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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: I've lived here my whole life so my perspective probably differs from most students'. I love my hometown of Frostburg. There aren't a lot of opportunities here and there isn't a lot to do, but it has a special place in my heart.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Its a very small town in the valley of the mountains. I am from the city so I make the best of the situation

4 College Freshman

Local Area: I love Frostburg I want to live here for the rest of my life.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: It a quite little town that keeps you going through the day and has really good places to eat.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: the people are freindly, well the ones i have talk to


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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 42 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 43 responses

  • 2% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 9% 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.
  • 5% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 26% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 42 responses

  • 29% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 29% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 43% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 43 responses

  • 5% Totally.
  • 37% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 58% No way.


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