Over the past five years, Framingham State University has seen a nearly 20-percent increase in the number of undergraduates. This fall there were 4,576 undergraduates and 1,930 graduate students. Next
“We are the fastest growing public university over the last two years,” said Framingham State’s president, Timothy J. Flanagan.
The number of students living on campus shot up by more than 25 percent, to 1,941, as the school added more than 400 beds with the opening of the $48 million North Hall dormitory last year. Next
But students are not the only ones impacted by the growing campus.
The town has seen increased economic activity as local restaurants and stores say a fair chunk of their business comes from college students.
Framingham State University students board a shuttle on campus that will transport them to O'Connell's Pub on Worcester Street in Framingham. O'Connell's offers the free shuttle to students that runs back and forth from 9pm-1am on Thursday nights. Next
“On Thursday nights, it’s probably about 90 percent college students here,” said Jen Madden, owner of O’Connell’s Pub and Sports Bar, which sits less than a mile from campus. “There’s probably about 150 of them in here then.”
Framingham State University student Jillian Donham gets her ID ready while waiting in line to get in to O'Connell's Pub. Next
Framingham is on track to continue its growth as a college town, with university officials looking at plans to construct another dorm by 2015 that could add 100 beds. Next
Framingham State officials said in April that the university saw 12 percent enrollment increases in the past two years, leading to a decision to limit the annual increase in its overall undergraduate enrollment to 2 percent this fall.
“As of last year, the majority of undergraduates--52 percent--are now living on campus,” said Flanagan. “The old view of Framingham State University as a commuter school is now firmly in the past.” Next
Students attending class on the hilly campus all agreed on one thing: the growth in enrollment has been apparent in class sizes, club memberships, and the activity level in the student center.
“It’s a lot more crowded on campus, but in a good way,” said Josh Graveline, 22. “It’s much more lively.” Back to the beginning
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