Fairmont State University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$5,216

0% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$8,821

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

10.9%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

70.6%

2,630 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

3,886

82.8% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

35.7%

258 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 Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (91 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (86 degrees), and Registered Nursing (58 degrees).

In 2017, 846 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Fairmont State University. 56.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 43.7% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (730 degrees), 21.5 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (34 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Fairmont State University is $5,216, which is $-15,517 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Fairmont State University is $5,216, which is $-15,517 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $8,821.

In 2017, 65% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 61% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$5,216

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Fairmont State University was $5,216. The cost of tuition at Fairmont State University is $-15,517 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

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Average Net Price

$8,821

2017 Value

0.95%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Fairmont State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $8,821. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Fairmont State University grew by 0.95%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,776

Room and Board

$1,000

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Fairmont State University was of $8,776 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of room and board increased by 4.15% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

65%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

61%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

65% of undergraduate students at Fairmont State University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2016, when 65% 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.

10.9%

2016 Default Rate

133

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Fairmont State University was 10.9%, which represents 133 out of the 1219 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 2,630 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 23.3% annual decline. Out of those 2,630 applicants, 1,857 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 70.6% acceptance rate.

There were 3,886 students enrolled at Fairmont State University in 2017, and 15% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Fairmont State University has an overall enrollment yield of 41.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

70.6%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

1,857

Accepted Out of 2,630

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Fairmont State University was 70.6% (1,857 admissions from 2,630 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 65%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -23.3%, while admissions declined by -16.7%.

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SAT Scores

15%

Submission Percentage

120

Scores Submitted

15% of enrolled first-time students at Fairmont State University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Fairmont State University has a total enrollment of 3,886 students. The full-time enrollment at Fairmont State University is 3,217 students and the part-time enrollment is 669. This means that 82.8% of students enrolled at Fairmont State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Fairmont State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 85.7% White, 5.38% Black or African American, 3.5% Two or More Races, 1.78% Hispanic or Latino, 0.618% Asian, 0.154% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0515% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Fairmont State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (48.5%), followed by White Male (36.2%) and Black or African American Male (4.21%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (63.3%), followed by White Male (22%) and Black or African American Female (2.75%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

82.8%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Fairmont State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,886 students. The full-time enrollment at Fairmont State University is 3,217 and the part-time enrollment is 669. This means that 82.8% of students enrolled at Fairmont State University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

65%

2017 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 65%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), 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

    3,330

  2. Black or African American

    209

  3. Two or More Races

    136

The enrolled student population at Fairmont State University is 85.7% White, 5.38% Black or African American, 3.5% Two or More Races, 1.78% Hispanic or Latino, 0.618% Asian, 0.154% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0515% 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 54.4% White, 15% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.2% 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, 15 students (0.386%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 106 more women than men received degrees from Fairmont State University. The majority of degree recipients at Fairmont State University are white (730 degrees awarded). There were 21.5 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (34 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Fairmont State University is Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (91 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (86 degrees) and Registered Nursing (58 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 (102 degrees awarded), Protective Services (115 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (36 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Fairmont State University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,858,065 people), Secondary school teachers (303,302 people), Education administrators (252,239 people), Other managers (150,282 people), and Police officers (128,093 people).

The most specialized majors at Fairmont State University are Engineering Technologies (102 degrees awarded), Protective Services (115 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (36 degrees), Communication Technologies (7 degrees), and Education (85 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 Physicians, Surgeons, Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers, Marketing managers, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Fairmont State University are Engineering Technologies (102 degrees awarded), Protective Services (115 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (36 degrees), Communication Technologies (7 degrees), and Education (85 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Fairmont State University are Elementary & secondary schools (2,714,736 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (334,991 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (243,431 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (165,143 people), and Construction (101,673 people).

The most specialized majors at Fairmont State University are Engineering Technologies (102 degrees awarded), Protective Services (115 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (36 degrees), Communication Technologies (7 degrees), and Education (85 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. 91 degrees awarded

  2. 86 degrees awarded

  3. 58 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Fairmont State University was Criminal Justice - Safety Studies with 91 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 370

  2. 476

In 2017, 370 degrees were awarded to men at Fairmont State University, which is 0.777 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (476).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 60 degrees were awarded to men at Fairmont State University in Criminal Justice - Safety Studies, which is 1.13 times more than the 53 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 100 degrees were awarded to women at Fairmont State University in Registered Nursing, which is 4.55 times more than the 22 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

15%

100% Completion Time

30%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 15% of students graduating from Fairmont State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 30% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 31% 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.

Asian Female

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Fairmont State University is Female and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 0.388% of graduates (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    730 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    34 degrees awarded

  3. Two or More Races

    27 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Fairmont State University is white (730 degrees awarded). There were 21.5 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (34 degrees).

0.473% of degree recipients (4 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    428 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    302 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Male

    22 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Fairmont State University is white female (428 degrees awarded). There were 1.42 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (302 degrees).

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Operations

Fairmont State University has an endowment valued at nearly $N/A, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $237k (N/A%), compared to the 6.94% average return ($2.3M on $33.1M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2017, Fairmont State University had a total salary expenditure of $69.7M. Fairmont State University employs 70 Assistant professors, 49 Professors, and 26 Associate professors. Most academics at Fairmont State University are Male Assistant professors (37), Female Assistant professors(33), and Male Professors (29).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Fairmont State University are: Management, with 58 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 48 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 35 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$N/A

2017 Endowment

0%

growth from 2016

Fairmont State University has an endowment valued at about $N/A, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Fairmont State University stayed 0% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $N/A approximately the same as 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. $1.3M - Federal

  2. $7.17M - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Fairmont State University received $1.3M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $7.17M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$26.9M

2017 Salaries

1.54%

decline from 2016

In 2017, Fairmont State University paid a median of $26.9M in salaries, which represents 38.6% of their overall expenditure ($69.7M) and a 1.54% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 1.5% decline from 2015 and a 1.4% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.4M (40.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$9.87M

Instructional Salaries

169

Number of Employees

In 2017, Fairmont State University paid a total of $9.87M to 169 employees working as instructors, which represents 36.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.62M (33.5%) for similar Masters Colleges & Universities: Small Programs.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor

Most Common Instructor

70 Employees

Management

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

58 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Fairmont State University were Assistant professor with 70 employees; Professor with 49 employees; and Professor with 26 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Fairmont State University were Management with 58 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 48 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 35 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Assistant professor

  2. Female Assistant professor

  3. Male Professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Fairmont State University was Male Assistant professor with 37 employees, Female Assistant professor with 33 employees, and Male Professor with 29 employees.

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

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