Framingham State University is a public, four-year, coeducational university located in Framingham, Massachusetts. Established in 1839, Framingham State University was originally founded as a Normal School in Lexington. Over the years the school changed and grew, earning the power to award Bachelor’s degrees in 1959 and its first Master degree in 1961. In 2010 the school, previously known as the State College at Framingham, officially changed its name to Framingham State University. Framingham State University is noted for its small, personalized classes and the school prides itself on offering “quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for its qualified students.”
Academic ProgramsFramingham State University’s mission is to prepare students “for a productive life, enhanced by learning and leadership that will contribute to the culturally diverse world of the twenty-first century.” Framingham State University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1950. Framingham State University offers a wide range of degree and certificate programs, as well as professional development, international education and English language offerings. The University is made up of several colleges, including the College of Arts and Humanities, College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, as well as an Educational Unit. More than 30 undergraduate majors and even more minors are offered, culminating in either a BA, BS, BS Ed degree. Nearly two dozen graduate programs are also made available, including MA, MS, M.Ed., MBA, and MSN degrees.
Framingham State University has offered online programs since 1998. Students describe Framingham State University’s online degrees as “interactive, challenging, collaborative” with well over a dozen subjects offered, including a number of graduate degree programs.
Student LifeMore than 6,000 students are enrolled at Framingham State University, including over 4,600 undergraduate students – the majority of which are Massachusetts residents. Situated on a beautiful, 54 acre, traditional New England campus, Framingham State University’s is located just 20 miles west of Boston, which allows students to take advantage of all of the cultural and career benefits the world class city has to offer. The town of Framingham itself is a unique blend of both urban and rural qualities with its variety of public transportation options, parks and trails, the “Golden Triangle”, and plenty of shopping and dining locations along Route 9.
Framingham State University’s campus is always abuzz with student events and activity. More than 60 student-led clubs and organizations exist, catering to a wide range of interests and passions and providing plenty of opportunity to become connected and involved outside of the classroom. Framingham State University’s undergraduate residence halls offer housing for nearly 2,000 students, and the University’s location makes it convenient for commuting students as well. A member of the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference, Framingham State University varsity teams compete at the NCAA Division III level.