New Student Orientation Program

Summer Orientation – for students enrolling in the summer or fall semesters

Fairmont State University hosts comprehensive daytime Orientation programs each summer for incoming freshmen, transfer, and readmitted students who plan to take classes in the summer (late May-July term) or fall semester (late August - December term). During Orientation, incoming students consult with an academic advisor, schedule and register for classes, activate the student account, secure a photo ID card, and more. A Family Orientation program is offered concurrently during each of these programs for parents and other guests. 

Each newly admitted student will automatically receive an Orientation invitation by mail and email, which will offer instructions on how to RSVP for the program...or simply go to our Orientation page. It is important that students review the invitation thoroughly, as many details and 'to-do' items are outlined in the postal mail piece. 

Orientation programs occur prior to each academic semester. For the convenience of those students enrolling in the fall semester, Orientation is offered at various times throughout the spring and summer months. Please check your postal mail and email for updated information.

Winter Orientation – for students enrolling in the spring semester

Winter Orientation is a comprehensive program designed for incoming freshmen, transfer, and readmitted students. An Evening Winter Orientation program is offered in November each year and a Daytime Winter Orientation program is offered in January (which coincides with residence hall move-in). During Orientation, students and family members learn about the institution’s important calendars, offices, policies, and procedures. Information about Financial Aid and all other issues important to both on and off campus students is provided.

Each student admitted for the spring semester receives an invitation to Orientation by mail-these invitations are sent out from October through December. This invitation offers instructions on how to RSVP for the program...or simply go to our Orientation page. Any student who has further questions should contact the Office of Orientation (see below).

Students admitted for the Spring semester (January - May term) are encouraged to schedule their classes in advance of Winter Orientation. The Winter Orientation invitation will provide each student with instructions on how to find and set up an appointment with his or her Academic Advisor. Freshmen are permitted to begin scheduling classes in November - please check the Academic Calendar for the specific date. 


For more information, contact:
Office of Orientation
Turley Student Services Center
Phone: (304) 367-4010

Contact Info

Office of Recruitment
Turley Student Services Center
Room 105
1201 Locust Avenue
Fairmont, West Virginia 26554
Phone: (800) 641-5678
Phone: (304) 367-4010
TDD: (304) 367-4200
Fax: (304) 367-4789

Group Visits


In light of present COVID-19 concerns, we are not scheduling group visits at this time.

However, please call us with details of your planned visit.

Once regular visit scheduling has resumed, we will contact you with available dates and times.

For the most up-to-date information about the current campus response to COVID-19 concerns and precautions, please visit our Coronavirus website.


Group Visit or Day On Campus Visits

For groups of six or more, we offer customized group visit scheduling.

Tour our beautiful campus, meet the Student Ambassadors, and get a feel for all that Fairmont State University has to offer.

Please call our office with any questions about visits 304-367-4010.