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Fayetteville State University

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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.


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.”


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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Ranks 4936th for the average student loan amount.
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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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Ranks 28th in North Carolina and 895th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in North Carolina and 528th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 7 0.12
Arson 1 0.02
Burglary 45 0.76
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 6 0.10
Arrest 9 0.15

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 474 0.23
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 25 0.01
Forcible Rape 56 0.03
Robbery 495 0.24
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4,204 2.07
Larceny 8,088 3.98
Vehicle theft 680 0.33

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Fayetteville, NC 28301-4298
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population35,152 (22,124 urban / 13,028 rural)
Households13,338 (2.43 people per house)
Median Household Income$27,371
Families8,899 (2.98 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle doctoral (education)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3704

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1553rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,743 $2,743 $13,539
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,862 $1,862 $1,862
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $114 $114 $564
FT Graduate Tuition $3,191 $3,191 $14,039
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,862 $1,862 $1,862
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $177 $177 $780
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $14,854 $14,854 $25,650
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $14,854 $14,854 $25,650
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,223 $7,223 $18,019

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,109 $4,324 $4,109 $4,324 $14,721 $15,028
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $400 $500
On-Campus – Room & Board $6,267 $6,711
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,700 $2,216
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,267 $6,711
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,700 $2,216
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,700 $2,216

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application Fee$35
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,010 (1,417 male / 2,593 female)
Admitted 2,204 (709 male / 1,495 female)
Admission rate 55%
First-time Enrollment 612 (236 male / 376 female)
FT Enrollment 600 (229 male / 371 female)
PT Enrollment 12 (7 male / 5 female)
Total Enrollment6,179

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Central Intercollegiate Athletic Assoc
NCAA Basketball Conference Central Intercollegiate Athletic Assoc
NCAA Track & Field Conference Central Intercollegiate Athletic Assoc

ACT Test Admission

1323rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 7%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 15 / 18
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 19
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 19

SAT Test Admission

1293rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 89%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 380 / 450
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 400 / 470
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 780 / 920

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,702
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$3,460
Board Fee$2,700

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 13 686 54 13 15 266 60 1,116
Accounting 11 5 16
Art Teacher Education
Art/Art Studies, General 8 1 1 1 11
Biology Teacher Education 1 2 3
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 25 2 3 2 33
Biotechnology 2 1 1 4
Business Administration and Management, General 1 106 11 2 2 30 10 164
Chemistry, General 4 1 1 1 3 2 12
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Computer Science 3 9 2 1 4 2 21
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 128 4 1 3 36 8 182
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 33 1 1 2 1 38
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 10 3 1 14
Elementary Education and Teaching 10 2 15 3 30
English Language and Literature, General 2 13 6 1 22
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 1
Finance, General 3 2 1 1 7
Fire Services Administration 2 1 11 14
Forensic Science and Technology 1 1 1 3
Geography 3 1 4
History, General 8 8 1 17
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 1 1 3 5
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 1
Management Information Systems, General 5 1 2 8
Mathematics Teacher Education 2 1 3
Mathematics, General 3 12 2 17
Music Teacher Education 1 1 2
Music, General 2 2
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 2 1 3
Political Science and Government, General 26 5 32
Psychology, General 1 77 2 4 3 35 10 133
Public Administration 2 2
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 34 2 1 1 30 5 75
Social Science Teacher Education 2 1 3
Social Work 32 5 2 29 8 77
Sociology 64 3 2 12 2 84
Spanish Language Teacher Education 1 1
Spanish Language and Literature 6 1 7
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 28 3 1 2 1 36
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 19 2 8 29

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 954th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $75,504 ($76,642 male / $69,562 female)
Number of FT Faculty 270 (153 male / 117 female)
Number of PT Faculty 334
FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
Total Benefits $7,509,310

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