Parent & Family Programs

Partnering With Us For Your Student's Success

Each year, Fairmont State University warmly welcomes to campus not only each new student, but also his or her family members.  In fact, the University aims to form a special relationship with the parents and family members who support each newly enrolled student.  The institution values and wishes to partner closely with those most invested in the student's success.

The faculty and staff at FSU recognize that your relationship with your student is unique and powerful.  And, we understand that your role in his or her success is significant both in and out of the classroom.  We share in common your goal to see your student happy, healthy and achieving his or her objectives.  We are passionate, like you, about seeing your student to the finish line and off to a bright future (be it graduate school or a career).  We are with you, every step of the way, cheering them on and providing them with guidance and helpful resources.  In fact, we desire for each student's family to be involved, informed and invested in such a way that the student truly benefits.  We recognize that family members who appropriately maintain stewardship of their student's education only help to ensure that the individual successfully develops into an independent and well-rounded citizen. 

One of the ways in which you can best partner with the University is to become a member of the newly established Falcon Family Association.  As an Association member, you will be provided with regular updates, as well as special invitations to events and programs (including the annual Family Weekend event).  In addition, members will have an opportunity to serve on special committees and will receive special Association-only perks, both on campus and in the surrounding community.To become a member (for FREE), please select Falcon Family Association from the menu on the left side of this page. We look forward to partnering with you for your student's success!

What to Expect: Programs for New Students & Families

Parents and family members have a vested interest in the experience their student has leading up to admission, through enrollment, and including graduation.  To help you and your student remain on track throughout each phase in the higher education pursuit, we provide several informative and enjoyable programs/events, a handful of which are outlined below:

Campus Visitation Day:

A bi-annual visitation/open house event intended to familiarize prospective students and their families with our institution (from financial aid and housing to student life and academics).  Guests will enjoy complimentary lunch, participate in special sessions, meet directly with faculty, have the option to tour campus and much more. For more details and to RSVP, please visit


In the months leading up to each new semester, multiple Orientation programs are held for newly admitted or readmitted students and their families.  Students receive an invitation (both via postal mail and email) and RSVP to attend.  During the program, students finalize financial aid and housing arrangements, and schedule classes (if they have not done so otherwise beforehand).  A variety of programs are offered on the main campus in Fairmont (from daytime programs to evening programs) and special Orientation programs are also offered for students enrolling in classes at the Gaston Caperton Center in Clarksburg, WV.

Welcome Weekend:

The newly revamped Welcome Weekend program is designed for both resident and commuting students. The event commences with Residence Hall move-in held the Friday morning before classes begin. Following Residence Hall move-in, all newly admitted and readmitted students are invited to take part in a comprehensive Fall Orientation Program. The Fall Orientation includes, among other pieces, an Academic School/College-specific Orientation for students and a Family/Parent-specific program runs parallel to this portion of the day and all family members are encouraged to attend.

Also built into the Fall Orientation is the Community Plunge Picnic, an opportunity for students, together with their families, to visit our “last chance” campus stations (featuring Financial Aid, Student Accounts, the Parking Office, Campus Card Services, and many more.) Local banks and businesses will also participate in order to greet families and to share information, as well as special promotions.

The Friday event winds down with the final Student and Family Gathering. Families will depart following the Gathering. Welcome Weekend continues Saturday and Sunday with numerous sessions, trainings, and lots of entertainment. While Saturday and Sunday programming is built-in for resident students, commuters are encouraged to attend as well!

Students admitted to the fall semester should watch the mail and the homepage for more information about Welcome Weekend and Orientation.  Students who enroll in classes at the Gaston Caperton Center in Clarksburg, WV, should watch for information on the Back-to-School Bash held at that location around the same time.

Supporting Your Student Throughout College

Family Weekend:

During this revitalized annual event, Fairmont State  family members will have an unparalleled opportunity to check in on their students, to enjoy fellowship and share a meal, and much more. Family Weekend also provides a wonderful occasion for families to get a first-hand look at life as a college student.  Families can attend a class with their student, enjoy a football game, or visit the Falcon Center recreation complex.  Typically, an event is held in Downtown Fairmont, in conjunction with Family Weekend, to give family members a chance to become more familiar with the surrounding community.

Family Weekend is usually held in late September/ early October. Each student's family will receive an invitation in postal mail as well as e-mail so be on the lookout for that invite once the semester begins.

Falcon Family Association

As highlighted above, membership in the Association affords student supporters an unparalleled means by which to remain connected and in-the-know.  Sign-up for FREE and partner with the University for your student's success. You will receive email updates and notices throughout each semester, along with an electronic newsletter and other perks! Run into a challenge along the way or have a suggestion for ways the institution can further its efforts to partner with parents/families?  Reaching out to us via the Assocaition is simple and provides a direct line-in to the change makers.

FalconARC Early Alert Portal

The FalconARC (Alert Refer Connect) provides parents and family members (as well as facutly/staff) with a mechanism by which to raise a flag of concern for a student they feel is at-risk for withdrawal from the institution.  Submissions are anonymous to the student (unless otherwise requested) serve to launch the Retention Office's creative intervention mechanism.

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