FSU 2023-24 Viewbook


You’re looking for a college experience that will open doors to diverse opportunities. Expand your horizons. Develop your critical thinking skills as you learn specialized skills that will increase your career potential. Here, it’s all within reach. This is Framingham State University, your smarter college choice in the Greater Boston area. Affordable programs that align with your career goals. A small-college experience full of opportunities to lead, feel seen, and be known. It’s true. The personal, transformative touch of a small school with the affordability of a public university. The small campus, sense of community, and opportunities to grow as a person are what I love most about FSU. DARA B. International Business Major We’re a Close-Knit fRAMily. (We’re the Rams, you get it!) A SMALL UNIVERSITY NEAR BOSTON OFFERING HIGH-VALUE EDUCATION AND AFFORDABLE TUITION. REALLY? YES.

WELCOME TO FRAMINGHAM STATE! undergraduate students 3,000 PUBLIC IS POWERFUL … Rooted in reform and more relevant than ever, Framingham State’s mission has always been to expand access to a first-rate education. We offer an eye-opening, life-changing experience and affordable tuition to all who are chasing a dream. Unapologetically defined by our public status, our commitment to serve the public good is as vital and powerful today as it was when we first opened our doors in 1839. … A DYNAMIC COMMUNITY. By attending a small public university, you’ll be impacted in a way that dramatically changes who you are and who you will become. Our careerfocused programs and close-knit community creates a ripple effect, from you to your family and beyond. You’ll have access to a rich learning landscape here in the Greater Boston area—unlocking an endless network of opportunities. COLLEGE IS A SMART IDEA. GOING TO FRAMINGHAM STATE? EVEN SMARTER. undergraduate students 3,000

HERE YOU EVERYONE DOES. WELCOMING EVERYONE FSU has received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award multiple years since 2014. The reason is simple. We love welcoming students from all walks of life. Like you. FIRST-GENERATION STUDENTS More than half of our undergraduate students are the first in their family to go to college. We know how intimidating that can be, but you’re not alone. We’re here to support you! As a First-Gen Forward institution, FSU has demonstrated a strong commitment to helping first-generation college students succeed. CELEBRATING DIVERSITY Our community welcomes all gender and sexual identities (LGBTQ+), neurodiversities, socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities, with 42% of FSU students identifying as Hispanic, Latinx, Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color. Our campus is made all the more vibrant by this beautiful diversity of students and their families. BE SEEN, HEARD, AND VALUED Our Center for Inclusive Excellence (CIE) advances FSU’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism. first-year students living on campus 70% BELONG

HERE, THERE’S NOTHING STANDING IN THE WAY OF YOUR SUCCESS. From your admissions counselor to coaches to faculty, you’ll find support everywhere you look. Our Office of Family Engagement also serves your personal supporters, whether relatives, friends, community members, or others, by offering helpful information and resources. GET EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR THE FUTURE YOU WANT. Ask our regional and global network of alumni professionals working in education, healthcare, the arts, science, business, and so many other fields. They’ll tell you how FSU helped them feel prepared to launch their careers— and how proud they are to still be a part of the community today. We Rams are united in our passion for impact. Part of being “proudly public” as a university is our shared desire to give back. Come here to experience a transformational education within our campus community. Go on to transform Greater Boston and communities beyond. For many years, I believed that college wasn’t an option for me. But there are people in the community and at Framingham State who believed in me and wanted to help. NATHALIE C. DACA Student Early Childhood Education Major The pre-health program really establishes the foundation you need to be successful in medical school. It was a great experience. CESAR S. MD at Gulf Coast Medical Center First-Gen Student Class of 2014 BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE. MAKE A DIFFERENCE FSU’S Center for Civic Engagement and Service Learning offers opportunities to volunteer with local community organizations that support underrepresented and underserved population groups. Get involved!

