Fairmont State University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$5,888
8.88% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$9,733
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
12.5%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
85.4%
2,712 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
3,803
80.3% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
35.1%
246 Graduates

About

Fairmont State University is a higher education institution located in Marion County, WV. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Fairmont State University were General Business Administration & Management (95 degrees awarded), Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (63 degrees), and Registered Nursing (57 degrees).

In 2019, 866 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Fairmont State University. 64.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 35.5% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (770 degrees), 26.6 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (29 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Fairmont State University is $5,888, which is $-16,138 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Fairmont State University is $5,888, which is $-16,138 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $9,733.

In 2019, 74% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 55% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$5,888
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Fairmont State University was $5,888. The cost of tuition at Fairmont State University is $-16,138 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

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Average Net Price

$9,733
2019 Value
5.29%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Fairmont State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $9,733. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Fairmont State University grew by 5.29%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,004
Room and Board
$1,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Fairmont State University was of $9,004 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of room and board decreased by 1.96% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

74%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
55%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

74% of undergraduate students at Fairmont State University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 12.1% with respect to 2018, when 66% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
12.5%
2017 Default Rate
149
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Fairmont State University was 12.5%, which represents 149 out of the 1188 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Fairmont State University received 2,712 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 14.6% annual growth. Out of those 2,712 applicants, 2,315 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 85.4% acceptance rate.

There were 3,803 students enrolled at Fairmont State University in 2019, and 86% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Fairmont State University has an overall enrollment yield of 33.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

85.4%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
2,315
Accepted Out of 2,712

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Fairmont State University was 85.4% (2,315 admissions from 2,712 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 80.6%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 14.6%, while admissions grew by 21.4%.

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SAT Scores

86%
Submission Percentage
667
Scores Submitted

86% of enrolled first-time students at Fairmont State University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Fairmont State University has a total enrollment of 3,803 students. The full-time enrollment at Fairmont State University is 3,055 students and the part-time enrollment is 748. This means that 80.3% of students enrolled at Fairmont State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Fairmont State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 87.2% White, 4.1% Black or African American, 3.39% Two or More Races, 1.95% Hispanic or Latino, 0.421% Asian, 0.21% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0789% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Fairmont State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (51.5%), followed by White Male (35%) and Black or African American Male (3.38%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (57%), followed by White Male (30%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (4%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

80.3%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Fairmont State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,803 students. The full-time enrollment at Fairmont State University is 3,055 and the part-time enrollment is 748. This means that 80.3% of students enrolled at Fairmont State University are enrolled full-time compared with 69.2% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

62%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Fairmont State University was 62%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (74%), Fairmont State University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    3,316
  2. Black or African American
    156
  3. Two or More Races
    129

The enrolled student population at Fairmont State University is 87.2% White, 4.1% Black or African American, 3.39% Two or More Races, 1.95% Hispanic or Latino, 0.421% Asian, 0.21% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0789% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 53.3% White, 16% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.9% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 17 students (0.447%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 252 more women than men received degrees from Fairmont State University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Fairmont State University is white (770 degrees awarded). There were 26.6 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (29 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Fairmont State University is General Business Administration & Management (95 degrees awarded), followed by Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (63 degrees) and Registered Nursing (57 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Fairmont State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Engineering Technologies (77 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (10 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (42 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Fairmont State University are Police officers (141,709 people), Other managers (133,691 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (122,346 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (95,242 people), and Secondary school teachers (77,373 people).

The most specialized majors at Fairmont State University are Engineering Technologies (77 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (10 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (42 degrees), Protective Services (79 degrees), and History (17 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Fairmont State University are Surgeons, Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes, Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, Physicians, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Fairmont State University are Engineering Technologies (77 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (10 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (42 degrees), Protective Services (79 degrees), and History (17 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Fairmont State University are Justice, public order, & safety activities (361,346 people), Elementary & secondary schools (261,415 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (133,479 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (106,590 people), and Legal services (106,300 people).

The most specialized majors at Fairmont State University are Engineering Technologies (77 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (10 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (42 degrees), Protective Services (79 degrees), and History (17 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Fairmont State University.
Most Common
  1. 95 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 63 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 57 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Fairmont State University was General Business Administration & Management with 95 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

307
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
559
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 307 degrees were awarded to men at Fairmont State University, which is 0.549 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (559).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 51 degrees were awarded to men at Fairmont State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.927 times less than the 55 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 142 degrees were awarded to women at Fairmont State University in Registered Nursing, which is 8.88 times more than the 16 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

18%
100% Completion Time
36%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 18% of students graduating from Fairmont State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 36% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 38% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Fairmont State University is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    770 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    29 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    16 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Fairmont State University is white (770 degrees awarded). There were 26.6 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (29 degrees).

0.693% of degree recipients (6 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    514 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    256 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Male
    18 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Fairmont State University is white female (514 degrees awarded). There were 2.01 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (256 degrees).

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Operations

Fairmont State University has an endowment valued at nearly $23M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $718k (3.12%), compared to the 4.44% average return ($1.71M on $38.5M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2019, Fairmont State University had a total salary expenditure of $60.8M. Fairmont State University employs 51 Assistant professors, 48 Professors, and 33 Associate professors. Most academics at Fairmont State University are Male Professors (28), Female Assistant professors(27), and Male Assistant professors (24).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Fairmont State University are: Management, with 71 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 38 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 38 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$23M
2019 Endowment
11.3%
growth from 2018

Fairmont State University has an endowment valued at about $23M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Fairmont State University grew 11.3% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $15.5M lower than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Small Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $896k - Federal
  2. $6.85M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Fairmont State University received $896k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $6.85M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$25.2M
2019 Salaries
7.01%
decline from 2018

In 2019, Fairmont State University paid a median of $25.2M in salaries, which represents 41.4% of their overall expenditure ($60.8M) and a 7.01% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.792% growth from 2017 and a 1.54% decline from 2016.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.1M (40.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$9.61M
Instructional Salaries
157
Number of Employees

In 2019, Fairmont State University paid a total of $9.61M to 157 employees working as instructors, which represents 38.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.2M (32.7%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
51 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
71 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Fairmont State University were Assistant professor with 51 employees; Professor with 48 employees; and Professor with 33 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Fairmont State University were Management with 71 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 38 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 38 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Assistant professor
  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Fairmont State University was Male Professor with 28 employees, Female Assistant professor with 27 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 24 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Fairmont State University.

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