Monongah, West Virginia
High School: 
North Marion High School
Why Attend?: 

I chose to attend Fairmont State because I wanted the college experience without going to a large city such as Morgantown. I also really liked the closeness of the students and staff, as well as the variety of majors available at Fairmont State. Fairmont State also offered a wide range of co-curricular activities and lectures.

Most Surprised: 

Since I arrived at Fairmont State, I have been surprised at how much the professors actually care if their students pass or fail, I have always heard that the professors don’t care if you fall behind, pass, or fail because they collect a paycheck either way.


So far, as a student in the Honors program I have been welcomed by the professors and the other Honors students. Also most if not all of the Honors students are alike, nice as can be, will help each other as much as they can, are always looking to the future, and trying to further their education. When inducted into the Honors Program, all new Honors students receive their own personal tutor, which is an upperclassmen Honors student.


To all of the high school seniors out there, my advice on searching for the right college would be to look for a college that has high accreditation for their offered courses, not for how much they party; actually go to class, if you fall behind the more likely it is that you will fail; and just have fun, college is supposed to be the best time of your life.

Difference between courses: 

There are some differences to being in college Honors and high school Honors classes; the professors expect more from you, but they do help along the way; and the students are more likely to care if they pass and they are passionate about their classes.

Contact Info

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