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Frostburg State University
Located in the beautiful mountains of Western Maryland, Frostburg State University is a leader...

Frostburg State University

Frostburg, Maryland

One University. A World of Experiences.


Frostburg State University offers a well-rounded liberal arts education characterized by close faculty mentors and experiential learning in and beyond the classroom. Located in scenic Western Maryland, Frostburg fosters connections and brings in professionals from around the world so students can build the networks and gain the experiences they need to excel after graduation.



Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
4,915 undergraduate students
86% of undergrad students are full time
49% male — 51% female
6% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
254 full-time faculty
132 part-time faculty
15 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Approximately 2,000 students live on campus in 11 traditional residence halls. Students also live in Edgewood Commons, a public/private complex offering apartment-style living, or the neighborhood surrounding the University.

School Location

Frostburg, Md.; within 2 to 2½ hours drive from Pittsburgh, Pa.; Baltimore, Md. and Washington, D.C.

Retention Fall 2014

75% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

49% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Black or African American 29%
White 57%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 1%


NCAA Division III, Capital Athletic Conference and Eastern College Athletic Conference for most sports, New Jersey Athletic Conference for football

Mascot: Bobcat
Colors: Red and Black

Men’s Intercollegiate Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross-Country, Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field (indoor & outdoor)
Women’s Intercollegiate Sports: Basketball, Cross-Country, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field (indoor & outdoor), Volleyball
Club Teams: Badminton, Golf, Men’s Lacrosse, Men’s & Women’s Rugby, Cheerleading, Women’s Soccer, Wrestling

Other Information

Frostburg State University is a comprehensive, residential regional university, one of 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland.

Academic Programs

College of Business: Accounting, BS Accounting/MBA Dual Degree, Business Administration, Economics

College of Education: Early Childhood/Elementary Education, Elementary Education, Elementary/Middle School Dual Certification, Secondary Teacher Education, Social Science, Athletic Training, Exercise & Sport Science, Health & Physical Education, Adventure Sports Management, Recreation and Parks Management

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Art & Design, Biology, Interpretive Biology and Natural History, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Earth Science, Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, English, Environmental Analysis & Planning, Ethnobotany, Foreign Languages & Literature, Geography, Health Science, History, Information Technology, International Studies, Law and Society, Liberal Studies, Mass Communication, Mathematics, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Secure Computing and Information Assurance, Social Work, Sociology, Theatre, Urban and Regional Planning, Wildlife & Fisheries

More Distinctions

  • President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013

  • First-ever recipient of the Corporation for National Service’s Higher Education Award for Leadership in National Service

  • GI Jobs Magazine “Military Friendly School” in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, for embracing America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students

  • Sierra Magazine “Cool School” in 2012, 2013 and 2014, for helping solve climate problems and making significant efforts to operate sustainably

  • Arbor Day Foundation-designated “Tree Campus USA”

  • “Best Buys” for online programs in R.N. to B.S.N., MBA, M.S. in Recreation & Parks Management and M.Ed. – Special Education concentration

At FSU, students apply their lessons outside the classroom with internships, undergraduate research, international travels and other experiential opportunities, many of which lead to jobs and graduate programs. Frostburg State takes pride in offering a broad collection of ways to stay engaged in a changing and complex society.

Learning Communities

First-year students have a host of programs and resources at their disposal. Learning Communities offer a close-knit group of peers and mentorship opportunities with an experienced professor or staff member. Residential living-learning communities group students into halls dedicated to fostering their interest in leadership, wellness, STEM subjects or community service. And the StrengthsQuest program helps students identify character strengths they can use to achieve all kinds of success.


Budding researchers see their projects through from inception to presentation. Many FSU faculty welcome student researchers to participate in their experiments or help them perform their own. And when the conclusions are made, students can present their findings at a number of regional and international conferences and at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Arts on Campus

Students of the arts can exhibit original artwork in FSU’s Roper Gallery, broadcast themselves over TV or radio with FSU-TV3 or NPR-affiliate WFWM 91.9, and direct and perform in vibrant seasons of music, theatre and dance.

Campus Resources

Students of the natural sciences, from geography to ethnobotany, make use of the vast resources found in the Appalachian Mountains that surround Frostburg. The campus’ close proximity to several state parks, forests and wildlife management areas also means plenty of opportunities to volunteer or intern.

Service-Learning and Leadership

Service-learning and leadership development are hallmarks of the Frostburg State experience. Students can volunteer with Relay for Life, Beautify the ‘Burg, ECHOSTARS, Alternative Spring Break and many other events and organizations. Exceptional student leaders can further distinguish themselves with the President’s Leadership Circle.


Frostburg students, faculty and staff can win grants through the FSU Foundation or through the University to support a wide variety of projects and experiences, including national and international conferences, study abroad, and service opportunities away from campus.

Students and learning come first at Frostburg State University. FSU faculty are known for their strong teaching skills and dedication to expanding the ways that students can learn. Alumni regularly express their appreciation for the encouragement and attention they received from their teachers – and not just the ones within their majors. The dedication of FSU faculty and the support they offer have become the basis for relationships that last lifetimes.

