Sep 23, 2023  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Campus Resources

Fairmont Locust Avenue Campus-Residence Halls and Apartments

Pierpont contracts with FSU to offer residential living for its students. FSU maintains five residence halls which accommodate approximately 1143 students. Each residence hall provides a learning environment which is designed to enhance academic and social life. Contracts are for the entire academic year and prices vary by residence hall. For additional information, contact Residence Life at (304) 367-4216.

Students residing in University Terrace Apartments are required to sign an 11.5-month lease and abide by all rules and regulations as described therein. Prices vary based on apartment type.

  1. For 2017-2018, all freshmen and sophomores are required to live in campus housing unless approved for an exemption to the residency policy. Approved exemption information is available on the Residence Life website. Admitted students can easily apply for housing or an exemption by using the secure online tool located in My FAIRMONT STATE. All students must receive written confirmation of their release from the campus residency requirement before making housing arrangements off-campus. Students requesting exempt status from the residency policy must submit the request at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester indicated in the request.
  2. Students must pay application $200.00 deposit in order to complete their application and reserve a room. Housing assignments are completed based upon the student’s date of completed application. All residence hall, apartment applications, and assignments are made for the entire academic year.
  3. At any time after the application is complete, students may request a release from their contract for the following conditions: graduation, withdrawal for the remainder of the academic year, marriage, or a new medical condition that cannot be accommodated on campus. Financial aid is not considered during the release request process. Individuals must submit a written contract release request according to the approved conditions listed above. Release requests can be submitted at any time. The deposit refund deadline for the fall semester is May 31st. The deposit refund deadline for the spring semester is November 30th. The deposit is forfeited if there is no written cancellation by the semester deadlines. The deposit, less any account balance, will be returned at the end of the occupancy period.
  4. All residence hall students and their parents or guardians are responsible for being familiar with the Student Code of Conduct and Residence Life Policies.
  5. The institution reserves the right to limit the number of students in the residence halls under its control.
  6. Students who live in the residence halls must purchase a Meal Plan for the Dining Hall. Students who reside in the apartments do not.
  7. Room and board fees must be paid in full for a semester before the first day of classes.
  8. Students who need accommodations over breaks should reside in University Terrace and obtain a 11.5 month lease.
  9. In cases where a preponderance of circumstantial evidence exists of policy violation or criminal action, the student’s room will be searched in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and Residence Life Policies.
  10. Any residence hall student who is suspended or expelled from the institution and/or a residence hall for disciplinary reasons will be responsible for paying for the remainder of the housing contract.
  11. All residence halls are smoke-free.
  12. Alcoholic beverages or illegal substances are not permitted in the residence halls or University Terrace apartments.

Room and Board Rates

Regular term payment of room and board must be paid before the first day of classes. Summer term payment of room and board must be paid in full before the first day of classes. Applicants for residence hall reservations must pay a deposit at the time the application is filed. (This amount is subject to change at any time). The deposit will be refunded at checkout pending any student account balances. All unmarried freshman and sophomore students are required to live on campus for four consecutive semesters, excluding the summer term unless the student qualifies for an exemption to this policy.

For applicants deciding not to enroll, written notice of withdrawal for the fall semester must be received by the Residence Life Office by May 31st, and by November 30th for the spring semester. Failure to notify the Office of Housing and Residence Life in writing by the deadline will result in the forfeiture of the deposit. (Exception: Should the applicant be denied admission to either institution, a full refund will be made without regard to dates.)

The housing contract is valid for the academic year. Students cannot cancel their housing contract to avoid living on campus. Students must submit a contract release request and be approved for a release in order to live off-campus after applying. Releases are not guaranteed. For students residing on campus in the fall semester, contract release requests must be submitted by the deadlines listed above in order to receive a deposit refund. Please contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life if you have any questions concerning this information.


The Fairmont Locust Avenue campus provides a 940 space parking garage for students as well as parking spaces in defined areas throughout the campus. Parking decals are required and are included in tuition; they can be picked up in 248 Hardway Hall. Students receive parking maps at the time of admission and they are also available from the Department of Public Safety. Visitor and/or day passes can be purchased from the Dept. of Public Safety. Additional information may be found in the Student Handbook. Parking decals are required at Locust Avenue, Advanced Technology Center, Robert C. Byrd Aviation Education Center, and the Caperton Center locations.