As a young child in India, Mandip watched his father head off to America hoping to set up a new life for his loved ones. When he was seven, the family reunited in Melrose, MA, where they run a restaurant. Mandip’s first internship was in the FSU business office. As a sophomore, Mandip landed another high-impact internship at the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) firm Paresky Flitt & Co. There, he gained valuable contacts and took a big step toward his ultimate goal of working for one of the “Big 4” accounting firms (KPMG, Ernst & Young, Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers). Mandip says he would also love to start a nonproft organization one day that provides psychological treatment to people in his native India, where mental health conditions are often ignored. OUR CAREER-FOCUSED ACADEMICS WILL SET YOU UP FOR SUCCESS. Choose from any of our majors in education, social sciences, business, the arts, humanities, or STEM. Every path through FSU leads to future opportunities. In addition to mentorship from our amazing faculty, the Center for Academic Success and Achievement (CASA) offers advising, disability and access services, peer tutoring, and other resources to help you meet your goals. WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU ALMOST 200 YEARS. When FSU opened its doors in 1839, we were the nation’s first Public Normal School, founded to train teachers. Today, education is just one example of many FSU programs that are among the best in the region. Explore everything you can become! MANDIP S. Accounting Major STUDENT SPOTLIGHT I am constantly in the Career Development Office seeking advice from the staff, who have helped me land two internships. When I started college, I was really concerned about having a job right after graduation, but now I feel very confident that I have the skills and connections to line something up right away. A LIFE-CHANGING EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE YOU WON’T FIND ANYWHERE ELSE. average class size 17

Small Classes Average class size is just 17 students Accounting American Sign Language Art History Biochemistry Biology Business & Information Technology Business Management Chemistry Child & Family Studies Communication Computer Science Criminology Early Childhood Education Economics Elementary Education English Environment, Society, & Sustainability Environmental Sciences Fashion Design Fashion Merchandising Finance Food & Nutrition Food Science Geospatial & Data Analysis Global Studies Health & Wellness History Hospitality & Tourism Management International Business Liberal Studies Marketing Mathematics Nursing (RN to BSN) Political Science Pre-Dental Pre-Engineering Pre-Health Pre-Law Pre-Med Pre-Vet Psychology Secondary Education English, History, Mathematics, Biology, Foreign Language, & Visual Art Sociology Spanish Sports Management Studio Art World Languages & Linguistics ACADEMIC PROGRAMS NOT SURE WHAT YOU WANT TO STUDY? Don’t worry! Our Advising Center will help you find the program that is right for you. EXPLORE PROGRAMS 4 + 1 BA/MA in English 4 + 1 BA/MPA in Public Administration 4 + 1 BS/PSM in Biotechnology 4 + 1 BS/MS in Food & Nutrition 4 + 1 BS/MEd in Nutrition Education 4 + 1 Bachelor’s/MEd in Special Education 4 + 1 Bachelor’s/MS in Organizational Leadership 3 + 3 Bachelor’s/JD Program with Suffolk University 3 + 3 Bachelor’s/JD Program with UMass Dartmouth ACCELERATED PROGRAMS COMMONWEALTH HONORS PROGRAM The Commonwealth Honors Program at FSU brings together academically talented students for an exceptional educational experience. Benefits include Honors Program Scholarships, priority course registration, and access to the Honors Program House to study and relax with friends. Earn your bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years, saving time and money. Meet Ramsey! Life can be tough. This guy can help! Ramsey is FSU’s emotional support dog and he’s eager to meet you! graduate students 1,100

Think you’re excited about teaching now? Let’s turn it up a notch. Our education centers like the Centers for Early Childhood Education are here to provide life-changing, hands-on experiences with real students. Whatever you want to teach, there’s a place for you—like the McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning, a Smithsonian affiliate with experiential STEM learning programs and its own state-of-the-art planetarium. It’s the only center of its kind in Massachusetts! OUR ONE-OF-A-KIND PROGRAMS WILL TAKE YOU WHERE YOU WANT TO GO. Interested in health and wellness? Explore professional development opportunities through our nationally-recognized Stalker Institute for Food and Nutrition. American Sign Language? We’re the only MA public university offering two different degrees in ASL. And that’s just the tip of the Ram’s horn! EXPLORE BUSINESS INTERNSHIPS THAT PUT YOU RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ACTION. Take on internships in the national and international headquarters of Fortune 500 companies including TJX, Bose, and Staples right here in MetroWest. Engage in programs tailored to help small, family-run, and developing businesses. Or make good on your dream to launch a business through the Entrepreneur Innovation Center. CHECK OUT ALL OUR CENTERS AND INSTITUTES Research is of extreme importance for teaching purposes and helps graduates grow faster once employed. Our students play a role in all aspects of the exciting research happening on campus. EMMANOUIL APOSTOLIDIS Associate Professor of Food Science HERE, OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEARNING, GROWTH, AND IMPACT ABOUND.

