Local Atmosphere

Frostburg, MD
Tuition (in-state)
$17,624 ($7,436)
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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: it's a good place to go to school and a good place to live if you like living in a small town. if you love living in a city i don't think you should live here full time

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: This seems like a fine city to me.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: As a local, I can recohnize the small town charm and all of the things big and small that make this community beautiful and close knit. It is my home and I adore it.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I local atmosphere in Frostburg,Md isn't great but it isn't necessarily bad either. The one place that I find attracted is Dan's rock. Ive heard so many great things about it, the views are amazing. There isnt much to do in Frostburg,Md it is literally in the middle of no where. Frostburg State University is what you make of it. There are alot of events on campus, but most of them arent very appealing to me. There is a mall near by campus that you can be transported to via bus.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: We are right next to the town of frostburg which is very small and quaint. Cumberland isn't that far away, about a 30 minute drive but realize this school is in the mountains.


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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 31 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 32 responses

  • 22% Painfully remote.
  • 3% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 59% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 12% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 3% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 32 responses

  • 41% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 22% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 38% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 32 responses

  • 62% No way.
  • 38% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 0% Totally.


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