Fairmont State University is excited each year to welcome not only each new student, but also his or her family members. In fact, the University aims to form a special relationship with the parents and family members who support each student's success. We recognize that your relationship with your student is like no other and that you have a significant role in his or her success both in and out of the classroom. We share in common your goal - we too want to see your student happy, healthy and achieving his or her objectives. We are passionate, like you, about seeing your student to the finish line and off to a bright future (be it graduate school or a career). We're with you, every step of the way, cheering them on and providing them with guidance and helpful resources. We want our students' families to be involved, included, informed, and invested in such a way that the student truly benefits - growing into an independent and well-rounded citizen. We look forward to partnering with you for your student's success!
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Whether you are determining if Fairmont State is the best choice for your student, or your student is already a part of our Falcon family, please feel free to use the resource links we have compiled below. And, review the event highlights provided at the bottom so that you are up-to-date on lease don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions. We're here to help.
What to Expect: Programs for You and Your Student
Parents and family members have a vested interest in the experience their student has leading up to admission, through enrollment, and including graduation. To help you and your student remain on track throughout each phase in the higher education pursuit, we provide several informative and enjoyable programs/events, a handful of which are outlined below:
Campus Visitation Day:
A bi-annual visitation/open house event intended to familiarize prospective students and their families with our institution (from financial aid and housing to student life and academics). Guests will enjoy complimentary lunch, participate in special sessions, meet directly with faculty, have the option to tour campus and much more. For more details and to RSVP, please visit www.fairmontstate.edu/CVD.
In the months leading up to each new semester, multiple Registration programs are held for newly admitted or readmitted students and their families. Students receive an invitation (both via postal mail and email) and RSVP to attend. During the program, students finalize financial aid and housing arrangements, and schedule classes (if they have not done so otherwise beforehand). A variety of programs are offered on the main campus in Fairmont (from daytime programs to evening programs) and special Registration programs are also offered for students enrolling in classes at the Gaston Caperton Center in Clarksburg, WV, as well as at the Robert C. Byrd Aerospace Center in Bridgeport, WV.
Orientation and Welcome Weekend:
The weekend before each fall semester begins, two connected events take place, each geared at acclimating new students to our campus and preparing them for success. Welcome Weekend, which includes Residence Hall Move-In, is designed specifically for new students who will reside on-campus. The Welcome Weekend resident experience kicks off on Friday before the fall semester commences and continues through Saturday night with a number of fun, entertaining, group-building, and informational activities. Welcome Weekend will not only acclimate students to life on the campus, but will also ensure that each student steps off into the adjustment and transition period on the right foot, comfortable with his/her surroundings and peers.
On Sunday, Welcome Weekend wraps up and Orientation begins! The Orientation program is intended for all new students (commuters and residents) and will serve to prepare students for the mission ahead. During Orientation, each student will obtain a parking pass (if needed), will finalize and confirm his/her class schedule, and will be oriented to his/her academic school/college by his/her academic dean and faculty specifically. Expectations will be established (both academically and socially) and students will be made even more familiar with campus facilities, support services, and even local businesses (including banks and credit unions).
Students admitted to the fall semester should watch the mail and the homepage for more information about Welcome Weekend and Orientation. Students who enroll in classes at the Gaston Caperton Center in Clarksburg, WV, should watch for information on the Back-to-School Bash held at that location around the same time.