To make this as simple as possible we’ve included an overview of requirements for incoming freshmen below.
Fall Semester Deadlines
Please submit your application and all required materials as soon as possible for full consideration.
- December 1 for Nursing - Fitchburg State continues to take nursing applications for Fall 2024
- April 1 for all other programs (After April 1 applications will be considered on a space available basis)
Spring Semester Deadlines
- January 3 - All programs
Please note we are rolling admissions, which means we do not have an Early Action or Early Decision deadline. However, we do review applications as soon as they are complete, so the sooner you apply the sooner you will hear your admissions decision.
For our competitive programs we strongly suggest you apply by the Priority Deadline, however we will continue to accept applications for these programs as long as there is space available.
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What You Need To Apply
- Official high school transcript
- Students have the option to submit their standardized test scores as part of their application materials. Students are asked to identify as whether they would prefer to be considered "test optional" as part of their application form.
- Letters of recommendation
- Résumé (pre-nursing majors must submit a résumé)
|Number of Courses
|4 courses (Algebra I and II and Geometry or Trigonometry, or comparable coursework) including mathematics during the final year of high school.
|3 courses (drawn from Natural Science and/or Physical Science and/or Technology/Engineering, and all three must include laboratory work); Technology/engineering courses must be designated as science courses (taken for science credit) by the high school.
|2 courses (including 1 course in U.S. History)
|2 courses (in a single language)
Note: American Sign Language (ASL) is a foreign language.
|2 courses (from the above subjects or from the Arts and Humanities or Computer Sciences)
|Recalculated High School GPA
|Combined SAT ERW and M and/or ACT Must Equal or Exceed (ACT composite equivalent in parenthesis)
|2.51 - 2.99
|2.41 - 2.50
|2.31 - 2.40
|2.21 - 2.30
|2.11 - 2.20
|2.00 - 2.10
If your GPA is below 3.0 we use the sliding scale to determine admissibility.
When reviewing a high school transcript, we re-calculate a student’s GPA based on their college prep, honors or AP level courses only. We do not include courses that are based on performance such as physical education, health, music, etc.
When re-calculating a GPA we also give “extra credit” for higher-level courses. For example if you received a “B” in an honors course, we would consider this a “B+”. If you received a “B” in an AP or IB course, we would consider it an “A”.
If you have a minimum recalculated GPA of a 2.00 or higher, you’re considered for admission.
If you haven't quite met our minimum standards for admission, we may consider you for one of our special admissions programs:
If you do not have a 2.00 or higher, we cannot accept you as a freshman. However, you can enroll in another college first and then apply as a transfer student once you have earned some college-level credits.
No staff member in the Fitchburg State University Office of Admissions involved in the recruitment of military service members will receive any additional compensation or commission for the enrollment of any such applicant.
In addition, any attempts to make unsolicited contact with a military service member will not exceed three attempts to contact by either phone or electronically. All electronic communication (email) will include a link to allow the recipient to opt-out of future communication. If contact is made with a service member that notifies the Fitchburg State Office of Admissions via phone, email, or other communication that they do not wish to be contacted, that person’s record will be updated to reflect they have opted out of future communication. Based upon this action, all communication will cease immediately with the service member. This will remain in effect until such a time that the party otherwise indicates they wish to communicate with Fitchburg State University for the purpose of enrollment.