An AASCU Institution

Opportunities for All: The Benefits of Being an SCU



Framingham State University is a proud member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), an organization made up of more than 400 public colleges, universities, and systems across the nation.

Like all SCUs, we have a student-focused culture that centers on learning and teaching. Members of AASCU also share a long-standing commitment to underserved student populations and a dedication to research and creativity that makes them uniquely different from land grant or research universities and community and technical colleges. FSU is also an important part of the Commonwealth’s economic progress and cultural development.

We and our fellow state colleges and universities foster a value system centered around the concept of “Opportunities for All” – SCUs create bright futures for all of the region’s students, and thus become economic, cultural, and social drivers for their states.

Every SCU shares three core values: Quality, Accessibility, and Responsibility.

High Quality: We have a student-centered focus that emphasizes learning and teaching as a core institutional belief. Our students are taught and mentored by a faculty of scholars and are exposed to a full range of educational opportunities in smaller class sizes. We support a broad range of different learning styles and opportunities – from our Honors Program to hands-on applied undergraduate research with our faculty, both in the lab and out in the field.

Accessible: As a state university, FSU provides a viable, high quality educational experience to a diverse cross-section of the region’s residents, including nontraditional students or groups that have historically been underrepresented in higher education. We celebrate diversity, build inclusiveness, and enable partnerships that help students succeed.

Responsible: We create a skilled workforce that supports the state’s business needs while advancing economic progress and cultural development. We prepare our students for a life of leadership and service and enhance their ability to attain financial independence after graduation.

FSU offers a high quality, accessible, and affordable choice to earning a four-year baccalaureate degree. We are proud to share the mission of our SCU peers to make higher education available to anyone who is willing to work hard to be successful.

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