Hometown: 
Fairmont, West Virginia
High School: 
Fairmont Senior High School
Why Attend?: 

There were several reasons why I chose Fairmont State to further continue my education. Firstly, I felt that they offered an excellent, educational business program. I had also heard from several different sources that the professors at Fairmont State were very supportive and concerned with their students. I am living at home for my freshman year and Fairmont State is very close to where I reside which also played an important role in my decision of choosing this college.

Most Surprised: 

The kindness and compassion of all my professors and instructors (especially Dr. Baker) is what has surprised and impressed me the most. When I first arrived at Fairmont State, I figured that to the professors, I was just “another student.” But I was very shocked to see how all of my instructors were very kind and polite to me, and they all seemed to be very supportive and acted like they were willing to do whatever they could in helping me continue to pursue my education.

Experiences: 

So far, I have really enjoyed being apart of the Honors Program. When I first came to the college for freshman orientation, Dr. Baker and my Honors mentor were both very kind and helpful to me. They answered all my questions and really made me feel welcome. There are many benefits of being in the Honors Program. There’s much smaller classes which means more classroom interaction with your professor and peers, you get to stay in the Honors dorm, and you also get to pre-register for your next semester’s classes before any of the other underclassman.

Advice: 

There are so many colleges out there to choose from. I always wanted to stay pretty close to home so I knew I would either end up at Fairmont State or WVU. But I would strongly suggest that you figure out what colleges you might be interested in, and go and visit them. You won’t be able to get a feel for a college until you go and visit it. It also depends on what you want to study. But the best advice I have to offer is to make sure you do plenty of research of different colleges, and also make plenty of visits to different college campuses and see what best suits your educational standards.

Difference between courses: 

The only difference I have really noticed is that there is much more studying and homework involved than there was in high school. The learning environment is also much better because the professor usually will try to engage all the students in the class discussion which helps make the class much more enjoyable and more educational.

Contact Info

Dr. J. Robert Baker, Director
Fairmont State Honors Program
Room 311 Jaynes Hall
Phone: 304.367.4260
E-Mail:
jbaker@fairmontstate.edu