FSU Facts and Rankings


  • Frostburg State University is one of MONEY magazine’s 2017 Best Value Colleges. MONEY looks at U.S. colleges and universities to determine which delivered the most value in terms of a great education, an affordable price and preparing students for rewarding careers.

  • U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 online program rankings include FSU's MBA, M.Ed. – Special Education Concentration, bachelor’s (RN to BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing.

  • FSU was ranked #147 among all four-year public colleges and universities studied for the Class of 2016 in terms of lowest average student debt per borrower in LendEDU’s “Student Loan Debt Ranking.”

  • 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.

  • 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 State University’s online MBA program among the top five most affordable online MBAs in the nation for 2016.

  • 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.

  • Top Management Degrees ranked FSU number 48 of the most affordable online MBAs of 2017.

  • Best Value MBA rated FSU’s MBA number 46 among its top 50 best MBA programs for its value and affordability.

  • CollegeValuesOnline.com, an online independent guide to selecting the best college for each individual, recently ranked Frostburg State University number 16 of the 30 top schools that offer parks, recreation and leisure studies bachelor’s degrees in the U.S. for 2016.

  • BestMasterofScienceinNursing.com recently ranked FSU among the 10 most up-and-coming nursing schools in the East.

  • 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 was named to the most recent President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

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 and M.Ed. in Special Education. These programs have received recognition from other affordability indexes as well. 

FSU Recognition

FSU has been tapped as one of only 80 schools nationwide in NASPA's Lead Initiative, which helps develop civic learning and democratic engagement among its students.  Now FSU is a Lead Consulting Institution, which means FSU mentors other schools in how to build this kind of leadership in its students. 

FSU was one of more than 200 colleges and universities that signed the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge to demonstrate their support for strong climate action as world leaders gather for the Paris Conference on Climate Change in December.

FSU is in the third year of a federal Drug-Free Communities Grant, a five-year, $625,000 award. The grant funds the Frostburg Community Coalition to address community-level concerns regarding youth substance abuse.

The University at a Glance – Fall 2017

  • Total students: 5,396: 4,725 undergraduate, 589 graduate and 82 doctoral
  • 229 international students
  • 47 undergraduate majors, 13 master’s degree programs and one doctorate program
  • 89% Maryland residents
  • 44% minority undergraduate enrollment
  • Freshman-to-sophomore retention rate: 77%
  • 17 to 1 student to faculty ratio
  • FSU is one of 12 institutions in the University System of Maryland.

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FSU programs are available at the following locations:

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