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

I chose Fairmont State because my sister used to go here and she had taken me on a tour one day. I loved how all the buildings were so close to each other compared to WVU. I wanted to not have to stress out about being late getting from one class to the next, like I assumed I would if I attended WVU. Also, there are fewer students per classroom at Fairmont versus WVU, which is great because I would much rather be a “name” than “number.”

Most Surprised: 

What has surprised me the most since I arrived at Fairmont State is how fast everything moves in my classes. I believe this is because I was used to the high school pace and college is much different. It is a little bit of a challenge, but I like a challenge.


So far, the Honors Program has been pretty great. The events that the Honors Program holds are entertaining and the classes are challenging. I have enjoyed everything so far.


Look at into the schools that have what major you are seeking first and foremost. After you find the schools providing your major, think about whether you are looking to be more of a “number” or a “name” and narrow which schools are known for the specific area you chose. Also, look at locality. See how close your final options are and decide if you want to live far away or closer to home.

Difference between courses: 

My Honors courses are definitely more challenging and at a faster pace than my high school courses.

Contact Info

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