Fairmont State University, with a 120-acre main campus in Fairmont, is part of the state’s growing high technology corridor. With a long history of academic excellence, FSU is a place where teaching and learning matter and students are our first priority. Founded in 1865 as the state’s first private normal school in West Virginia, FSU celebrates its Sesquicentennial in 2015.

Over the past decade, the main campus has been expanded with new construction including an Engineering Technology Building, student center, residence hall, parking garage, improved library facility and significant ADA accessibility improvements.

Falcon Fast Facts

Major Options

With 80 bachelor's degree programs and five graduate degree programs, any student can find the right fit.

Dollars and Cents

72 percent of FSU students receive some form of financial aid.

Falcon Cast

Our cast (the name for a group of Falcons) soars at about 4,200 students.

Home Among the Hills

FSU's main campus is located in Fairmont, West Virginia, a friendly city of 19,000. The campus is home to the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center. FSU features a branch campus in Clarksburg, which is called the Gaston Caperton Center. The Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center, located in nearby Bridgeport, offers multiple programs in aviation.

Faculty Interaction

With a student to faculty ratio of 17:1 and an average class size of 22, FSU puts every student first.

Get Involved

From Greek life, to Intramural Sports, to the Anime Club, there are more than 80 student organizations at FSU.

Fighting Falcons

As a member of the Mountain East Conference, FSU is an NCAA Division II school featuring 16 varsity sports. Come cheer on the Falcons with our mascot Freddie.

MISSION STATEMENT: The Mission of Fairmont State University is to provide opportunities for individuals to achieve their professional and personal goals and discover roles for responsible citizenship that promote the common good.

VISION STATEMENT: Fairmont State University aspires to be nationally recognized as a model for accessible learner-centered institutions that promote student success by providing comprehensive education and excellent teaching, flexible learning environments, and superior services. Graduates will have the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind necessary for intellectual growth, full and participatory citizenship, employability, and entrepreneurship in a changing environment.

150 Years of Fairmont State University


2015 is a truly historic year for Fairmont State. Thank you for being part of our past, present and future. Please join us for celebrations throughout the year as we commemorate Fairmont State University’s Sesquicentennial.

FSU 150th Anniversary

Sesquicentennial Exhibit


Folklife Center Hosts Exhibit Featuring FSU Sesquicentennial

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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Two Fairmont State University Department of Language and Literature faculty members will read from their work from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Joe N’ Throw, 323 ½ Adams St., Fairmont.

Donna J. Long and Elizabeth Savage both serve as editors of FSU’s Kestrel literary journal.

Long’s poems have been published or are forthcoming in The Fourth River, Clockhouse, Southern Review, Appalachian Heritage and many other journals. She has served as Editor-in-Chief of Kestrel since 2008.

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Monday, December 05, 2016

The holiday season at FSU includes several events at the Shaw House, the president’s home on the main campus. To make sure the house is ready to welcome guests with festive trimmings and a beautiful tree decorated with maroon ornaments, a group of community members have volunteered to decorate every year. Decorating is their way of supporting FSU President Maria Rose for all she does for the community throughout the year.

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Monday, December 05, 2016

Thanks to the generosity of a network of women helping women, gifts will help brighten the spirits of the women at HOPE, Inc., a shelter for the victims of domestic violence and a United Way of Marion County agency.

On Nov. 29, the women of FSU and Pierpont (female faculty, staff members, alumnae, retirees, board members and their spouses or partners) gathered at the Shaw House (President’s House) for A Holiday Tea and brought gifts for women at HOPE, Inc.

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