Fairmont State University
Fairmont, WV, USA

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Fairmont State University
3.80 Average Rating

Sommar from Wana, WV

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
FSU is a pretty small sized school; which I love! The professors at FSU are very helpful with managing your time if you let them be. Overall, I think FSU is a great school.
Tips for prospective students
Oh, my. There's so much I'd like to say to upcoming students. First, I was surprised at how much stuff is online. Not only for your online courses, and you'll probably end up taking a few, but math. I think pretty much all math classes use math labs plus, which is helpful but also a pain in the bottom. So, be expecting to use the Internet, and if you're not too computer savvy, now's the time to work on that. In all seriousness, go to class. Your professors might not care, but you will when you fail your class. One of the things I learned right off the bat was USE YOUR PROFESSORS! They really do want to help you. Go see them in their office. Talk to them after class. Ask your english professor to read over your essay and see if he/she has any suggestions. Don't be shy, professors are one of the best resources college has to offer. Speaking of resources, you'll probably be spending a lot of time in the library....please don't be one of those annoying people who talk on the third floor where you're supposed to be quiet. That is all.
Academic Rigor
Most freshman have to take the same classes. English, a math, Info 1100 (computer competency), and maybe some classes pertaining to your major. Collge classes are more difficult & more time consuming than high school classes! Make sure you manage your time well, and once again, use your professors! If you're having trouble, ask for assistance.
Dorm Life
I didn't stay in a dorm; I commute. However, the dorms are pretty nice and totally convenient. You could sleep in a little longer and go to the library whenever you want!
Food and Dining
HALELUJAH PRAISE THE LORD! High school food, to be quite frank, sucked. Am I right? I'm right. College food is no five star restaurant meal, but it's some pretty good chow. FSU has a small food court in the Falcon Center. However, I like to eat upstairs in the cafeteria. All you can eat for seven dollars. Yes, an all you can eat buffet for only. Seven. Bucks. The food up there is seriously pretty good too. All hail college lunch. And if you want to go somewhere off campus for lunch, it's pretty convenient. McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, Subway, and some local restaurants are close by.
What to do for fun
Two words. Falcon Center. The FC is the social/dining/gym place. People go there to eat, hang out, study, finish homework, and work out. FSU has a pretty awesome fitness facility. There's a pool, two basketball courts, a track, and a weight room. When I think of what to do for fun on campus, I automatically think Falcon Center.
Bang for the buck
All college is, let's face it, pretty expensive. But, FSU has about what I would judge to be average tuition. It's a good campus with lots of resources so it's a good place to spend your money. And you can use online resources like Cappex to help you get some financial help.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
There is a bell on campus. A large medal bell that sits on the ground behind the fountain in the middle of campus. People paint this bell, quite often. Monday, it could be blue representing some fraternity and Friday it could be pink, saying Save the ta-tas! Anyone could paint the bell. You want to paint the bell? Sign up, and paint it. I can't really think of any unusual locations.
Great for these types of students
FSU is great for ALL types of students. That's the wonderful thing about college. In high school, there were cliques and whatnot, but college is different. Everyone gets along with everyone. Well, at least it seems that way at FSU. No one is judged. The gay kid, he fits in. The girl who's really smart and talks way too much in class, she fits in. There's no bullying. Everyone can make friends.
Clubs and Activities
FSU has lots of sport teams, clubs, sororities, fraternities, whatever, you name it. There's a lot of activities too. In the Falcon Center, you can take spinning classes, yoga classes, zumba classes. Plays are constantly being put on. For some reason, ultimate Frisbee is really popular at FSU. There's always a bake sale or some informational booth set up. The activities are endless.
Greek Life
I'm not in a fraternity or sorority, but they are there. I've seen them.
Campus Safety
Aside from the campus police who drive around in their decked out dodge avengers, who are very helpful by the way, security drives around in golf cars throughout the parking garage periodically. Car trouble? I'm sure they'll help. And in the very rare, off chance that you are being followed, attacked, or whatever, there are many emergency....towers? I guess that's what you'd call them. They kind of look like phone booths. They're yellow and they have an emergency button. There's like five around campus.
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Dlaine from Fairmont, WV

