Fairmont State University

1201 Locust Ave.
Fairmont, WV 26554-2470
(800) 641-5678
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Fairmont State University’s roots go back to 1865, when it was founded as the West Virginia Normal School at Fairmont. In 1917the school built its 120-acre campus on a hill in Fairmont, W.Va., and over the years it’s become known as “the college on the hill.” The public school awards undergraduate and graduate degrees. Since 2006, the school has a partnership with Pierpont Community and Technical College, formerly Fairmont State Community and Technical College. Students can take classes on the two school’s shared main campus in Fairmont or throughout Pierpoint’s 13-county service region.

Programs Offered

Students can earn a range of two and four-year degrees through Fairmont State. Programs are offered through the university’s seven schools and colleges, including liberal arts; science and technology; business; education, health, and human performance; fine arts; and nursing and allied health administration. The school also offers master’s degrees and Air Force ROTC and Army ROTC programs. Students can take a select number of courses online through the school’s distance learning division. These classes are offered on the Blackboard course management system and may be taken entirely online or a hybrid, with one to three on-campus meetings required.


Fairmont State University has been regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1947.


Admissions requirements will vary by type of applicant, whether you’re a first-time freshman, transferring student, international student, or graduate student. Though generally, undergraduate applicants must submit an application, official high school transcript or GED, ACT or SAT scores, college transcript if applicable, and immunization records. They also must have at least a 2.0 high school grade point average (GPA) and an 18 ACT composite or 870 SAT composite, as well as completed minimum academic core requirements, to apply. Graduate applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and a minimum 2.75 overall GPA to be eligible to apply. Applicants must also submit an application, official transcript, and scores from a graduate aptitude test such as the GRE, Miller Analogies Test, or GMAT. Letters of recommendation, statements of purpose, and interviews may also be used to assess a student’s application.

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