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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 Education

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.

Financial Aid

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 Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4944th for the average student loan amount.
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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.

Campus Facilities:

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

Additional School Information

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.

Information Summary

Ranks 15th in West Virginia and 1543rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in West Virginia and 151st overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 6 0.13
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 7 0.15

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Fairmont, WV 26554-2470
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population41,031 (29,499 urban / 11,532 rural)
Households17,379 (2.29 people per house)
Median Household Income$29,200
Families10,949 (2.87 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate professional (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District5401

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1664th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,824 $5,824 $12,288
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $239 $239 $508
FT Graduate Tuition $6,404 $6,404 $13,694
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $349 $349 $754
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $17,310 $17,310 $23,774
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,472 $18,472 $24,936
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,224 $10,224 $16,688

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,326(N/C) $5,326(N/C) $11,230(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,132 $7,420
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,500(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,247(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,500 $3,400
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,400(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application FeeN/A
Graduate Application Fee$40
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 2,799 (1,243 male / 1,556 female)
Admitted 1,861 (784 male / 1,077 female)
Admission rate 66%
First-time Enrollment 757 (357 male / 400 female)
FT Enrollment 748 (354 male / 394 female)
PT Enrollment 9 (3 male / 6 female)
Total Enrollment4,232

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA

ACT Test Admission

1079th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 85%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 22
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 23
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 23

SAT Test Admission

1104th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 15%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 410 / 520
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 420 / 520
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 830 / 1040

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity838
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$3,834
Board Fee$3,662

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2062nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $62,094 ($63,820 male / $55,743 female)
Number of FT Faculty 161 (85 male / 76 female)
Number of PT Faculty 284
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $2,764,079

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