MISSION STATEMENT: Fairmont State University is a comprehensive, regional university committed to educating global citizen leaders in an environment distinguished by a commitment to excellence, student success and transformational impact.

VISION STATEMENT: Fairmont State University will be renowned for its innovative pedagogical practices and programs and as the first-choice institution for students seeking a transformative educational experience.

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+ programs of study 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.

FSUNow News

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Fairmont State Acting Director of Athletics Chad Fowler has announced the hiring of Micah Hornak as the new head coach of the men’s tennis program. Hornak was a two-time first team All-Mountain East Conference standout for the Falcons from 2015-17.

“We are excited to welcome Micah as our new men’s tennis coach,” said Fowler. “Micah is well known in the tennis community and his passion for the game is exactly what we were looking for while making this hire.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

If you were a Fairmont State student in the early 80’s, it is very possible that you knew about Fairmont State’s cross country team—the Red Hot Pokers. 

“One day the cross country team met up with other student-athletes in the Feaster Center for a pickup relay race and we needed a name,” said founding father Brian Hamrick. “We scrambled to find a name and I just shouted out ‘Red Hot Pokers.’ That was the beginning of it all.”

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Fairmont State University and the Department of Athletics will be holding a press conference on Thursday afternoon at 12 p.m. to celebrate the women’s swim team’s 2018 Mountain East Conference swimming championship, the first conference championship in program history.

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