Falcon Center

The student Falcon Center, centrally located on the Fairmont Locust Avenue campus, provides an environment where students and employees can comfortably interact with one another while enjoying a variety of fitness and wellness programs, eating areas and study lounges. The campus bookstore, printing services, dining services, and much more are available for both students and employees.

Included in the recreation/fitness areas are: 7,000 square feet of fitness equipment with cardio-theater; five multipurpose courts marked for basketball, volleyball, badminton and indoor soccer; multi-purpose rooms offering a variety of fitness classes; 25-yard fitness/lap pool, jacuzzi, sauna, and outdoor sunning deck; four-lane cushioned jogging/walking track and spacious locker rooms with lockers that may be rented. Throughout the year the Falcon Center offers special events such as health fairs, 5K run, weight lifting competition and many more. A complete intramural and sport club program is also offered to the students. Students enrolled at off-campus sites, or as virtual students may contact the Falcon Center desk to determine cost for use of the equipment.


The Bound for Success Bookstore on the Fairmont Locust Avenue campus is located on the second floor of the Falcon Center, carries all textbooks and school supplies needed for classes and a selection of Pierpont wearing apparel and gifts. Other items available include diploma frames, flash drives, graduation supplies, decorative frames, general reading books, reference and test prep books, blankets, blank note cards, school spirit items, plush animals, dorm room supplies, and much more. Computers and computer software at educational discounts are available; students may charge their textbooks and supplies to their student account and may also order textbooks, clothing, and supplies online through our website: (go to; click on Current Students and then Bookstore.)

Printing Services

Printing Services, located on the third floor of the Falcon Center, is open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday and offers copying and printing for faculty, staff, students and personal work. Basic services faculty, staff and students include copying and printing up to 11”x 17” in black & white or color. Finishing services include cutting, folding, padding, 3-hole punch, tape binding, vinyl coil binding and booklets. An assortment of copy, text, cover and index paper to complement your job is available. For personal job costs contact Printing Services.

Food Services

Dining Hall

Marketplace-style breakfasts, lunches and dinners are served Monday through Friday in the Dining Hall, located on the third floor of the Falcon Center (the student activity center). Brunch and dinner meals are available on weekends and on some holidays. Students on meal plans are to attend meals at this location or may use their Flex Dollars to buy food or groceries at one of the retail venues on campus. Commuter students may also dine in the Cafeteria, as all menu offerings are priced a la carte, in addition to the one-price, all-you-care-to-eat option. Commuters have another option - purchasing a “block” of meals, available in blocks of 20, 30 or 50, to be redeemed as the student desires and valid throughout the semester. Every meal plan participant must present his/her student ID card to the cashier to show payment for a meal. To learn more about the dining options and to make suggestions, call the Dining Services office.

Starbucks at the Library

A Starbucks Café is located in the Musick Library, operating throughout the academic year.

Student Health Services

The Student Health Services is located on the 3rd floor of the Falcon Center. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. A Nurse Practitioner is available to care for students’ needs during those hours. The office can be reached by phoning (304)367-4155.

The service is available only to currently enrolled students. Students may visit the office for any reason that may cause them to seek treatment from their general health care provider at home. If Student Health Services is unable to provide the necessary care, the student will be referred to the appropriate facility. For emergencies call 911.

Counseling Services

The Counseling Center serves full-time and part-time students and provides professional assistance to students experiencing a variety of personal and social problems. Costs are covered through tuition and fees. The staff consists of professionals trained in clinical practice and counseling. Students come to the Center for a variety of reasons, and it has shown to be very beneficial to speak to someone if you are distressed or life is not working out the way you had planned. Some common concerns may include: adjusting to college life, transitioning in or out of college, stress, family problems, feeling sad or depressed, feeling anxious or overwhelmed, problems with drug or alcohol use, identity issues (sexuality, gender, race, religion, disability), or concerns about sexual assault. Benefits of counseling include increased self-awareness, maximizing potential, and making the college experience more productive and meaningful. Contacts with the Counseling Services are held in strict confidence. Appointments may be made by emailing, by telephone (304) 534-7878, or in person at 231A Hardway Hall (Locust Avenue Campus). Additional information may be found on the web at (click on Current Students on the top menu, then click on Counseling Center on the blue menu on the left).