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international admissions

This page is for those applying as degree-seeking undergraduate FSU students from outside the U.S. FSU's international student admission process focuses on three areas: (1) academic qualifications; (2) financial support; and (3) English language proficiency.

If you are a J-1 applicant, please contact the Center for International Education at 301.687.4714 or email for questions about application procedures.

Office of Admissions Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532
Fax: 301.687.7074


You can submit your application and other documents at any time. However, we strongly recommend that you follow the schedule below, which allows time for us to process your application and for you to obtain a student visa and make travel arrangements.

Fall Semester (classes begin in late August) Apply by June 1
Spring Semester (classes begin in mid-January) Apply by October 15

Application Requirements

  • 1. Complete an Application for Admission and submit your application fee.

    You can apply online or download and print a paper copy of the application. Make sure your name on the form matches your name on your passport.

    You can pay your one-time $45 (USD) application fee at the end of the online application, by credit card online or with a check or money order (make payable to Frostburg State University). Do not send cash. The student’s name should be included with any payment.

    If you pay with a check or money order, please include an Application Fee Transmittal Form. The form can be found in the paper application and at the end of the online application.

  • 2. Send your official academic transcript(s).

    Send an official transcript from all high schools and/or colleges/universities you have attended. Any forms not available in English must be accompanied by an official English translation completed by a licensed translator.

    Students who have attended a university outside the U.S. must also submit a professional course-by-course evaluation of foreign academic transcript(s). This will determine your academic level within the American system of education. You may send your transcript(s) to one of the following evaluation services:

  • 3. Provide a photocopy of your passport identification page.

    If you are already in the United States, please also include clear photocopies of all immigration documents issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

    • Most recent visa (even if expired)
    • I-94 card
    • Any I-20 documents from previously attended U.S. universities
    • Any Notices of Action
  • 4. Submit an International Student Certification of Financial Support

    You or your financial sponsor must show you have sufficient funds to cover your tuition, fees, room and board, books, health insurance and personal expenses for at least the first full year of academic study.

    The form has two parts – one for a bank official, and one for you or your sponsor – and requires a bank statement.

    • The name of the account holder on the bank statement must match the name of the person signing the Certification of Financial Support.
    • The bank statement must be less than 6 months old at the time FSU issues the DS-2019/I-20.
    • The bank statement must include the bank’s address and phone number.
    • Any bank letters must be signed by a bank official and printed on official letterhead paper.

    Copies of financial documents will be accepted during the application process; however, ORIGINALS must be submitted upon your arrival to campus.

    You can download an or visit the Office of Financial Aid website to view a summary of tuition and expenses.

  • 5. Pass an English proficiency exam.

    Students whose native language is not English must submit an English proficiency score. FSU will consider scores from:

    If you choose to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam, we recommend that you take it at least six (6) months in advance of the semester for which you are seeking enrollment.

    Scores listed are for degree-seeking international students at FSU. Graduate and Exchange students may be expected to meet higher or lower passing scores. Check the Center for International Education website for more information.

Optional Application Items

  • A one-page essay. Essay guidelines can be found in the Application for Admission.

Health Insurance Coverage

All F-1 and J-1 visa international students at FSU are automatically enrolled in a group health insurance plan through FSU’s international student insurance provider. The cost will be added to your bill for tuition and fees as a lump sum at the start of each semester. If you stay in the U.S. during the summer months, you will also be required to maintain health insurance coverage during that time. For more information, visit the CIE’s Health Insurance page.

F-1 or J-1 students should NOT come to Frostburg State University until you receive a formal letter of admission and either an I-20 document or DS-2019.

Start your online Application for Admission

Download a printable application