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Fairmont State University

Fairmont, WV 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate71%
Acceptance Rate71%

About Fairmont State

Fairmont State University Overview

Fairmont State University is a public, state school in a small town setting in Fairmont, West Virginia. Fairmont State was founded in 1865 and the school enrolls around 3,573 students a year, which includes 3,573 undergraduates. Fairmont State provides on-campus housing for up to 1,180 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 35% of students spend their weekends on campus.

Student Involvement at Fairmont State

Interested in music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Fairmont State students can write for the campus newspaperor be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life? Fairmont State has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Fairmont State has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Fairmont State on the Student Life page.

2022 Fairmont State Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 71%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.4
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 4%
In-State Tuition $5,946
Out-of-State $14,992
Percent of Need Met 70%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $9,509

Is Fairmont State a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can all provide a sense of how selective a school is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a clearer idea of what Fairmont State offers and if the school seems like the right college for you.

Fairmont State Acceptance Rate 2022

Fairmont State is not difficult to get into. Around 71% of applicants get into Fairmont State each year. Last year, 2,630 students applied to Fairmont State and 1,856 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Fairmont State

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Fairmont State, around 64% are still enrolled their sophomore year. 36% of Fairmont State undergrads graduate within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Fairmont State Graduates

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Fairmont State by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads. 86% of graduates from Fairmont State recieve at least one full-time job offer within six months of graduating.

Check with Fairmont State directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Fairmont State University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2021, the total market value of Fairmont State University's endowment was $22.6 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $4,824 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Fairmont State

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Fairmont State meets 70% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $9,509 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $25,291 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Fairmont State.

Based on this information, is Fairmont State the school for you? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Fairmont State a good school for you?

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Where is Fairmont State?

Fairmont State is located in the small town setting of Fairmont, West Virginia.

If you want to see Fairmont State for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 79 to Fairmont, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Clarksburg Benedum.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Fairmont State and Fairmont are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1201 Locust Avenue Fairmont, WV 26554

Campus Setting: Small Town

Fairmont State Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Fairmont State is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Fairmont State is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Fairmont State ACT Scores


ACT Range

18 - 23

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

23 and Above


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18 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Fairmont State is 21. Students with an ACT score of 23 and above have a good chance of getting into Fairmont State. Students with an ACT score that falls between 18 and 23 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 18 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Fairmont State SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

470 - 560


Reading SAT Range

Not available

Fairmont State Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


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Cost Breakdown
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Student Life

Wondering what life at Fairmont State is like? There are approximately 3,573 students enrolled at Fairmont State. 80% percent of students attend school full-time, 91% percent are from WV and 9% percent of students are from other states.


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Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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