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Fairmont State University Overview

Located in Fairmont, West Virginia, Fairmont State University is a public institution. The location of Fairmont State is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.

What Is Fairmont State University Known For?

3,108 Full-Time Undergraduates
$10,368 Avg Cost After Aid
71% Acceptance Rate
  • The master's degree is the highest degree offered at Fairmont State.
  • In 2017-2018, 93% of the faculty were full-time.

Fairmont State University Rankings

Fairmont State landed the #1,460 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. Fairmont State also holds the #14 spot on the Best Colleges in West Virginia ranking.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Fairmont State has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Fairmont State

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 910
Best Colleges for the Money 931
Best Colleges for Veterans 977
Best Colleges for International Students 1,093
Best Colleges 1,460
Best Colleges for Diversity 2,213

Where Is Fairmont State University?

Location of Fairmont State University

Contact details for Fairmont State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1201 Locust Ave, Fairmont, WV 26554-2470
Phone: 304-367-4000

How Do I Get Into Fairmont State?

You can apply to Fairmont State online at:

Admission Requirements for Fairmont State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Fairmont State?

71% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
15% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 71%, Fairmont State may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 68%, and the acceptance rate for women is 72%.

Average Test Scores

About 15% of students accepted to Fairmont State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 470 and 580. Math scores were between 470 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Fairmont State University  ( 470 to 580 )

SAT Math Scores for Fairmont State University  ( 470 to 560 )
Fairmont State received ACT scores from 85% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 17 and 23. Math scores were between 16 and 22. Composite scores were between 18 and 23.

ACT English Scores for Fairmont State University  ( 17 to 23 )
ACT Math Scores for Fairmont State University  ( 16 to 22 )
ACT Composite Scores for Fairmont State University  ( 18 to 23 )

Can I Afford Fairmont State University?

$10,368 Net Price
58% Take Out Loans
10.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Fairmont State is $10,368. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Fairmont State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$7,449 $8,234 $11,184 $13,800 $15,120

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Fairmont State, approximately 58% of students took out student loans averaging $5,626 a year. That adds up to $22,504 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Fairmont State is 10.9%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

Fairmont State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,108 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,661 undergraduate students at Fairmont State, with 3,108 being full-time and 553 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Fairmont State

There are also 225 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,108 full-time undergraduates at Fairmont State, 46% are male and 54% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Fairmont State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Fairmont State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Fairmont State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 16
Black or African American 187
Hispanic or Latino 61
White 2,632
International Students 83
Other Races/Ethnicities 129

Geographic Diversity

West Virginia students aren't the only ones who study at Fairmont State University. At this time, 14 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 29 countries are represented at Fairmont State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Brazil.

Online Learning at Fairmont State University

476 Took All Classes Online
1,952 Took At Least One Class Online
10.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,952 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Fairmont State has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 14th most popular in West Virginia for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Fairmont State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Fairmont State University was 10.5%. This is the #1,308 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Fairmont State regardless of major.

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Fairmont State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Fairmont State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Teacher Education Grade Specific #135
Criminal Justice & Corrections #204
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #233
Education #351

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Fairmont State University Majors

In 2017-2018, Fairmont State University awarded 1,576 undergraduate degrees and 156 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 16 0 0
Architectural Engineering Technology 0 6 0 0
Business Administration & Management 0 95 11 0
Chemistry 0 7 0 0
Civil Engineering Technology 0 20 0 0
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 5 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 11 0 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 64 15 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 7 0 0
Electronics Engineering Technology 1 8 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 4 0 0
General Architecture 0 0 1 0
General Biology 0 11 0 0
General Education 0 44 0 0
General English Literature 0 6 0 0
General Psychology 0 49 0 0
Graphic Communications 0 10 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 24 0 0
Health & Physical Education 0 42 0 0
History 0 17 0 0
Information Science 0 10 0 0
International Relations & National Security 0 28 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 44 0 0
Mathematics 0 5 0 0
Mechanical Engineering Technology 3 26 0 0
Music 0 2 0 0
Nursing 101 57 0 0
Political Science & Government 0 33 0 0
Public Health 0 6 0 0
Quality Control Technology 0 13 0 0
Romance Languages 0 3 0 0
Sociology 0 10 0 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 51 0
Total 210 1,366 156 0


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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