Oct 24, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Admissions to the University


 


General Admissions to Fairmont State

Students seeking admission to Fairmont State must be of the age of compulsory attendance in the state of West Virginia and file an application for admission. Application and supporting credentials must be on file at least two weeks prior to the opening of a semester or term. All credentials submitted in support of an application for admission become the property of the University and will not be returned to the student. Any student admitted upon the basis of false credentials will be subject to immediate dismissal from the University.

The application for admission must specify the student’s desired degree or program objective. Admission to Fairmont State does not guarantee admission to specific programs, which may be restricted due to limitations of staff, physical facilities, and space available for experiential training. The standards and procedures for admission to limited-enrollment programs are presented later in this section.

Students who fail to register during the semester or term for which they have been admitted, must file another application in order to gain admission at a later date.

Application Forms and Procedures

All students applying for admission to Fairmont State degree programs are required to complete and submit the following forms and credentials:

  1. Application for Admission.

  2. Official high school transcript sent by high school or high school equivalency diploma (not required for transfer students having a 2.0 grade point average and at least 24 hours of completed coursework).

  3. Official ACT or SAT scores (not required for students who graduated high school more than 5 years prior to enrollment term or for transfer students having a 2.0 average and at least 24 hours of completed coursework).

  4. Transcript of home-schooled students to include classes taken, credit hours and grades earned, graduation date and signature of the home school provider (may be submitted in lieu of a high school equivalency transcript, however the high school equivalency transcript may be required for financial aid and scholarships).

  5. Official college transcripts, if applicable.

  6. Immunization Records including measles, mumps, & rubella (MMR) (if born after January 1, 1957).

  7. Permanent Resident Card, if applicable.

The American College Test/Scholastic Aptitude Test Requirement

Fairmont State requires the American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of all applicants unless you have graduated high school or received a high school equivalency transcript more than five years prior to seeking admission. ACT or SAT scores are also used to determine student placement in English and mathematics courses, for scholarships and loans, and for academic advising purposes. High school students are encouraged to take the test beginning in their junior year. For information concerning registration and test dates for the ACT National Exam, please visit the official ACT website, www.act.org. Students seeking admission to the University, who have missed the national testing date(s) may take the residual ACT (Contact Enrollment Services for additional information).

Immunization Requirement

All freshman and transfer students who were born after January 1, 1957, are required to provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella. Students are requested to provide proof of immunity on or before the date of enrollment. Meningococcal vaccine is strongly recommended. Other immunizations recommended include: Polio Series, Tetanus-Diptheria-Pertussis (Td and aP, or Tdap within the past 5 years), Hepatitis A Vaccine, Hepatitis B Series, Varicella Vaccine (or history of chicken pox), and an annual Influenza Vaccine.

Bachelor’s Degree Programs Admission Requirements

Admission to bachelor’s degree programs is open to graduates of approved high schools who have a 2.0 high school GPA (or received a high school equivalency transcript) and a minimum composite score of 18 on the ACT or 870 on the SAT (combination of Critical Reading and Math scores if test was taken prior to March 2016) or a 950 SAT (total score on tests taken March 2016 and after). Students with at least a 3.0 high school GPA and SAT or ACT composite test scores will be admitted regardless of the test scores. Applicants must also satisfy the following minimum high school unit requirements.

Required Units (Years)

  • 4 units of English (including English 12CR and courses in grammar, composition, and literature)

  • 3 units of Social Studies (including U.S. studies/history)

  • 4 units of Mathematics (three units must be Algebra I and higher or Math I or higher; Transitional Math for Seniors will also be accepted). Courses designed as “support courses”, such as Math I Lab or Math I Support, that provide extra instructional time but no additional content shall not be acceptable as meeting the required 4 mathematic course core requirements.

  • 3 units of Science (all courses to be college preparatory laboratory science, preferably including units from biology, chemistry, and physics)

  • 1  unit inArts

  • 2 units of World Language (two units of the same world language; sign language is also acceptable)

Fairmont State may admit by exception students who do not meet the basic admissions standards.

