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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg State University

Frostburg, Maryland

One University. A World of Experiences.


Frostburg State University is a student-centered institution dedicated to providing transformative experiences as part of students’ educational journey. This foundation launches its graduates to professional success, achieved through not only strong academics and experiential education, but also personal attention from knowledgeable faculty and staff. More than 100 innovative programs are offered at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels at the campus in the beautiful Western Maryland mountains, at other sites around Maryland, and online. From small classes led by excellent professors to prestigious internships, exciting research, and abundant study abroad opportunities, Frostburg offers a quality, affordable education.



Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
4,961 undergraduate students
84% of undergrad students are full time
49% male — 51% female
5% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
267 full-time faculty
133 part-time faculty
16 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 State University is in the beautiful Western Maryland mountains of Frostburg, MD. The campus, just within minutes of the downtown area, is close to a vast landscape for abundant outdoor recreation, yet still within a 2- to 2½-hour drive from Baltimore, MD, Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh, PA.

Retention Fall 2015

76% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

51% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Black or African American 31%
White 55%
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

  • Named 2016 Public Institution of the Year by The Washington Center, America’s largest academic internship program.

  • President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

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

  • GI Jobs Magazine “Military Friendly School” every year since 2012, recognition for embracing America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students

  • Sierra Magazine “Cool School” in since 2012 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 that are dedicated to fostering their interest in leadership, wellness, STEM subjects, or community service. And the StrengthsQuest program helps students identify the character strengths that 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 work alongside them or provide time to aid them in their own experiments. And, when they’ve made their conclusions, students can present their findings at a number of regional and international conferences as well as the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.

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 that there are 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. Leadership opportunities abound, starting with a leadership retreat open to freshmen, and followed by the Sloop Institute for Excellence in Leadership for juniors and the President’s Leadership Circle for seniors.


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

Active Faculty

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.

  • Every student receives a faculty advisor from within 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, often 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, putting students in touch with the best faculty in their field, regardless of whether they work at FSU.
  • FSU’s program and course designs are constantly evolving to answer a real need in the world beyond campus, incorporating new ideas and techniques as they develop.


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

  • Ethnobotany, the scientific study of the relationship between people and plants.
  • Recreation and Parks Management, with concentrations including Adventure Sports and Therapeutic Recreation as well as Adventure Sports Management.
  • 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 that students can access tools that revolutionize their learning experience. Some of FSU’s highlights include:

  • The Gira Center, which includes modern radio and TV studios, a 3D printer for graphic design, a multimedia learning center, and a planetarium with a rooftop observatory. The building’s green roof and other eco-friendly features helped to earn it LEED-Gold status.
  • The Compton Science Center, which houses the departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics and Engineering. In addition to the traditional labs, it features labs for anatomy and physiology, robotics, nanotechnology, 3D printers, and a greenhouse. The atrium’s Foucault Pendulum acts as a constant reminder of Earth’s rotation.
  • The Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center, which offers three performance spaces as well as ample rehearsal spaces and scene and costume shops.
  • The Harold J. Cordts Physical Education, which features an arena, a pool, a fitness center, a dance studio with a sprung floor, an athletic training clinic, and locker rooms for every sport.


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 is never hard 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, which houses a game room, fitness center, lounge, computer lab, and food court.. The Cordts Physical Education Center includes cardio and weight rooms, an Olympic-sized pool, a climbing wall, racquetball courts, and an arena. The University also sponsors getaway 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 the event planning themselves and often play a big part in educational outreach.


Volunteerism is a great way for students to get in touch with the community both 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, such as Relay for Life and Alternative Spring Break.

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.


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 and 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, the staff at the Career & Professional Development Center are raring to help. 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 to improve their prospects as graduates.


FSU is proud of its alumni, many of whom are nationally recognized individuals. Just a few among them include:

  • 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” as well as the writer of the new Jimmy Buffett musical, “Margaritaville”
  • Tony Zook ’82, CEO of Innocoll and former AstraZeneca EVP of Global Commercial Operations
  • Joseph Lambert ’79, CIA Director of Information Management
  • The late Capt. James A. Graham ’63, recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor
  • The late 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. Currently bench coach for the Cincinnati Reds.


Many of these amazing alumni found something in their time at Frostburg that transformed their lives and focused their direction. Many of them point back to the encouragement and attention they received as well as their faculty’s confidence in their potential. For so many, it was at Frostburg where they discovered and clarified the passion that would guide their lives.

Academic Success Network

The Academic Success Network includes a range of programs focused on student success and achievement, such as freshman monitoring, which works to identify and address potential barriers to students’ academic achievement, and eight-semester plans of study to help students graduate in four years.


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


Admissions Fall 2015

3,913 Total Applicants 
2,483 Total Admissions 
933 Total Freshman Enrollment

63.46% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 430 530
SAT Math 430 530
SAT Writing 410 510
ACT Composite 17 22
ACT Math 16 22
ACT English 15 22
ACT Writing 6 8


Net Price Calculator


Expenses In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $6,214 $18,314
Fees $2,274 $2,274
Total $8,488 $20,588
Room and Board (on campus) $8,974 $8,974
Room Only $4,208 $4,208
Board Only $4,766 $4,766
Estimated Total On Campus $17,462 $29,562


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

88% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
66% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$6,872 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$8,716 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates

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