Founded in 1865 as a private institution, Fairmont State University is now a public university located in Fairmont, West Virginia. The university and Pierpont Community & Technical College together share a campus area of nearly 120 acres. FSU also operates a branch campus in Clarksburg, and the Gaston Caperton Center.
Academic courses of study include more than 90 bachelor’s degrees and graduate programs in business, criminal justice, education and human services. It awards several master’s degrees such as Master of Education (M.Ed.), Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.), Master of Science – Criminal Justice, Master of Business Administration (M.B.A), and Master of Science – Human Services.
The school is composed of the following academic divisions: College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Technology, School of Business, School of Education, Health & Human Performance, School of Fine Arts, and School of Nursing & Allied Health Admin.
Online programs and courses for students who are unable to attend regular college due to various problems. Such students can pursue the online courses anywhere, anytime. The online certificate courses include Allied Health, Accounting, Accelerated Skills, Chemistry, and Communication.
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Each year, the university enrolls more than 7,700 students. Freshman students must send in their completed application, along with all official transcripts. Applicants are required to take either ACT or SAT test. Transfer students are encouraged to apply. They must send their official transcripts from all previous institutions.
International students make up an important part of the student population. Applicant from non-English speaking countries must provide a proof of proficiency in English, apart from other requirements. Applicants who are not native English speakers can enroll for the ESL Programs.
The Financial Aid office offers support to more than 86% of the student population. Applicants seeking monetary assistance must complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Most financial aid comes in the form of loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study programs. The federal and state grants include Federal Pell Grant, West Virginia Higher Education Grant, WV Higher Education Assistance for Part Time Students (HEAPS) Grant, and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG).
Some of the scholarships at FSU include Falcon Scholarships, Pepsi Scholarship, Aladdin Scholarship, Campus Life Scholarship, William White Scholarship, Francis Pierpont Scholarship, and Neighborhood Investment Program Scholarship. Students can also apply for the diverse loan options such as Federal Perkins Loan, William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan, Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), Federal Direct Graduate/Professional Loan, and Addison H. Gibson Foundation. There are also a variety of federal work-study programs that allows students to earn part-time and pay for college.
Student life offers the best of both worlds – education and recreation. The Student Government vigorously seeks to enhance the academic atmosphere with intellectual, cultural, and social activities. There are more than 80 registered on-campus student clubs and organizations that help to enrich the University experience of the students. Some of the student organizations include Men’s & Women’s Rugby Club; Black Student Union; Circle K; Campus Light Ministries; Pre-Law Society; Society for Collegiate Journalists; and United Nations Student Organization.
Greek life also has a strong presence on the campus with several fraternities and sororities governed by Inter-Panhellenic Council, Inter-Fraternity Council, and Women’s Panhellenic Council. Some of the Greek organizations include Alpha Eta Rho, Alpha Sigma Tau, Delta Zeta, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Phi Sigma Phi, Sigma Tau Gamma, and Tau Kappa Epsilon.
Students can access the libraries of both schools on campus. They contain a variety of books, journals, magazines and reference materials. The libraries offer diverse facilities for the students. There are study centers, restrooms, printer and copying machine, phone service etc. The libraries are accessible online, and there is always a librarian available to assist the students.
The campus is commuter friendly. There are nearly 6-level parking garage, along with over 900 parking spaces. The commuter services make the experience welcoming and convenient for the students. Those who wish to live on campus can apply for housing in one of the several residence halls. The housing units are well-furnished and equipped with most modern conveniences for the students. The residence halls include Bryant Place, College Park Apartments, Morrow Hall, Pence Hall, and Prichard Hall.
The University also offers excellent dining facilities at the dining venue situated at the Falcon Center Cafeteria. Some of the other on-campus eateries include Poblanos and Ciabatta’s Subs, Main Street Market and Smoothie Bar, Starbucks, and Nickel.
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The athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s sports teams that compete in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II. The sports teams are nicknamed the Fighting Falcons and Lady Falcons. The colors are Maroon and White. Sports facilities include Duvall-Rosier Field, Joe Retton Arena, Tennis Courts, Feaster Center Pool, and Mary Lou Retton Park.
Notable alumni include:
Wendell R. Beitzel, Noted Member of Maryland House of Delegates
George C. Edwards, Eminent Member of Maryland State Senate
Herbert Morrison, Noted Radio Reporter
Ira E. Robinson, West Virginia politician and Judge
Richard Louis Skinner, Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
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The Tutorial Services Center offers free tutoring to students. The Career Center offers academic and career related advice, such as resume preparation, job hunting, etc. The Counseling Center offers personal and professional counseling to the students. Some of the areas of counseling include Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Referring Distressed Students, and Sexual Harassment.
The university has individual accreditations for its various programs. It is accredited by Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) to offer business programs. It is accredited by West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) for nursing programs.
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