Academics

Location
Frostburg, MD
Undergrads
4,253
Tuition (in-state)
$17,624 ($7,436)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

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

3 College Freshman

Academics: Some teachers need a bit of improvement.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I don't feel that they are bland and useless classes that you just have to sit through and that you will never use in reform life. They are engaging and insightful and the professors are very approachable and easy to form lasting relationships with.

5 College Junior

Academics: They work with you and your advisor will always help you!

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5 College Junior

Academics: the small campus offers great one on one help.

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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
Hometown
Bowie, MD
Major
Psychology Major with a Child/Family Certificate
Grad Year
2014
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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
16:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
247
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
122
Total FT Faculty
247
Faculty with Terminal Degree
85%
Average Faculty Salary
$64,997
Full-Time Retention Rate
72%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Transfer-Out Rate
31%
Graduation Rate
44%
Programs/Majors Offered
52
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
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

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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