Frostburg State University

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101 Braddock Road

Frostburg, MD 21532

Phone: (301) 687-4000
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#135 Overall Score: 32 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Frostburg State University is a public institution that was founded in 1898. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,631, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 260 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Frostburg State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 135. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,728 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $18,376 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Frostburg State University has provided paths to success for students for over 100 years. Founded in 1898 to prepare teachers, the institution today is a public, comprehensive, largely residential regional university offering a wide array of affordable programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The only four-year institution of the University System of Maryland west of the Baltimore-Washington corridor, the University serves as the premier educational and cultural center for western Maryland. At the same time, it draws its student population from all counties in Maryland, as well as from numerous other states and foreign countries, thereby creating a campus experience that prepares students to live and work in a culturally diverse world. The University is distinguished by a scenic campus encircled by mountains, its excellent academic programs, its nationally acclaimed community service programs, and its vital role in regional economic development initiatives. As a result, it holds the distinction of being one of the University System institutions most closely woven into the fabric of the surrounding area. Frostburg State University is, first and foremost, a teaching institution in which students are guided and nurtured by dedicated, highly qualified faculty and staff. Faculty engage in wide-ranging research and scholarly activity with the ultimate goal of enhancing student learning. The academic experience of undergraduates includes a rigorous general education program in the liberal arts and sciences, including development of core skills. Major areas of specialization are offered in education, business, science and technology, the creative and performing arts, and selected programs in the humanities and social sciences. The University provides numerous opportunities for students to engage in community service, leadership development activities, undergraduate research, and internships. These activities serve as experiential laboratories in which students apply what they have learned in the classroom to real-world situations. Graduate programs provide specialized instruction for students involved in or preparing for professional careers. Frostburg State University continues to define its core mission as providing pathways to success - in careers, in further education, and in life - for all of its graduates.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1898
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $17,381,426


When applying to Frostburg State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early decision deadline is December 15. The application fee at Frostburg State University is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 59.2 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 59.2%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Frostburg State University is 17:1, and the school has 48.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Frostburg State University include: Business Administration and Management, General; Psychology, General; Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies; Criminal Justice/Safety Studies; and Early Childhood Education and Teaching. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 72.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 20%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 11%
Psychology, General 9%
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 7%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 5%
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 5%

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Student Life

Frostburg State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,631, with a gender distribution of 51.1 percent male students and 48.9 percent female students. At this school, 32 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 68 percent of students live off campus. Frostburg State University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 5,421
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Frostburg State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring and health service. Frostburg State University also offers campus safety and security services like late night transport/escort service and 24-hour emergency telephones. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Frostburg State University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Frostburg State University, 61 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,388.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,728 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $18,376 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,212 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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