Fairmont State University
|Endowment||US $18 million|
|President||Dr. Maria Rose|
|Provost||Dr. Christina Lavorata|
|597 (200 full time)|
|Location||1201 Locust Ave.
Fairmont, WV 26554
|Campus||Urban - 120 Acres|
|Colors||Maroon and White|
|Affiliations||NCAA Division II: Mountain East|
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.
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.
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.
Community and Technical College
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.
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.
- Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice)
- Alpha Psi Omega (Dramatics) founded at the college in 1925 by professor Paul F. Opp.
- Beta Beta Beta (Biology)
- Delta Sigma Rho (Forensics)
- Epsilon Pi Tau (Technology)
- Family & Consumer Science Honor Society
- Kappa Delta Pi (Education)
- Kappa Kappa Psi (Band)
- Kappa Pi (Art)
- Nursing Honorary
- Phi Alpha Theta (History)
- Phi Theta Kappa
- Pi Gamma Mu (Social Science)
- Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science)
- Psi Chi (Psychology)
- Sigma Alpha Iota (Music)
- Sigma Tau Delta (English)
- Society for Collegiate Journalists
- Inter-Panhellenic Council
- Inter-Fraternity Council
- Women’s Panhellenic Council
- Student Graphics Organization
- Alpha Eta Rho
- Alpha Sigma Tau
- Delta Xi Omicron (local)
- Delta Zeta
- Sigma Sigma Sigma
- Sigma Pi
- Sigma Omega Beta (local)
- Phi Sigma Phi
- Tau Beta Iota (local)
- Tau Kappa Epsilon
- Student Accountant Society
- Model United Nations
- Model Arab League
- College Republicans
- Perry Baker, former Arena Football League player and current U.S. international rugby sevens player.
- Wendell R. Beitzel, member of Maryland House of Delegates.
- George C. Edwards, member of Maryland State Senate
- Leroy Loggins, American professional basketball player in Australia
- Herbert Morrison, radio reporter whose voice is heard in the footage of the Hindenburg Disaster.
- Ira E. Robinson, West Virginia politician and judge, first chairman of the Federal Radio Commission
- Richard Louis Skinner, former Inspector General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- Bill Stewart, former head football coach at West Virginia University
- Ruth Ann Musick, noted folklorist and author
- Turner, Dr. William P., "A Centennial History of Fairmont State College", Fairmont State College, Fairmont, WV, 1970
- "Marion County Architecture". Marion County Historical Society & Museum. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Official university site
- Official Pierpont Community & Technical College site
- Official athletics site