Office of Student Success

Success - What does it mean to you?

The road to a college degree is not unlike those of West Virginia, winding their way along a journey filled with mountains, sharp turns, and the occasional pothole. Reaching the intended destination is rarely a straight drive, but the sights and experiences along the way introduce a beauty and appreciation that otherwise wouldn't be encountered.  Bumps in the road, uphill climbs, and a few changes in direction (or even wrong turns) are all part of what is called the college experience. 

Analogies aside - Fairmont State University is here to support our students in a holistic manner, and the Office of Student Success is one piece of a larger student support network.  Think of us like your GPS – tracking your progress, alerting you to hazards, and redirecting when you get off-course. We are student advocates, meaning that we are here to support you when you aren't sure what your next step is, are struggling with an issue in a class or with a policy, or simply need someone to reach out to talk about your challenges and priorities. 

Here are some of the services that we regularly provide: 

- Contact you about low grades.

- Follow-up after grades are posted each semester to assist with future planning.

- Assist in resolving issues in a class or campus situation. 

- Answer all the questions. All of them.

- Meet you on campus to help you get started with academic support.

- Introduce you to faculty and staff that can provide you with the greatest assistance. 

- Meet you one-on-one to discuss concerns, difficulties, and other issues; we will help you find a resolution, organize your thoughts, and create a game plan for next steps. 


A Critical Point to Make

You are in the driver's seat. We will do our best to find and help you in a moment of need, but we aren't omnipotent and our crystal ball only shows re-runs of Seinfeld.  When you need help, are unsure, or feel lost, that is the time for you to reach out for assistance. Even if you don't know how to express what is wrong.  Waiting for a failure to confirm that things aren't right is the worst way to track your progress. We don't need you to write us an essay, we just want to give help when help is needed.

Have a couple minutes to spare? Browse through some of our links from this page. I know we are biased, but we think they will lend some perspective that will help you along the way.