Fairmont State University


Enrollment: 6,227.

Student Body: 57% female, 43% male, 4% out-of-state, 1% international. African American 4%, Caucasian 91%, Hispanic 1%.

Retention and Graduation: 70% freshmen return for sophomore year. 11% freshmen graduate within 4 years.

Faculty: Student/faculty ratio 18:1. 232 full-time faculty, 48% hold PhDs, 6% are members of minority groups, 45% are women.


Degrees: Associate, bachelors, certificate, master’s, terminal associate, transfer associate.

Classes: Most classes have 10-19 students. Most lab/discussion sessions have fewer than 10 students.

Majors with Highest Enrollment: Business administration and management; criminal justice/safety studies; teacher education and professional development, specific levels and methods, other.

Special Study Options: Accelerated program, cooperative education program, cross-registration, distance learning, double major, dual enrollment, English as a Second Language (ESL), honors program, independent study, internships, liberal arts/career combination, study abroad, teacher certification program, weekend college. Special programs offered to physically disabled students include note-taking services, reader services, tutors.

Career services: Career/ job search classes, career assessment.


Housing: Coed dorms, men’s dorms, women’s dorms, apartments for married students, apartments for single students. 100% of campus accessible to physically disabled.

Special Academic Facilities/Equipment: Folk Life Center.

Computers: Students can register for classes online. Administrative functions (other than registration) can be performed online.


Environment: Town.

Activities: Choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/ theater, jazz band, literary magazine, marching band, music ensembles, musical theater, student government, student newspaper, symphony orchestra, yearbook, campus ministries, international student organization.

Organizations: 90 registered organizations, 4 religious organizations. 4 fraternities, 3 sororities.

Athletics (Intercollegiate): Men: Baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, swimming, tennis. Women: Basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, golf, softball, tennis, volleyball.


Freshman Academic Profile: Average high school GPA 3. 7% in top 10% of high school class, 24% in top 25% of high school class, 57% in top 50% of high school class. SAT Math middle 50% range 390-500. SAT Critical Reading middle 50% range 400-507.5. ACT middle 50% range 17-22. Minimum paper TOEFL 500. Minimum computer TOEFL 173.

Basis for Candidate Selection: Very important factors considered include: Academic GPA, standardized test scores.

Freshman Admission Requirements: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted. Academic units required: 4 English, 3 mathematics, 3 science, (2 science labs), 3 social studies, 1 history. Academic units recommended: 2 foreign language.

Freshman Admission Statistics: 3,400 applied, 79% admitted, 45% enrolled.

Transfer Admission Requirements: College transcript(s), minimum college GPA of 2.00 required. Lowest grade transferable D.

General Admission Information: Notification on a rolling basis, beginning on or about 10/1. Nonfall registration accepted. Credit and/or placement offered for CEEB Advanced Placement tests.


Annual in-state tuition $4,656. Annual out-of-state tuition $9,956. Room and board $5,990. Average book expense $900.

Student Employment: Federal Work-Study Program available. Institutional employment available. Off-campus job opportunities are good.

Financial Aid Statistics: 85% freshmen, 80% undergrads receive any aid.

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