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The Massachusetts State Universities were founded in the 1830s as normal schools dedicated to educating teachers to their emergence over the past two decades as comprehensive universities, the Massachusetts State Universities have played a vital role in educating citizens of Massachusetts. Today their role and mission is more important than ever, as a highly competitive, global economy demands workers with ever higher skill levels and as the cost of many Massachusetts and U.S. universities eclipses the resources of even middle class families.The Massachusetts State University System comprises nine diverse institutions, ranging in size from fewer than 2,000 students to some of the largest universities in the state with more than 10,000 students. The nine campuses offer a wide array of programs, from institutions focused on engineering and the arts to comprehensive universities offering degree programs in the physical and life sciences, mathematics, business, education, information technology, the social sciences, humanities and other offerings.

Diversity is a core strength of the system as students can find virtually any program and college experience they’re looking for on our campuses.  Although diversity is a hallmark of the system, our institutions have a common identity fused by their dedication to a shared mission.The underlying philosophy of the state universities is that all citizens have the capability to contribute to the economic, social and civic life of the community; our mission is to ensure they have the opportunity to fully develop their talents.In a state with many elite private universities, the state universities play a vital and irreplaceable role in creating opportunities for all students, especially those who have faced socioeconomic barriers to advancement, to learn and develop the skills that will allow them to succeed and create a better life for themselves and their families.

The Massachusetts State Universities are committed to preparing students for professional careers, lifelong learning and civic engagement by providing a strong grounding in the liberal arts, a rigorous academic curriculum and transformative opportunities, including undergraduate research, international study, internships and service learning opportunities.The State University System is also committed to providing the most affordable pathway to a four-year or graduate degree in Massachusetts, and to expanding access and opportunities for learning, especially to underserved members of the community.

The system is dedicated to meeting regional economic needs by partnering with businesses and local governments and equipping our students with the strong analytical, technological and communications skills that surveys demonstrate are in demand by CEOs across industries. We are also dedicated to enriching the quality of life of our communities by offering stimulating cultural and intellectual experiences and supporting local schools and other organizations.

The past ten years have witnessed an extraordinary period of growth for the Massachusetts State Universities, made all the more remarkable by the fact that this period has coincided with a significant decline in state funding for our campuses.In the past decade there has been a sharp rise in the number of students attending our institutions. The system currently educates more than 52,000 students each year. Impressively, the number of FTE students has increased from 37,709.3 in 2004 to 44,584.1 in 2013 – a gain of 18.2 percent. Impressively, the number of full-time students has increased by 25.5 percent during that same period.

  • Educate 52,000 students annually
  • Produce over 10,000 degrees annually
  • Offer over 300 academic programs
  • With an average annual tuition and fees of $8,306, your incredible state universities are the most affordable option for an undergraduate education in Massachusetts
  • In the last 5 years produced 5,000 science and technology degrees
  • In the last 5 years produced 4,000 health care degrees
  • In the last 5 years produced 11,000 teaching degrees
  • and 84% of graduates staying in MA after graduation

Bridgewater State University

Fitchburg State University

Framingham State University

Massachusetts College
of Art and Design (Boston)

Mass College of Liberal Arts
(North Adams)

Mass Maritime Academy
(Buzzards Bay)

Salem State University

Westfield State University

Worcester State University


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    on June 24, 2017 at 7:39pm

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    on June 24, 2017 at 2:10pm

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    on June 24, 2017 at 1:01pm

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    on June 24, 2017 at 1:01pm

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    on June 24, 2017 at 10:25am

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  • Salem State

    on June 24, 2017 at 9:30am

    Awesome story! How this @SalemStateAlum returned to pursue a grad degree, minus student loans.…

  • Westfield State

    on June 23, 2017 at 4:56pm

    Excelling in the pool & the classroom. Congrats to the Westfield State women's swimming & diving team! @CSCAA