Fast Facts

FSU at a Glance


  • Student to faculty ratio is 15:1
  • 33 bachelor's degrees; 8 master's degrees; 1 doctoral degree
  • 10 undergraduate online degree completion programs; 2 graduate ODC programs
  • 2 ROTC Programs (Air Force and Army)
  • Most popular majors: nursing, psychology, and business administration.


  • 6,226 students. (5,393 undergraduates)
  • 68% are female.
  • 74% are minorities.
  • 76% are commuter students.
  • 64% are older than 24.
  • 93% are in-state residents.


  • 266 full-time teaching faculty.
  • 67 part-time faculty.
  • 51% female.
  • 80% of full-time faculty hold doctoral or first professional degrees.

Campus & Facilities

  • Founded in 1867.
  • Mid-size university in Fayetteville, NC.
  • Main campus is 156 acres.
  • 38 buildings, 4 of which were built in the last 10 years.


#1 Nursing program in NC and #2 in the Eastern United States by

#1 Best Online School in North Carolina by Best Value Schools.

#1 Master's in Criminal Justice program in the nation by Top Criminal Justice Schools.

#1 Online Undergraduate Fire and Emergency Services program by Best Degree Programs (BDP).

#1 Most affordable online psychology program in the country by

#2 Theater program in NC and #8 in the country among HBCUs by

#3 Best Degree Programs (BDP) 2017 for online Birth Through Kindergarten.

#3 Most affordable online criminal justice program in the country by

#3 Most affordable online business program in the country by

#4 Online MBA Program in North Carolina by Online MBA Report 2019

#7 among all HBCU's by

#7 Accounting program in the world by the Social Science Research Network (Sept 2017).

#8 Best sociology program in the country by

#16 among the 50 most affordable online colleges in the nation by

#20 Nursing program in NC by  

#45 Online Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management in the country by Online MBA Today (only HBCU to make the list).

#49 Criminal Justice program in the nation by US News and World Reports. Only one other NC university ranks higher.

#57 Business school in the US by Social Science Research Network (May 2017).

#89 Business school in the world by Social Science Research Network (May 2017).

Marquell Turner-Gilchrist

Marquell Turner-Gilchrist graduated from Fayetteville State in 2009.

Originally from Johnsonville, NC, Turner-Gilchrist currently resides in Doha, Qatar for his job as a buyer for the men’s clothing line Ali Bin Ali. After not wanting to go to college at all, Turner-Gilchrist took a chance and attended Fayetteville State and has since carved out a successful career in the fashion industry and has been able to travel and see the world. He’s come a long way from the small town that had one stop light.
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FSU is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

AACSB Accreditation - Broadwell College of Business and Economics
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

FEPAC Accreditation - Forensic Science Program. Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission. Only undergrad forensic science program in NC accredited by FEPAC, the preeminent forensic science accreditation.

National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency Accreditation - GEOINT Certificate Program. Only institution in NC to hold this accreditation.

Criminal Justice, BS: Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS; 1st in NC)

Computer Science: Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)

Music: National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

Nursing: National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Social Work: Council of Social Work Education (CSWE)