Fairmont State University, with a 120-acre main campus in Fairmont, is part of the state’s growing high technology corridor. With a long history of academic excellence, FSU is a place where teaching and learning matter and students are our first priority. Founded in 1865 as the state’s first private normal school in West Virginia, FSU celebrates its Sesquicentennial in 2015.

Over the past decade, the main campus has been expanded with new construction including an Engineering Technology Building, student center, residence hall, parking garage, improved library facility and significant ADA accessibility improvements.

Falcon Fast Facts

Major Options

With 80 bachelor's degree programs and five graduate degree programs, any student can find the right fit.

Dollars and Cents

72 percent of FSU students receive some form of financial aid.

Falcon Cast

Our cast (the name for a group of Falcons) soars at about 4,200 students.

Home Among the Hills

FSU's main campus is located in Fairmont, West Virginia, a friendly city of 19,000. The campus is home to the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center. FSU features a branch campus in Clarksburg, which is called the Gaston Caperton Center. The Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center, located in nearby Bridgeport, offers multiple programs in aviation.

Faculty Interaction

With a student to faculty ratio of 17:1 and an average class size of 22, FSU puts every student first.

Get Involved

From Greek life, to Intramural Sports, to the Anime Club, there are more than 80 student organizations at FSU.

Fighting Falcons

As a member of the Mountain East Conference, FSU is an NCAA Division II school featuring 16 varsity sports. Come cheer on the Falcons with our mascot Freddie.

MISSION STATEMENT: The Mission of Fairmont State University is to provide opportunities for individuals to achieve their professional and personal goals and discover roles for responsible citizenship that promote the common good.

VISION STATEMENT: Fairmont State University aspires to be nationally recognized as a model for accessible learner-centered institutions that promote student success by providing comprehensive education and excellent teaching, flexible learning environments, and superior services. Graduates will have the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind necessary for intellectual growth, full and participatory citizenship, employability, and entrepreneurship in a changing environment.

150 Years of Fairmont State University

2015 is a truly historic year for Fairmont State. Thank you for being part of our past, present and future. Please join us for celebrations throughout the year as we commemorate Fairmont State University’s Sesquicentennial.

FSU 150th Anniversary

Sesquicentennial Exhibit

Folklife Center Hosts Exhibit Featuring FSU Sesquicentennial

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fairmont State University’s roots reach back to the formation of public education in the state of West Virginia. In 2015, students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community are celebrating Fairmont State’s 150th birthday with special remembrances and events.

As part of the Sesquicentennial Celebration, author Dr. M. Raymond Alvarez will present a talk about his recent book “The Normal on Fairmont Avenue.” The event will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the main campus.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Kestrel: A Journal of Literature & Art is launching its 34th issue, a double issue that commemorates Fairmont State University’s Sesquicentennial. Aptly titled “Transformations & Teachable Moments,” this issue contains poetry, short fiction, essays, visual art and book reviews revolving around a central theme of history and important dates, public and personal, and their enlightening consequences, which are often surprising.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Each year more than 250,000 service members transition out of the Armed Forces. Statistics show that veterans are 45 percent more likely to be their own boss than their non-veteran counterparts. That is why the U.S. Small Business Administration is dedicated to ensuring veterans have the knowledge and capital they need to become entrepreneurs.

Join Larry Batten, economic development specialist with SBA’s West Virginia District Office and a veteran small business owner, Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Fairmont State University as he provides training on the following:

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