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
I really like the school. I'm disabled student however, my professors works with me hand and hand along with disability services. Everyone sees that I'm trying and helps me, that works with with my disability.
Tips for prospective students
Work within your limits and know your limits.
Academic Rigor
Right now i have a 3.4 yet I know I will raise that up with courage and strength. It is very hard for me but if I can do academically anyone can. Don't ever say can't!!!
Dorm Life
I have my own apartment. I don't live in a Dorm
Food and Dining
Food is OK, that depends on your taste but, there is a lot of selection,. I love the wraps and Ice cream shop. Also fairmont has international food from around the world that is very good which, they have every so often plus, cookouts and snacks free, sometimes.
What to do for fun
Meet new people and try to be social.
Bang for the buck
Fairmont also has a list where you can get free lunches. One free lunch is down the street from the campus. Bus rides are free including going to other counties. My rent is very reasonable, its not far from the school you just have to shop around and compare. People from the town are very helpful as well!!!
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Nothing really unusual or location that stands out.
Great for these types of students
All types of students will fit in. There are all sorts of things that can be great but really that depends on you.
Clubs and Activities
Too many...If you can't find a club or activity that you like or want to join then something is wrong. All clubs and activities are free most of the time. If not they are very reasonable!!
Greek Life
I can't speak about this cause I'm not a geek..LOL!!
Campus Safety
Police station is located in the food areas and respond very quickly. Also the hospital is only 100 feet away which is a good safe thing for students.
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Savannah

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
A small community within a small community. You have a lot of opportunities to experience different cultures and different activities in general. An overall great place.
Tips for prospective students
Get as close with your professors as possible, that's always helpful in the long run. Make sure to get involved with the activities around the school. Don't get anything over a fifteen-meal meal plan: the food isn't fantastic, so its best to save your money in the Nickel, Ciabatta's, or wherever else you could eat. Also: get a car or get a friend with a car, because there isn't too much to do in the actual city of Fairmont on weekends. The surrounding areas are where you really want to go. Make friends with the upperclassmen because they can be a lot of help in all sorts of areas.
Academic Rigor
While some classes really test my academic limits, others seem as if they're around high school level classes. Ask some upperclassmen to get their opinions on what you should take.
Dorm Life
Dorm life in Prichard is amazing: the rooms are big, we do a lot of dorm activities, and everyone is pretty friendly- not to mention we have our own cat (Raja) and a live-in professor. However, while I hear life in the other dorms aren't terrible, they do have their downfalls. Pence is difficult to get to and has a lot of rowdy parties, Bryant is notorious for their fire alarms, and Morrow is just downright creepy.
Food and Dining
You really don't want to go to the caf unless you have to. The staff are all very nice, but the food isn't (unless its breakfast, the breakfasts are always good). The Nickel is pretty expensive, but it works pretty well as a mini-grocery store. Ciabatta's and Hershey's staff are always extremely kind and everything there is great. The Starbucks is alright, but has limited options (it also closes early and can't take gift cards).
What to do for fun
Always go to the activities you get endless emails about. I never exercise, but the exercise room is huge, and you can swim too. There's also a nearby movie theatre and a lot of open-late restaurants in the surrounding areas.
Bang for the buck
Fairmont is exactly as they advertise, and while the tuition is a little higher than most, they offer a lot of scholarships.
Great for these types of students
It's really great for any type of student. I was really withdrawn during high school, and while its still not a lot of social pressure, I was encouraged to hang out with more people, and it really helped open me up.
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Kay from Fairmont, WV

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
FSU is a great place to learn, grow, and challenge yourself. Though a small university it has a lot of options for its students to develop.
Tips for prospective students
Tips: -Contact your advisor early and often. You'll want to get your schedule done as soon as you can so you have the best chance of getting the classes you need.
- If you advisor won't answer you then contact the Student Registrar and they'll find you someone more willing to help you.
Academic Rigor
How hard the classes are really depends on what you take. If you take classes that seem simple then they probably will be, but if you take difficult classes be ready to work. I have taken several classes that are challenging. As challenging classes tend to be, they were also the most rewarding in terms of how much I learned and grew.
Dorm Life
There's newer dorms and older dorms and if you're a freshman then you really don't get a whole lot of say as to where you'll be. The dorms themselves are relatively nice.
Food and Dining
There's two places to get food on campus. The Starbucks in the library and in the Falcon Center.
The Starbucks of course sells different coffees and lattes but they also sell food that is in to go containers that were prepared at the schools cafeteria.
Within the Falcon Center on the second floor there is the Nickel which has some typical fast food like pizza, cheese sticks, and french fries. Also it has coolers full of different drinks. The Nickel is basically a convenience store. On the second floor there is also two other places to get food.
The third and final floor of the Falcon Center is where the cafeteria is. There's tons of food to choose from up there. There's daily soup, a salad bar, desert bar, and different cereals. There's places to get cheeseburgers or chicken sandwiches made along with a lot of other options. It is relatively well priced as well.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
There's a bell on campus that is repeatedly painted over by the different sororities and fraternities.
Great for these types of students
This school is great for students who want a place that is simple to get around and easy to fit into. The campus layout is easy to remember and that majority of students are very accepting.
Campus Safety
The campus police are always around. You'll see them in their cars or just walking around. Generally, you'll see them putting tickets on cars, to be honest so watch where you park. But the campus is well lit at night and there's a good number of emergency call stations around campus. They are usually willing to walk you to your car at night if you feel uneasy.
That being said, there are some break-ins that occur during the year so if you live in a dorm or apartment make sure you keep your doors locked as tightly as you can.
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