Parent & Family Programs

Welcome to the Family!

We are so pleased that your student has chosen to attend Fairmont State University. Now that you have a student at Fairmont State University, you are a member of the Falcon Family, too!

As an Appalachian University, we understand the importance of family and that is why we make family a value here at Fairmont State University. Fairmont State provides an atmosphere that is inclusive and welcoming so that all families feel supported and empowered.

The goals of our program here at Fairmont State are to:

  • Serve as a central resource for parents and families and enhance strong partnerships for student success.
  • Develop and enrich parent and family involvement opportunities throughout the University Community
  • Provide information about the student experience at Fairmont State
  • Foster tradition, pride, and investments in our community.

Supporting Your Student Throughout College

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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

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 Association is simple and provides a direct line-in to the change-makers. You can sign up for parent/family updates online!

Questions or concerns? Please contact

Letters from Home

Letters from Home is a new program here at Fairmont State University that keeps you and your student connected while your student is with us at Fairmont State. To participate in the program, simply download the template to your computer, type your message, and email it to with your student's name in the subject line.

Letters will be sealed and delivered during the third week of classes, as this is when homesickness is the strongest and an encouraging word from home helps.

If you have any questions please reach out to

Download the Letters from Home Template

Reach Out

Justin Rader

Justin Rader, M.Ed.

New Student and Family Programs Coordinator
Suite 317, Turley Student Services Center

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