Fitchburg State University, based in Massachusetts, has a compact urban campus, which occupies 79 acres in the city of Fitchburg. There are also further facilities in the neighbouring towns of Lancaster, Leominster, and Lunenburg.
The university offers postgraduate certificates, bachelors degrees, and masters degrees in more than 25 academic disciplines, which include: biology, criminal justice, economics, history, mathematics, and psychology.
The most competitive subjects to study while at Fitchburg State, however, are: nursing, communications media, education, business administration, and industrial technology.
Notably, the Industrial Technology department – alongside the English department – have previously hosted the Kennedy Centre American College Theatre Festival Region 1 festival.
Where relevant, Fitchburg State University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, the Council for Standards in Human Service Education, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. This ensures that students are ready to move into a professional capacity with ease.
Sports teams at the university play within the NCAA Division III University. Fitchburg State offers men's baseball, basketball, soccer, football, and ice hockey. Women's sports on offer are basketball, soccer, softball, field hockey, and lacrosse.
Alongside the university’s sports offerings, there are also over 60 recognised student clubs and organisations, including: the Anime Club, Criminal Justice Club, English Club, Martial Arts Club, Nursing Student Association, Psychology Club, and the Filmmaker's Society.
There is also an entirely student-run newspaper – The Point – as well as a radio station called WXPL, which allows students to interview notable people and engage with news.
Notable alumni include Peter H. Reynolds, the author and illustrator of the children's books The Dot, Ish, The North Star, and My Very Big Little World, Robert Edmund Cormier, an American author, columnist and reporter, known for his deeply pessimistic literature, and Robert A. Hall, who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate.