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Frostburg State University Grows in Numbers, Quality

Frostburg State University will see more new faces than ever on campus this fall semester, and that group of new students will have higher SAT scores and be more racially diverse than in previous years.

FSU in 2002 will see 1,438 new students - freshmen and transfers -- on campus, 54 students, or 3.9 percent, more than the previous peak year of 2000, according to the latest admissions figures.

The 2002 freshman class will have the highest average SAT scores of any class in recent years, a number that has grown steadily -- by nearly 40 points in the past four years.

The number of minority students entering FSU has grown. About 19 percent of the total new students are members of a minority group, up 8 percent from 2000. African Americans will make up nearly 12 percent of the new FSU students.

"We are pleased that both the numbers and quality of students seeking admission have grown, in part because of the increased statewide and national recognition of our programs and our faculty," said FSU President Catherine R. Gira. "The University strives to provide experiences through which students develop intellectually and socially and in which they are encouraged to engage in community service."

Students are transferring to FSU in increasing numbers as well, with this year's 406 transfer students reaching the highest mark in Frostburg State history.

More people are applying to FSU than ever before - both as potential freshmen and as transfers, an increase of 11.4 percent over 2000. More applicants means FSU can be more selective in choosing its students.

"More students are beginning to look at Frostburg State as their first choice for higher education. Across the state, students are increasingly recognizing the educational advantages, both in quality and breadth of programs, available here," said James Antonio, vice president of enrollment management.

FSU's Honors Program, which has been growing incrementally since it was introduced in the early 1990s, took a big jump within the last year. The number of students accepted to the fall 2002 class is more than 40 percent larger than the 2001 class, which was the largest to date.

"FSU has a projected growth in student population of 3 percent each year for the next three years to accommodate the increased demand across the state. Fortunately, the increased number of applicants means we can achieve that growth without compromising the quality of our student population," Antonio said.

FSU is making a number of moves to accommodate a larger student body. The new Compton Science Center is due to open for the fall of 2003, as is Edgewood Commons, a new, apartment-style residence complex designed to house about 400 students. Gunter Hall has also been recently renovated into what will be a second science building, helping to meet the growth of science studies at FSU.

"For the past two academic years, Frostburg State University has had two classroom buildings unavailable for instruction because of the replacement of Compton Hall and the renovation of Gunter Hall. We are pleased that one of those buildings, Gunter Hall, is now ready for occupancy and that we can accommodate more of the qualified students seeking admission," Gira said.

Projections are based on total paid admissions to date. Final numbers will be available in mid-September.

For more information on FSU, contact Admissions at (301) 687-4201 or visit online at

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Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
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