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

I had never even heard of Fairmont State until my senior year.  My counselor, Mrs. Patton, used to work in the admissions office and suggested I look into Fairmont due to my love of theatre.  I met with an admissions counselor and almost instantly fell in love with the school.  After meeting with a few faculty members and touring the campus, I was certain this was the perfect school for me.

Most Surprised: 

I was pleasantly surprised at the class sizes at Fairmont state; only one of my classes has more than twenty people.  The professors are also different than I expected. They are all enthusiastic about what they teach, and genuinely seem to want to help and teach us.  I was also unaware that Fairmont had so many different clubs and organizations. I certainly expected Fairmont to have some clubs, but I did not expect there to be a club for everything.


I generally have a hard time making friends, however since I came to Fairmont and joined the honors program; I have met some truly wonderful people.  I have found that being in the honors program gives me a chance to be around other intellectuals.  I have also found that the classes are challenging, and have a great deal to offer anyone who genuinely wants to learn.  Being a part of the honors program, I feel as though I have even more of a reason to do well, and achieve as much as I possibly can here at Fairmont.


It is vitally important for any student looking at colleges to know what they want from their college experience.  They should pick a school that fits all of their needs and has the programs they want.  It is important to research any colleges they might be considering in order to determine if that college offers the major or minor they desire.  They should start researching colleges and applying for scholarships as soon as possible.

Difference between courses: 

The courses at FSU are more challenging then any of my high school courses.  They also allow more freedom intellectually, and allow me to work at my own pace with the assignments.  I am learning that I am responsible for motivating myself and keeping up with assignments.  It is more responsibility than I was given in any high school course, but at the same time it gives me a wonderful sense of independence.

Contact Info

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