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FSU Reports Highest-Ever Enrollment, Second Record Transfer Class

Frostburg State University has enrolled the largest number of students in the institution’s 116-year history, including its largest-ever transfer class, and a freshman class of 961 that is 7.1 percent higher than the previous year.

With 5,645 total students, FSU’s overall enrollment is up 3.1 percent from the previous year. Transfer enrollment has increased by 12.4 percent to 570, also the highest ever for the second year in a row.

“Enrollment is trending upward at the same time that we are accepting better academically prepared students from a decreasing pool of students statewide,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter at his annual campus convocation. “It also speaks highly of our University that we draw so many students up from downstate when there is no shortage of great universities around the (Baltimore and Washington) beltways. It tells me we’re doing a lot of things very well.”

Diversity of the student body continues to increase as well. “From 20.6 percent of our enrollment in 2006, minority students now comprise 39.5 percent of our enrollment, and African-American students have increased from 16.6 to 28.8 percent of our enrollment over the same time period,” Gibralter said.

These strides come amidst several key developments at FSU. One is the opening with the fall semester of the Center for Communications and Information Technology (CCIT). CCIT is home to the disciplines of Computer Science and Information Technologies, Graphic Design, Mass Communication/Communication Studies and Mathematics. CCIT also houses WFWM, the NPR affiliate radio station, and FSU-TV3, the cable TV channel.

Online education has shown strong growth. Of the total FSU enrollment, 660 students are in fully online programs. The strongest recent growth has come in the R.N. to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, the first in a series of new offerings in the health sciences planned for the coming years. The Master of Science in Nursing was first offered this fall after receiving approval in May.

The number of students also increased at each of the other locations where FSU offers programs, the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, Community College of Baltimore County – Catonsville and Arundel Mills Regional Higher Education Center, an increase reflected in the total enrollment number. In addition, residence halls and Edgewood Commons, the privately run apartment complex on campus, are at or very near capacity.

New efforts to help students pay for college are being implemented, especially the new Allegany County Opportunity Scholarship, created by the Allegany County Commissioners and funded with a portion of the county’s revenues from the new Rocky Gap Casino and Resort. Designated specifically for Allegany County residents, more than 100 local students benefited from the scholarship for the first time this fall.

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Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.


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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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