Fairmont State University is a public university offering six associate degrees, over 50 undergraduate degrees, over 100 programs of study, and 8 graduate degree programs.

Fast Facts

  • Founded in 1865.

  • Total enrollment: About 4,000

  • International enrollment: About 100 from over 20 countries

  • Top 5  programs enrolling international students: English as a Second Language (ESL) • Mechanical Engineering Technology • Business Administration • Nursing (ASN) • Information Systems Management


Fairmont State University is a public university offering six associate degrees, over 50 undergraduate degree programs, over 100 programs of study, and 8 graduate degree programs.  Located on a 120-acre campus in the hills of Fairmont, West Virginia, the Friendly City, Fairmont is situated in the growing high-technology corridor, and is an easy traveling distance of several metropolitan areas including Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (120\kilometers to the north) and Washington D.C. (330 kilometers to the east). The University boasts a faculty to student ratio of 15:1 and an average class size of 22 students, which provides an optimal environment for your education. Fairmont State also offers more than 50 student organizations and campus activities ranging from Greek Life and Student Government to intramural & club sports, and 17 NCAA Division II athletic teams.

Cost of Attendance

Estimated Cost of Attendance for 2020-21 Academic Year (Two Semesters)

  • Undergraduate tuition: $16,184

  • Graduate tuition: $19,100

  • Room and Board: $8,784

International Financial Aid

International Student Scholarship: Covers $4,500 per academic year; two recipients per year; application deadline of April 1st; application and credential requirements available on the FSU website at https://www.fairmontstate.edu/internationalstudents/scholarships/international-student-scholarship. Academic scholarships available for international students on an individual basis.

International Admissions Requirements

TOEFL (Internet-based): 61
IELTS: 6.0
Other: Visit the FSU website at www.fairmontstate.edu for detailed application instructions and apply online.

Accreditation and Academic Rankings

The University is accredited by Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; Engineering Technology is accredited by the Accrediting Board of Engineering Technology. The Information Systems, Accounting, and Education Programs have all been nationally recognized for academic excellence.

English Language Program

Intensive English program support is offered throughout the year for international students the English as a Second Language Program at Fairmont State University.

Housing and Meals

Fairmont has on-campus housing which includes an international living-learning community in the honors residence hall. Off-campus housing can also be facilitated for international students. Meal plans have multiple options that adhere to dietary restrictions.

History of Fairmont State University

Fairmont State University’s roots reach back to the formation of public education in the state of West Virginia. The first private normal school in West Virginia was established in Fairmont in 1865 by John N. Boyd, the school’s first principal, to train teachers.

Over the past 147 years, the University has experienced many changes in name – from the West Virginia Normal School at Fairmont, to the Fairmont State Normal School in the 1870s, to Fairmont State Teachers College in 1931, to Fairmont State College in 1944, to Fairmont State University in 2004. These changes indicate an ongoing expansion of programs and purpose.

In 1923, the Fairmont State Normal School first offered a four-year bachelor’s degree program in education, making the school a college. Today FSU offers more than 80 baccalaureate degrees in business, education, engineering and technology, fine arts, liberal arts, and nursing and allied health administration. Graduate programs have been developed in education, business and criminal justice.

The University’s changes in location in Fairmont also reflect its continued growth. On February 27, 1867, the normal school became a state institution. Construction began on a brick building on the northwest corner of Adams and Quincy streets later that year. In 1893, the school moved into a new building on Second Street and Fairmont Avenue. In early 1917, the Fairmont State Normal School moved to the building now called Hardway Hall, which sits on a hill overlooking Locust Avenue.

From that single columned building on a hill that was once part of a dairy farm, the University’s 120-acre campus has expanded to include more than 23 buildings. Over the past decade, new construction, including a new student center, parking garage, residence hall, and academic building, as well as major improvements in infrastructure, have greatly impacted the accessibility and beauty of campus. FSU features two satellite locations in Harrison County, the Gaston Caperton Center in Clarksburg and the Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center in Bridgeport. FSU continues to look for ways to reach beyond the borders of West Virginia and the nation to build relationships.

From its first officially recorded enrollment of 30 students in 1868, FSU has grown to be the third largest of the state’s universities with an enrollment of about 4,600 students. The first student, Hyre D. Clark of Buckhannon, graduated from the normal school in 1872. Today, FSU has an alumni network of more than 29,000 proud Falcons

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Phone: (800) 641-5678  |  Located: 1201 Locust Ave., Fairmont, WV 26554  |  E-Mail: admit@FairmontState.edu

International Admissions Contact

Merri Incitti, Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Operations

Phone: +1 304-367-4832

Email: Mincitti@fairmontstate.edu

Address: 1201 Locust Avenue, Fairmont, West Virginia 26554

Website: www.fairmontstate.edu


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