Fairmont State University

1201 Locust Ave, Fairmont, United States
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Overview of Fairmont State University

About this school

Fairmont State, founded in 1865, is a public college of the arts and sciences. It was founded as a private teacher training school, became state-supported in 1867, and began offering bachelor's degrees in 1943. Programs are offered through the Schools of Business and Economics, Education and Health and Human Performance, Fine Arts, Health Careers, Languages and Literatures, Science and Mathematics, Social Science, and Technology. Its 89-acre campus is located in Fairmont, 75 miles south of Pittsburgh.
  • Institution Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:3,807
    • Men:1,698 (44.6%)
    • Women:2,109 (55.4%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Fairmont State University is minimally difficult: most freshmen were not in the top 50% of their high school class and scored somewhat below 1010 on the SAT I or below 19 on the ACT; up to 95% of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is recommended

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
4
-
Science
3
-
Foreign Language
2
-
Social Studies
2
-
History
1
-
Academic Electives
8
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
August 15
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Writing component recommended
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: Not used ACT: Not used

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
1201 Locust Avenue
City, State, Zip
Fairmont, WV  26554
Phone
(304) 367-4892
Fax
(304) 367-4789
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Not reported
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer Of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student cannot defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
-
Letters Of Recommendation
-
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
66% of 2,943 applicants were admitted
Women
67% of 1,707 applicants were admitted
Men
64% of 1,236 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
1,165 (60%) of 1,930 admitted students enrolled
Women
631 (55%) of 1,139 admitted students enrolled
Men
534 (68%) of 791 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.29
375 And Above
26%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
13%
2.50 - 2.99
18%
2.00 - 2.49
8%

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
Not reported
• Score 700 - 800
Not reported
• Score 600 - 700
Not reported
• Score 500 - 600
Not reported
• Score 400 - 500
Not reported
• Score 300 - 400
Not reported
• Score 200 - 300
Not reported
Sat Critical Reading
Not reported
• Score 700 - 800
Not reported
• Score 600 - 700
Not reported
• Score 500 - 600
Not reported
• Score 400 - 500
Not reported
• Score 300 - 400
Not reported
• Score 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
21 average |18-23 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
1%
• Score 24 - 29
21%
• Score 18 - 23
60%
• Score 12 - 17
18%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - In-state: $9,066|Out-of-state: $17,168
  • Room & Board: - $9,184 (75.37754432042023%)
  • Other Expences: - $1,000 (8.207485226526591%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $2,000 (16.414970453053183%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Fairmont State University accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning December 1
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 003812
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
764 (96.7%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
565 (74.0%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
558 (98.8%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
71 (12.7%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
73%
Average Award
$9,509
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 503 (90.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $7,362
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 341 (61.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,013
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 211 (37.8%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
109 (13.8%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $7,603

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
2,912 (89.1%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
2,279 (78.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,236 (98.1%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
198 (8.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
70%
Average Award
$9,060
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,934 (86.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,629
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,515 (67.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,672
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 649 (29.0%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
294 (9.0%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $7,995

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
67%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$25,291
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Architecture, Biological Sciences, Business, Computer Science, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Health Fields, Humanities, International Studies, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences
Creative Arts/Performance
Art/Fine Arts, Creative Writing, Debating, Journalism/Publications, Music, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Cheerleading/Drum Major, Leadership
Special Characteristics
Adult Students, Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, Ethnic Background, First-Generation College Students, Handicapped Students, International Students, Local/State Students, Members of Minorities, Out-of-State Students, Previous College Experience, Veterans, Veterans' Children

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Required

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


173

Part-Time Faculty


152

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


33%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 27% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 29% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 28% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 8% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 5% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 4% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 17% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 62% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 11% of discussion sections/labs
  • 30-39 students: - 1% of discussion sections/labs
  • 40-49 students: - 7% of discussion sections/labs
  • 50-59 students: - 3% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Not accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
-

Computing


Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
1350
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Fairmont State University provides hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


64.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


16.0%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


26.1%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


29.0%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (42)


  • Accounting
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Aviation/Airway Management and Operations
  • Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Teacher Education
  • Chemistry, General
  • Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice/Police Science
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Engineering Technology, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Family and Consumer Economics and Related Services, Other
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
  • Finance, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • History, General
  • Human Services, General
  • Industrial Technology/Technician
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Sociology
  • Special Education and Teaching, General

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Not reported

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Business/marketing, Engineering technologies, Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services

Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education

Master's Programs of Study (9)


  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Distance Education Development
  • Education--General
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Exercise and Sports Science
  • Health Promotion
  • Reading Education
  • Special Education

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


18,815

Nearest Metropolitan Area


120 acres

Environment


Small town/city

Campus Size


Weather


Temperature
16.2 average low in January, 77.6 average high in September
Rain
153 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
90 mile(s) from campus in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Nearest Bus Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Fairmont
Nearest Train Station
50 mile(s) from campus in Connellsville, Pa.

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing

Students of College Housing


21% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


79%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Not available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division II
Mascot
Falcon
School Colors
Maroon and white

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, bowling, football, golf, softball, table tennis, tennis, volleyball

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Fairmont State University offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, student newspaper, national fraternities, national sororities, alpha phi omega, circle k, society for non-traditional students, criminal justice club, honors association

Sororities


2% of women participate

Fraternities


2% of men participate

ROTC


Army ROTC offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


3,259

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
3,807
Women
2,109
Men
1,698

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 0.5% Asian
  • 5.2% Black/African-American
  • 2.1% Hispanic/Latino
  • 2.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 88.3% White
  • 0.8% Unknown

International Students


2.7% from 35 countries

Average Age


23

Number of Graduate Students


234

Student Resources

Study resources