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Frostburg State University Moves to "Tier 2" in National College Rankings

In the most recent edition of "U.S News and World Report" listing "America's Best Colleges," Frostburg State University has jumped from the third tier to the second tier in the rankings of northern master's degree granting universities.

The magazine uses four tiers of rankings, based on a wide range of criteria gathered from individual institutions, which are categorized by the school's mission and/or region. Categories, such as academic reputation, retention and graduation rates, student selectivity, are given specific weights and compared against peer institutions. Salisbury and Towson universities are also listed in tier two.

While many of FSU's figures were comparable to its peer institutions, Frostburg did post high statistics in the categories of diversity, full-time faculty, class size and alumni giving. Areas that showed improvement over the previous year included FSU's reputation score, as determined by other university leaders, its freshman retention rate and the average SAT score of its freshman class.

FSU ranked particularly well in comparison with other public institutions in the second tier, which made up only 15 of the 45 universities listed. In tier one, there are only seven public institutions out of 42.

FSU listed highest in the tier among public universities in the percentage of classes of fewer than 20 students and third among that group in fewest large classes, more than 50 students. FSU also ranked third in alumni giving rates among public institutions and sixth in student-faculty ratio.

"This impressive ranking solidifies the University's growing reputation both statewide and nationally," Maryland Governor Parris N. Glendening said. "Frostburg State University has worked hard to earn such distinction and is deserving of the recognition."

"Although we are already aware of the strength of our institution, validated recently by the very positive evaluation we received from the Middle States reviewers of our Periodic Review Report, it is always good to know that others recognize our strengths, as well," said Dr. Catherine R. Gira, FSU president. "I know that none of the achievements for which we are credited would be possible without the excellent work of our faculty and staff."

To view this year's university and college rankings, visit To learn more about Frostburg State University, visit

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