Fayetteville State University (FSU) is a historically black, regional university in Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States. FSU is part of the University of North Carolina System and the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund. It’s nickname is the Broncos and the University is a member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAC). Their colors are White and blue and their motto is Deeds not Words.
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1200 Murchison Rd, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28301-4298
Phone: (910) 672-1111
Type: 4-year, Public
Doctor’s degree – research/scholarship
Campus housing: Yes
Student population: 5,781 (5,103 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 15 to 1
- Fayetteville State University was founded in 1867 as the Howard School by 7 black men who paid $136 for two lots as a site for the education of black children.
- The seven Founders are David A. Bryant, Nelson Carter, Andrew J. Chesnutt, George Grainger, Matthew Leary. Thomas Lomax, and Robert Simmons.
- In 1877, the Howard School became not just the first public normal school for African Americans in North Carolina but also the first state-sponsored institution for the education of African-American teachers in the South.
- Its name was changed to Fayetteville State Teachers College in 1939.
- In 1947 the school was granted state and regional accreditation.
- Again, its name changed in 1963 to Fayetteville State College and again in 1969 to its present name, Fayetteville State University.
Fayetteville State University is located in Fayetteville, North Carolina’s most inland port. Served by all major mass transportation types, Fayetteville is 50 miles away from Raleigh, the nearest large city, and about the same distance from the Atlantic Ocean beaches and attractions around Wilmington, North Carolina. Fayetteville students are close to a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities, including the mid-April Dogwood Festival and parade, the Museum of Cape Fear, and the John F. Kennedy Center.
- Number of faculty members: 216
- Student-teacher ratio: 15:1
- Full-time faculty members: 185
- Part-time faculty members: 31
- Faculty with doctorates or other terminal degrees: 80%
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A $45.5 million campus construction and renovation campaign is underway to accommodate additional students.
- The university is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Alumni Affairs at Fayetteville State University serves to promote and enhance positive relations between the FSU and its Alumni to develop, plan and implement programs and activities which stimulate interest, build loyalty, and generate financial support for FSU.
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