Fairmont State University

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1201 Locust Avenue

Fairmont, WV 26554

Phone: (304) 367-4000
2013-2014 Tuition
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Regional Universities (South)

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Fairmont State University is a public institution that was founded in 1865. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,112, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 120 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Fairmont State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,824 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $12,288 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Fairmont State University offers a wide variety of graduate, bachelors, and associate degrees. The mission of FSU is to provide opportunities for individuals to achieve their professional and personal goals and discover roles for responsible citizenship that promote the common good. With a 120-acre main campus in Fairmont, West Virginia, FSU is part of the state-s growing high technology corridor, including a metro area of about 50,000 residents. The FSU main campus is within a short drive of larger cities such as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and opportunities for outdoor recreation in West Virginia. FSU serves a 13-county region with facilities including the Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center in Bridgeport, West Virginia. The main campus is home to the West Virginia Folklife Center. FSU offers many evening and online classes to accommodate non-traditional students. With an enrollment of 4,600 and a student/faculty ratio of 17:1, FSU values giving students the personal attention they need to succeed.

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School type public, coed college
Year founded 1865
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $0


When applying to Fairmont State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 65.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 65.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Fairmont State University is 17:1, and the school has 46.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Fairmont State University include: Business Administration and Management, General; Education, General; Criminal Justice/Safety Studies; General Studies; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 65.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 14%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 16%
Education, General 12%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 11%
General Studies 10%
Psychology, General 8%

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Student Life

Fairmont State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,112, with a gender distribution of 43.5 percent male students and 56.5 percent female students. At this school, 21 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 79 percent of students live off campus. Fairmont State University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,451
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Fairmont State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Fairmont State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Fairmont State University, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Fairmont State University.

Students who have cars on campus 80%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Fairmont State University, 74 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,664.

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In-state tuition and fees $5,824 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $12,288 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,686 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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