From the School

Frostburg State University is a leader in preparing students to live, work and lead in a global environment. FSU's learner-centered academic environment emphasizes teaching and real-world experience.

Frostburg State University is a leader in preparing students to live, work and lead in a global environment. FSU offers a learner-centered academic environment created by a low student-faculty ratio and an emphasis on teaching and real-world experience. A diverse student body connects with the world at large through study abroad, internships, research alongside mentor faculty and nationally acclaimed community service programs. The University offers more than distinctive undergraduate programs and 17 high-quality, competitively priced applied graduate programs. Frostburg has been recognized by Colleges of Distinction and designated a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine. FSU's online MBA has been recognized as a "Best Buy" among AACSB-accredited programs by FSU promotes civic responsibility, sustainability and wellness and prepares future leaders to meet the challenges of a complex and changing global society.


From The School

Frostburg State University operates on a rolling admission basis, although we may have to close admissions when no further space for students is available. Applicants from high school should apply in the fall or early winter of the senior year. Beginning on Sept. 15, the admissions office will start accepting applications for the fall semester of the following year. Early Decision application deadline is Dec.15.

Admission for the spring semester is granted on a space-available basis. Applications will be considered if received no later than Dec. 1 for the subsequent spring semester. The University does accept applications from first-year students who would like to begin in the spring semester.

Freshmen applicants must complete the FSU Online Application, which includes an essay (, and submit it with a $30 non-refundable application fee (by mail or provide credit card information). The Request for Academic Record should be given to the guidance counselor or other appropriate official at your high school. SAT scores are required for most freshman applicants.

Transfer applicants must also complete the entire FSU Online Application and submit it with a $30 non-refundable application fee, with official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended. If currently enrolled, an official transcript of the final grades must be submitted. If the applicant has less than 24 transferable credits, the student must also submit an official high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
440 - 530
SAT Math
440 - 540
SAT Writing
420 - 520
ACT Composite
18 - 22


Early Decision
December 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores


From The School

Academic Programs

Learning communities are offered for freshmen, who study a handful of themed courses with a group of students who share similar interests. Lifelong friendships often start here.

The FSU Honors Program is set up for promising and motivated students (3.50 high school GPA or minimum 1800 SAT score) to receive research stipends, special courses and housing options. Frostburg State University believes that living and learning go hand in hand, so out-of-classroom experiences are well-integrated into the academic life of the University. There are opportunities to conduct research alongside faculty mentors; to act, dance, perform music or exhibit your art; to compete in sports; to learn about and work toward environmental sustainability; to serve the community; and to lead. Internships are available in almost every major, and there are shortand long-term study abroad opportunities on almost every continent.

There is also plenty of academic support available, including assistance with writing, peer and group tutoring, placement testing and help with study skills and techniques.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Frostburg offers more than 40 undergraduate majors some traditional, some unique in business, education, the performing and visual arts, humanities, natural and social sciences, technology and engineering. Frostburg offers high-quality applied graduate programs at the master's and doctoral levels.

Bachelor's Degree Programs
Accounting (combined BS/MBA option )
Applied Physics (bachelor's/master's collaborative program; dual-degree program)
Art and Design (teaching certification option )
Athletic Training
Biology (pre-health professions option; concentrations in biotechnology and environmental science; teaching certification option)
Business Administration (concentrations in finance, general management, human resource management, integrated business, marketing and small business/entrepreneurship)
Chemistry (track in traditional chemistry; concentrations in professional chemistry and biochemistry; teaching certification option)
Communication Studies
Computer Information Systems
Computer Science
Early Childhood/Elementary Education
Earth Science (concentration in environmental science; teaching certification option)
Economics (concentrations in business economics, public policy economics and quantitative economics)
Elementary Education
Engineering (concentrations in electrical engineering, materials engineering, industrial chemistry and engineering management)
English (concentrations in literature, creative writing and professional writing; teaching certification option)
Environmental Analysis and Planning
Exercise and Sports Science
Foreign Languages and Literature (concentrations in French and Spanish; teaching certification option)
Geography (concentrations in mapping sciences and global systems analysis)
Health and Physical Education (major with teaching certification)
History (concentrations in international history and history of the Americas)
Information Technology
Information Technology Management
International Studies (concentrations in international business, international politics, international economics and international development)
Interpretive Biology and Natural History
Law: Bachelor/Juris Doctor Program (dual-degree program)
Law and Society (concentrations in criminal justice and legal studies)
Liberal Studies
Mass Communication
Mathematics (teaching certification option)
Mechanical Engineering (collaborative program)
Music (concentrations in vocal performance and music management; teaching certification option; track in instrumental performance)
Nursing (R.N. to B.S.N. completion program, online)
Physics (tracks in traditional physics and engineering physics; teaching certification option)
Political Science
Psychology (certificate in child and family psychology)
Recreation and Parks Management (concentrations in adventure sports, community program delivery, hospitality management and tourism and therapeutic recreation)
Secure Computing and Information Assurance
Social Science (teaching certification option)
Social Work
Sociology (tracks in general sociology and applied social research; option in data analysis)
Theatre (tracks in acting, directing, production/design and general theatre)
Urban and Regional Planning
Wildlife and Fisheries

