Facts and Rankings

  • SmartAsset ranked Frostburg State University 5th in Maryland in their top institutions on value for students in 2022.

  • Frostburg State University is one of U.S. News and World Report's Top Public Schools, Regional Universities North.

  • The Washington Monthly 2021 College Rankings ranked Frostburg State University first among public universities in Maryland, ninth in the category of service and 44th in the country overall in its “Master’s Level Colleges and Universities” category. FSU was also ranked 91st in the Northeast in the “Best Bang for the Buck” category.

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked Frostburg State University 24th in the nation among public master’s institutions with the highest graduation rates for black students.

  • U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 online program rankings include FSU's MBA, M.Ed. – Special Education Concentration, bachelor’s (RN to BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing.

  • Our Online Nurse Practitioner Program and Online Nursing Schools with CCNE Accreditation are ranked as some of the most affordable programs in the U.S. by  GetEducated.com 

  • Rated a Best Online College For Military Students by  GetEducated.com

  • NEW!: BuzzStock has ranked Frosburg State University 1st in its 12 Most Affordable Masters Degree Programs.

  • NEW!: BestValueSchools Sports Management has ranked Frostburg State University 5th in its Best 19 Wildlife Biology Degree Programs in 2021.  

  • NEW!: Sports Management Degree Guide has ranked Frosburg State University 2nd in its 10 Best Online Masters in Parks and Recreation Management in 2020.  

  • Great Value Colleges has ranked Frostburg State University as a  Top 50 Affordable MBA Programs for Physicians Online for 2020, a  Top 30 Great Value Colleges for a Master of Science in Nursing Online and one of the 25 Most Affordable Master of Science in Nursing Online Programs for 2021.

  • Great Value Colleges has also identified Frostburg State College as #3 in their rankings of the 30 US colleges that are likely to manage the coronavirus recession with ease, based on how they handled the 2007-2009 recession.

  • The Best Master’s Degrees, an online organization that provides rankings and profiles of degree programs in the most common master’s degree areas, ranked Frostburg’s online MBA program among the top 20 most affordable online MBAs in the nation. 

  • FSU was ranked 100th in the U.S. by The Economist among all four-year non-vocational colleges and universities in terms of value added, based on U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard data.

  • Value Colleges rated Frostburg State University a  Top 50 Best Value Accelerated Online MBA Programs for 2020 and  Best Online Colleges in Maryland For 2020.

  • Brookings Institute ranked FSU in the top-25 percent of all U.S. four-year colleges and universities in terms of value added, based on U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard data.

  • Frostburg State University was named the 2016 Public Institution of the Year by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, America’s largest academic internship program.

Recognition of Online Programs

GetEducated.com, a consumer advocacy organization that reviews online educators, awarded "Best Buy" status to several of FSU's online programs, including the RN-to-BSN, MBA, MS in Recreation & Parks Management, MS in Computer Science and M.Ed. in Special Education. These programs have received recognition from other affordability indexes as well. 


Frostburg State at a Glance – Fall 2020

  • Total students: 4,858: 4,119 undergraduate, 662 graduate and 77 doctoral
  • 310 international students
  • 47 undergraduate majors, 13 master’s degree programs and one doctorate program
  • 87% Maryland residents
  • 40.2% minority undergraduate enrollment
  • Freshman-to-sophomore retention rate: 74%
  • 16-to-1 student to faculty ratio
  • FSU is one of 12 institutions in the University System of Maryland.


FSU programs are available at the following locations:

  • Frostburg
  • USM-Hagerstown
  • Arundel Mills, Anne Arundel County
  • Garrett College
  • Cecil College
  • Online