Fairmont State University

Fairmont, WV 26554
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Fairmont State University is one of the thirteen public 4-year colleges in West Virginia. The campus is located in Fairmont town.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 3,886 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 763 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 496 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 65%). Every year 37% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Fairmont State's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $5,216, and fees were $1,734. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $12,720 and $1,946 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleDistant Town
Number of Students3,886
Student to Faculty Ratio15:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate65%

Nursing Programs

The Fairmont State University School of Nursing offers an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing. The program is designed to offer quality education top prepare students for patient care in a healthcare setting.

The program consists of a balanced proportion of general education courses with nursing requirements.

Students in the program are offered the opportunity for practical experience at the on-site laboratory and high technology simulation laboratories in addition to experience at healthcare facilities including hospitals and nursing homes in the area.

Graduates from the program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination to be licensed as a Registered Nurse.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Official high school transcript and GED equivalency certificate
  2. College transcripts for all college level coursework
  3. ACT/SAT scores
  4. TEAS Scores (to be completed by the 1st of December)
  5. A minimum cumulative GPA 2.0 for all pre-requisite courses

Nursing applications should be submitted to the program by the 1st of December. Students who had applied in the past and were not accepted need to reapply because the college does not maintain a waiting list.

Applicants who have changed their name since earning their high school diploma or earned college credit need to inform the admissions office of the change in name.

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 14 50
Bachelor's degree 8 50

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1947 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
06/01/1970 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
11/12/1997 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT940 to 1140
ACT18 to 23
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $25
Graduates $50

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$281/credit
In State Students$281/credit
Out of State Students$603/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$405/credit
In State Students$405/credit
Out of State Students$880/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $12,645 $12,645 $27,135
ADN 70 $19,670 $19,670 $42,210
BSN 125 $35,125 $35,125 $75,375
FNP 50 $20,250 $20,250 $44,000
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 92% of Fairmont State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 49% $4,355
Other Federal Grant 8% $645
State Grant & Scholarships 60% $3,815
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 28% $2,350
Federal Student Loans 60% $6,975
Private Loans 5% $8,734


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$8,014
$30,001 to $48,000$8,210
$48,001 to $75,000$10,844
$75,001 to $110,000$14,482
Over $110,000$13,975

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and West Virginia state board of nursing.
Fairmont State University
1201 Locust Ave
Fairmont, WV 26554

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