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March 23, 2014

Students get ‘all of their questions answered’ in visit to FSU, Pierpont

FAIRMONT — Visitors to the Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College Spring Visitation Day received a warm welcome Saturday, with the FSU Jazz Ensemble playing as students and their families entered the Falcon Center that morning.

The visitation day held activities on campus from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event was open to admitted and prospective students and their families.

The day started off with a welcome and program overview.

Dr. Maria Rose, FSU president, told students about the opportunities available to them.

“Our special partnership with Pierpont and our shared main campus afford many opportunities for our students,” Rose said. “You’re here to plan and anticipate your educational journey that will lead you to success and achievement. Be sure to ask lots of questions today.”

After the welcome, students and their families were able to choose what programing to attend, including sessions on housing, financial aid and student life, as well as academic fairs for both Pierpont and FSU.

Christy Burner, assistant director of admissions and the primary organizer for the event, said the event is a great opportunity for students.

“This is their chance to come and see the college. They get to see what it’s like to be on campus, what to expect, what the classrooms look like and what the residence halls look like,” Burner said. “They get to have all of their questions answered.”

Burner said admitted and prospective students had a variety of activities to choose from.

“One good thing about today is that it’s a one-stop shop. They can come here and see and do everything in one day,” Burner said. “They can even be admitted on the spot.”

Students who brought along their academic transcript, application and test scores could be admitted to Fairmont State during the visitation day, and could even receive their letter of acceptance by the afternoon. Pierpont also offered on-the-spot admission, and test scores were not required.

Burner estimated more than 800 attended the event Saturday.

Planning for the event began in November, just after the last visitation day.

“It’s enormous. If it wasn’t for the volunteers, I would not be able to put this on,” Burner said.

Nathalie Barnes, FSU ’14, admissions and recruitment student ambassador, has worked with admissions and recruitment and participating in visitation days for three years.

“I really enjoy it,” Barnes said. “My favorite part is meeting with the new incoming freshmen and getting them familiar with the campus so they won’t be afraid of anything.”

Anne Hewitt, FSU ’15, is majoring in education and was a volunteer at the FSU academic fair. She said she was pleasantly surprised by the number of people who came out.

“I wasn’t expecting a turnout like this,” Hewitt said. “It’s really good to see kids here, excited about college and what they’re going to be doing.”

Carly Gallagher, a senior at South Charleston High School, said that she enjoyed the event.

“I loved it. I love it up here already,” Gallagher said. Gallagher is planning on attending FSU and majoring in nursing. She said her best friend is also planning on attending FSU in the fall.

Students attended sessions on housing, “college know how,” financial aid, campus life, the honors program, and campus and housing tours. Students could also apply for and receive their housing assignments and take math placement testing.

Students were also given the opportunity to visit Pierpont’s downtown location at Veterans’ Square for the Pierpont Applied Design Program open house and to go to Bridgeport for the Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center open house.

Email Colleen S. Good at or follow her on Twitter @CSGoodTWV.

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