Admission to Teacher Education

Admission to Teacher Education is selective. Please refer to the School of Education “Program of Study” in the catalog for requirements.

Admissions to Associate Degree in Nursing

Admission is granted on a first come, first served basis once a file is complete and space is available. Based on academic credentials, students may be eligible for concurrent admission to the BSN program. Students must first apply and be accepted into Fairmont State and complete a separate Nursing Program application. Additional documents needed to be considered for admission to the nursing program include TEAS scores and, as applicable, an LPN transcript and LPN license verification. See the website for detailed information.

Admission to Aviation Flight Program

Admission to the Flight Program is competitive. Applicants will be required to submit an additional Flight Program application form. Based on academic credentials and other aviation-related experiences, selected individuals will be asked to provide proof of an Unrestricted 1st or 2nd Class Medical Certification, will be scheduled for an interview. International students will also need special clearance from the TSA.

Students Seeking a Second Bachelor’s Degree

Students who have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution may pursue another degree as a postgraduate student. In order to be admitted, the student must submit an application and all college transcripts. General studies, major, and minor requirements will be reviewed by the appropriate departments to determine what additional courses must be completed. While credit for the previously earned baccalaureate degree will be posted on the Fairmont State transcript, no individual courses will be translated.

Non-Degree Seeking Admission Requirements

Admission to Fairmont State as a non-degree seeking or non-matriculant student is open to anyone who has completed fewer than 15 semester hours cumulative at any college or university or high school graduates who have not completed any semester hours. The student must be a high school graduate or a recipient of a high school equivalency diploma. Admission is intended for students registering for occasional college courses with no degree objective. Students may complete up to a cumulative total of 15 hours of college credit. Students must submit the following as applicable:

  1. Application for admission

  2. Official college transcript(s)

  3. Official home school transcript, high school transcript sent by high school or high school equivalency diploma, if you have not attended college. (Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis)

A student who has completed 15 hours of regular college credit is required to apply for admission to Fairmont State for further study and meet all the requirements for admission for a specific degree.

High School Students

Outstanding high school students may be admitted as early admission non-degree seeking students, during their junior or senior year in high school. Students are limited to enrolling in six (6) hours per semester and no more than 30 hours may be earned before they must apply for admission as a regular student. In addition a student must meet the following criteria:

  1. Application for admission

  2. Recommendation letter from school official.

  3. Official high school transcript/home school transcript through last semester completed with 3.0 GPA

  4. Permission letter from parent

Transient Students

  1. Application for admission

  2. Course approval form from home institution granting permission to take transferable class(es) or an official college transcript with at least a 2.0 GPA

International Student Admission Requirements

Admission file must be completed by the deadlines: Fall Semester-June 15th and Spring Semester-October 15th. Admission for the summer terms is prohibited. Upon acceptance, information will be entered into SEVIS and an I-20 will be issued for LNapplication of F1 Visa. Required application forms and credentials include:

  1. Application for admission

  2. Must have a 2.0 overall grade point average for any high school or college work.

  3. Official English proficiency scores (TOEFL Internet Based of 61, TOEIC of 785 or IELTS of 6.0) if your native language is not English. Online English courses cannot be accepted in place of these scores.

  4. Proof of financial support for first academic year (must be in U.S. dollar format and translated to English)

  5. Sponsor Affidavit Form

  6. Color copy of Passport

  7. Original or certified copies of all official academic records/transcripts. Certified documents must be notarized or attested by the education institution, the Ministry of Education of the country, or World Education Services (WES) evaluation agency. High school transcripts are not required for transfer students having a 2.0 grade point average and at least 24 hours of completed coursework.

  8. All undergraduate students who have attended high school, colleges or universities outside the United States will need to use (WES) to complete the credential evaluation of all academic work completed. Transfer applicants should request a “course-by-course” International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP). High school transcripts are not required for transfer students having a 2.0 grade point average and at least 24 hours of completed coursework. Freshman applicants should request a “document-by-document” ICA Prevaluation. ICAP evaluations include WES certified copies of official documents.

