For Cam’Ron Allen, a first generation student, it was imperative to find an institution that understood his needs while also lending a listening ear and helping hand in choosing the school where he would be at home for the next four years.
“As a first generation student, it was hard to understand the whole maze of all this college stuff that I’m supposed to do and all of this paperwork that I’m supposed to fill out,” said Allen, now a senior criminal judge. student at Fairmont State University. “But Fairmont State opened its doors to me; they offered me Promise Beyond and several other scholarships, giving me opportunities that no one else could.
To help other prospective students and their families better understand the university decision-making process while familiarizing them with the university’s offerings, Fairmont State will be hosting Maroon and White Week, a virtual open house, April 11-17.
“The goal of Maroon and White Week is to provide a springboard for students, parents and others to learn more about their future here at Fairmont State, and to have a wealth of information sessions at their fingertips.” said Chris Sharps, senior director of recruiting. “One of the main reasons students and parents choose Fairmont State is the small class sizes and direct contact with their teacher-mentors. Our classes aren’t filled with hundreds of students – teachers know their students by name.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. this Sunday, April 11 with an introductory session to the week’s programming. Every day, representatives of Fairmont State faculty, staff and student body will deliver information sessions and panels on topics such as admissions, financial aid, housing, student services and more. . Participants will also have the opportunity to attend academic presentations representing more than 80 study programs, learn about campus security and institutional COVID-19 response measures, and participate in a virtual campus tour. . Each of the University’s colleges and schools will be featured throughout the week, including the School of Education, Health and Human Performance, College of Liberal Arts, School of Business and Aviation, College of Science and Technology and the School of Nursing.
“Many families don’t fully understand the value of a college degree,” said Mirta M. Martin, president of Fairmont State University. Maroon and White Week explains this and answers other questions future students and their families might have, such as how to pay for school and what to specialize in. They will get inside information first-hand from people who know about it. best – the faculty, staff and students that make this place so special.
Maroon and White Week offers high school, transfer and international students, as well as adult learners the ability to customize their individual schedules and choose sessions based on their unique interests. To register or view the event program, including a full list of information sessions and panels, visit www.fairmontstate.edu/MWVisitation.
Fairmont State University’s cozy, tree-lined campus is located in Fairmont, along the state’s growing high-tech corridor. Fairmont State is a comprehensive, student-centered, state-backed institution, offering 41 programs of study and over 90 programs of study in the Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Teacher Education , nursing and business administration. The institution is accredited by the Higher Education Commission of the North Central Association.