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Frostburg State University Reports Largest Overall and Undergraduate Enrollment

With the fall 2015 semester, Frostburg State University has reached its largest overall enrollment in its 117-year history, including its largest-ever undergraduate student population. Solid numbers of returning students and a healthy increase in graduate students were the strongest contributors to this year’s enrollment numbers.

“I am pleased that Frostburg State University continues to grow in intelligent ways,” said FSU Interim President Thomas L. Bowling. “Our programs serve an increasingly broad range of potential students beyond the traditional pool of recent high school graduates. Increasingly, community college transfers, international students, veterans and military students and working professionals are finding that Frostburg provides them with the educational experience they need and desire.”

Total enrollment at FSU is 5,756, 111 students, or 2 percent, greater than in the fall of 2014. Total undergraduate enrollment is 4,961, compared to 4,915 in 2015, a difference of 46 students, or 1 percent. Over the past decade, undergraduate enrollment has grown by 15 percent, from 4,321 in 2005.

Graduate enrollment grew to 721, up 9 percent or 60 students. This growth was driven largely by an increase from 22 to 64 students in the Master of Science in Computer Science, which began offering an online option in the last year, and an increase from 10 to 23 students in the new Master of Science in Nursing program, a fully online program that began last fall. In addition to the 721 master’s students, FSU’s doctoral program, now in its fourth year, has reached an enrollment of 74 students, up five from last year and up 49 from 25 students in its inaugural year of 2012.

The number of international students has also grown to a record level of 116 – both exchange students and degree-seeking students – welcomed through FSU’s Center for International Education.

Student retention, representing first-year, full-time students from last year who returned for a second year, was 77 percent, up a percentage point from the previous year and tying the highest rate in the past 15 years.

Last year, FSU created the Academic Success Network to leverage the value of existing student support services and intervene more effectively in situations that might impact students’ success. It included an early-alert Freshman Progress Survey that gave faculty and advisors the opportunity to intervene with a struggling student before midterms while there is still time to salvage a semester’s grades. The first year’s results include 100 fewer freshmen receiving warnings and a 7 percent increase in the number of freshmen in good academic standing for their second semester.

The number of all undergraduate students continuing their educations, not just freshman, is 3,323, up 3 percent from the 3,232 continuing students in 2014.

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