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A different kind of road trip

July 04, 2006|by SARAH JOHNSTON

FROSTBURG, Md. - This is the season for adventure, and looking at colleges is an amazing trip.

It is never too early to start looking at colleges. The sooner you decide which colleges you want to apply to, the more time you have to devote to the arduous application process.

This summer series will highlight nine Maryland colleges and universities, beginning in Western Maryland and moving toward the Eastern Shore. Please note that these commentaries are based solely on my opinion; a college that is ill-suited for one student might be tailor-suited for another.

Frostburg State University



The City of Frostburg emphatically elucidates that the city is named for its founders and not its climate. However, the sleepy campus town, nestled in the mountains of Western Maryland, echoes the desolation of the winter season even in the heat of summertime. The vast majority of the university's buildings and dormitories are institutional in appearance, blemishing the scenic surroundings of the 260-acre campus. In close proximity to Deep Creek Lake, Wisp ski resort and three state parks, the university is ideal for students who enjoy outdoor adventures and extreme sports. Frostburg State University maintains affordable in-state tuition and offers courses at the University System of Maryland in downtown Hagerstown. For more information, go to www.frostburg.edu for more information.

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At a glance

Type of school: Public

Affiliation: None

Environment: Rural

2006-07 tuition: $5,000 for a year in-state; $10,500 contiguous county; $14,050 out-of-state

2006-07 estimated total yearly cost (includes tuition, fees, room and board): $12,196 in-state; $17,696 contiguous county; $21,246 out-of-state

Popular majors: education, business/marketing, social sciences, history

2006 student population: 4,300 undergraduate students, 900 graduate students

Male/female ratio: 48/52

Student/faculty ratio: 17:1

Average class size: 19

Clubs and organizations: more than 130

Greek life: yes

Athletics: 21 NCAA Division III intercollegiate team sports

Famous alumnus: Greg Garcia, creator of NBC's hit comedy "My Name is Earl"

Sources of information:

· www.frostburg.edu

·www.baltimoresun.com

· informational brochures from Frostburg

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