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FSU Welcomes Largest Transfer Class, Shows 9.5 Percent Increase in Freshman Class

Retention of First-Year Students at Highest Rate in Many Years

Frostburg State University’s efforts to raise its profile and to encourage student success and college completion has shown results with the University’s largest transfer class ever, a 9.5 percent increase over the previous year in the size of the freshman class and the largest percentage of freshmen returning for their sophomore years in at least seven years.

“We are incredibly proud of our enrollment progress,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “The word is getting out that Frostburg State University is a great place to get a great education. Considering that we have set higher entrance standards for students and the population of traditional-aged students in our state is declining, this news is even more encouraging.”

The fall 2013 transfer class of 507 students is FSU’s highest ever, and reflects the University’s concerted effort to help its students fulfill their goals of a bachelor’s degree. The centerpiece of that effort is the Associate Degree Scholars Award, which offers top graduates of Maryland community colleges and Potomac State College of West Virginia University an award of up to $2,500 per year in an effort to bring Frostburg tuition close to the level of a community college. The number of transfers has grown steadily over the past several years.

The freshman class of 897 is 9.5 percent higher than the previous year’s class of 819, an increase that defies the general trend of fewer high school graduates in that age group within the state of Maryland.

Additionally, retention – the percentage of freshmen who come back for their sophomore year – is 77 percent, above the national average of 71.5 percent, and the highest at FSU for at least seven years.

“Some of the success can be credited to the increased engagement of faculty and staff across campus both in the process of recruiting students and ensuring their success once they are here,” Gibralter said. The Enrollment Management Committee that he established in 2007 is made up of representatives of the entire campus and continues to examine all the components of a healthy university enrollment.

For information about admission to FSU, call 301-687-4201 or email

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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Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589