Dr. Timothy J. Flanagan President of Framingham State University
Welcome to Framingham State University and our Web site. Framingham State University is proud of its heritage as the nation's first public university founded for the education of teachers. The University was founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, a well-known education reformer, abolitionist and political leader who was the first Secretary of the State Board of Education in Massachusetts.
Today, Framingham State University is a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering 27 undergraduate degree programs in arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, and professional fields. Nearly 6,400 students attend Framingham State, including nearly 1,600 graduate students. Framingham State University offers graduate degrees in 25 fields, including an extensive graduate program for teachers in international schools. The University takes pride in its 33,000 alumni, most of whom live and work in Massachusetts.
The University is just the right size - small enough for learning to be personal and collaborative, yet large and diverse enough to broaden students' understanding of their world. This broadening of perspectives and appreciation of diversity is one of the hallmarks of a first-rate undergraduate education.
Framingham State University's faculty members are exceptionally well educated, and they share a deep and genuine dedication to the teaching-learning process. Faculty members are active scholars in their fields, and keep abreast of theoretical and applied developments in their disciplines. The University supports the professional growth and development of its faculty and staff, enabling them to remain on the cutting edge in their areas of expertise. Our faculty is committed to the success of their students and take great pride in their many accomplishments.
Student life at Framingham State University offers a rich array of opportunities to augment classroom work with participation in numerous cultural, athletic, and social events, over 60 student clubs and organizations, internships, and study abroad programs. Nearly 2,000 students reside in seven newly-renovated University residence halls.
I encourage you to visit Framingham State University. Visit our beautiful New England campus; meet our faculty, staff and students; attend a sports or cultural event; and learn more about the many exciting academic programs. I believe you will find that Framingham State is a place where you can grow, learn, and shine!
Timothy J. Flanagan, PhD
*Photos courtesy of The MetroWest Daily News - Photographer Ken McGagh