Founded in 1841, Fordham is a world-renowned Jesuit, Catholic university with two campuses in New York City. In our programs and policies, we draw on the nearly 500-year history of the Jesuits, a distinguished, intellectual, and spiritual community within the Catholic Church. We offer numerous academic challenges and expect excellence; we care for the whole person; we ask the members of our community to be men and women for others-to put their education in service to the common good.
Classes are “challenging, but you leave with a new perspective on the world— I’ll never see things the same way again,” says a junior history major. Faculty are “so accessible beyond class and are extremely willing to help,” not to mention the fact that they are “constantly researching” and at times “can ask you to help with it.” Due to the location, a lot of professors currently work in their field (particularly in the business program), or did work in their field for decades, so “they truly know the material they are teaching” and “teach practical knowledge as opposed to the theoretical.” “Their doors are always open and [they] will continue to let you know about things and events that might pertain to your major or might help you in your academic career,” says a sophomore.
Similarly, Fordham “cares a great deal about the personal development of the students outside of the classroom,” though some admit that some offices (particularly Residential Life) “aren’t very helpful at times” due to red tape. Still, the administration as a whole “keeps improving,” and “really does listen to the students and make the necessary changes.” “In the four years that I have been here, they have added two residence halls, a new building to house the school of business, a new fitness center, renovated all the science labs, and are in the process of completing the new law school and residence hall at Lincoln Center,” says a student. A wide network of alumni throughout New York City and the world also really “helps facilitate internship and career opportunities after college,” not to mention that “recruiters from all industries are here, and Fordham has the connections.”
Fittingly, “tons of students like to go into the city for fun and see Broadway shows, sporting events, or just walk around.” There is also a ton of (free) stuff to do on campus (“as dictated by University law, there must be at least three activities per night every night”) including “movie nights, parties for 21-plus seniors, and intramurals.” “Although ‘college partying’ is a thing here” (note: there is no Greek life at Fordham), there are students who choose not to do so, and “they are not alone.” Students tend to work hard during the week, but “day-to-day life is very easygoing and relaxed, with students always hanging out in each other’s rooms.” Many students (especially business and communication students) have internships.
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