Mechanical Engineering

In collaboration with University of Maryland College Park

This collaborative program offers the opportunities of Frostburg student life paired with high-quality upper-level engineering classes delivered via interactive video straight from College Park.

Benefit from FSU’s lower tuition for the first two years. Then take advantage of UMCP’s advanced engineering courses the final two years. All this while enjoying Frostburg’s smaller class sizes and welcoming community for your entire college career!

About the Program

First Half of the Program

During the first-year and sophomore years, you will be enrolled as a pre-engineering major at FSU. You will complete general education and engineering science courses taught by faculty onsite at FSU. FSU tuition rates  apply during this time.

Second Half of the Program

After completing 45 credits of designated course work, you must apply for admission to UMCP’s Clark School of Engineering. After meeting UMCP’s admissions standards, you will be accepted into the second half of the program as an engineering major. UMCP’s tuition rates apply for this part of the program.


  • Applying to the Program

    You can apply to the University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering in January of your sophomore year in the program. By June 1, you will learn of your acceptance into the Clark School program.

    You must complete all of the Gateway requirements to enroll in the program. See a full list of requirements at

    Students interested in applying to the program or getting more information about the transfer process, evaluation of credits or admission criteria, should contact A. James Clark School of Engineering Transfer Coordinator at

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Credits

    To be granted advanced placement credit for a course, you must meet UMCP’s minimum requirements. These differ from FSU’s standards. UMCP requires a higher score in a number of areas. Please consult the Engineering Coordinator to verify AP scores required to receive credit.

  • Tuition & Financial Aid

    Frostburg State University tuition rates apply during the first half of the program.

    UMCP’s tuition rates apply for the second half of the program. You must reapply for financial aid and scholarships through UMCP for the second half of the program.

    Once you've applied for the second half of the program, you will no longer receive financial aid through FSU but will be eligible to apply for aid at College Park. Interested students should complete the FAFSA and enter UMCP’s school code (002103). If you have already filed a FAFSA, please update it with UMCP’s school code.

    • You may continue to receive private scholarships or MD prepaid tuition assistance and will need to forward that paperwork to our 3rd party billing office in August.

    UMCP will make every effort to notify you of your admission decision by the end of May so that you may apply for engineering scholarships by the May deadline, if you desire.

    Please submit your scholarship applications by the deadline, even if you have not heard from UMCP. The Scholarship Office is OK with you submitting applications before your admission is official. For scholarship opportunities, visit:

  • Program Educational Objectives

    A few years from graduation, the graduates of the Collaborative Mechanical Engineering Program will:

    1. Meet expectations in mechanical engineering careers or graduate education.
    2. Demonstrate appropriate utilization of professional skills of team-work, problem solving, design, research and communication with all participants.
    3. Engage in the community through the application of knowledge of ethical obligations to society, employers, employees and peers.
    4. Engage in life-long learning to update their technical knowledge and understanding of societal and contemporary issues.
  • Program Outcomes

    The students of Frostburg Mechanical Engineering Collaborative Program will demonstrate throughout the curriculum

    1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
    2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
    3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
    4. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
    5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
    6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
    7. an ability to communicate effectively
    8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of mechanical engineering solutions in a global and societal context
    9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
    10. a knowledge of contemporary issues in mechanical engineering
    11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for mechanical engineering practice.

For more information about this collaborative program, view the UMCP website.