Master's Degree Programs
Master of Arts in Teaching (elementary and secondary)
Master of Business Administration (available in person and online)
Master of Education (administration and supervision, curriculum and instruction, interdisciplinary, reading, school counseling and special education. Special education offered online.)
Master of Science in Applied Computer Science
Master of Science in Applied Ecology & Conservation Biology
Master of Science in Wildlife/Fisheries Biology
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology
Master of Science in Recreation and Parks Management (online only) Professional Master of Engineering (collaborative program)

Doctoral Program
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

In addition to regional accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, several individual FSU programs and colleges have also earned accreditation:
College of Business (AACSB International)
College of Education's teacher education programs (NCATE, with recognition by 14 professional content associations for compliance with national standards, and the Maryland State Department of Education)
Athletic Training Education (CAAHEP)
Recreation and Parks Management (NRPA/AALR)
Social Work (Council on Social Work Education)
Mechanical Engineering collaborative program (ABET)
M.S. in Counseling Psychology (sMPAC)
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

FSU's Counseling and Psychological Services office is recognized by the International Association of Counseling Services, and the Brady Health Center is recognized by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Architecture and Related Service

  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Botany/Plant Biology, Other
  • Wildlife Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Finance and Financial Management Services, Other

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and management, Other
  • Information Science/Studies
  • Information Technology

  • Education

  • Business Teacher Education
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching

  • Engineering

  • Engineering, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physical Sciences, Other
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Criminal Justice/Police Science

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music, Other
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Greg Garcia
Screenwriter, producer - Raising Hope; My Name is Earl; Yes, Dear; Yes Dear

Richard Arnold

Debra Monk
Emmy and Tony award-winning actress

Tony Zook
Exec. VP Global Operations, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals

Jeff Fegan
CEO, Dallas-Fort Worth Intl. Airport

Ken Oldham
President, National Philharmonic

Dennis Thomas
Former Assistant to President Reagan


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Frostburg's costs are competitive with other public institutions, so you won't leave college with a mountain of debt. Full-time undergraduate tuition for Maryland State residents for the 2012-13 school year is $5,464. Tuition for students residing in contiguous counties in Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia is $11,698 per year. All other out-of-state tuition is $15,652 per year.

Mandatory fees (such as technology, athletics, activities, etc.) are $1,972 per year per student. Room fees range from $3,652 to $5,290 per year. Meal plans range from $3,228 to $4,422 per year.

Other fees may apply based on academic program or specialized activities.

Financial Aid

In addition to institutional and private scholarships, a number of state and federal programs are available to reduce the cost of attending Frostburg. The FSU Financial Aid Office works closely with each student to help him or her meet educational requirements.


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

Whatever your interests are, we bet you can find like-minded students at Frostburg. FSU's major organizations include Student Government Association, Black Student Alliance, University Programming Council, and a number of nationally affiliated fraternities and sororities. There are academic clubs for many majors and specific interest clubs like creative writing and poetry, leadership, community service, entrepreneurship, wildlife, fashion, even stage combat.

Frostburg offers 21 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, most teams participating in the Capital Athletic Conference (Empire 8 for football), under the regional umbrella of the Eastern College Athletic Conference. There are also a number of club and intramural sports.

Chances are you'll find something for you in FSU's list of 90+ clubs and organizations. And if you don’t find a specific club of interest, we encourage you to start your own.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



49% female
51% male
8% are out of state
92% are full time
8% are part time


From The School


Located in the beautiful mountains of Western Maryland, Frostburg is within minutes of plenty of outdoor fun and just over two hours away from Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. All the buildings on FSU's campus are within easy walking distance of one another, but shuttles are available, too.

