Fayetteville State University


Fayetteville State University, also known as FSU, is a historically black university (HBCU) located in Fayetteville, North Carolina. It is a member of the University of North Carolina system and part of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It awards bachelor’s degrees in over 40 disciplines, master’s degrees in over 20 disciplines, and a doctoral degree in educational leadership.


Information Summary

Ranks 29th in North Carolina and 1038th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 79.8
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $16,802
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 21 / 1030
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 17 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 69% / 38%
Enrollment Total (all students) 6,318


The school that is now known as Fayetteville State University was founded in 1867 as the Howard School for African-Americans. The institution became the State Colored Normal School, a state sponsored facility for training African-American teachers, in 1887.

Following numerous administration, name, and curriculum changes, the school became a four-year college in 1933 and received university status, as well as its current name, in 1969. FSU now awards bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees and continues to enroll large numbers of African-American students.

The University is part of the North Carolina Research Education Network and provides distance learning through remote videoconferencing centers throughout the state. There is an on-campus organization to help commuter students.

The university’s mission is “to provide quality education to its students through a basic liberal arts foundation, specialized professional training, and specific graduate programs.”


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Fayetteville State is composed of several schools and colleges:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business and Economics
  • School of Education
  • Graduate School
  • University College

Students can earn bachelor’s degrees in a number of different majors, including criminal justice, natural sciences, performing and fine arts, various humanities programs, education, management, and social work. Minors are also awarded in many of these fields.

Master’s degrees are awarded in biology, mathematics, and psychology, English, history, educational leadership, reading, and business administration (MBA). The school awards one doctoral degree, an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.

FSU consistently ranks among the top producers in the country of skilled, African-American graduates, especially in the fields of mathematics, psychology, computer science, education, social sciences, and history. The faculty-to-student ratio is 20-to-1, meaning that FSU students get individualized attention from the school’s expert faculty.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Early College

The Cross Creek Early College High School at FSU was established to prepare students to be ready for college and a successful future. The school’s partnership with FSU gives high school students the opportunity to earn college credit while earning their high school diplomas.

Upward Bound

The university’s Upward Bound program provides support to low-income high school students and students with parents who do not have bachelor’s degrees. The program’s goal is to increase the high school graduation rate while helping graduates enroll and succeed in post-secondary institutions


Applications from prospective first-year students are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants must submit a completed application and non-refundable application fee along with official high school transcripts showing grades earned, overall GPA, and class rank. Official SAT or ACT with writing component scores and a 250-word personal statement are also required. Applicants must meet minimum academic requirements determined by the school and receive a passing scores on all sections of the state competency exam.

Graduate students must apply to their desired program by submitting a completed application and fee, official transcripts, official standardized test scores, and two letters of recommendation.

Requirements may vary for transfer students and international students.

Note that the university requires all applicants to be in compliance with the Fayetteville State University Report of Medical History Form.

Financial Aid

Fayetteville State was recently identified as one of the country’s most affordable four-year institutions, but financial aid is available for eligible students in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs. In order to apply for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year.

FSU provides numerous institutional scholarship opportunities, including scholarships for freshmen students, honors students, those students who may need some preparation for entry into college, and ROTC participants.

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FSU offers more than 75 student clubs, organizations, and fraternities & sororities. These include an art guild, theatre company, marching band, science club, campus ministry, radio station, and nine Greek social organizations. Each of the six residence halls available to freshmen (including the honors dorm) have a set of elected officials who can be directly contacted with any questions or comments regarding residence life.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The university is an NCAA Division II school and a member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The Fayetteville State Broncos proudly wear the school colors of blue and white.

Men’s athletic teams include:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf

Women’s sports include:

  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

The Broncos have won numerous CIAA championships within various sports, most notably the football team’s 2002 CIAA Football Championship.

Athletic facilities on campus include the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Complex, which is comprised of an indoor track, racquetball courts, tennis courts, weight rooms, and training facilities and the Capel Arena, home of the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Local Community

Fayetteville is located on the Cape Fear River in southeastern North Carolina. The city has a population of approximately 200,000 and the Fayetteville metro area is the largest in the southeastern portion of the state. The Fort Bragg army base and Pope Air Force Base are located nearby. The city has an arts center, a museum dedicated to the Cape Fear region, and the Airborne & Special Operations museum, which is operated in conjunction with the U.S. Army.

Fayetteville is a paradise for anyone whether they enjoy staying home or going out. A claim to fame was the fact that putt-putt golf was created in Fayetteville. Fayetteville is a great place for hobbyists and outdoorsmen alike, with access to some of the country’s most beautiful outdoor spaces.

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