Frostburg, MD
Tuition (in-state)
$17,624 ($7,436)
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5 College Junior

Academics: I love my major! I'm an Exercise & Sports Science major, and I have very interested lectures that I don't mind hearing and engaging in, as well as eye-opening field experience or lab days were the students get to go outside of the classroom to learn. In the classes I've enrolled in, I've been in we have gone to the weight room to learn about all the equipment and different exercises, check out our Exercise Physiology Lab to run experiments, or actually go out into the community to experience the different local health clubs! I could not envision myself in another major.

5 College Junior

Academics: As an Exercise & Sports Science major, the academica are not only enlightening and interesting, but they are very enjoyable! Most majors get to learn either outside of the classroom or get taught without traditional lectures. Another thing that Frostburg supplies for every student is "Experiential Learning". The school is huge on making sure students get experience in their field along with book-smarts.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: workload is not bad and class sizes arent to large so you can get more 1 on 1 time with professors

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: there are a variety of different majors the professors are very helpful and lots of study areas

4 College Freshman

Academics: I haven't declared a major in Sociology yet, but I like the atmosphere the school creates for it.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 545th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 717th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 884th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 907th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 996th
    Best Registration Process

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth (Liz) Partenheimer
Bowie, MD
Psychology Major with a Child/Family Certificate
Grad Year
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FSU offers both online and on-campus classes (for both undergraduates and graduates) during semesters and over the summer and winter breaks. Online classes are good for commuting students. If you do not want to come to campus every day, then take an online class. It makes things a lot easier. Also, the online classes over the summer and winter break are a good way to catch up or keep ahead of your class requirements. Other than online classes, in regular courses, the professors may start out the semester as stuck-up, but near the middle, they begin to lighten up. The professors teach a variety of classes within a subject, so you should expect to take every teacher in your major at least once. When it comes time to graduate, you will know the teachers in your department so well that any of them should be able to write you a strong recommendation for graduate school, if you decide to pursue that option.

A student is not allowed to take more than 17.5 credits, unless he or she has approval from an academic adviser, the person who will unlock your account to register for classes the following semester. You can either personally choose or be randomly assigned to an adviser for your remaining college career. This is a professor in your major who will be your mentor and, in a sense, guidance counselor. They are there if you need to talk about classes or anything else. The best advice is to choose one yourself because then you know you will have an adviser whom you can talk to comfortably.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
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Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 42%
  • 20 to 49 students: 54%
  • 50 or more students: 4%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 6%
  • Foundations of Education: 3%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: 3%
  • Psychology: 5%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
Online Courses
Almost every subject offers at least one online course. The courses are very easy to do. Some will require you to turn assignments in online weekly, some daily, or even rarely. You need to be able to have time management. Since you meet with the professor rarely, if at all (depending on the subject), you need to be able to keep track of what is due and when it is due. This is a test of your own personal work ethic. Some teachers meet with you in person, if it is during the semester, if you have any questions regarding course material. If the class is over the summer, some professors will do video lectures. They will have you watch the lecture online and take notes that way. If you work well on your own and are good at getting assignments done on time, then an online class might be right for you.
Best Places to Study
  • Library
  • Lobby of the Performing Arts Center (PAC) building
  • Upper and lower quad
Tips to Succeed
  • Attend all of your classes. Do not skip unless you are legitimately sick. If you do need to miss class, then email your teacher ahead of time.
  • Do not go out drinking all of the time. It is too expensive, and it will cause your grades to drop if you are not careful.
  • Get to know your teachers. If you have a strong bond with the professors, then they can write you strong letters of recommendation when the time comes.
  • Go over your notes after class each day. Also, read the textbook prior to coming to class.
  • Work and study in groups. This is sometimes a lot more effective than just studying by yourself.
Did You Know?
FSU offers classes over the summer and also over winter break. This is an excellent chance to catch up on credits or to get ahead so you can graduate early. Keep in mind-no matter which one you choose to do, the tuition for these sessions is due within 48 hours of registering for these classes.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 30 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 29 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.


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