In addition to smaller classes, closer contact with faculty, and thought-provoking classes, students in Honors at Fairmont State enjoy other advantages and benefits.
Honors students may elect to live with other students in the Honors Residence, which is currently in Prichard Hall. In this supportive community, Honors students can study and enjoy co-curricular activities with like-minded students. Students in the Honors Residence share Prichard Hall with international students and enjoy the benefits of international experiences without leaving West Virginia. Students also have the benefit of the Honors Faculty in Residence who lives in the Honors Residence Hall and is available for academic advice and support, as well as informal counsel.
All Honors students automatically become members of the Honors Association.
The association fosters friendships among Honors students and provides both academic and social support to members. Monthly meetings include lunch, socializing and presentations. This year’s presentations cover on-campus employment opportunities, scholarships, internships, study abroad, graduate school, and resume writing.
First-year Honors students are assigned a mentor, usually in their major.
Mentors help first-year students become familiar with the campus. They are available to help first-year students with questions about classes and academic procedures.
Honors students have access to the Honors lab.
Located in 108 Hardway Hall, the Honors lab is equipped with five computers, two printers, and a scanner for students to use. While academic work has priority, students find the computers and other amenities (microwave, refrigerator, magazines, and telephone) make the Honors lab a good place to meet friends and relax.
Honors students enjoy priority registration for classes.
Honors students are entitled to register for classes with seniors and veterans during the first days of pre-registration each semester.
Honors students may participate in field and study trips to various cities and cultural activities.
Each term Honors students are eligible to take field trips to cities such as Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., where they can sample the rich cultural life of the nation’s major cities. Ordinarily there is no cost for these trips. Students in Honors may also elect to sign up for study trips. In the past students have traveled to London, England; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; Istanbul, Turkey; Brussels, Belgium, and Stratford, Ontario. While students are asked to share the costs for these trips, Honors underwrites about half of the expense and provides academic credit.