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Frostburg State University is a four-year university located on a campus in Frostburg, Marylandmarker, in western Maryland, and is part of the University System of Maryland. FSU is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


The school was founded in 1898 under the name State Normal School #2 and began teaching its first class in 1902. Its original mission was to train teachers for the Maryland public school system. In 1935, the school wasrenamed State Teachers' College at Frostburg and began offering a four-year degree program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree. The school was again renamed in 1963, this time as Frostburg State College. Frostburg received university status in 1987 thus being renamed to what it is today.


Frostburg has colleges in education, business, and liberal arts and sciences, and, in addition to the baccalaureate, awards master's degrees in both arts and sciences. Students may study and complete certain programs at Frostburg State University’s Hagerstown Campus.


Notable alumni


The Bottom Line

FSU publishes a 12-page weekly newspaper called The Bottom Line. The staff is responsible for delivering the most current news, sports, and entertainment to the readers as well as publishing local and national advertising. The publication has been nationally recognized since 2007 by the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) and also by College Publisher Inc. All current and past articles since 2006, including some that didn't make it to the print version, are available at the Bottom Line's website.Frostburg State University is also frequently mentioned in the CBS comedy Yes Dear, one of the main characters Jimmy Hughes is seen wearing Frostburg State apperal frequently in the series, however Jimmy's ties to the university have not been established.

Appalachian Festival

The Frostburg State University Appalachian Festival is held annually in September on the campus of Frostburg State University in anachronistic Frostburg, Maryland. The festival features regional music, dance, food and crafts, extensive children's activities, and a number of hands on workshops and educational programs featuring local history, culture, and environment. A sampling of the Festival's offerings includes:

  • Traditional Old-Time and Bluegrass Music
  • Beekeeping and Goat-milking Demonstrations
  • Dance and Music Workshops
  • Woodworking and Instrument Making
  • Quilting, Spinning, and Weaving
  • A variety of local food

Frostburg State University Appalachian Festival

Children's Literature Centre

The Children's Literature Centre at Frostburg State University is housed within the College of Education. This Centre was founded by Dr. William Bingman in 1982 to honor two former Education faculty. Each year, the Centre sponsors the Spring Festival of Children's Literature, which brings together nationally and internationally recognized children's authors and illustrators with teachers, librarians, media specialist and lovers of children's literature. In 2009, the festival included featured speakers Kadir Nelson, Doreen Rappaport, Matt Tavares and Gennifer Cholendenko. The Centre also sponsors several free community events for children in Frostburg, based around children's literature. These events include Storybook Holiday in December and Pirate Ahoy in July. For more information, visit the Centre's web page.

Campus police

The Frostburg State University Police Department (FSUPD) is the primary law enforcement agency of the Frostburg State University servicing the population of students, faculty, and visitors on the of campus property and adjacent streets.

The jurisdiction of the FSUPD lies entirely within the municipal limits of the town of Frostburg, Marylandmarker. The FSUPD has 15 sworn officers including the Chief, Cindy R. Smith (a former Maryland State Trooper), and seven civilian communications personnel.


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