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Frostburg State University

Frostburg State University is a comprehensive, student-centered institution dedicated to providing a quality education that leads to real-world success. We put a focus on experiential learning and student individuality, helping each student discover and realize his or her unique goals. Our programs prepare future leaders to meet the challenges of a complex and changing global society.  



Opened in 1902 as State Normal School No. 2, the University owes its existence to the tenacity of J. Benson Oder, editor of the Frostburg Mining Journal, and the citizens of Frostburg who, in spite of political barriers, raised funds and purchased the site on which Old Main, the University’s first building, is located. 


You’ll meet experienced professionals, thrive with your peers, find a passion and delve into work that makes a difference.

  • Small classes, with a 16:1 student-teacher ratio, give you personalized learning time with passionate professors dedicated to teaching.
  • Prestigious internships hosted by groups like the U.S. Senate, the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society and IBM help you jump-start your career.
  • Research opportunities abound! Many FSU professors actively involve students in their work, and every student has a chance to take on a big project of their own.
  • Study abroad programs covering the globe link you to one-of-a-kind opportunities to experience the world.


Research is the principal means of discovery and knowledge creation in the STEM fields. Many STEM students at FSU perform undergraduate research with faculty members from the STEM departments. These projects are often true collaborations, with the students taking ownership of the project and its direction.


  • You know getting a degree increases your chance of landing your dream job. Let us help you put the finishing touches on your 4 years at Frostburg State University.
  • The Career and Professional Development Center provides services to help students and alumni through every step of the job hunt.
  • Whether you're seeking new job opportunities or looking to recruit new FSU graduates, the Career Center has resources for you.


Student services

The Office of Student Affairs can assist with connecting students to the following services. The Vice President's staff is responsible for judicial programs, health and wellness services, first-year orientation, student activities and matters pertaining to student life.

Housing services

  • Frostburg State University requires all first year students to live on campus. Not only does it help to strengthen a sense of community, but living on campus can improve your grades, make it easier to meet new friends, and enable you to take part in fun campus activities that will enrich your college experience. 
  • Picking your home for the next four years can be an intimidating task, but we’re here to help! FSU has a range of ways for you to select your living community, with options across a dozen residence halls and an evolving series of special interest programs that strive to meet your unique needs.  

Library services

The Lewis J. Ort Library, named for its principal benefactor, was opened in 1976. The Library's primary mission is to support the academic programs of Frostburg State University. 

The library contains over half a million items including books, periodicals, audio-visual materials, maps, and art prints, US and Maryland government information resources.  

ICT services

Frostburg State University is committed to providing a fast, safe, and secure network. Connection access to the fiber-optic backbone can be made by "plugging in" to the university network (wired) or through wireless access.The network account is the core of computing access at FSU. It gives managed and secure access to the campus network and FSU computing resources. 

Medical services

The Brady Health Center provides treatment of minor illnesses and injuries, women's and men's health issues and programs that emphasize wellness. When necessary, the Brady Health Center staff can refer students to community agencies, hospitals and specialists. 

Student Life

Campus life

FSU not only shares our hometown name of Frostburg but also is closely connected to all that our location offers our students for living and learning. We are proud to be in—and part of—the community of Frostburg, and we ensure that our students take advantage of our thriving and welcoming city and county.   

Within walking distance from campus, you’ll find restaurants, cafes, pizza shops, and convenience and specialty stores. Free shuttle buses can take you to nearby malls, grocery stores, and other attractions.

Sports facilities

For the athletically inclined, FSU is home to 21 NCAA Division III intercollegiate team sports in regional and national conferences. You can also participate in club and intramural sports and take advantage of the Cordts P.E. Center facilities and the Lane University Center’s fitness center. Activities for Life (AFL) also offers non-credit activity classes such as zumba, Pilates and water aerobics.  

Student clubs

You can connect with groups for your favorite interests or develop a new talent with any of FSU’s 90+ clubs and organizations, or start your own. Our Greek organizations and service programs offer a wide variety of ways to network, give back and build your résumé.    


Frostburg State University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Frostburg, Maryland, United States

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