Colleges & Universities
Frostburg State University
“One University, A World of Experiences”
Frostburg State University (FSU), a comprehensive, largely residential, regional university founded in 1898, is the University System of Maryland’s premier four-year institution west of the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan areas. It serves as a leading educational and cultural center for Western Maryland.
FSU’s undergraduate programs combine a strong liberal arts foundation with preparation for a wide variety of professional careers and lifelong learning. Although primarily an undergraduate institution, Frostburg also offers several master’s level programs responsive to regional and state needs.
FSU offers a wide array of baccalaureate and master’s programs with a special emphasis on education, business, environmental studies and the creative and performing arts. Programs in wildlife and fisheries, recreation, conservation biology and environmental analysis and planning serve a state-wide need and enjoy the advantage of a diverse natural environment and a highly productive faculty engaged in research in environmental sciences.
In addition, the campus is the site of the Allegany Business Center, an initiative managed by Allegany County to bring technology-based businesses to the area. As the state university in Western Maryland, FSU acknowledges its responsibility to offer life-long educational, professional development and business opportunities to our region.
Allegany College of Maryland
Allegany County and tristate businesses and other employers have an invaluable asset in Allegany College of Maryland (ACM), a regional leader in providing education, training and life-long learning. Quality education delivered affordably, conveniently and in a personalized and caring atmosphere are ACM hallmarks.
Since the college was founded in Cumberland in 1961, ACM has established a vital role in the area’s economic development. Employers look to the college for graduates with the education and skills they require. They also count on ACM as a resource to help their current employees remain on top of their field.
Major academic areas of the college include health care and human services, business professions, computer science and other technology fields, and the hospitality and tourism industry. These are primarily in certificate and associate degree programs in career areas thus preparing graduates for prompt entry into the workplace. The college has three-dozen such programs, and there are nearly as many associate degree transfer programs that allow students to begin work toward a bachelor’s degree in virtually any major. Complementing ACM credit programs is the college’s Center for Continuing Education. This diverse universe of education and training is an important contact for business people, professionals, and other employers. CE instruction provides everything from training for entry-level workers and work force development training for existing employees to continuing education for relicensure and recertification in a wide variety of professions.
Computer training is readily available and valuable to virtually anyone. Major CE units include business and industry, health and human services, professional development and extended learning, work force development and training and community services.The recent construction of a garden apartment-style student housing complex has transformed ACM into a residential institution and allowed it to serve more students from the surrounding area and beyond than ever before. These apartments house 240 students in four-person suites. Managed by the college, they feature five three-story apartment buildings surrounding a central courtyard and clubhouse.
Potomac State College
“REALIZE What’s Possible”
As an integrated division of West Virginia University, Potomac State College provides a broad range of high quality associate degree programs as well as baccalaureate degree programs at a reasonable cost with an historic focus on teaching and learning and a commitment to providing access to a better life for all West Virginians.
Potomac State College’s Strategic Goals include:
• Goal 1: Engage undergraduate students in a challenging academic environment.
• Goal 2: Excel in teaching, creative activity and innovation in all learning environments.
• Goal 3: Foster diversity and global awareness.
• Goal 4: Foster collaborative partnerships to advance the mission of the College.
• Goal 5: Enhance the well-being and quality of life for the campus community, people in West Virginia, and the broader service region of the College.
• Goal 6: Develop infrastructure to support enrollment growth and to improve retention and graduation rates.
We believe our most important concern is the total development of the individual student. Therefore, we commit to providing a comprehensive environment that invigorates the total individual: intellectually, creatively, culturally, physically, and socially. Potomac State College encourages students to:
• explore, discover and develop their special aptitudes and interests and to reach beyond their own perceived limitations;
• acquire the knowledge, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, teamwork, ethical, and social skills needed to support their immediate educational goals, as well as life-long learning in a world characterized by change;
• experience leadership;
• nurture social responsibility and receptive attitudes compatible with citizenship within a global society.
We support our faculty and staff in providing programs of study and instructional delivery that balance individual learning styles; didactic, cooperative and experiential learning environments; and outcome-based standards for academic excellence.
For more information about Potomac State College and its offerings, visit www.potomacstatecollege.edu.