In 1898, Frostburg State University was founded as Maryland Normal School no. 2 and first opened in 1902 offering a two-year program to train elementary school teachers. In 1931, teacher training expanded to a three-year program, and in 1934 to a four-year program. The school was renamed Frostburg State Teachers' College in 1935. In 1946, the College offered a liberal arts junior college program until 1960 when the College was authorized to confer the bachelor of arts degee and the master's degree in education. Thereafter, it became Frostburg State College in July 1963 (Chapter 41, Acts of 1963). On July 7, 1987, the College became Frostburg State University. The University was made part of the University of Maryland System in 1988 (Chapter 246, Acts of 1988). The System was renamed University System of Maryland in 1997 (Chapter 114, Acts of 1997).

Frostburg offers undergraduate and graduate programs of study. Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, it serves as a regional State university for Western Maryland. At Hagerstown, a University Center offers upper-division coursework leading to the baccalaureate degree in accounting, business administration, and sociology (with an emphasis on criminal justice), and the master of science degree in management.

The University serves the educational needs of Western Maryland and plays a major role in its economic development. As the premier cultural center for Allegany and Garrett counties, the University attracts thousands of area residents and tourists to programs in its new Performing Arts Center.


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has nineteen departments and offers graduate programs in Modern Humanities, Applied Computer Science, and Counseling Psychology.


Three departments make up the College of Business: Accounting; Business Administration; and Economics.


The College of Education consists of two departments: Educational Professions; and Health and Physical Education.

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