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Fairmont State offers great value

College offering revised academic plan, new athletic teams; Institution received national designation

April 29, 2014

While a college education is undeniably a valuable investment, paying for college can be challenging for most families. Fairmont State University, which delivers high quality academic programs at an affordable cost, continues to meet students' needs for financial aid and to provide a unique learning environment close to home in North Central West Virginia.

"Fairmont State University is an excellent value for students, not only in terms of the modest cost of tuition and fees compared to other universities, but mainly because students are our first priority," said Dr. Deanna Shields, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. "Our quality educational programs, which now include master's-level programs, give students a good balance of theory, application and a knowledge of the importance of critical thinking and lifelong learning."

FSU's modern facilities, student-centered focus and many other factors make the University a first choice for many students. Services available to students include housing, dining, library resources, tutoring, disability services, student health services, counseling, career services, academic advising, multicultural programs, information technology, study abroad opportunities. Campus life includes a wide range of fine arts and athletics events and world-class guest speakers.

With more than 4,200 students, FSU is large enough to offer a vibrant campus community and small enough to ensure that students will not get lost in the crowd.

"As the third largest university in West Virginia, Fairmont State offers many resources but is also small enough that students find the personal attention they need from faculty. Our 17:1 student to faculty ratio means that professors remember students' names and students get to know their peers," said Amie Fazalare, director of Admissions and Recruitment.

At FSU, students find a wide range of fields of study with more than 80 four-year programs, as well as graduate programs in business, criminal justice and education.

"Fairmont State University provides high-achieving students with the tools they need to channel their motivation into successful lives," Fazalare said.

The Honors Program provides students with the opportunity to deepen their academic experience through smaller classes taught by some of the University's finest faculty, field trips in the United States and abroad and extracurricular activities on and off campus.

"Honors students find that studying and socializing with other like-minded students helps them to make the most of their University experience," said Dr. J. Robert Baker, director of the Honors Program.

The deans and faculty of FSU continually seek special opportunities to help students compete in the job market after graduation. Just one of the special opportunities for students at Fairmont State is the IBM Academic Initiative.

"The goal of the academic initiative is to provide students with the latest IT curriculum, thereby providing them with the skills to compete for lucrative 21st century job opportunities and to help ensure they are prepared to be the technology leaders of tomorrow," said Dr. Richard Harvey, dean of the School of Business.

An investment in an education from FSU, a place where putting the needs of students first is the top priority, provides a great value in the journey of lifelong learning.

For more information about Fairmont State University or its academic programs, call (800) 641-5678 or (304) 367-4892 or visit Schedule a group or individual visit to campus today at



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