Message from the President
Dr. Robert A. Martin, Interim President of Framingham State University
Welcome to Framingham State University and our Web site. Founded in 1839 by education reformer Horace Mann, Framingham State is the nation’s oldest public university founded for the education of teachers. In 2014, FSU celebrates its 175th anniversary.
While we are proud of our history as the nation’s first normal school, the University has evolved over the years into a vibrant, comprehensive arts and sciences institution with more than 6,500 students, including about 2,000 graduate students, and 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields.
Framingham State 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.
The University is located on a beautiful New England campus in the heart of MetroWest, amid fortune 500 companies such as Bose, Staples, Reebok, Genzyme, EMC and IBM, as well as thousands of mid-size companies, high-tech startups and public sector organizations. Many of our more than 40,000 alumni live in the area and work in the area in a wide variety of different careers.
I encourage you to visit Framingham State and take a walk around our beautiful camps, meet with our faculty, staff and students, attend an open lecture or cultural program and learn more about our excellent and exciting academic programs. I think you will find that Framingham State is a place where you can thrive socially and academically.
Robert A. Martin, PhD