Local Atmosphere

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: the historic city of Frostburg is very small and there is not all that much to do for a young college student to do except maybe go to the mall, which isn't very impressive or a bar occasionally.There are a lot of house parties at Frostburg if your into that type of thing. There are a lot of beautiful sights to see since the college is basically in the Appalachian mountains but other than sights there is not a plethora of things to do.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The city of Frostburg is beautiful! The locals are actually really great people. Parks such as "Deep Creek", "Dan's Rock", and "Swallow Falls" in close distance.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The local Atmosphere is a beautiful mountain range with an abundance of wildlife and nature. The downside is we are in a very remote location and there is very little to do off campus for those who are not interested in activities like camping, hunting, hiking or rafting.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: very small town everyone pretty much knows each other

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: If you like small towns, lots of land, and having to drive 20 mins to Wal-Mart, then Frostburg is the school for you. And the nightlife is the same every night. Nothing really new happens at Frostburg. During the Fall the scenery is amazing, especially at Dans Rock (go when it is warm/hot). If you do not have a car, it is kind of hard to get around unless you take the shuttle. Many people go home on weekends because there is more to do in their hometowns because they live in the city. And shopping...yeah. The internet is all you have. There is the Hagerstown outlets, but that is an hour away. There is no Chipotle or Starbucks (which we are getting Starbucks on campus Spring 2015) in Frostburg or LaVale. They do have good local restaurants.


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Elizabeth (Liz) Partenheimer
Bowie, MD
Psychology Major with a Child/Family Certificate
Grad Year
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The local atmosphere around Frostburg is pretty boring, in comparison to College Park, Md., Frostburg is a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. The townsfolk usually keep to themselves. This town very rarely has any problems, besides the occasional drunken student escapade. Besides the random drunken episodes, Frostburg is a relatively quiet and peaceful town. When a student first moves to campus, his or her first question may be, "What is there to do around here?" Upperclassmen usually answer with the following: "There’s the mall and that's about it." There is not much to do around here. The students rely on each other for entertainment. Most students stay on campus and play football or Frisbee when it is nice outside. Other students like to take a walk, either around campus or off campus, and up to Main Street. All in all, students find ways to amuse themselves.

The other closest college is Allegany College, which is in Cumberland, Md. Cumberland is only about a 15-minute drive from Frostburg. There are more things to do in Cumberland, even though it is also a small town. Cumberland has the Amtrak train station, which students frequently use to travel home and back. Cumberland also has more restaurant and fast food options.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
Until 1820, Frostburg was originally called Mount Pleasant. After the government developed a postal service, the town was renamed Frostburg.
Notable Natives
  • Brad Barkley - fiction writer, young adult novelist
  • Andy Duncan - sci-fi writer
  • Franklin Clarence Mars - founded the food company Mars Inc.
Points of Interest
  • Allegany County Speedway
  • Au Petit Paris Restaurant
  • Dan's Rock on Dan's Mountain
  • Failinger's Hotel Gunter
Shopping Centers
Country Club Mall
Movie Theaters
Frostburg Cinemas (R/C Cinemas 1-2-3)
10701 New George's Creek Road SW
(301) 689-1100
Movie Theaters
Frostburg Palace Theatre
31 E. Main St.
(301) 687-0921
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Baltimore: : 2 hours, 40 minutes
  • Morgantown, W.V.: : 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Pittsburgh: : 2 hours
Did You Know?
FSU is a smoke-free campus.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 36 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 36 responses

  • 3% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 11% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 58% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 3% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 25% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 35 responses

  • 34% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 26% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 40% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 35 responses

  • 3% Totally.
  • 37% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 60% No way.


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