Join Framingham State in Celebrating 175 Years of Teaching Excellence
As the oldest public normal school in America, Framingham State holds a special place in the history of higher education in this country. The opening of the school in a one-room building in Lexington on July 3, 1839 paved the way for higher education to be extended to large segments of the population without regard to race, gender or economic class.
Over the past 175 years, the University has evolved into a comprehensive arts and sciences institution with about 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students studying in more than 50 fields, ranging from fashion design to physics. And while we’ve certainly come a long way since our founding by Secretary of Education Horace Mann, we still strive to live up to his vision for the institution to be “good enough for the richest and available to the poorest,” citizens of Massachusetts.