Service, with 81 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 73 employees, and Management with 51 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$18.1M
2020 Endowment
14.8%
growth from 2019

Fitchburg State University has an endowment valued at about $18.1M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Fitchburg State University grew 14.8% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $21.5M 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. $4.87M - Federal
  2. $3.58M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Fitchburg State University received $4.87M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $3.58M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$46M
2020 Salaries
2.38%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Fitchburg State University paid a median of $46M in salaries, which represents 37.9% of their overall expenditure ($121M) and a 2.38% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 7.44% growth from 2018 and a 1.92% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.6M (40.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$17M
Instructional Salaries
200
Number of Employees

In 2020, Fitchburg State University paid a total of $17M to 200 employees working as instructors, which represents 37% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11M (31.8%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
69 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
81 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Fitchburg State University were Associate professor with 69 employees; Professor with 68 employees; and Professor with 53 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Fitchburg State University were Service with 81 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 73 employees; and Management with 51 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Fitchburg State University was Male Professor with 43 employees, Female Associate professor with 35 employees, and Male Associate professor with 34 employees.

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

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