Fairmont State University

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This article is about the university in Fairmont, West Virginia. For the school formerly named Fairmount College in Wichita, Kansas, see Wichita State University.
Fairmont State University
Type Public
Established 1865
Endowment US $18 million
President Dr. Maria Rose
Provost Dr. Christina Lavorata
Academic staff
597 (200 full time)
Administrative staff
Students 4,600
Undergraduates Approx. 4,100
Postgraduates Approx. 500
Location 1201 Locust Ave.
Fairmont, WV 26554
Campus Urban - 120 Acres
Colors Maroon and White          
Nicknames Fighting Falcons
Lady Falcons
Affiliations NCAA Division II: Mountain East
Website www.fairmontstate.edu

Fairmont State University is a public university located in Fairmont, West Virginia, United States. The university has an enrollment of about 4,500 students and offers master's degrees in business, education, teaching, architecture, and criminal justice, in addition to 90 baccalaureate programs.[1]


Fairmont State was founded as a private institution in 1865 in the basement of the Methodist Protestant Church at 418 Quincy Street. It was known as the West Virginia Normal School at Fairmont and was dedicated to educating teachers. March 9, 1868, it was purchased by the state from the Regency of the West Virginia Normal School which had been formed in 1866. With this purchase, this private normal school became a branch of the State Normal School at Marshall College.

From 1868 to 1892 the school was known variously as Fairmont Normal School, the Fairmont Branch of the West Virginia Normal School, the Branch of the West Virginia Normal School at Fairmont, a branch of the West Virginia State Normal School at Marshall College, but most commonly as Fairmont State Normal School. By 1892 the designation of "branch" had fallen into disuse by FSNS. It was renamed Fairmont State Teachers College in 1931 and Fairmont State College in 1943. On April 7, 2004, Governor Bob Wise signed legislation changing its name to Fairmont State University.[2]

Today, FSU offers more than 80 baccalaureate degrees in business, education, engineering and technology, fine arts, liberal arts, and nursing and allied health administration with graduate programs in architecture, education, business, and criminal justice.

The Fairmont Normal School Administration Building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.[3]

Community and Technical College[edit]

In 1974, a community college component was founded. This became independently accredited as the Fairmont State Community and Technical College in 2003. In 2006 Fairmont State was given direction by the state to split with the community and technical college, which then became known as Pierpont Community and Technical College. While both institutions still operate on the Fairmont campus, they are recognized as independent institutions and offer completely separate degree programs; Pierpont focuses more on 2-year technical associate's programs, while Fairmont State's main focus is four-year baccelaureate degrees and master's programs.


Official athletics logo.

Fairmont State's athletic teams, known as the Falcons (alternately as Fighting Falcons, or Lady Falcons for women's teams), compete in the Mountain East Conference (MEC) in NCAA National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II and field teams in 17 sports including football, men's and women's basketball, women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's and women's golf, acrobatics and tumbling, baseball, softball, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, cheerleading, and men's and women's cross country.

In the 2016 football season, The Fairmont State Football team is undefeated for the first time since 1967. They are nationally ranked in D2 Football, 23rd in the AFCA poll & 25 in the D2 Football poll as of October 17, 2016.

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  1. ^ Turner, Dr. William P., "A Centennial History of Fairmont State College", Fairmont State College, Fairmont, WV, 1970
  2. ^ "Marion County Architecture". Marion County Historical Society & Museum. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  3. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 

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