|President||Richard S. Lapidus|
|Year of establishment||Perseverantia|
|Address||160 Pearl St., Fitchburg MA 01420-2697|
Fitchburg State University
Fitchburg State University, often referred to as Fitchburg State, is a public university in Fitchburg, Massachusetts that has over 3,500 undergraduate and over 1,650 graduate/continuing education students. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in 25 academic disciplines.
Fitchburg State University offers 56 undergraduate majors and concentrations in a 25 departments from Biology to Pre-Professional Programs.
The university also offers more than 40 graduate and certificate programs. The university no longer requires the GRE and GMAT for entrance.
When Fitchburg State was established in 1894, it was known as the State Normal School in Fitchburg, and the sole curriculum was a two-year teacher-training program for women. There was no campus then, just a temporary quarters set up in an old high school building on Academy Street operated by Principal John G. Thompson and a teaching staff of three.
With 46 participants that first year, the program was seen as an overnight success and it became obvious that expansion was necessary. In 1896, the State Normal School in Fitchburg became a single building atop a rural hill that remains operational even today, Thompson Hall.
This early growth is representative of Fitchburg State on the whole: always adapting to meet the needs of an evolving world. So when the students needed a place on campus where they could “observe and practice” their educational pursuit, Edgerly Hall became the next building on campus in 1901. It was an immediate trendsetter for education programs nationwide. In 1910, it became one of the first junior high schools in the United States, and in 1911, it initiated the first-ever practical arts teacher-training course for men.
The 1920s saw the expansion of student life programs, giving rise to the literary society, as well as the debating council, glee club, and drama club. Athletics were broadened beyond basketball to include hiking, crew, tennis, football, and bowling.
The Fitchburg State University is a Public university located in Fitchburg.
The Fitchburg State University was founded in Perseverantia.
The current president of Fitchburg State University is Richard S. Lapidus.