Frostburg State University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Frostburg State University

Frostburg State University is a public university situated on a 260-acre campus in Western Maryland’s Appalachian highlands. It has a 15 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and the majority of classes have fewer than 30 students. Students also have plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university clubs, organizations, and Greek Letter System. The Frostburg State Bobcats play in the NCAA Division III Capital Athletic Conference. The football team plays in the Empire 8 Conference.


  • Total Enrollment: 5,294 (4,638 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 48% Male/52% Female
  • 82% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $9,410 (in-state); $23,510 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,500
  • Room and Board: $10,788
  • Other Expenses: $3,056
  • Total Cost: $24,754 (in-state); $38,854 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 92%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 77%
    • Loans: 67%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,344
    • Loans: $6,466

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Business Administration and Management, General; Early Childhood Education and Teaching; Psychology, General; and Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 77%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 21%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 28%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 52%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Frostburg State University Admissions

FSU has an acceptance rate of 78%–around four out of every ten applicants were not admitted in 2019. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants should complete an online application, and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside the admission offices’ mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the next steps of the application process.

Admissions Data                        

  • Frostburg State University Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 470/560
    • SAT Math: 460/550
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 17/23
    • ACT English: 15/22
    • ACT Math: 16/23
    • ACT Writing: -/-

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Frostburg State University, it should be easy for you to gain admission to the schools below. If Frostburg State University is currently out of your reach, you will be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California State University Fresno, California State University Stanislaus, California State University Bakersfield, California State University East Bay, Kean University, California State University Los Angeles

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Frostburg State University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admission to these schools.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, La Salle University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, University of Texas at El Paso, University of California, Merced, California State University Sacramento, Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Frostburg State University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

Ohio University, University of Alabama, Pace University, University of North Texas, California State University Long Beach, Florida Gulf Coast University, Washington State University

Applying to Frostburg State University

Application Deadline: Rolling

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