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

I chose to attend Fairmont State because the History program is the best in the area and it’s a smaller school, which fits my personality. Here, you are known by your name, not a number. I’ve met a lot of new people that I wouldn’t have had the chance to meet anywhere else because of large classes and campuses. Fairmont State is also known for academic achievement and not being the number one party school of the nation.

Most Surprised: 

What surprised me the most since I arrived at Fairmont State is the number of people I’ve met from all over. I never thought I’d meet this many different people at one time. Here, you don’t have your little high school cliques; everyone is thrown together and we have a great time with each other. I’ve talked to people from every type of group imaginable and it’s been great.


In just a few days, I can tell that I made the right choice when I entered the Honors Program. Everyone is so friendly and they’re there to help you with whatever you need. This isn’t just some academic club, it’s a family.


To any high school seniors who are beginning the process of choosing a college I would say think about your personality first: if you’re somewhat shy, then go for a smaller school; if you’re more outgoing, then a bigger school might be okay. Next think about your major and what you want to do in the future: look for a school that has a good program specializing in that major.

Difference between courses: 

Already, I have noticed a lot of differences between my Honors courses here and my high school courses. The Honors classes here are smaller than the ones at my high school, so you get to interact more with the teacher and the class, thus enhancing your learning experience. Also, they’re a bit more challenging than my high school classes, which were basically the same as regular classes but with more writing.

Contact Info

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