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Welcome To Fairmont State

Discover a one-of-a-kind school where students soar!
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Did You Know?
The Walk Time From Any Residence Hall To The Furthest Classroom is Less Than Ten Minutes.
Residence Life
Teacher-Mentors Who Care
Our faculty is comprised of teacher-mentors who are experts in their fields but also love (and live) to teach. No classes are taught by graduate assistants.
Affordable Excellence
Our in-state tuition is more than $2,300 below the national average, and our out-of-state tuition is nearly $5,700 below the national average.
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Join the Club
Fairmont State has over 50 clubs and organizations, so you’re sure to find one that scratches your itch, whether you’re into performing arts, politics, sports, or a club related to your major. And if you don’t find the club you’re looking for, no problem – you can create your own.
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All Fairmont State students are part of the Falcon team. That’s why students get free admission to ALL athletic events (with a valid student ID).

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Become a Falcon

At Fairmont State University, you will learn from supportive faculty mentors who are truly invested in your success, you'll reside on our scenic and cozy campus, and build friendships with a diverse group of your fellow students, forming bonds that will last a lifetime. In our 40+ degree programs – including several not offered anywhere else in West Virginia – you will get the tools you need to achieve your goals. Take flight as a Falcon today!

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Dollars & Cents
86% of Fairmont State University students receive some form of financial aid.
Financial Aid
Fighting Falcons
With a combined 17 sports for men and women, the Falcons fearlessly take on all challengers in the NCAA Division II Mountain East Conference.
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Support Beyond Graduation
Once a Falcon, always a Falcon. That’s why we provide career services including career guidance, mock interviews, resume preparation and job networking.
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Safety First
Our highest priority is the safety of our community. That’s why we provide safety initiatives like Student Campus Safety Officer escorts, vehicle unlock and jumpstarts, and uniformed officers who provide 24-hour patrol protection throughout the campus including residence halls, parking lots, and other facilities.
A Pathway to Success for Every Student
Many students may be undecided on a specific major, but know they want to work in a certain area, like science, business, or art. That’s why Fairmont State created Academic Pathways—clusters of academic programs with overlapping research or creative interests, related coursework, or similar career paths. Academic pathways allow students to explore an area of interest, while also helping them stay on track to graduate on time and save tuition dollars.
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Make lasting memories and have fun in our residence halls and 50+ clubs and organizations.
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Take to the field or root for your fellow Falcons on our Mountain East Conference and NCAA Division II teams in 17 different sports.
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Jul 16, 2024

Fairmont State University received $6,890,000 in Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) through the offices of United States Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin. The funding will support upgrades to the nursing program facilities, renovations to the library, and improvements to campus security systems.

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Alexandre Q.

Friends & Family

Alexandre Q.
Major: Business

'' I love the friendly community here, the people around me, and the fact that Fairmont State gave me the opportunity to study and swim here. ''

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Hannah W.

Teacher-Mentors Who Really Care

Hannah W.
Major: Graphic Design

'' I can’t pick a favorite teacher because all my teachers are exceedingly kind and passionate about the subjects they teach. I leave every class feeling that I am acknowledged and that I’ve learned something new. ''

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Chloe W.

Prepare & Pursue Your Passions

Chloe W.
Major: Architecture

'' “I’ve always been fascinated by old buildings, the history behind them, the beauty in their design, and the discoveries they can yield. Fairmont State let me combine my Architecture major with a minor in Museum Studies so I can prepare to pursue a career in architecture that involves both new designs and the preservation of historic buildings, and help revitalize declining communities. ''

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Angelica S.

Adventure in Your Backyard

Angelica S.
Major: Psychology

'' My first time rock climbing was such a fun experience! Thanks to the Explorers’ Club, I’ve been invited to multiple trips to nearby state parks for similar activities throughout the semester. I love being outdoors and the trips are really rewarding! ''

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Chloe B.

Commuting Convenience

Chloe B.
Major: Art Education

'' Fairmont State is the perfect solution for me. It’s centrally located between home and other places I need to get to. Plus, living at home makes it easier for me to multitask—I can still work in my home town while pursuing my degree. I get support at Fairmont State and also at home. For me it’s the best of both worlds. ''

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