Framingham State University

Framingham State University


Located just 20 miles west of Boston, Framingham State University offers small, personalized classes to undergraduate and graduate students on a beautiful, 54 acre, traditional New England campus. Framingham prides itself on its friendly, family-style community and provides freshman transition programs, as well as well-developed honors programs for exceptional students. Diversity among faculty, staff, the student body and curriculum contribute to the community’s understanding of the multicultural world and enhance the quality of the learning experience on campus. Framingham State University is known for its outstanding academic reputation, interesting course offerings, exciting location, sense of community spirit and affordable cost.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Summer Bridge & Orientation Orientation

The Orientation Program provides an introduction to student life at the University. At orientation, new students meet faculty advisors from their academic departments; learn about courses, majors, and academics works at Framingham State University; meet current student leaders and other new students; learn about campus life and available support resources for students; and become familiar with the Framingham State University campus.

First-Year Experience & Transition Relevant Advice & Mentoring for Multicultural Students (R.A.M.2S)

The R.A.M.2S Program is designed to assist first-year students of color in the achievement of academic and life skills. It accomplishes its mission through connections with the University in three distinct areas: academic excellence; interpersonal connections; and personal awareness. Students are taught to eliminate the stigma associated with seeking out academic assistance and tutoring, and achieve academic success through individual mentor teams and the development of study skills. Participants in the program also learn the value of social involvement and are guided to explore career paths and life success.

Academic Advising & Support GenerationOne

GenerationOne is a support group that brings first-generation faculty, staff and students together for activities such as special programming and social gatherings. The trademark is a G1 logo that can be found all around campus, allowing for easy identification of other first-generation faculty, staff and students. When students see the sticker, they know they have an ally who may understand or relate to their experience as a first-generation student. There are also youth mentoring opportunities available to first generation college students, allowing them to engage in a meaningful way with the campus and community.

Academic Advising & Support Center for Academic Support and Advising (CASA)

CASA is a free resource for all current students, for those wishing to maintain good grades to those who are struggling academically. Services include tutoring in math and writing, seminar rooms that serve as meeting places, workshops on academic success, a networked computer lab with a printer and individual study carrels for quiet study.

Student Life & Support Center for Inclusive Excellence

The Center for Inclusive Excellence at Framingham State University is a Brave Space dedicated to creating and supporting an environment that reflects a collective commitment to promoting equity, advocating social justice and making excellence inclusive. As a guiding principle, Inclusive Excellence is meant to include and engage the rich diversity of students, staff, faculty, administrators, alumni and community constituents in authentic learning which often requires embracing the brave qualities of challenge, risk and difficulty. Thus, we recognize this work to be a journey of discovery and transformation for every aspect and level of the university.

Student Diversity

  • 4,478
  • 36/64
  • 35%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 3%
  • 8%
    Black or African American
  • 9%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 75%
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • 1%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 1%

Student Success

  • 75%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 51%
    Six-year graduation
  • 46%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 80%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 45%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 186
    Full-time faculty
  • 34
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 15:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Psychology, Business Administration, Food and Nutrition, Criminology, Elementary Education, Communication Arts, Fashion Design and Retailing, Biology, Sociology

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Black Student Union, The Pride Alliance Club, FSU Veterans Association, M.I.S.S (Motivation. Intersectionality. Solidarity. Sisterhood), Student Leaders in Diversity (SLID), Brother to Brother (B2B), Music Appreciation Club (M.A.C.)


Cost of Attendance

  • $15,420
  • $9,340
    In-state Tuition
  • n/a
    Required Fees
  • $11,250
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $2,350,000
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $11,280
    Average aid package
  • $29,493
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 33%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 74%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 68%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 4%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 5,210
    # of applicants
  • 65%
  • 3.10
    Average HS GPA
  • 21
    ACT Composite
  • 460—550
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 460—550
    SAT Math
  • 440—540
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 2/15
    Regular application closing date
  • $50
    Application Fee
  • $50
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 11/15
    Early action application closing date