  9. Transfer eligibility form, if applicable

  10. Proof of immunization (measles, mumps, rubella) MMR

  11. Proof of health insurance

  12. Housing Application (if applicable)

Returning Students

Students who have interrupted their schooling for one semester (not including summer term) must reapply for admission. Any previous holds must be removed before readmission can occur. Students who have attended another institution during this absence are considered to be transfer students and must comply with the requirements listed below.

Transfer Students

Any applicant for admission to Fairmont State who has attended another collegiate institution will be classified as a transfer student. Every effort will be made to allow credit earned at other accredited colleges and universities to count towards a degree at Fairmont State. Transfer students must meet the previously stated admission requirements of Fairmont State. They must provide evidence of good standing at the institution last attended and must have maintained a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Students transferring fewer than 24 semester hours must provide an official copy of their high school transcript/home school or high school equivalency transcript, official ACT or SAT scores (if the student has graduated from high school less than 5 years prior to the enrollment term) and official college transcript(s).

Core Coursework Transfer Policy

According to Series 17, Policy Regarding the Transferability of Credits and Grades at the Undergraduate Level, students who transfer from one state college or university to another may transfer core coursework that will count toward fulfillment of general studies requirements at the receiving institutions.

Under the terms of the agreement, a student may transfer up to thirty-five credit hours of undergraduate coursework in the areas of English composition, communications and literature, fine arts appreciation, mathematics, natural science, and social science as general studies credits. Copies of the agreement are available in the Enrollment Services Center.

The following is a list of Fairmont State General Studies courses which are tranferable to another WV Institution of Higher Education up to 35 credits.  The accepting institution must accept the courses below as general studies credit.
MATH 1407  
MATH 1507  
MATH 1430  
MATH 1530  
MATH 1540  
MATH 2501  
CHEM 1105  
PHYS 1105  

Credit from a Junior or Community College

The maximum credit accepted from a Junior or Community College accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools or other regional accrediting association will not exceed 72 semester hours.

Admission to College Level English and Math Courses

Fairmont State has adopted the following requirements for students before they are permitted to enroll in college-level mathematics and English courses:

English

All students may enroll in ENG 101. However, students must enroll in a four credit hour Accelerated version of the course if they fail to earn at least one of the minimum scores prescribed below for the following tests:

  • A score of 18 or above on the English section of the ACT.

  • A score of 500 or above on the evidence-based reading and writing portion of the redesigned SAT.

  • A score of 5 or higher on the WritePlacer.

  • An achievement level score of Level 3 on the English/language arts portion of the statewide eleventh grade student assessment, the West Virginia General Summative Assessment.

Mathematics

Students may not enroll in a mathematics course unless the minimum score prescribed below is earned on at least one of the following tests:

  • A score of 19 or above on the mathematics section of the ACT.

  • A score of 460 or above on the quantitative portion of the SAT-1.

  • A score of 500 or above on the math section of the new SAT effective March 2016.

  • An achievement level score of Level 3 on the mathematics portion of the statewide eleventh grade student assessment, the West Virginia General Summative Assessment.

  • f) A scaled score of 85 on the arithmetic test for majors requiring quantitative reasoning courses or a scaled score of 76 on the elementary algebra test for majors requiring college algebra or a scaled score of 40 on the college-level math test of the College Board’s ACCUPLACER Testing System.

Any student who does not meet the minimum test score pre-requisites will be required to enroll in a course with integrated academic support.

Math Support Courses include:

MATH 1407 

MATH 1430 

The college offers the ACCUPLACER tests, designed by CollegeBoard, free of charge to students who enter with low ACT/SAT scores. These tests are taken on the computer and are multiple-choice and untimed. The ACCUPLACER test may be taken up to two times per semester. ACCUPLACER score is valid for up to two years after the test date. For more information on ACCUPLACER tests, contact the Fairmont State Advising Center.

