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Frostburg State University

Frostburg, MD


About This Campus

Frostburg State University is distinguished by a scenic campus encircled by mountains, its excellent academic programs, its nationally acclaimed community service programs, and its vital role in regional economic development initiatives. As a result, it holds the distinction of being one of the University System institutions most closely woven into the fabric of the surrounding area. Frostburg State University is, first and foremost, a teaching institution in which students are guided and nurtured by dedicated, highly qualified faculty and staff. Faculty engage in wide-ranging research and scholarly activity with the ultimate goal of enhancing student learning. Major areas of specialization are offered in education, business, science and technology, the creative and performing arts, and specific programs in the humanities and social sciences. FSU continues to define its core mission as providing pathways to success-in careers, further education and in life.

Location Information

Frostburg State University is located in the Appalachian highlands (elevation 2,000 feet) of western Maryland. The main campus covers 260 acres within the town limits of Frostburg (population 7,500). The local region is rich in both history and outdoor activities. The only four-year institution of the University System of Maryland west of the Baltimore-Washington corridor, the University serves as the premier educational and cultural center for western Maryland.

Helpful Information

Great location in the mountains. Lots of hiking and outdoor activities available year round. Skiing and winter sports located within 30 mins of campus. Small, diverse campus within a small rural community. Bringing a car makes getting around easier. Within 2 hours of Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD and Pittsburgh, PA.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Campus Links

Campus Homepage

Fast Facts

Location | Frostburg
Population | 50,000
Enrollment | 5,676
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home (B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/26-12/18
Spring | 01/27-05/22

Campus Diversity

White | 54%
Black | 31%
Hispanic/Latino | 6%
Asian | 2%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Two or more | 4%
Other | 1%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
Notable Academic Programs
  • Ethnobotany - Currently the only Ethnobotany program in the country.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Ethnobotany

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Area Studies: International Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art

Athletics: Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Ethnobotany, Wildlife Biology

Business: Accounting, Business Administration, Finance/Banking, International Business, Management, Marketing, Personnel, Small Business Management

Chemistry: Chemistry

Communications: Communication, Mass Communication

Computer Science: Computer Network Security

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice, Legal Studies

Earth Sciences: Earth Science

Economics: Economics

Education: Early Childhood, Elementary Education, English, Health Education, Mathematics, Physical Education, Secondary Education, Social Science Education, Spanish

Engineering: Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Materials Engineering

English: Creative Writing, English, Literature, Professional Writing

Environmental Studies: Environmental Design, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Geology, Environmental Management, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Environmental Technology, Landscape Management, Sustainability Studies, Wetlands Management, Wildlife Biology/Science, Wildlife Management

General Studies: Interdisciplinary Studies, Social Sciences

Geography and Urban Studies: Environmental Planning, Geography, Regional Analysis/Planning, Urban Planning

Health and Safety Sciences: Exercise Science, Health Education, Health Services Administration, Kinesiology, Nursing, Therapeutic Recreation

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Hospitality Management

Information Studies: Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Information Technology

International Studies: International Studies

Languages: French, Spanish

Mathematics: Mathematics

Performing Arts: Dance, Music Performance, Performance, Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Physics

Political Science: International Studies, Political Science

Pre-Professional : Medicine Pre-Professional, Pharmacy Pre-Professional, Veterinary Medicine Pre-Professional

Psychology: Psychology

Recreation: Adventure Education, Outdoor Recreation Management, Parks Administration and Management, Recreation, Recreation Therapy

Sociology/Social Work: Law and Society, Social Science, Social Work, Sociology

Technology: Information Technology

Theater: Performance and Directing


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550.00 paper, 213.00 computer or 79.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 18
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 06/21/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Application Fee $45 Year Plan B Mandatory
NSE Program Fee $50 Year Plan B Mandatory
Parking Fee $40 Year Plan B Optional

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1,092 per year.

Financial Aid

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/21/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 31% living on campus
  • Double: $5140 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • Students must live on campus
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $0
  • Proximity to campus:
Meal Plans Per Semester
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $2326 per semester for 12 meals per week.
  • $2241 per semester for 14 meals per week.
  • $2692 per semester for 15 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
Meal plans include Bonus dollars which can be used at any dining facility on campus. Meals can be used in the dining hall or at Appalachian Station or (on campus) Subway. The 12 meal plan includes $250 bonus dollars, the 14 meal plan includes $100 bonus dollars and the 15 meal plan includes $50 bonus dollars.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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