STUDY ABROAD WHERE IN THE WORLD WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO? Explore FSU’s affordable, semester-long opportunities to study abroad in places like: As an FSU student, you can go see the world through our life-changing study abroad programs. Or, you can experience the world coming to you through off-campus cultural experiences and engaging with our vibrant on-campus community of international students. You’ll be a world traveler either way in our book! Australia Canada China Ecuador England Italy Netherlands Northern Ireland Scotland Spain YOUR PASSION FOR THE ARTS HAS A HOME HERE. On your campus visit, don’t miss our Danforth Art Museum and Art School, one of the top cultural destinations in the region. Let the awesome works of historical and contemporary fine art inspire you to follow your passion in fields of study such as art history, studio art, fashion design, museum studies and more. graduates that credit their internship with leading to a job 70% It’s clear that when you can make teaching relevant to students’ lives, they have a far greater level of success in the classroom. Once you are able to tap into their lived experiences and then engage them in the science, that creates interest. WARDELL POWELL Education professor ENGAGE WITH METROWEST AND THE GREATER BOSTON AREA, EXPLORE THE WORLD.

Kathryn started college at Syracuse University, before deciding it was too expensive and too far from home. Her mom, an FSU alumna, helped convince her to enroll in a class at FSU in spring 2020. During her junior year, Kathryn was accepted into Liberty Mutual’s immersive TechStart Summer Internship Program. She worked with a team on the digital accessibility center, using software to code in a way that meets accessibility standards. The experience led to a job offer just before the start of her senior year. But she didn’t stop there. Before graduating, she joined the University’s annual India J-Term experience, a unique and intensive three-week study abroad program designed to enhance students’ global and cultural perspectives, increase awareness of self within the world and develop skill sets relevant to life after graduation. My internship experience with Liberty Mutual’s Techstart Summer Internship program helped me land a job offer prior to graduation. The opportunities at Framingham State University are incredible. HUNGRY? Just place your order, and our Kiwibot would be delighted to fetch it and deliver it to you wherever you are on campus! LIVE HERE | 6 INCREDIBLE RESIDENCE HALLS About 70% of our first-year students choose to live on campus in residence halls offering high-speed wireless internet, kitchen facilities, and laundry. Hang out with friends in common areas. When you need to focus, study rooms and computer labs are right in your building. And classes and food options are just a few steps away. Simply choose a meal plan that works for you, and that’s housing and meals covered! COMMUTE | HOME AWAY FROM HOME IN METROWEST Our convenient location and welcoming community are ideal for commuters too. We make it easy for you to feel at home on campus even if you commute to school every day, with a Commuter Student Group to join, student lounges to hang out in, lockers to store your things, and even special parking privileges for carpoolers. Purchase a meal plan for the convenience of (delicious!) on-campus dining. FROM YOUR FIRST DAY, OUR AWESOME CAMPUS BECOMES YOUR AWESOME CAMPUS. KATHRYN W. Computer Science Major STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

