Fairfield University campus

Overview

Applicants
9,978
Acceptance Rate
72%
Average HS GPA
3.45

GPA Breakdown

28%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
20%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
14%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
550 - 640
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 640
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 28

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 15

Early Action
November 1

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
611
with Terminal Degree
407

318
Women
293
Men
44
Minority
17
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
77%
Graduate in 5 years
79%
Graduate in 6 years
80%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations
  • Finance, General
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Engineering

  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Software Engineering
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology
  • Sociology and Anthropology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General


Students Say

Fairfield University, founded in 1942, is “a promising young institution short on tradition and diversity, but big on community, cross-disciplinary academics” and “educating the whole person: body, mind, and spirit.” This Jesuit institution is based in “an amazing little New England town an hour outside of New York City.” “It was everything I wanted in my school,” a happy biology student testifies. “Small class size, beautiful campus, approachable professors—it’s perfect.” The school has a strong “commitment to the Jesuit values,” a “friendly atmosphere,” and a small size that means you’ll “see so many familiar faces every day.” Fairfield works hard to prepare “its students for life after college with the tools inherent in a Jesuit education.” Students found the professors to be “amazingly engaging and knowledgeable.” They’re “experienced veterans in their fields of study” who have “actual industry, practical, real-world experience. This gives the students real insight into what a career actually is.” Thanks to the small size, professors are “very accessible and tend to truly care about their students.” One religious studies student sums up the Fairfield experience as being “about community—between the encouragement to get involved, living and learning communities, and its dedication to service, Fairfield is about forming and improving its own community and the greater community around it.”

Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


William C. Crager
Envestnet, Inc., President

Sheila Kearney Davidson
New York Life Insurance Company, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Off

Patricia E. Glassford
GE Energy Management, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Brian P. Hull
UBS Group-Americas, Chairman, Strategic Clients & Partnerships

Christopher McCormick
L.L.Bean, Inc., President & CEO

Gavin G. O'Connor
Goldman Sachs, Partner & COO, Investment Management Division

James D. Wehr
The Phoenix Companies, Inc., President & CEO

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
77%
Graduate in 5 years
79%
Graduate in 6 years
80%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$14,847

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$15,682

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,938

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,918

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
65%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$30,240

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$44,250
Required Fees
$625
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,150

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$8,600
Transportation for Commuters
$1,350

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,982
Out of State
71%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
34

Demographics

59% female
41% male
71% are out of state
93% are full time
7% are part time

Students Say

Fairfield students are typically “white, middleor upper-class students,” who are “usually devoted to studies as well as serving the community and others.” However, many students feel the school “should improve in recruiting a more diverse student body.” “Perhaps the downfall of Fairfield is that the student population seems pretty homogeneous,” one student explains. “White and wealthy would be a fitting description for most. However, diversity is an initiative the university is working on.” In particular, “socioeconomic differences are very clearly defined.” “Although it is not very diverse, most students are open to people of different backgrounds, and joining clubs or other teams is an easy way to make friends and fit in.” One student points out that, while the school isn’t racially diverse, that doesn’t mean the school isn’t accepting: “Being a minority here, I think the openness to minorities is undervalued. Everyone here is accepting, and though there are some things that could be improved upon, it is a very good school to belong.” As for fashion, Fairfield “has the ‘J. Crew U.’ reputation” for a reason. “The typical student owns a Northface, was really good at some sport back in high school, owns some articles of Polo, is moderately attractive, and enjoys a weekend of partying.” However, while “everyone always looks put together…no one is going over the top—we do have to go to class.”

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
76%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
94%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Although some students can “get stuck in the ’Fairfield bubble,’” New Haven and “New York City [are] not that far away,” and “it’s easy to get on the train and go to the city if you want real fun.” On campus, “students attend parties on the weekends, concerts on campus, or local concerts.” The convenient location “enables students to visit other schools as well.” “Townhouse parties are the biggest things for the weekend,” and going to the “beach is always fun once the weather gets warmer in the spring.” “FUSA (Fairfield University Student Association) plans activities for every night of the week (games, speakers, late night food, etc.).” “The extracurricular activities the school provides for its students are really a great diversion from school work when you’ve had a stressful day!” If there’s one downside to campus life, it seems to be “the food in the cafeteria,” which was frequently derided, as well as the definite “lack of school spirit.” Although one student proclaimed: “We learn and live together; we are Stags!” “Overall, it’s a laid-back school with nightlife, and I like it that way, nothing really wild.”

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Academic and Disability Support Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Aimee Tiu Wu

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Neuropsychological evaluation

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
92
Number of Honor Societies
22

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
6

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

41% participate in intramural sports
11% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Stags)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Women's Sports (Stags)
12 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of New Haven
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Yale University

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
20

Average Number of PC's per Lab
35

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple and CDW-G (HP)

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Corey Novak
Admission Counselor

Address
Office of Admission
1073 N. Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

Phone
203-254-4100

Email
admis@fairfield.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Quick Center for the Arts:includes Walsh Art Gallery, Kelley & Wien Theatre
Egan/Loyola Chapel
DiMenna-Nyselius Library
Leslie C. Quick, Jr. Recreation Complex
Barone Campus Center (Student Center)
Einstein's Bagel Bar Bellarmine Museum of Art

Most Popular Places Off Campus
New York City
Fairfield University Bookstore, Downtown Fairfield
Arena at Harbor Yard
Trumbull Mall
New Haven, CT
Convenient train service to New York City and New Haven via Metro-North with station in Fairfield.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday, some Sat/Sun
8:30am-4:30pm, some Sat/Sun
203-254-4100

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M-F 10:30, 1:30; some Sat/Sun
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
10:30am;1:30pm weekdays; some Sat/Sun

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://www.fairfieldstags.com/

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
La Guardia Airport in New York City is approximately 50 miles (a 75-minute drive) from campus. Metro-North train service is available to Fairfield from New York City and from New Haven. Campus shuttle makes trips to Fairfield train station.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From New York on I-95, take Exit 22 - Round Hill Rd. Continue straight through the stop sign at the end of the ramp. At the traffic light, take a left onto North Benson Road (Rt. 135) and continue straight for 0.8 miles (through two traffic lights). The sign for the main entrance to Fairfield University will be on the left.

Local Accommodations
Accomodations can be found in Fairfield, neighboring Westport, Norwalk, Trumbull and Shelton.