Fairmont State University is a comprehensive, student-centered, state-supported institution offering dozens of certificate and degree programs at the associate, bachelor, and master levels via 40+ degree programs and over 100 programs of study.
Fairmont State was founded in 1865, and for nearly 160 years, we have transformed lives and challenged expectations. This vibrant community doesn’t believe in limitations, but it does believe in hard work and passion. And most of all, Fairmont State believes in dreams.
Students and families know that if they have a dream, we will do everything we can to make it a reality. Fairmont State has over 3800 students – we’re not only the third-largest school in West Virginia, but over 90% of our student body is comprised of native West Virginians (that’s higher than any other 4-year institution in the state).
Fairmont State University has a profound cultural and economic impact in the region. In fact, Fairmont State generates a total annual economic impact of nearly $93 million. We not only educate students for today’s in-demand careers, but we also prepare them for 21st Century professions that include degrees ranging from national security and intelligence to cyber security and forensics. We strive to create a talent pipeline, one that keeps that homegrown talent here, one that feeds a sustainable, innovative economy in this region and ensures West Virginia’s growth and vibrancy.
Fairmont is known as “The Friendly City.” Spend a little time here and you’ll understand why – the smiles you’ll see on campus are reflections of the geniality of the community that surrounds us. The University is only an hour and a half drive from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a three-hour drive from Columbus, Ohio, and we’re three and a half hours from Washington DC. We’re also close to dozens of cultural and historic areas and state parks.
Fairmont State’s brand promise drives the University’s every effort: Fairmont State University is an engine of transformation that inspires and empowers people, partners, and communities to soar.