A 2.7 percent increase in the number of undergraduate students Frostburg State University this semester from the spring of 2007 – and a 1.8 increase in students overall – has FSU officials celebrating their continued success in campus initiatives designed to reverse a recent downward trend in enrollment.
Following the announcement this fall, when FSU welcomed the largest freshman class in its history, officials found the continued positive trend gratifying. Total enrollment by headcount for spring stands at 4,667, up from 4,585 this time last year. The number of undergraduates was up by 107 students this spring, to 4,038 from last year’s 3,931.
Officials are even more excited when looking at the students in terms of credit hours taken, which is how enrollment numbers are reported to state government. Known as full-time equivalents (FTEs), one FTE represents 15 credit hours for undergraduate students or 12 credit hours for graduate students. As an example of how FTEs are calculated, a single undergraduate student taking 18 credit hours would be reported to the state as 1.2 students.
In terms of full-time equivalents, spring enrollment is up 2.9 percent from the previous year for all students, to 4,150 from 4,032; up 2.6 percent for undergraduate FTEs, to 3,810 from 3,712; and up 6.6 percent for graduate FTEs to 340 from 319.
Much of this semester’s success is based on improved retention rate of undergraduate students between the fall and spring semester. When compared to last year, this retention rate has increased one percent.
“I am very proud of the efforts that have been made since I arrived at FSU in August of 2006,” said FSU President Jonathan C. Gibralter. “During that time, we have established new relationships with community colleges and our transfer enrollment has grown. We have enrolled the largest freshman class in our history and our retention of existing students has improved. We have met – and exceeded – our enrollment target, and I am grateful to the collective efforts of Frostburg State University to help realize this goal.”
Among the efforts undertaken to address the University’s enrollment challenges, which 18 months ago included the smallest headcount of students in 17 years, were the creation of an Enrollment Management Committee to look at all aspects of recruitment and enrollment of new students and retention of current students. As a result of its efforts, FSU has revamped some procedures in the Admissions Office, has made a concerted effort to solidify relationships with community colleges in Maryland and neighboring states, and has worked to ease those students’ transition to Frostburg, among other endeavors. FSU has also raised its regional profile through the work of the new Office of Communications and Media Relations.
"We are very pleased and excited by our continued enrollment growth,” said Wray Blair, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management. “It is especially gratifying to see a large number of new students and the strong retention of our current FSU student body. Many people on this campus have devoted a great deal of time and expertise to the enrollment effort, and it is exciting to see such positive results."
For more information about FSU, visit the Web site at www.frostburg.edu or call the Office of Admissions at (301) 687-4201.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of 13 institutions in the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland.