About Fitchburg State University

Our mission is to provide an environment of academic excellence that enables students to reach their highest potential.

About Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg State University is a public institution dedicated to integrating high-quality professional programs with strong liberal arts and sciences studies. Founded in 1894, the university now offers more than 30 undergraduate programs and 22 master’s degree programs, serving 7,000 full and part-time students. Let us help you achieve your educational goals.


Fitchburg State University is committed to excellence in teaching and learning and blends liberal arts and sciences and professional programs within a small college environment. Our comprehensive public university prepares students to lead, serve, and succeed by fostering lifelong learning and civic and global responsibility. A Fitchburg State education extends beyond our classrooms to include residential, professional, and co-curricular opportunities. As a community resource, we provide leadership and support for the economic, environmental, social, and cultural needs of North Central Massachusetts and the Commonwealth.

Core Values

Offering equitable access to high-quality programs and services to people of varying cultural backgrounds living within and beyond our diverse community of North Central Massachusetts.

Providing opportunities for students of varying socioeconomic backgrounds to pursue an affordable, quality education.

Forging partnerships with businesses and community organizations within the region to enhance quality of life.

Sustaining a supportive campus environment for students, faculty, staff, and alumni in which all members can grow and excel in their personal and professional lives.

Striving for excellence in academic programs and services through innovative teaching and professional practices.


1894: The State Normal School in Fitchburg, established by an act of the Massachusetts Legislature, opened in temporary quarters in an old high school building. It had a teaching staff of three and 46 participants in its two-year teacher training program for women.

1896: The school expanded into a new building and set up the State Schools of Observation and Practice.

1911: The school initiated the first practical arts teacher training course in the country for men.

1915: State Normal School offered its first summer courses.

1930: The school began offering bachelor’s degrees in practical arts.

1932: The name became State Teachers College at Fitchburg.

1935: The college was authorized to establish graduate programs.

1954: The school began its first evening classes.

1960: The college changed its name to The State College at Fitchburg and began offering degrees in disciplines other than education.

1965: The school’s name became Fitchburg State College.

2008: The college offered its first full-time online degree program.

2010: After legislation established a State University system in Massachusetts, the college enacted the name Fitchburg State University.

Other Programs at Fitchburg State

As part of the mission of Fitchburg State University to create a teaching and learning environment that is second to none, growth in educational opportunities for students continues to expand beyond the physical campus to the digital realm. Developed through more than a decade of experience in distance learning, Fitchburg State now provides students an increasing variety of degree and professional studies courses designed to accommodate the needs of the life-long learner. In addition to our accelerated 100% online degree programs, Fitchburg State offers a wide range of more than 45 programs, encompassing graduate and undergraduate degrees, as well as continuing education and certificate programs. For comprehensive information about the scope of programs we offer, visit Fitchburg State.