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Want the scoop on Fairmont State University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Fairmont State offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Fairmont State University Ranked?

2020 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Fairmont State University was awarded 5 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2020 analysis, Fairmont State is ranked #1,451 out of 1,727 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Fairmont State held the #1,516 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Fairmont State is also ranked #14 out of 20 schools in West Virginia.

See all of the rankings for Fairmont State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Fairmont State?

Acceptance Rate

Fairmont State University has an acceptance rate of 71%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

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 Composite scores ranged between 18 and 23.

ACT Composite Scores for Fairmont State University  ( 18 to 23 )

Learn more about Fairmont State University admissions.

Fairmont State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Fairmont State University, this ratio is 15 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Fairmont State University is 93%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  93 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Fairmont State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Fairmont State University is 65%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  65 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at Fairmont State is 15%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  15 out of 100

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Below Average Overall Diversity at Fairmont State

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,661 undergraduates at Fairmont State with 3,108 being full-time and 553 being part-time.

Fairmont State Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

The overall diversity score for Fairmont State is 29.25 out of 100. This is below average when compared to other schools in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  29.25 out of 100
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How Much Does Fairmont State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Fairmont State is $11,661. 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 +
$9,296 $9,492 $12,126 $15,764 $15,257

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Fairmont State, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

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 61% of students took out student loans averaging $7,550 a year. That adds up to $30,200 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Fairmont State is 10.8%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

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How Much Money Do Fairmont State Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Fairmont State make around $33,000 per year during the early years of their employment. Unfortunately, this is 19% less that the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Fairmont State University make the most money.

Location of Fairmont State University

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.

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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

Fairmont State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 34 majors graduated from Fairmont State University. Of these students, 767 received undergraduate degrees and 96 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 84 $29,000
Criminal Justice & Corrections 77 $27,900
Liberal Arts General Studies 53 $31,700
Mechanical Engineering Technology 52 $44,000
General Education 48 $23,900
General Psychology 46 $24,300
Nursing 45 $59,100
Health & Physical Education 33 $26,900
Information Science 23 NA
Political Science & Government 21 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Fairmont State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Fairmont State

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 1,952 students took at least one online class at Fairmont State University. This is a decrease from the 2,603 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 1,952 476
2016-2017 2,603 402
2015-2016 2,682 323
2014-2015 2,832 303
2013-2014 2,930 328

Learn more about online learning at Fairmont State University.

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