Fitchburg State University

Online Undergraduate Program

Founded in 1894, Fitchburg State University is a public institution located on a 31-acre main campus in Fitchburg, Mass. It began offering online bachelor’s degree programs in nursing and business administration in 2009. There are two fraternities and three sororities active at Fitchburg State, and students may also join more than 60 clubs and organizations. Known as the Falcons, the university’s 16 athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division III Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference.


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Quick Facts

First year offering online program: 2009-2010
Online bachelor’s degree programs: 1


Tuition for U.S. students (per credit): N/A
In-state, out-of-district tuition for U.S. students (per credit): $40
Out-of-state tuition for U.S. students (per credit): $294


Total online enrollment: 161
4% Male / 96% Female
Average student age: 38


Application deadline (U.S. residents): N/A
80% accepted

Financial Aid Available

Both institutional and federal aid are available

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School Details

Institutional control: Public
About the online program: Our OBD programs follow the same curriculum as our face-to-face programs.
Average class size: 14
Maximum class size: 25


Total program graduates (2014-2015): 30
New student retention rate (2014): 90%
Most popular majors: N/A, N/A, N/A, N/A, N/A
Academic calendar: Semester
Online courses offered:21
Can earn degree entirely outside U.S.:N/A
Number of times per month faculty provide feedback to students on participation: N/A
Amount of courses requiring students to work collaboratively with other students:Majority
Class participation graded:Yes
Number of times per week students must login to a typical course: N/A
Expectation that instructors will respond to questions within specific timeframe: Yes
Instructor response expected within (hours): 24

Entering Class Progress Toward Degree:

Academic Integrity

Anti-plagiarism screening required for essay assignments: Yes
Measures to instill academic integrity: Unique password.
Standardized copyright policy for course materials: Yes


Average online teaching experience: 5 years
Full-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's: 0
Full-time faculty with a doctorate degree: 6
Full-time faculty with terminal degree: 6
Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online: 13
Part-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's: 0
Part-time faculty with a doctorate degree: 0
Faculty who teach online also teach on campus: All
Weekly office hours: 4

Online learning tools

Bulletin boardsY, Live streaming audioY, Live streaming videoY, Online chatroomsY, Online labs, Recorded audioY, Recorded videoY, Skype or other visual software, SimulationsY, Web conferencing (webinars)
ADA compliance: Central office reviews each course

Technology & Support

Recommended Internet connection: Broadband
24-7 live tech support: Yes
Online course development: In-house
Courses designed by certified instructional designers: Yes
Full-time course development tech staff supporting faculty: 3
Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty: 0

Student Services

Academic advisingY, BookstoreY, Career placement assistance, Email addressY, Financial aid office/servicesY, Local area network, Access to live librarian, Access to digitized library materialsY, Mentoring, Technical supportY, Live tutoring, Writing workshops

Student Body

Region from which most U.S. students come: N/A
Gender distribution: 
International students:
Students 22 and younger: 1%
Students ages 23-39: 57%
Students 40 or older: 42%
New entrants who are first-time freshman: 0%
New entrants who are employed: N/A


Admissions requirements same as campus-based students' requirements: Yes
Continuing online instruction education required: No
Application essay required: Yes
Accept transfer students: Yes
High school completion requirements: Diploma or GED required
Minimum high school GPA required: 2.0


Institution is GI Bill certified: Yes
Institution Participates in Yellow Ribbon Program: No
In-state tuition for all military veterans: No

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