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•The newest academic building is the Gira Center for Communications and Information Technology, featuring cutting-edge television and radio studios, computer science facilities and graphic design studios, as well as a multimedia learning center with a planetarium. The building's eco-friendly design, including a green roof, rainwater-collecting landscaping and solar-assisted hot water systems, helped earn it LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

•FSU is now officially a doctorate-granting institution! The first graduates of the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program were granted their degrees in May 2015.

•New bachelor degree programs include a major in adventure sports management; health science, which is designed to prepare students for a range of health-focused careers; and a concentration in hospitality management with a component at Vanung University in Taiwan.

•FSU's Master of Computer Science degree is now available in an online option.

•FSU's dedicated Veterans Center has opened as part of the University's expanded services for veterans and military students.


FALL 2015
•4,961 undergraduate and 795 graduate; total 5,756 (record)
•557 transfer students
•116 international students, representing 20 countries
•88.3% Maryland residents
•42% minority undergraduate enrollment
•Freshman-to-sophomore retention rate: 77%
•82% of classes with fewer than 30 students
•Programs available at the following locations: ◦Frostburg
◦Arundel Mills, Anne Arundel County
◦CCBC, Catonsville
◦Garrett College
◦Cecil College
◦Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany, with UMUC

•The Bobcat baseball team made it to the NCAA World Series for the first time in FSU history.

•A school record of 155 student-athletes were honored by the Capital Athletic Conference for its 2014-15 All-Academic Team

•FSU's environmental efforts have been earning recognition across the board, including a spot in the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges, "Cool School" recognition from Sierra Magazine and "Tree Campus USA" status from the Arbor Day Foundation.

•FSU has consistently appeared on the President's Honor Roll for Service.

•Frostburg has been named a College of Distinction for its excellence in student engagement, high-quality teaching, vibrant community and successful graduates.

•Victory Media has named FSU to its "Military Friendly Schools" list for five years in a row, recognizing the University for outstanding and constantly improving service to American veterans and their families.

•The Economist ranked FSU in the 92nd percentile for a value-added education, measured in the dollar difference between what grads were expected to make and how much they actually made 10 years after graduating, based on the White House College Scorecard. FSU grads earned on average $5,117 more than The Economist expected for a school of its profile.

•, an online consumer advocacy group, awarded "Best Buy" status to several of FSU's online programs, including the RN to BSN, MBA, MS in Recreation & Parks Management and MEd in Special Education

•FSU students from Allegany County may be eligible for Allegany County Opportunity Scholarships, funded by revenue from Rocky Gap Resort and Casino.

•FSU's Associate Degree Scholars Award provides up to $2,500 a year to graduates of any Maryland community college or Potomac State College in nearby Keyser, W.Va.

•After two years of participation as one of only 80 schools nationwide in NASPA's Lead Initiative, which helps develop civic learning and democratic engagement among its students, FSU is now a Lead Consulting Institution, which means FSU will be mentoring other schools in how to build this kind of leadership in its students.

•FSU was one of more than 200 colleges and universities that signed the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge to demonstrate their support for strong climate action as world leaders gather for the Paris Conference on Climate Change in December.

•FSU is in the second year of a federal Drug-Free Communities Grant, a five-year, $625,000 award. The program funds coalitions to address community-level concerns regarding youth substance abuse.


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