Fairmont State University

Fairmont State University

Fairmont State University is a public university located in Fairmont, West Virginia. It was established in 1865 as the West Virginia Normal School. After a few name and status changes, it was finally named Fairmont State University on April 7, 2004. The university enrolls more than 7,000 students. FSU offers more than 80 baccalaureate and 45 associates degrees and several masters degrees. FSU is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Science and Technology
  • Graduate Studies
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Fine Arts
  • School of Nursing & Allied Health Admin

Fairmont State University's athletic teams are nicknamed the Falcons. They participate in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in the NCAA Division II.

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Fairmont State University
1201 Locust Ave
Fairmont , WV 26554-2470
General Phone: (304) 367-4000

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Fairmont State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management168business management, accounting
Education and Teaching157education, middle school teaching, teacher education
Nursing and Emergency Medicine98registered nursing
Liberal Arts85French language, Spanish language, English, general studies, interdisciplinary studies, political science, sociology, social studies, history ...
Engineering Technician80architectural engineering tech, civil engineering tech, electronics tech, occupational safety tech, aerospace engineering tech, mechanical engineering tech
Security and Law Enforcement68criminal justice and safety, forensic science
Therapy and Counseling36psychology
Media27communication studies, printing press operation
Computer Science and Engineering26computer and info science, information science
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy16exercise science
Medical Administration13health care administration
Family and Social Work13family and consumer science
Science12biology, chemistry
Medicine6health professions
Drama and Performing Arts4drama
Photography and Commercial Art3commercial art
Fine Arts2fine arts

Number of programs and degrees for Fairmont State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree67236
Master's degree654
Associate's degree796

Fairmont State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Fairmont State had a total enrollment of 4,464 students (3,763 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 48%
Women 52%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 90%
Graduate 10%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 94%
Black 3%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 23%
20-21 23%
22-24 22%
25-29 13%
30-34 7%
35-39 4%
40-49 5%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

West Virginia93%
New Jersey1%

Fairmont State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 64 %
Part-Time 50 %

Fairmont State Room and Board (2007)

Fairmont State offers campus housing for 1,068 of its 3,763 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Fairmont, West Virginia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other West Virginia Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Fairmont State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal430530
SAT Math430530
ACT Verbal1923
ACT Math1722
ACT Composite1923

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT24%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT93%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Fairmont State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,024
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 10,590
Room and board $ 6,652
Room charge $ 3,280
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,290
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 2,800

Financial Aid:
Fairmont State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 381200)

Fairmont State Faculty

Fairmont State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2737
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3243

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year7$100,1424$92,556
Associate professorcalendar year0*3$85,152
Assistant professorcalendar year6$50,9204$51,582
Instructorcalendar year8$54,1558$36,331
All faculty totalcalendar year21$68,55919$59,087

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year31$68,73918$70,245
Associate professoracademic year15$58,53620$56,948
Assistant professoracademic year38$51,67350$46,484
Instructoracademic year11$44,96310$41,097
All faculty totalacademic year95$57,54998$52,434

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Fairmont State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Track West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports164864

Fairmont State Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Engineering Technician
Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Printing Press Operator

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Forensic Science and Technology

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Fairmont State Apart:

% of degrees in engineering technician
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Top 11%Fairmont State % of degrees in engineering technician
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
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Top 14%Fairmont State Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
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Top 14%Fairmont State Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
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Top 17%Fairmont State Number of students
% of degrees in security and law enforcement
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Top 18%Fairmont State % of degrees in security and law enforcement
% of degrees in education and teaching
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Top 19%Fairmont State % of degrees in education and teaching
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
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Top 20%Fairmont State % of full-time faculty on tenure track

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