Framingham State University was established in 1839, has approximately 5,903 students, and offers distance learning opportunities for some programs, as well as evening classes for adult students. 3,828 of the student population are studying at the undergraduate level, and 2,075 are pursuing graduate studies. It is a public, Division III school with excellent business, education and science programs. Framingham is located in Massachusetts, just twenty miles outside of Boston. Framingham has many cultural activities for students to participate in including the Amazing Things Art Center, the Danforth Museum, the Framingham Community Center, Butterworth Park, Winch Park, Framingham Common, Long Athletic Complex, and many public gardens and conserved land. Crispus Attucks and Roger Clemons are among the towns list of famous residents.
Framingham State University offers four professional certificate programs through distance learning: Online Professional Development , a Graduate Certificate in Merchandising, a Graduate Certificate in Nutrition Education, and a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Technology Proficiency. The only Bachelor Degree program offered online in entirety is a basic degree in Liberal Studies, however the school has online courses spanning eighteen subjects for undergraduates and graduates as well. There are five Master’s Degree programs online: a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instructional Tecnology, as well as one in Educational Leadership, a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, and two hybrid (combined distance and in the classroom learning) Master’s programs in Business Administration. All of these programs are held to the same accreditation standards as the on campus programs that have been established for over one hundred years. Ongoing support is available 24/7 for students through Blackboard Support.
Framingham has a continuing education program with ongoing credits for educators, health, and business professionals. Certificate programs that can be obtained through this course of study include, but are not limited to Nursing Education, Computer Programming, Information Technology Fluency, Software Engineering, Administration and Management, and Environmental Sustainability and Policy. Popular Post-Baccalaureate programs include Pre-Health Studies, and Teacher Licensure. Popular majors studied through traditional educational methods include Art, English, Communication Arts, Liberal Studies, Modern Languages, Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Business Administration and Computer Science.
Framingham University is accredited by the New England Association of School and Colleges, Inc., the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, and the American Dietetic Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education. The University is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the National League for Nursing, and the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs.
Full-time undergraduate tuition for Massachusetts State residents is $970 per semester plus the $5,171 in fees. Out-of-state students pay $7,050 and the same amount in fees. Graduate state residents pay $1,675 plus $5,171 in fees, and out-of-state graduate students pay $7,050 and fees. Books and supplies are estimated to cost between $700-$800 per year, and room and board is around $7,000. Student loans, grants, scholarships and workstudy are all financial aid options for students who need tuition assistance.