Fairfield University campus

Overview

Applicants
10,767
Acceptance Rate
65%
Average HS GPA
3.41

GPA Breakdown

25%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
20%
3.25 - 3.49
18%
3.00 - 3.24
15%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 640
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
550 - 640
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 29

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

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
12:1
Total Faculty
578
with Terminal Degree
388

314
Women
264
Men
54
Minority
11
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
78%
Graduate in 5 years
81%
Graduate in 6 years
82%

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
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Journalism, Other
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, other any instructional program in organizational communication, public relations, and advertising not listed above

  • 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

As a Jesuit school, Fairfield University seeks to "educate the mind, body and spirit both inside and outside the classroom." "An academically strong school with great post-graduate career support," Fairfield students are encouraged to "make a difference in the world." Certainly, one of Fairfield's greatest assets is its "small class sizes." This allows for a "space where everyone's opinion has an opportunity to be heard and respected" during class lectures. Undergrads also highly value their core curriculum and point to the strong business and nursing programs as stalwarts of the university. Best of all, Fairfield manages to attract professors that are "second to none." The vast majority are "extraordinarily dedicated and compassionate about teaching." More importantly, they "take a vested interest in their students. And, as one thrilled (and perhaps relieved) marketing major shares, "Their doors are always open and they are always willing to help students in any way they can."

Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Frank J. Carroll, III
Oaktree Capital Management, L.P., Managing Director

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

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
78%
Graduate in 5 years
81%
Graduate in 6 years
82%

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
$25,764

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,472

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,825

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
68%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$38,780

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$34,509

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$45,350
Required Fees
$650
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

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,860
Comprehensive Fee

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
3,970
Foreign Countries Represented
39

Demographics

2.10%
Asian
2.36%
African-American
7.38%
Hispanic
76.16%
Caucasian
8.02%
Unknown
2.46%
International

60% female
40% male
72% are out of state
93% are full time
7% are part time

Students Say

While the student body here is predominantly caucasian, we're told that "for a small school" there's "incredible" geographic diversity. Students come "from all over the U.S. and [around] the world as well," and no matter where they're from, they're "friendly and welcoming." As one happy undergrad further explains, "People are constantly opening and holding doors for other people, offering help to others, and much more. The students here are truly kind." They're also "incredibly motivated and driven to meet their goals." A mass communications major rushes to comment on this sharing, "My peers are excited to not only learn in their field of study, but also in vast array of core classes we are required to take." And while one theater students quietly laments that the "social scene is a little cliquey," in the same breath she rushes to assure us that "it is not hard to make friends." A business/management major agrees with the latter and adds, "It's scary how quickly and easily I was able to feel accepted and welcomed by the people who go here. I was able to find a group of people and in the year and half that I've been here I know consider them my second family."

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
75%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
95%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Academics often come first at Fairfield: "Students are extremely dedicated to their studies and you are never alone in the library no matter what day of the week or time of day." That said, these undergrads definitely still carve out time to kick back and relax. To begin with, the university sponsors "a ton of activities" from "karaoke [to] bingo nights." We're told that "the most popular events [include]… PrezBall, our kind of homecoming dance, Midnight Breakfast, ShamJam for St. Patricks day, and ClamJam at the end of the year." Additionally, "sporting events are usually well attended." Thursday night through the weekend, a number of undergrads can be spotted heading "out to parties at the Townhouses on campus where the juniors live." Fortunately, as mentioned above, there are plenty of social alternatives and no real pressure to drink. Students also frequently "take the shuttle bus right into the town of Fairfield which has so many cute shops and restaurants." And, when the weather permits, these undergrads love to head to the beach which is "less than three miles" from campus. Finally, when they're itching to get a little further away, they can simply "take the bus to the train station and hop on the Metro-North to New

York City."


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
90
Number of Honor Societies
21

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
6

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

30% 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
Bellarmine Hall
Barone Campus Center
Leslie C. Quick, Jr. Recreation Complex
DiMenna-Nyselius Library
Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
Bannow Science Center Egan Chapel

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Fairfield, CT (Fairfield University Bookstore)
Fairfield Beaches
Webster Bank Arena
New York City
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: Varies
Times: Varies
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.