Continuing a four-year upward trend, Frostburg State University is
celebrating another year of increased enrollment. With a total 5,470
students attending the University, Frostburg's undergraduate
population has swelled to a record 4,866 students.
“In the past four years, Frostburg State University has clearly defined
itself as a premier comprehensive, public institution,” said FSU
President Jonathan Gibralter. “Our research shows that FSU is
increasingly the first-choice destination for students where they know
they will get the highest quality of education.”
The strongest area of growth comes in the 3,299 students who chose
to return to Frostburg from the previous semester, 4 percent more than
the previous year, which was already a two-decade high point. Nearly
74 percent of students who were first-time, full-time freshman in the
fall of 2009 returned to FSU for the fall 2010 semester, a 2 percent
larger share than the previous year. Gibralter has set a goal for the
University of eventually having nearly 80 percent of freshmen return to
FSU the following year.
The fall 2010 freshman class brings with it a higher mean grade point
average and SAT score. “It is very gratifying to see the increased
academic quality of our incoming freshman class,” said Wray Blair,
associate vice president for Enrollment Management.
outstanding students are making Frostburg their first-choice
institution for their college experience.”
More and more students are reporting that they have chosen to come to
FSU over any number of schools with bigger “names,” in and out of the
state of Maryland, Blair said.
More students are choosing to live on campus as well. The University’s
11 residence halls are filled to capacity; some lounges have been
converted to rooms to accommodate more students. Edgewood
Commons, the public/private apartment complex on the FSU campus
that opened in 2003, has only a single vacancy and is at its highest
occupancy ever. In all, 2,055 students are living on campus, the most in
Frostburg State’s history.
With the improvement in enrollment, retention and academic quality,
the future bodes well for the health of the institution, Gibralter said.
“As our enrollment has grown, we have also improved our retention,
and, as we continue to develop our academic and residential
infrastructure, FSU will become known as an enrollment growth
institution for the state of Maryland,” Gibralter said.
FSU is continuing a broad base of initiatives to ensure the success of its
students and assist them in completing their education at Frostburg.
These include FSU Connections, learning communities that allow
freshmen to explore an area of interest with a small group of fellow
students; the Center for Advising and Career Services, providing
essential support for transfer students and those who have not decided
on a major; a wide array of academic support services and monitoring
programs, including tutoring, math and writing instruction, study
groups and career development; assistance with the financial aid
process; and a new tool called MAP-Works, which helps students and
their faculty instructors identify particular areas, whether academic,
financial or personal, that might derail an otherwise strong student. All
of these measures are designed to keep a single area of weakness from
sinking a student’s entire college career.
For more information, call the Office of Admissions at 301-687-4201
or visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State
University is one of the 12 institutions and two regional higher
education centers of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a
comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an
educational and cultural center for Western Maryland.