CAMPUS EVENTS BINGO Student Org Fair Fashion Club Trashion Show Annual Fashion Show Moonlight Breakfast Movie Nights Trips to Professional Sports Games (Celtics/Red Sox/Bruins) Suit Jacket Posse Improv Apple Picking Outdoor Recreation (kayking, hiking) Anime Gatherings And many more! MORE ABOUT LIFE ON CAMPUS CAMPUS ACTIVITIES Afro Caribbean Dance Group Anime Club Art Club ASL Club Black Student Union Brother 2 Brother Computer Science Club Dance Team Fashion Club Food Science Club Framingham State Activities Board Gatepost Student Newspaper Hilltop Players Drama Club History Club Hospitality & Tourism Latinos Unidos ‘N Accion Motivation. Intersectionality. Solidarity. Sisterhood. Ski & Snowboard Club Students of Caribbean Ancestry Student Government Association WDJM 91.3 Wildlife Club CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS* SAFETY, HEALTH & WELLNESS The Framingham State Police Department patrols our campus, monitors residence halls, and answers calls 24 hours a day to keep you safe. And when you have a health concern or just need someone to talk to, FSU’s Health and Counseling Centers are here for you. *This is a partial list of our most popular organizations.

FUN Franklin Park Zoo Museum of Science New England Aquarium Six Flags Xfinity Center (concerts) OUTDOORS Apple Picking Callahan State Park Cape Cod Wachusett Mountain (ski & ride) CULTURE Downtown Renaissance ICA Boston Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum Museum of Fine Arts Symphony Hall SPORTS Fenway Park TD Garden Gillette Stadium SHOPPING Natick Mall Shopper’s World Newbury Street Wrentham Outlets Farmer’s Market on Framingham Green Throughout MetroWest and east into Greater Boston, countless cultural experiences, internships, and career opportunities are within reach. If you want to view the masters at the Museum of Fine Arts, check out Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace, or get hands-on experience with Fortune 500 companies, this world-class region has it all. PLACES TO VISIT Emily is a dual-sport athlete excelling in both cross country, where she runs the 5K and 6K, as well as track & field, where she competes in the 800M and the steeplechase. The Elementary Ed major finds that her busy athletic schedule forces her to stay on top of her other responsibilities, which include writing lesson plans for her student teaching experiences. FSU was a natural fit for Emily, who knew she wanted to run competitively and pursue a career as a teacher. Emily began college thinking she would want to teach older elementary school children in grades 4 or 5, because the material is more interesting. But after a second great field placement with younger kids, Emily decided she would be happy with any grade, saying the sense of wonder in the little ones was “spectacular to see.” FSU feels like my home away from home. I can go anywhere on campus, and I know everyone, from my professors to the people working in the dining hall. It’s such a great atmosphere. EMILY N. Elementary Education Major STUDENT SPOTLIGHT A SMART CHOICE – IN AN AMAZING PLACE. JUST 20 MILES WEST OF BOSTON, METROWEST IS A CULTURALLY VIBRANT AREA. NO CAR? NO PROBLEM. With the Metrowest regional bus stops right on campus, Commuter Rail just a few miles down the road, and Zip Car access on campus, trips to Boston or the beach are a snap.

ATHLETIC & FITNESS PROGRAMS INTERCOLLEGIATE SPORTS Baseball (m) Basketball (m/w) Cross Country (m/w) Field Hockey (w) Football (m) Ice Hockey (m) Lacrosse (w) Outdoor Track & Field (w) Soccer (m/w) Softball (w) Volleyball (w) INTRAMURAL SPORTS Basketball Basketball, 3-on-3 (m/w) Dodgeball (coed) Flag Football (m/w) Floor Hockey (m/w) Golf (coed) Indoor Soccer (coed) Volleyball (coed) Wiffle Ball (m/w) INTRAMURAL TOURNAMENTS Basketball, 3-Point Shootout (m/w) Basketball, 3-on-3 (m/w) Spike Ball FITNESS PROGRAMS Aerobics Kickboxing Muscle Conditioning Nutrition Counseling Spinning Yoga/Pilates Zumba CLUB SPORTS Cheerleading (coed) Lacrosse (m) Rugby (m/w) NCAA division III athletic teams 14 WELCOME TO RAM NATION! Put your talent to the test in the highly competitive Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference. FSU offers 14 exciting intercollegiate sports programs: six men’s teams and eight women’s teams. TOP-NOTCH FACILITIES The Athletic and Recreation Center showcases two basketball courts and a volleyball court with seating for one thousand spectators. Our Maple Street Fields feature state-of-the-art turf surfaces for softball, soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse. Our ice hockey team skates at the newly renovated Loring Arena. Nearby Bowditch Field is home to our baseball team and also holds a stadium where five thousand spectators can cheer on our football team. OUR NCAA DIVISION III ATHLETICS ARE AS STRONG AS OUR ACADEMICS. While I was at Framingham State, I was working toward my dream and I knew this was going to be the end result. Coach Kelley always believed in me, and I really cherish our relationship. JOSHUA O. Proud Class of 2022 Ram & NFL Seattle Seahawk

