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Framingham State University
Former name
The Normal School in Lexington
The Normal School in West Newton
The State Normal School in West Newton
The State Normal School in Framingham
The Framingham Normal School
The Framingham State Normal School
State Teachers College at Framingham
Framingham State Teachers College
State College at Framingham
Framingham State College
MottoLive to the Truth
TypePublic university
Established1839; 183 years ago (1839)
Academic affiliations
Endowment$35,385,907 (2020)[1]
PresidentF. Javier Cevallos
Vice-presidentLorretta Holloway
ProvostEllen Zimmerman (interim)
DeanMeg Nowak
Academic staff
301 (189 full-time, 112 part-time) [2]
Total staff
347 (334 faculty, 89% with terminal degrees)[3]
Students4,876 (Fall 2020)[4]
Undergraduates3,520 (Fall 2020)[5]
Postgraduates1,356 (Fall 2020)[6]
Location, ,

42°17′52″N 71°26′12″W / 42.2977°N 71.4366°W / 42.2977; -71.4366Coordinates: 42°17′52″N 71°26′12″W / 42.2977°N 71.4366°W / 42.2977; -71.4366
CampusSuburban, 143 acres (58 ha)
NewspaperThe Gatepost
ColorsFSU Gold and FSU Black[7]    
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division III, Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference, Little East Conference
MascotSam the Ram

Framingham State University (Framingham State or FSU) is a public university in Framingham, Massachusetts. It offers undergraduate programs as well as graduate programs, including MBA, MEd, and MS.

Academic rankings
U.S. News & World Report[8] #103 (tied in North)


Cyrus Peirce, first president
Cyrus Peirce, first president

As the first secretary of the newly created Board of Education in Massachusetts, Horace Mann instituted school reforms that included the creation of an experimental normal school, the first one in the United States, in Lexington, in July 1839. Cyrus Peirce was its first principal or president.[9] A second normal school was opened in September 1839 in West Barre (the school later moved to Westfield) followed by Bridgewater State College the next year. Growth forced the first normal school's relocation to West Newton in 1843, followed in 1853 by a move to the present site on Bare Hill in Framingham.

In 1922, the Framingham Normal School granted its first Bachelor of Science in Education degrees in conjunction with a four-year study program. Ten years later, with degreed teachers becoming the norm, the normal schools were renamed State Teachers Colleges. The name was changed in 1960 to the State College at Framingham when Bachelor of Arts degrees were added. At present, Masters' of Education, Arts, and Science degrees are granted as well. In 2007, the college began offering the Master's of Business Administration (MBA) degree. In October 2010, seven of the state colleges became state universities, unaffiliated with the University of Massachusetts system.[10] The measure was signed into law by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on July 28, 2010.[11][12]

Timeline of name changes

The school has had several names in the past:[9]


May Hall, 19th-century architectural rendering
May Hall, 19th-century architectural rendering

The 73-acre (30 ha) campus is located in Framingham, Massachusetts.[14] Seven residence halls house over 1,500 students.[15] The Henry Whittemore Library has over 200,000 volumes, Wi-Fi, access to over 70,000 electronic journals,[16] and includes Archives and Special Collections. Framingham State University is located on the 282 foot (86 meter) high Bare Hill (also known as Normal Hill)[17] and provides views of Boston, Massachusetts 20 miles (32 kilometers) away.


In 2007, the school signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. That year, Massachusetts issued Executive Order No. 484, which mandated reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption for all state agencies and institutions. Greenhouse gases must be reduced 80% by 2050. In 2010, the school adopted a plan to convert its heating plant to natural gas and to convert its central chilled water plant to electric chillers.[18]

Framingham State University was named a "Green College" by the Princeton Review in 2010 and 2011. It was one of 22 schools in Massachusetts to receive the distinction, and one of 311 nationwide.[19] It was named to the list again in 2013.[20]


Framingham State University is led by an eleven-member Board of Trustees. The governor appoints nine trustees to five-year terms, renewable once. The Framingham State University Alumni Association elects one trustee for a single five-year term. Finally, the student body elects one student trustee for a one-year term. In addition to five full board meetings each year, which are open to the public, the board also meets in standing committees.[21]

The university's annual budget is $105 million, and the school has 775 full and part-time employees.[22] Framingham State University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.[23]

Student life

Framingham State University has an Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Development and a Center for Inclusive Excellence. It has a relatively small campus which sits on roughly 77 acres (31 ha).[24] Framingham State University also owns and operates a radio station WDJM-FM on 91.3 FM.


Total enrollment (Fall 2020): 4,876 total (3,520 undergraduate and 1,356 graduate students)[25][26]


Main article: Framingham State Rams

Framingham State University fields 14 varsity athletic teams (6 men's 8 women's) competing at the NCAA Division III level.

Notable alumni


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