Advanced Standing

Based on the high school record and performance on the ACT or SAT, Fairmont State will determine eligibility for advanced standing and credit in English and foreign language as follows:

English: Students may receive three hours of college credit in ENGL 1101 and may enroll in ENGL 1102 if they present four units of high school English with no semester grade of less than a “B” and a standard score of 25 or higher on the English section of the ACT or 640 on the evidence-based reading and writing section of the redesigned SAT.

Foreign Language: Students who present one or more units of high school French or Spanish may enroll in FREN 1102 or SPAN 1102. Students who present two or more units of high school French or Spanish may enroll in FREN 2201 or SPAN 2201.

French or Spanish minor: Students electing a minor in French or Spanish may satisfy the elementary level requirement, FREN 1101 and FREN 1102, or SPAN 1101 and SPAN 1102, by presenting two or more units of high school French or Spanish. These hours will not be recorded as college credit but will fulfill the requirement for the first six hours of the minor.

Students will not be awarded multiple credit, standing or GPA based on duplicated advanced placement scores, tests or transfer work.

 

Advanced Placement Examination

Examination

Minimum Score Credit Hours Course Equivalent

Art (Studio)

Studio Art - Drawing

Studio Art 2 - Design

Studio Art 3 - Design

Art History

Biology

Biology

Chemistry

Classics/Latin:Virgil

Computer Science A

Economics

Macroeconomics

Microeconomics

English

English Lang. & Comp.

English Comp. & Lit.

Environmental Science

Foreign Language

Chinese Lang & Culture

French Language

German Language

Japanese Language

Spanish Language

Spanish Literature

Geography

Human Geography

Government & Politics

United States

Comparitive

History

United States

European

World

Mathematics

Calculus AB

Calculus BC

Calculus BC

Statistics

-

-

Music

Music Theory

Physics

Physics 1

Physics 2

Physics C Mechanics

Physics C Elec. & Mag.

Psychology

Psychology

-

3

3

3

3

3

4

3

3

3

-

3

3

-

3

3

3

-

3

3

3

3

3

3

-

3

-

3

3

-

3

3

3

-

3

3

4

3

-

-

-

3

-

3

3

3

3

-

3

-

3

3

3

3

4

8

8

3

3

-

3

3

-

3

3

4

-

6

6

6

6

6

6

-

3

-

6

6

-

6

6

6

-

4

4

4

3

-

-

-

3

-

4

4

5

5

-

3

-

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

SCIE 1100

BIOL 1105 & 1106

CHEM 1101-1102

Not offered at Fairmont State

Elective

-

BSBA 2211

BSBA 2212

-

ENG 1101

ENG 2220, 2230, 2231

Elective

-

Not offered at Fairmont State

FREN 1101, 1102

Elective

Not offered at Fairmont State

SPAN 1101, 1102

SPAN Elective

-

GEOG 2210

-

POLI 1100

POLI 2200

-

HIST 1107, 1108

HIST Elective

HIST 2211, 2212

-

MATH 2501

MATH 2501

MATH 2501, 2502

MATH 1550, BSBA 3310

PSYC 2240, SOCY 2240,

POLI 2240

-

MUSI 1108 (2 credits)

-

PHYS 1101

PHYS 1102

PHYS 1105

PHYS 1106

-

PSYC 1101

Special Examination for Course Credit

Students may earn course credit by special examination. To apply for permission for such an examination, applicants must be enrolled in the University or must have completed one semester or summer session in Fairmont State. Applicants must first schedule an interview with the College or School Dean or department representative, who will evaluate the student’s background, experience, and qualifications to establish eligibility and give permission to take the examination. In order to gain college credit by special examination, students must demonstrate better than average proficiency on the examination, as determined by the examiner. Examinations will not be given for college courses in which students have previously received a grade other than “W.”

Applicants must pay a fee of $22.00 per semester credit hour for each special examination. Applications for credit may be obtained from the Academic School or Department. Please refer to the online Campus Directory for specific locations. Payment must be made in the Turley Student Services Center after the College/School Dean or department representative approves eligibility and before taking the examination. No money will be refunded if any examination is failed. No examination may be repeated.

Students will not be awarded multiple credit, standing or GPA based on duplicated advanced placement scores, tests or transfer work.