MORE ABOUT FINANCIAL AID DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR, THE BEST VALUE EDUCATION IN THE REGION. IN-STATE TUITION OUT-OF-STATE TUITION students receiving financial aid 89% VALUE MEANS EVERYTHING YOU WANT AND NEED … • Over 90% of FSU faculty hold the most advanced degree in their fields • 70% of recent graduates credit their internship with leading to a job • Over 90% of recent graduates are either employed or pursuing their graduate degrees … AT AN OUT-OF-POCKET COST THAT’S WITHIN REACH. • LOWER tuition than UMass and most regional private colleges • 89% of students receive financial aid (among full-time, first-year students) • Grants and scholarships that can bring down your cost of attendance by thousands of dollars Average tuition, fees, and meals (+ housing for residents) Average amount of financial aid Average out-of-pocket annual cost AVERAGE COST AND AID FOR FULL-TIME STUDENTS - - - COMMUTER RESIDENT RESIDENT $11,630 $10,995 $ 635 $25,414 $15,000 $10,414 $31,494 $18,100 $13,394 NEBHE TUITION BREAK Learn more about tuition breaks for residents of CT, ME, NH, RI, and VT at nebhe.org.

THERE’S SO MUCH MORE WE WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU ABOUT FSU If you’re ready to apply, it’s a good idea to get that process started early. Questions? Give us a call or send us an email! We’ll help you make an informed decision. LET US HELP YOU MAKE THE SMARTEST CHOICE OF YOUR LIFE. COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION FILE YOUR FAFSA SUBMIT YOUR TRANSCRIPT 1 2 3 Two ways to apply: Common App or our website No ACT or SAT required (we are test optional) Find out how much aid you’re eligible to receive FRAMINGHAM.EDU Social justice is something I am passionate about and I really value that faculty and staff here are working on these issues and care about the student perspective. That’s something I want to continue into my career. ZOE W. Sociology with a minor in Political Science APPLY NOW! IMPORTANT DATES FALL ENROLLMENT November 15 Early Action Application Deadline February 15 First Year Preferred Fall Application Deadline December FAFSA Opens March 15 Transfers - Preferred Fall Application Deadline May 1 Enrollment Deposit Due SPRING ENROLLMENT November 1 Priority FAFSA Deadline December 1 Preferred Spring Application Deadline WE WANT TO MEET YOU! Schedule a visit to our beautiful campus. We’ll show you how good it feels to be a part of this amazing fRAMily—where we care about who you are as we prepare you for all you’re going to be. We’ll also waive your $50 application fee! FRAMINGHAM.EDU/VISIT CONNECT WITH ADMISSIONS 508-626-4500 ADMISSIONS@FRAMINGHAM.EDU

PROUDLY PUBLIC. TRULY TRANSFORMATIVE. Framingham State University provides equal access to educational, co-curricular and employment opportunities at the University for all applicants, students, and employees regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital or parental status, or veteran status in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies. Framingham State University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities, including in admissions and employment, and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 not to discriminate in such a manner. Inquiries or reports regarding our non-discrimination and Title IX policies may be directed to the Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator at 508-215-5859, titleix@framingham.edu, Dwight Hall 207/324, 100 State Street, PO Box 9101, Framingham, MA 01701-9101; or to the Assistant Secretary for the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education at 617-289-0111, OCR.Boston@ed.gov, 8th Floor, 5 Post Office Square, Boston, MA 02109-3921. For further information, visit framingham.edu/non-discrimination