Fairmont State University: Narrative Description

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1201 Locust Ave.
Fairmont, WV 26554
Tel: (304)367-4000
Free: 800-641-5678
Admissions: (304)367-4702
Fax: (304)367-4789
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.fairmontstate.edu/


State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of State College System of West Virginia. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1865. Setting: 80-acre small town campus. Endowment: $6.4 million. Research spending 2003-04: $27,016. Educational spending 2003-04: $2637 per student. Total enrollment: 7,519. Faculty: 527 (210 full-time, 317 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 2,873 applied, 64% were admitted. 12% from top 10% of their high school class, 25% from top quarter, 66% from top half. 7 valedictorians. Full-time: 5,394 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 1,981 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 22 states and territories, 23 other countries, 6% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 4% black, 0.3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 26% 25 or older, 6% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 70% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 6/15.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $3918 full-time, $155 per hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $8508 full-time, $331 per hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $194 full-time, $17 per credit hour part-time. College room and board: $6052. College room only: $3192.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 46 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities; 1% of eligible men and 2% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Alpha Phi Omega, Circle K, Society for Nontraditional Students, Criminal Justice Club, Honors Association. Major annual events: Homecoming, Student Leadership Conference, Alcohol Awareness Week. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, controlled dormitory access. 1,183 college housing spaces available; 983 were occupied in 2003-04. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Musick Library with 276,722 books, 27,211 microform titles, 883 serials, 2,066 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $936,519. 1,300 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The College's 80-acre campus, with its twelve major buildings, is attractively located in Fairmont, West Virginia. Approximately ninety miles south of Pittsburgh on Interstate 79, Fairmont, with a population of about 20,000, is the county seat of Marion County.

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