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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    C
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B-
Fairmont State is a public university located in Fairmont, West Virginia. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,108 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Fairmont State acceptance rate is 71%. Popular majors include Nursing, Criminal Justice and Safety Studies, and Business. Graduating 37% of students, Fairmont State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $25,700.
About Fairmont State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Mountain East Conference
Address
1201 Locust Ave
Fairmont, WV 26554
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Fairmont State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
71%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
940-1140
ACT Range
18-23
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$8,821/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$7,045/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
92%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
75%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.36 responses
84%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.38 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.37 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,108Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
553
Undergrads Over 25
14%
Pell Grant
49%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 28 responses
Report
  • Stressed
    36%
  • Content
    21%
  • Kind
    18%
  • Young
    18%
  • Bored
    4%
  • Diverse
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
59%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.49 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.54 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 30 responses
Report
  • Personable
    43%
  • Kept up
    17%
  • Melting pot
    17%
  • Purely Amazing
    13%
  • Rundown
    7%
  • Underrated
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$33,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
37%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
87%
National
83%
80%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.30 responses
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I love that Fairmont State is such an easy place to get around. Also, the teacher to student ratio is good, and so your professors actually know you by name and it makes everything go a lot smoother. They really care about you there. The dorms are definitely very old and do not receive enough attention by the staff. The cafeteria for on campus living students has very SLIM hours so lets hope your only hungry from like 4pm-6pm on weekends. Greek life is amazing, but sadly they are trying to shut it down for some reason. Love the academics about this campus! Student life and housing? Not so much.
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Their Maroon and White Day was very informational! I loved their small campus and friendly staff and students! I enjoyed visiting their campus and I am excited to be an upcoming freshman this year! I am excited to see what they can offer to my education and for my future, I am glad I picked Fairmont State University for my home for the next four years! All of their professors and students were very open and inviting to the freshman visiting and they all wanted to help the best they could and they made an effort to remember your name and where you came from.
I started attending Fairmont State in fall of 2017. I was a recent graduate of a local high school in the area. Like any other new student I was nervous, but the staff, and my academic adviser made me feel more than welcome! They go above and beyond to help their students, and they really do care about your academic success. Fairmont State also has a beautiful campus, surrounded by plenty of housing, and a diverse community. I have only been a student there for a year now, but I have loved every minute there. It's safe to say when graduation day arrives I will miss Fairmont State's campus, and the staff working there.