Frostburg State University is a public, comprehensive, regional university located in Frostburg, Maryland and one of twelve institutions within the University System of Maryland. Established in 1898 for the original purpose of preparing teachers, Frostburg State University recently became an official doctorate-granting institution in 2015 as the first graduates of the University’s Doctoral Education in Educational Leadership program were awarded their degrees in May of that year. In addition to the University’s main campus, Frostburg State University also offers programs which are available in several locations throughout Maryland, at the Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany as well as online. A Military-Friendly School, Frostburg State University has been named a College of Distinction for its excellence in student engagement, its high-quality teaching, vibrant community, and successful graduates.
Academic ProgramsFrostburg State University’s mission is to be a “student-centered teaching and learning institution featuring experiential opportunities.” The University’s mission statement continues, “Frostburg serves regional and statewide economic and workforce development; promotes cultural enrichment, civic responsibility, and sustainability; and prepares future leaders to meet the challenges of a complex and changing global society.” The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1953.
Frostburg State University offers strong programs in liberal arts and sciences, business, education, environmental studies, and the arts and is made up of three main colleges: the College of Business, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and the College of Education. Programs are offered in a number of areas, including in Accounting; Economics; Management; Marketing & Finance; Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science & Information Technologies; English & Foreign Languages; Geography; History; Mass Communication & Communication Studies; Mathematics; Music; Nursing; Philosophy; Physics & Engineering; Political Science; Psychology; Social Work; Sociology; Theatre & Dance; Visual Arts; Educational Professions; and Kinesiology & Recreation.
Student LifeFrostburg State University has a total enrollment figure of more than 5,500, including nearly 5,000 undergraduate students with representatives from nearly two dozen countries. On-campus student housing is offered in the form of traditional residence halls or in apartment style living options. More than 90 student clubs and organizations exist, catering to a wide range of interests and providing students with ample opportunity to interact with one another outside of the classroom setting. An NCAA Division III, Frostburg State University boasts 20 intercollegiate sports teams. A variety of club and intramural sports clubs also exist and are open to all students.
Frostburg State University’s main campus is located in western Maryland in the Appalachian highlands with an elevation of 2,000 feet. The 260 acre campus is within the town limits and features a gorgeous mountain view. Frostburg State University is committed to being environmentally conscious, and its environmental efforts have earned it recognition from The Princeton Review. Aside from the on-campus events and activities which Frostburg State University offers, students can also enjoy the nearby recreational areas including Rocky Gap, New Germany and Deep Creek Lake State Parks which offer opportunities for camping, boating, swimming, hiking, and skiing.