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FSU Hagerstown Center Enrollments Record Another Increase
10/28/2003

Enrollments at the Frostburg State University Hagerstown Center have reached the third highest in the Center's history. The 422 students enrolled this semester are within five of the Center's peak enrollments reached in fall 1995.

These numbers show that the Hagerstown and Frederick Centers combined represent some 10 percent of Frostburg's total enrollment.

"We are more than pleased with this indicator of success," said Dr. James Shaw, Director of the Center," especially during a period of high employment, when enrollments usually decrease." Shaw attributes the Center's success to a combination of society's growing demand for continuous upgrading of professional skills, coupled with Frostburg's responsiveness to the marketplace.

"Programs such as our Liberal Studies, or self-designed major, and our Master of Arts in Teaching, designed to certify adults to teach in the public schools, have combined to appeal to entirely new kinds of students," he pointed out.

In addition, one of Frostburg's traditional offerings, the MBA, showed a 9 percent increase over a year ago. Graduate students in business and education now account for some 66 percent of the Center's enrollment.

In a precursor to the arrival of the new University System of Maryland Hagerstown Education Center, the Frostburg Center also enrolls an additional 15 students in a Bachelor of Nursing Program offered by the University of Maryland.

The Hagerstown Center itself offers bachelor's degree programs in Accounting, Business, Administration, Law and Society (Justice Studies), Liberal Studies and Sociology, as well as graduate programs in Business (MBA) and Education (MAT and M.Ed.).

Approximately one-quarter of the Center's students come from out of state. Registration for the fall semester will open on Monday, Nov. 3, at the Center's offices at 20 Public Square. An open house for prospective students will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 19, and one-stop quick-admit advising and registration is available from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Appointments with faculty can be arranged by calling (301) 791-4020, and a complete listing of courses is available on the Web at www.frostburg.edu/centers.

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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