Bridgeport, West Virginia
High School: 
Bridgeport High School
Why Attend?: 

When deciding which college best suited my academic needs, Fairmont State rose above all of the other academic institutions for several reasons. For one, Fairmont is a fairly short drive from my hometown so being able to commute from home to college is extremely convenient.  I was also drawn to FSU because it offers smaller classes where individual help is easier to attain than it would be at most other in state colleges. And lastly Fairmont is the only school in the great state of West Virginia that offers a National Security and Intelligence program in which I am enrolled.

Most Surprised: 

I was surprised by just how much my classes have involved utilizing computers to assign homework and quizzes because I’m so used to just completing a worksheet and turning it in on the next day instead of e-mailing it. I was also surprised by how friendly and supportive my professors have been; I wasn’t expecting them to be nearly as fun loving or engaging as they have been thus far.


Well although I have only been in the program for less than a week I can already tell that intellectually speaking, Honors is going to help me reach new heights. The Honors courses appear to allow for many opportunities for one to voice out their opinions and beliefs in an academically encouraging environment, something I’m fairly excited for. At this point I feel extremely fortunate to have been accepted into such an inviting and stimulating program and I am greatly looking forward to my time as an FSU Honors student.


Choosing what college to attend can be a daunting task for many high school students. When making this decision always keep in mind that you don’t have to go to a big name university in order to obtain a first class education. Many smaller colleges such as Fairmont State offer a rewarding academic environment without the presence of overcrowded classrooms or exorbitant tuition costs definitely something to keep in mind.

Difference between courses: 

The most noticeable difference is one that isn’t entirely unique to my Honors courses and that is the aforementioned fact that most of my coursework is accessible in an online setting.  Another difference worth noting is the emphatic encouragement placed upon individual participation with the Honors discussions, something that is seldom seen in high school courses.

Contact Info

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