Rowlesburg, West Virginia
High School: 
Preston High School
Why Attend?: 

I loved Fairmont State’s campus. The first time I visited the campus I knew it was the place for me. Fairmont has a diverse student body and teachers that care about you and your education. Fairmont’s campus is closely grouped together so I can walk to each of my classes, and they have many extracurricular activities. There is something for everyone at Fairmont State.

Most Surprised: 

The biggest surprise for me has been the responsibility of time management. I now have the choice of what to do in my free time; whether I should study or hang out with friends. Another surprise has been the large student body. You meet a lot of different people every day, but that just gives you a greater opportunity to make friends.


The Honors Program has helped me adjust to college life much easier. I was assigned a mentor who answered all of my questions and became a person I could rely on to guide me through the transition from high school to college life. Also, the Honors Seminar gave me a chance to meet new people and make friendships.


Choose carefully. Tour a variety of campuses and make sure that you are compatible with the college that you choose. Make sure that you talk with the faculty and students and get a picture of what that college is like. Also, make sure that you could see yourself at the college that you choose; you are going to be there for the next four years, so you need to like it.

Difference between courses: 

As of now, I do not see a difference in the Honors courses except that in a college honors course you are treated as a responsible adult. The instructors have a greater trust in you to do what is expected. You have to go above and beyond what is expected of you in a college honors course, where in high school you did what you needed to do and that was good enough.

Contact Info

Dr. J. Robert Baker, Director
Fairmont State Honors Program
Room 311 Jaynes Hall
Phone: 304.367.4260