The 120-acre main campus of Fairmont State University sits on a hillside in Fairmont, West Virginia, the county seat of Marion County. In fact, we were known for years as "the college on the hill." Fairmont is noted for being the home of the original pepperoni roll, the inaugural celebration of Father's Day, Olympic champion Mary Lou Retton, and Johnnie Johnson, the "father of rock and roll."
Fairmont State University turns opportunity, passion, and hard work into excellence in a vibrant, close-knit campus community where students and teachers become your friends for life. Here, you’ll enjoy the opportunities offered by a comprehensive state university combined with the personal attention and campus atmosphere you’d expect from a small, private school.
Being the “biggest” or “most exclusive” school has never been our goal. We just want to be the school that prepares hard-working, passionate students like you for a lifetime of success.
With 90+ programs of study, any student can find the right fit.
86% of Fairmont State University students receive some form of financial aid.
Our cast (the name for a group of Falcons) soars at about 3,800 students.
Home Among the Hills
Fairmont State University sits on a charming hilltop campus in Fairmont, West Virginia, a small, friendly city surrounded by nature. Around here, winding, clear rivers cut through the green hills and mountains of Appalachia, giving our campus community unrivaled access to the outdoors. Biking, hiking, camping, rafting, climbing, skiing – you can do it all. But that easy access to outdoor adventure is just icing on the educational cake.
With a student to faculty ratio of 15:1 and an average class size of 22, Fairmont State University puts every student first.
From Greek life, to Intramural Sports, to Performing Arts, there are more than 60 student organizations at Fairmont State University. Fairmont State University also offers over 300 on-campus job opportunities.
As a member of the Mountain East Conference, Fairmont State University is an NCAA Division II school featuring 16 varsity sports for men and women. Come cheer on the Falcons with our mascot Freddie.