You could feel the back-to-school excitement Monday on the shared campus of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College.
FSU said the 2013 freshman class is one of its largest and its dormitories are full. The university has set up an information booth to hand out maps and answer questions. It said the quality of its students is a reflection of the strength of its programs.
"Fairmont State is a long standing, well respected institution in West Virginia. We have some very strong programs. Those programs continue to attract students from around the state and from outside of the state," said Kaye Widney, of FSU Student Services.
FSU said it is beginning to recruit more out of state students and hopes to see numbers those continue to increase.
Marion County Schools also had their first day Monday. The summer vacation finally has come to an end and students and teachers are back in the county's 22 schools. Superintendent Gary Price said, just like every year, he expects big things out of them.
Students at Glenville State were also catching up for their first day of classes Monday. Students were filling the Mollohan Campus Community Center, and some were already hitting the books. It's the end of a welcoming weekend for campus freshmen, who moved in last Friday.
WVU students recovered from the weekend and headed to their first classes of the semester as well August 19. The freshman class has around five thousand new students attending this year. The first day is usually kept for students to receive the syllabus and meet their professors.
"It was like a big lecture hall and people just kind of like said, 'Alright, here is the syllabus." Everyone's kind of getting the feel for everything right now. So, it's not like everything is being thrown at you its kind of gradual. So, that's pretty fun," said Erica Perez, WVU freshmen.
Most classes did let out early to let the students head over to FallFest. The next break students will have is fall recess starting November 25.
Also in north central West Virginia, Randolph County Schools and W.Va. Wesleyan College had first days August 19.