From the School

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.

Overall

From The School

Admission to Fordham is highly selective. We consider our applicants' academic records, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, co-curricular activities, and admission essays—not in isolation, but as parts of a unified whole. This information helps to convey what applicants might do at Fordham, how Fordham might help them and how they might contribute to the community. Applicants can complete and deliver an application online or through the mail. You can apply in one of two ways: Regular Decision or Early Action. Freshman applicants should complete four years of high school English, three to four years of science, three to four years of math, four years of social studies, and two to three years of a foreign language. Students who want to pursue a math, science, or pre-medical curriculum should have at least four years of math and one each of physics and chemistry. Business students should have four years of college preparatory mathematics, including at least precalculus. Most successful candidates will have maintained an A/Aaverage.

Overview

Applicants
40,912
Acceptance Rate
48%
Average HS GPA
3.60

GPA Breakdown

40%
Over 3.75
26%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
11%
3.00 - 3.24
4%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
570 - 670
SAT Math
580 - 680
SAT Writing
580 - 680
ACT Composite
26 - 30

Deadlines


Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

From The School


Academic Programs

The University offers numerous programs and services to expand the minds and hearts of students. Academic advising at Fordham puts into practice the Jesuit ideal of cura personalis, the care of the whole person.

The Service Learning Program allows students to integrate serious scholarship with civic action.

The 3-3 Law Program permits qualified students to enroll at Fordham's top-ranked School of Law after three years of undergraduate study.

The Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions Advising Program claims a proud history of guiding students into the country's finest medical schools; boasting a 90 percent acceptance rate for a recent graduating class.

Fordham's extensive relationships with firms and organizations provide 2,600 internship opportunities every year.

The University offers access to yearlong, semester-long, and summer study abroad programs in more than 55 countries, on six continents including the London School of Economics and La Sorbonne in Paris.

The Manresa Program is a living-learning opportunity for freshmen, who live and study together in Martyrs Court Jogues Residential College, engage with faculty in interactive seminars and participate in activities that nurture the development of the whole person.

The University's Honors Programs are intentionally small, unabashedly intense, and deeply supportive of exceptional academic ability.

Majors and Degrees Offered

The undeniable strength of Fordham's academic program is the unbreakable link between its widely regarded core curriculum and 50 outstanding major areas of study offered within Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham College at Lincoln Center and the Gabelli School of Business. Many students choose to major in widely recognized departments, such as biology, communications, English, or psychology, while others pursue smaller programs unique to the liberal arts colleges-classical languages, philosophy, or theology.

Fordham offers a variety of degrees and programs within its three traditional undergraduate colleges. Among a full slate of programs in the humanities, social sciences, and physical and natural sciences, Fordham College at Rose Hill offers several unique programs. Special programs include a new four-year bachelor of science in engineering physics, and an interdisciplinary concentration in American Catholic Studies, sponsored by the University's Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies. In the Gabelli School of Business, students can select among seven degree programs and two dual degree programs. The Global Learning Opportunities and Business Experiences (G.L.O.B.E.) Program within the school combines coursework in history, literature, and language, as well as global business courses, study abroad experiences, and/or an international internship.

The theatre program at Fordham College at Lincoln Center offers a comprehensive B.A. grounded in hands-on experience. Theatre majors work with award-winning faculty and stellar guest artists in small classes and ambitious mainstage productions. In addition to the rich mix of majors and courses, Fordham also offers an innovative four-year B.F.A. program in dance, conducted in partnership with the Ailey School of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The Fordham Law School and our graduate schools in business administration, religion, arts and sciences, education, and social services, provide additional opportunities for advanced education.

Students Say

With two New York City campus locations (Rose Hill and Lincoln Center), Fordham is truly a metropolitan school, offering a great liberal arts education in a small, tight-knit community. This community of “dedicated, opinionated students” are aware of the world around them, and the university offers students “serious academic opportunities and challenges, along with amazing opportunities to become involved with urban life in NYC.”