  • Every student receives a faculty advisor from their field of interest who provides regular one-on-one academic counseling, connects them to valuable professional resources and serves as a mentor even after graduation.
  • Professors take a hands-on approach that often includes welcoming students to participate in their own research projects. Students partnering with faculty on research projects can even travel with their teachers to showcase their work at conferences and get a foot in the door to the professional world.
  • Many programs bring in guest speakers and forge partnerships with other universities to put students in touch with the best faculty in their field, whether they work at FSU or not.
  • FSU’s program and course designs are constantly evolving to provide lessons that teach modern techniques and answer a real need in the world beyond campus.


In addition to strong traditional programs, Frostburg State University features a number of unique and distinctive programs, including:

  • Ethnobotany, the scientific study of the relationship between people and plants
  • Recreation and Parks Management, with concentrations including Adventure Sports and Therapeutic Recreation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental programs including Wildlife and Fisheries, Sustainability Studies, Forestry, and Environmental Analysis & Planning


With great programs come great resources. FSU keeps its campus up-to-date so students can access tools that will revolutionize their learning experience. Some of FSU’s latest additions include:

  • The Gira Center, which includes modern radio and TV studios, a 3D printer, a multimedia learning center and planetarium-paired to a rooftop observatory, a green roof and other eco-friendly features that helped to earn it LEED-Gold status.
  • Sustainable Energy Research Facility, an entirely off-grid research laboratory focused on the study of renewable energy resources.
  • Frostburg Grows, an off-campus greenhouse complex that uses compost made from dining hall leftovers to produce fruits, vegetables and trees for the community on and around campus.


Frostburg State University encourages its students to explore new horizons and provides a broad range of programming to support them. With nearly 100 recognized student organizations, a vibrant Greek community, academic honors societies and a colorful collection of special events, it’s no trouble to find things to do at Frostburg.

In between classes, students like to hang out in the Lane University Center, the heart of campus activity, with a game room, fitness center, lounge, computer lab and food court, and plenty of late night activities. The Cordts Physical Education Center includes cardio and weight rooms, an Olympic-sized pool, climbing wall, racquet-ball courts and arena. The University also sponsors get-away trips to destinations like New York City, ski resorts, whitewater rafting, museums and shopping outlets.


The Cultural Events Series, the student-led University Programming Council, academic departments and student organizations bring a wide range of speakers, musicians, comedians, entertainers and thought leaders to campus. Students aren’t just spectators – they’re involved in planning and executing these events and often participate in educational outreach.


Volunteerism is a great way for students to get in touch with the community within and beyond campus. Frostburg students can volunteer with programs like Best Buddies and Alpha Phi Omega or take part in a number of major annual events like Relay for Life and Alternative Spring Break.


Students can stay active and gain invaluable lessons in personal growth with Frostburg’s 21 NCAA Division III sports teams. In addition, there are a growing number of club and intramural sports to choose from. FSU’s student-athletes are known for maintaining healthy GPAs and volunteering for service projects.


FSU’s diverse, rigorous academic programs give students the intellectual and experiential tools they need to excel as professionals. For students looking to take their education a bit further before graduation, or for any student wondering what to do with their future, there’s the Career & Professional Development Center. The Center helps create a culture on campus that actively supports, educates and empowers students to make career decisions and gain skills relevant to their future in a rapidly changing, competency-based global workplace. Students can partner with the Center to take on internships, connect with employers or just learn more and improve their prospects as graduates.


FSU is proud of its alumni, which include a number of nationally recognized individuals. Among them are:  

  • Richard Arnold ‘85, NASA astronaut to the International Space Station
  • Debra Monk ‘73, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress
  • Greg Garcia ‘92, Emmy Award-winning TV writer and producer of “The Millers,” “Raising Hope,” “My Name is Earl” and “Yes, Dear”
  • Tony Zook ‘82, CEO of Innocoll and former AstraZeneca EVP of Global Commercial Operations
  • Joseph Lambert ‘79, CIA Director of Information Management
  • James A. Graham ‘63, recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor
  • Dennis Thomas ‘65, President Reagan’s Deputy Chief of Staff
  • Jeffrey Fegan ‘76, retired CEO of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
  • Jim Riggleman ‘74, who has managed Major League baseball teams in Washington, Seattle, San Diego and Chicago


Many of these amazing alumni found something in their time at Frostburg that transformed their lives and focused their direction. Many point back to the encouragement and attention they received and the confidence in their potential that they saw reflected in the faculty and staff who guided their educational experience. For so many, it was at Frostburg where they discovered and clarified the passion that would guide their lives.


In 2013, 89% of Frostburg graduates were employed within a year following graduation, while 34% reported that they were pursuing advanced degrees in graduate or professional schools.


Admissions Fall 2014

4,252 Total Applicants
2,488 Total Admissions
958 Total Freshmen Enrollment

58.51% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 440 540
SAT Math 430 540
SAT Writing 420 520
ACT Composite 18 21
ACT Math 16 23
ACT English 16 21
ACT Writing 6 8


Net Price Calculator


  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $5,800 $17,092
Fees $2,182 $2,182
Total $7,982 $19,274
Room and Board (on campus) $8,594 $8,594
Room Only $3,968 $3,968
Board Only $4,626 $4,626
Estimated Total On Campus $16,576 $27,868


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

87% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
66% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$7,132 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$8,645 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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