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Fayetteville State University (FSU) is a public comprehensive regional university that promotes the educational, social, cultural, and economic transformation of southeastern North Carolina and beyond. The primary mission of FSU is to provide students with the highest quality learning experiences that will produce global citizens and leaders as change agents for shaping the future of the State. Awarding degrees at the baccalaureate and master's levels, and the doctorate in educational leadership, FSU offers programs in teacher education, the arts and sciences, health professions, business and economics, and unique and emerging fields. FSU is an institution of opportunity and diversity. Committed to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, and service, the university extends its services and programs to the community, including the military, and other educational institutions throughout North Carolina, the nation, and the world.
(Approved FSU Board of Trustees, Oct. 31, 2008)
"Fayetteville State University is a leading institution of opportunity and diversity committed to developing learned and responsible global citizens."
Fayetteville State University is a historically black university founded in 1867 as the Howard School by seven black men for the purpose of educating black children. FSU has a tradition of excellence in teacher education and is the second oldest state supported school in North Carolina. The student body, faculty, and staff today rank among the nation's most diverse campus communities. With program expansion, the university has strong undergraduate and graduate programs in teacher education, the arts and sciences, health professions, business and economics, and is developing programs in unique and emerging fields. FSU has a tradition of collaboration with the Fayetteville/Fort Bragg-Pope Air Force Base community, and renders services throughout southeastern North Carolina. FSU has a tradition of an affordable education and of preparing students to be life-long learners, to be responsible citizens, and to render selfless service to mankind.
Student Success and the Pursuit of Excellence
We believe in student success and the obligation of the university to provide the highest quality learning experiences and academic programs to facilitate student success, intellectual and cultural growth, excellence in scholarship, leadership, and ethical standards.
We believe in shared governance, fiscal responsibility, a commitment to life-long learning, and professional development for faculty, staff, and students.
We believe in respect for diversity, global responsibility, conservation of natural resources, and a commitment to sustainability.
We believe in outreach, partnerships with educational institutions, engagement with the military and the community, economic transformation of the state, and service to others.