Frostburg State University is marking one of the largest spring undergraduate enrollments in its history, and University officials are very encouraged by the increasing number of students who are staying at FSU to continue their studies.
A spring undergraduate enrollment of 4,204 students is FSU’s highest spring enrollment in more than a decade, which helps put the University in a stronger financial position. The number of students returning to FSU after the fall semester, 3,962, is also higher than it has been since at least 1993 and reflects the increasing satisfaction that current students feel with their Frostburg experience. These figures reflect students at the Frostburg campus and those studying at the University System of Maryland-Hagerstown as well.
“Strong enrollment numbers help place Frostburg State University in a much stronger position to weather the current economic climate,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “FSU has exceeded its goal for full-time equivalent students set for it by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, which is what determines our budget, for the second straight year.”
Gibralter continued, “More importantly, strong enrollment and retention speaks to the important place that Frostburg State University holds in the state of Maryland and as an important part of the fabric of Allegany County.”
"We are very pleased at the continued upward trend in our enrollment. This speaks to the appeal of an FSU education to freshmen and transfer students, and our improved retention is a testament to the good efforts of our faculty and staff who work closely with our students,” said Wray Blair, associate vice president for Enrollment Management. “Good students are choosing to be part of the Frostburg community where they know that they will be valued as individuals."
Open houses have been very well-attended and the number of applications in continuing at a strong pace, Gibralter said. “We also now have signed dual enrollment agreements with Allegany College of Maryland and Hagerstown Community College and are continually expanding our efforts with community colleges throughout Maryland”.
Gibralter also commended the work of FSU’s Enrollment Management Committee, which is made up of representatives of the entire campus and which continues to examine all the components of a healthy university enrollment.
“An entire university enrolls students, not just one person or department. I believe we are focusing on the right things right now and that we are staying focused,” he said.
For more information about FSU, call the Office of Admissions at 301-687-4201 or visit www.frostburg.edu.