#7 Best Public Universities in West Virginia

Fairmont State University

Fairmont, West Virginia

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Fairmont State University overview
Location Fairmont, West Virginia
Online fairmontstate.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Fairmont State University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Fairmont State University, nestled in the small city of Fairmont, West Virginia, offers a picturesque campus that blends historical architecture with modern facilities, emphasizing a well-rounded educational environment within a primarily residential setting. Founded in 1865, the university has evolved into a comprehensive institution known for an array of academic programs, with particular recognition for its engineering and education degrees. Fairmont State prides itself on a less selective admissions process, aiming to provide greater access to higher education. On-campus living is facilitated through multiple residence halls which contribute to the collegiate experience. Positioned just under 90 miles south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the university's location affords students a blend of rural tranquility and access to urban amenities. While Fairmont State fields a variety of NCAA Division II athletic teams known as the Falcons, its athletic programs are not typically highlighted as defining features.

In the most recent statistical year 1,926 prospective students applied, and 1,897 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 701 enrolled in the school.  2,456 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,042 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $6,022 plus fees of $1,986. Fairmont State is ranked 979 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Fairmont State is rated within the lower 27% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 3 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
Fairmont State University overview
SAT 820/1050
ACT 18/23
GPA 3.36

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend

West Virginia Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Fairmont State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$1,986
Room and Board $10,022
Budget for Other Expenses$2,000
Total One Year Cost$21,030

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Fairmont State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$1,986
Room and Board $10,022
Budget for Other Expenses$2,000
Total One Year Cost$30,646

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$37,600 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

33% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Fairmont State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Health Professions 21%
Business 18%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 10%
Education 8%
Engineering Technology 8%

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