Frostburg State University: Narrative Description

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101 Braddock Rd.
Frostburg, MD 21532-1099
Tel: (301)687-4000
Admissions: (301)687-4201
Fax: (301)687-7074
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of University System of Maryland. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1898. Setting: 260-acre small town campus with easy access to Baltimore and Washington, DC. Endowment: $7.1 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5124 per student. Total enrollment: 5,327. Faculty: 346 (228 full-time, 118 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 3,679 applied, 72% were admitted. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 29% from top quarter, 65% from top half. Full-time: 4,227 students, 49% women, 51% men. Part-time: 295 students, 54% women, 46% men. Students come from 23 states and territories, 27 other countries, 11% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 13% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 7% 25 or older, 35% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 70% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Cooperative Education Program. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: recommendations, interview. Required for some: essay. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $5000 full-time, $207 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $13,250 full-time, $374 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $1230 full-time, $59 per credit hour part-time, $9 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. College room and board: $6148. College room only: $3072. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 80 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 10% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Black Student Association, Campus Activities Board, Residence Hall Association. Major annual events: homecoming, Parents' Weekend, Greek Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, bicycle patrols. 1,800 college housing spaces available; 1,590 were occupied in 2003-04. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Lewis J. Ort Library with 261,712 books, 293,802 microform titles, 2,430 serials, 32,224 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $611,697. 577 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The state university, in the City of Frostburg (population 7,623) is located in the mountains of western Maryland at an elevation of 2,200 feet. There are nearby state parks and winter sports activities including ice skating, skiing, and sleighing.

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