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Fairmont State University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Fairmont State University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. 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?

2022 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 46 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is printing press operator.

Overall Quality

Fairmont State landed the #2,090 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Out of the 31 colleges in West Virginia, Fairmont State is ranked at #15.

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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 at Fairmont State University is about average at 15 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

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 91%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  91 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Fairmont State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate is a sign of how many full-time students like a college or university well enough to come back for their sophomore year. At Fairmont State University this rate is 62%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  62 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

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Fairmont State University.

Fairmont State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,563 undergraduates at Fairmont State with 2,955 being full-time and 608 being part-time.

How Much Does Fairmont State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Fairmont State is $10,161. 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 +
$7,595 $8,114 $11,075 $13,240 $14,246

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. 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 12.5%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Fairmont State Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Fairmont State with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $33,000 in their early years. Unfortunately, this is 17% less that the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 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

Fairmont State University is a public institution located in Fairmont, West Virginia. The surrounding location of Fairmont is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

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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 35 majors graduated from Fairmont State University. Of these students, 796 received undergraduate degrees and 87 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 77 $29,000
Criminal Justice & Corrections 56 $27,900
Nursing 55 $59,100
Mechanical Engineering Technology 43 $44,000
General Education 42 $23,900
General Psychology 40 $24,300
Political Science & Government 39 NA
Liberal Arts General Studies 35 $31,700
Health & Physical Education 34 $26,900
International Relations & National Security 30 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 is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2018-2019, 2,126 students took at least one online class at Fairmont State University. This is an increase from the 1,952 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 2,126 586
2017-2018 1,952 476
2016-2017 2,603 402
2015-2016 2,682 323
2013-2014 2,930 328

Learn more about online learning at Fairmont State University.

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Notes and References


*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.


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