Fairmont State invites Alderson Broaddus students to transfer, offers one-time scholarship
Fairmont State University is saddened by the news of the revocation of Alderson Broaddus University’s authority. As a neighboring university, Alderson Broaddus has always been a good and respected friend of Fairmont State, and our thoughts are with the students and staff, as well as with the community of Philippi as they begin to navigate the effects of this impactful decision.
We empathize with the distress the AB community must be feeling, and while we can’t mitigate their shock, we hope to ease some of the uncertainty and fear Alderson Broaddus students might be experiencing. As Alderson Broaddus’ nearest public, four-year higher education neighbor(we’re about 40 miles from the AB campus), Fairmont State is uniquely positioned to serve and support Alderson Broaddus University students.
We know that a student’s ability to complete college is maximized when there are no lapses or skipped terms through the process of college transfer. That’s why Fairmont State has created a plan tailored to Alderson Broaddus students to help them transfer to Fairmont State. While there are several aspects to this plan, our goal is simple, and aligned with the goals of AldersonBroaddus students: We want to help them complete their degree programs in the same (or shorter) amount of time and at a similar (or lower) cost. Students still have time to apply and enroll at Fairmont State for fall classes, which start on August 21.
Our application is free and streamlined for quick completion. Any incoming first-time freshman who can provide a copy of their admit letter from AB will be provisionally admitted to Fairmont State. We are prioritizing any applications for AB students and have assigned a Transfer Admissions expert to expedite these applications, and we will do our best to make admissions decisions for Alderson Broaddus students within 48 hours. Our transfer admissions advisors will work with AB students to maximize the transfer of courses and keep them on track with their personal degree plans.
Fairmont State has five residence halls on campus with a range of costs and styles. Rooms are still available for Fall 2023 for students in traditional/community style living, suites with a blend of private rooms and shared spaces, and some limited apartment-style accommodations.
Fairmont State will waive the housing application fee and prorate the cost of housing and meal plans depending on an AB student’s entry, ensuring they are not disadvantaged by an uncertain move/transfer date.
Fairmont State has created the Battler Transfer Scholarship, a scholarship for transfer and first-time Freshman students from Alderson Broaddus to support their transition and degree completion. AB students that commute to Fairmont State for the Fall 2023 semester will receive a one-time $1000 scholarship. AB students that reside in campus housing will receive a one-time $2000 scholarship. This new scholarship is stackable on top of other scholarships, and all transferring AB students and first-time AB Freshman may be eligible for other scholarships, including Transfer and Opportunity Scholarships. We offer one of the lowest tuition rates in the region, and our financial aid counselor team is available for immediate, individualized help with understanding federal and state aid packages when transferring institutions.
Fairmont State University also recognizes the unique challenges for international students who are faced with the prospect of their school closing in the United States. We foster a welcoming and supporting environment for international students and we have strong programs and resources in place to ensure their success. Students seeking to transfer to Fairmont State from Alderson Broaddus may take advantage of already completed eligibility documents and credential requirements.
Fairmont State invites all students impacted by the imminent closing of Alderson Broaddus University to contact Lisa Jones at Lisa.Jones@fairmontstate.edu or 304-367-4855 to learn moreabout how Fairmont State can keep them on track to realize their education goals.
Though they may have started as Battlers (and, we hope, will always keep that Battler spirit in their hearts), we want to help Alderson Broaddus transfer students finish their educations and graduate—and soar—as Falcons.