If you love the outdoors, you should know that within minutes from campus, you can:
Downhill and cross-country ski, snowboard, whitewater raft, kayak, sail, swim, fish and camp at Garrett County's Deep Creek Lake, Wisp Resort or New Germany State Park (41 minutes or less)
Camp, swim, fish and boat at Rocky Gap State Park (20 minutes)
Hike or bike on the Great Allegheny Passage (2 minutes) or the C&O Canal Towpath (10 minutes)
See the views from Dan's Rock. Go at sunrise and prepare to be amazed. (15 minutes)

The mountains are fantastic, and yes, we have snow in the winter. You'll love it.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Frostburg State University boasts:
Advanced facilities (including a new science center with a variety of specialized labs and an impressive performing arts center) and the latest technology which undergraduate students actually get to use.
A new Center for Communications and Information Technology will open in early 2014, boasting a TV and radio station, advanced video and audio studios and a multimedia learning center featuring a planetarium.
The Sustainable Energy Research Facility (SERF), which is entirely off of the power grid, offers opportunities to do hands-on research on a variety of renewable energy techniques and technologies.
A newly renovated student center featuring a fitness center, a "smart lounge" game room, computer lab, food court, coffee bar and enhanced entertainment, meeting and bookstore space.
Wireless and fiber optics networks, computer labs, including one open 24/7.
Residence halls with singleand double-room occupancy available. Residence halls feature high-speed Internet, cable TV, laundry and all of it included for free. If you live on campus, bring your car and park it for free, too.
Edgewood Commons, a privately run student apartment community on campus, comprised of twoand four-bedroom units.
A library with a wealth of research and reference materials, including more than half a million items, including books, periodicals, audiovisual materials, maps, art prints and U.S. and Maryland government information resources. In addition, the library subscribes to 60 electronic databases providing access to 20,000 full-text electronic journals. You also have access to the resources of all the libraries in the University System of Maryland through catalogUSMAI.

Off-Campus Opportunities

FSU is in the historic town of Frostburg, Md. Main Street is within walking distance from campus and features stores, pubs, cafes, pizza shops, convenience stores and restaurants to suit most tastes and budgets. Bus service, free to students, is available to nearby larger communities for more shopping, food, recreation and entertainment. Opportunities for outdoor recreation are close and numerous.

Student Organizations & Activities

Whatever your interests are, we bet you can find like-minded students at Frostburg. FSU's major organizations include Student Government Association, Black Student Alliance, University Programming Council, and a number of nationally affiliated fraternities and sororities. There are academic clubs for many majors and specific interest clubs like creative writing and poetry, leadership, community service, entrepreneurship, wildlife, fashion, even stage combat.

Frostburg offers 21 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, most teams participating in the Capital Athletic Conference (Empire 8 for football), under the regional umbrella of the Eastern College Athletic Conference. There are also a number of club and intramural sports.

Chances are you'll find something for you in FSU's list of 90+ clubs and organizations. And if you don’t find a specific club of interest, we encourage you to start your own.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Support Services

Leroy Pullen

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

10% join a fraternity
10% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Bobcats)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Bobcats)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services


“Learning Green, Living Green,” the mantra for Frostburg State University's Sustainability Initiative, says all you need to know about the thriving institution’s commitment to both green education and lifestyle. A charter member of the ACUPCC, this green powerhouse in Western Maryland boasts numerous academic opportunities for green-minded students. On the classwork end, Frostburg offers environmental courses and degrees in more than fifteen departments, spanning ethnobotany, recreation and parks management, sociology, and wildlife and fisheries. On the research side, Frostburg State has a new, off-grid Sustainable Energy Research Facility (SERF), which will be home to a wide variety of renewable energy research projects, while also serving as an instructional building for classes related to renewable energy. Aside from presenting at FSU’s annual “Focus Frostburg” day of learning on environmental sustainability and climate awareness, students who want practical sustainability-related experience also have the chance to participate in the innovative Frostburg Grows project, a greenhouse complex on a former strip mine that grows local food and native trees and teaches local growers to do the same, extending their growing seasons by up to three months. It should come as no surprise that the green movement has permeated Frostburg State’s community lifestyle, with myriad student-run clubs and societies playing a central role in everyday campus life, including the Wildlife Society and the Sierra Student Coalition. Want more proof that sustainability is more than a buzzword at Frostburg State University? The institution has been named a Tree Campus USA two years running, with a commitment to planting native trees. Frostburg is also committed to purchasing or producing at least 15 percent of its electricity consumption from renewable resources. Living and learning green, indeed.

Green Rating
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

Available Transportation Alternatives

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Patricia Gregory
Director of Admissions

101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Lane University Center
Game Room & Loft
Cordts PE Center
Performing Arts Center
Compton Science Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Country Club Mall
Rocky Gap State Park
New Germany State Park
Allegheny Highlands Trail

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 12 noon M-F
Average Length: 30 min.

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available


Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
taxis, local shuttle buses, airport shuttle buses, Amtrak nearby. Nearest airport: BWI

Driving Instructions to Campus
150 west of Baltimore and 150 miles northwest of Washington DC via Interstate 70 and Interstate 68 (Exit 33).

Local Accommodations
Failinger's Hotel Gunter Hampton Inn
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