Lenox, West Virginia
High School: 
Preston High School
Why Attend?: 

There were many reasons that I chose Fairmont State University.  One of the reasons was proximity to my home; I wanted to stay close to my home in Preston County.  Another reason was the size of Fairmont State.  I liked the fact that the honors program here at Fairmont wasn’t much bigger than my graduating class.  Fairmont seemed more personal to me than other colleges, which is why I chose Fairmont State University.

Most Surprised: 

The thing that has surprised me the most at Fairmont is the number of the same people in two or more of my classes.  Also, I noticed some similarities in my Honors classes from my high school and Fairmont State.  The sizes of the Honors classes are about the same as at Preston High.  Also, some of the same people are in multiple classes.


The Honors Program makes a big school seem smaller.  The best experience so far with the Honors Programs has been scheduling my freshman classes.  Honor students receive priority scheduling, meaning they get to schedule classes at the same time as seniors.  Another good experience was my first Honors meeting at Orientation weekend.  It was interesting getting to see all the other freshmen in the Honors Program on the first day.


I would advise that seniors in high school to list out their priorities of choosing a college.  Then write down which of the colleges they are considering is the best fit for each of their priorities.  That will help narrow down which school is the best fit for them.

Contact Info

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