Fayetteville State University is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina and the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state. Founded in 1867 as the Howard School for the education of African Americans, today FSU serves a growing student body of over 6,300 and ranks among the nation’s most diverse campus communities.
FSU’s enrollment has increased rapidly in the past few years while at the same time average SAT scores for entering students have also improved. The University has already reached the 2008 projection of more than 6000 students. A $45.5 million campus construction and renovation campaign is underway to accommodate additional students.
New undergraduate degree programs have been established, including undergraduate degrees in biotechnology, communications, forensic science, management information systems, and generic nursing. In addition, there are new graduate programs that offer the master’s of arts in teaching and the master’s of science in criminal justice. Altogether FSU boasts 43 undergraduate programs, 23 master’s degree programs, and one doctoral program in educational leadership. These programs vary in areas of the arts and sciences, business and economics, and education.
The classroom settings at FSU are fitting for students who desire the benefits of personal attention from their professors. With a faculty-to-student ratio of 1 to 19, the FSU faculty prioritizes educating students and preparing them for their future careers. In fact, FSU affords freshmen the opportunity to participate in the Freshman Year Initiative, a national award-winning program that helps freshmen make a smooth transition from high school to university life. One measurement of Fayetteville State University’s student-centered focus is the university’s high scores on the National Survey of Student Engagement.
The university consistently ranks among the nation’s top producers of African American baccalaureate and master’s graduates. FSU ranks particularly high in the state and the country in producing African American and other minority graduates in disciplines like mathematics, psychology, computer science, education, social sciences and history.
FSU is also a growing presence in the CIAA Conference. FSU has brought home a multitude of championships in football, basketball, golf, volleyball, tennis, bowling, and softball, which also include the 2007 championship titles for the women's tennis team and the men's golf team. The university’s men’s and women’s athletic teams continue to uphold the bronco tradition of excellence in NCAA Division II sports. Even more, FSU scholar-athletes proudly excel in academics as well. In many cases, when athletes complete their studies at FSU, they advance their careers into the ranks of professional sports.
With a growing and diverse student body, a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, an attractive campus with state-of-the-art facilities, and a nurturing faculty, Fayetteville State University offers all of the advantages of a large university while maintaining the atmosphere of a closely-knit liberal arts campus.