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Center for Inclusive Excellence

In support of Framingham State University’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism, the Center for Inclusive Excellence (CIE) fosters a campus community where all individuals feel seen, heard, and valued. The CIE operates from an intersectional approach to diversity and social justice that encourages meaningful student engagement, academic success, and personal growth.

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Around Framingham

Around Framingham

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Whether you're in the mood for Brazilian, Vietnamese, pizza or sushi, Framingham has it all. The City's cultural diversity has created a well-rounded food scene – there's always something new to try. Downtown Framingham boasts three craft breweries for the 21+ crowd, and just across Route 9 from campus you'll find bagels, Thai food, a beloved ice cream shop, and a gelato spot that serves up locally roasted coffee and homemade baked goods. The best part is that a number of local businesses will accept Framingham State Ram Cash.

Whatever your passion is, Framingham has a like-minded community ready to welcome you with open arms. We take great pride in our campus community, but there is even more to get involved in within the surrounding area. Our students volunteer at local food pantries and animal shelters, lend their skills to small businesses that are looking to grow, and get involved with City government. Our tight-knit community recognizes that many of our students are from the area and that they stay here after graduation as they enter into their professional careers.

Student stocking shelves in the Rams Resource Center
Student in Danforth Museum

Did you know that one of the region's best collections of art is located right on the Framingham State campus? The Danforth Art Museum and School merged with Framingham State University in 2018, bringing its exhibitions, museum programs, and studio art classes to the campus and surrounding community.

Framingham State University is proud to be one of just six Smithsonian Affiliates in Massachusetts and the only one located at a higher education institution.

A Framingham State ID grants our students FREE access to the Danforth and two other area museums: the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston's Seaport.

Need a little space? There are a number of state parks that can be reached within a few minutes of driving from campus. Our runners enjoy taking a short route from campus to Cushing Park, which has paved pathways ideal for biking and rollerblading.

In 2016, Framingham State acquired the Warren Conference Center and Inn, a beautiful 65-acre property abutting Ashland State Park with access to its trails and recreation areas. The site includes tennis and pickleball courts, disc golf, watercraft, and is home of the University Community Club.

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Natick Collection

People come from all around Massachusetts to shop the "Golden Triangle" – one of the largest retail districts in New England – and it's all within four miles of campus. Shoppers World and the Natick Mall offer shopping and dining from casual to upscale, as well as entertainment destinations like Dave and Buster's. Framingham State's Ram Tram provides free rides from campus to these locations, as well as other popular spots such as Target.