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.”


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
1,635
with Terminal Degree
1,078

859
Men
776
Women
286
Minority
42
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
75%
Graduate in 5 years
79%
Graduate in 6 years
80%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Latin American Studies
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Accounting and Related Services, Other
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Finance, General
  • International Business
  • Marketing

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication and Media Studies, Other
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Information Science/Studies
  • Information Technology

  • Engineering

  • Engineering, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics, Other

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Accounting and Computer Science
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Natural Sciences

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry
  • Physical Sciences, Other
  • Physics

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • International Economics
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Theology/Theological Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Theatre/Theatre Arts Management
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
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
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Alan Alda
Actor

Denzel Washington
Actor

Vince Lombardi
Football Coach

John Brennan
Director, CIA

Mary Higgins Clark
Author

Charles Osgood
Journalist, Host CBS Sunday Morning

Don DeLillo
Author

Overview

From The School


Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Tuition for the academic year 2012-2013: $42,057; Room and board: $15,375 for double occupancy, including meal plan. For more information, visit www.fordham.edu/tuition.

Financial Aid

As a Jesuit University, Fordham is committed to providing an outstanding education to qualified students. We try our best to support students and families who don't have the resources to pay our full tuition. Fordham also claims a long tradition of welcoming and supporting first-generation college students. More than 80 percent of our students typically receive some form of financial aid, including both need-based and merit-based aid. Fall freshman applicants should file the FAFSA and CSS Profile forms by February 1. Spring freshman applicants should file by November 1.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
76
Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Mar 31

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,608

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,251

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,507

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$37,607

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
62%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$24,219

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$44,450
Required Fees
$1,173
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$999

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
$2,894
Transportation for Commuters
$1,390

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
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 Perkins Loans

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

Direct Lender
No

Overall

From The School

Fordham students run 135 clubs and organizations-award-winning newspapers and celebrated musical groups, ambitious academic societies and vibrant cultural groups. A few examples: Mimes and Mummers is one of the nation's oldest collegiate theatrical troupes. Our top-ranked Fordham Debate Society is the eighth oldest collegiate debate society in the United States.

Fordham claims a proud history of intercollegiate athletic competition. We support 22 NCAA Division I teams; cheerleading; seven club teams, including our league champion ice hockey team; a spirited intramural program; and many recreational programs.

Students Say

Fordham’s population is really diverse, which is “reflective of a New York City population,” but there is a fair number of “Caucasian Catholics, usually Italian or Irish,” who come from “upper-middle class families” in the Northeast. The school “is not cliquey at all,” and students use their freshman dorms or “a wide range of clubs and extracurriculars” in order to fit in. This “intelligent” crew is “eager to gain work experience” and explore the city, and is “very active in campus life and community service.” Students here “are ambitious about their classes as well as their future careers.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
8,633
Out of State
53%

International
7%
Foreign Countries Represented
66

Demographics

9.84%
Asian
4.88%
African-American
14.91%
Hispanic
64.49%
Caucasian
2.13%
Unknown
6.89%
International

55% female
45% male
53% are out of state
93% are full time
7% are part time

Overview

From The School


Location

Fordham's Rose Hill campus is located in the Bronx, one of New York's most diverse, multifaceted boroughs; only a 20-minute ride from Grand Central Terminal. The quintessential college campus is spread across 85 green, leafy acres, with several athletic fields and distinguished Gothic buildings.

Fordham's Lincoln Center campus is located in midtown Manhattan, in one of the nation's premier cultural destinations. Situated on eight landscaped acres, the campus is adjacent to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and a few blocks from Central Park, Columbus Circle, and the headquarters of major media corporations.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Our athletic facilities include fitness centers and sports fields; the Vince T. Lombardi Memorial Center for intramurals, swimming, water polo, and track; and the Walsh Athletic Training Center, a 3,200-square-foot varsity weight training and conditioning facility.

Our award-winning public radio station, WFUV 90.7 FM, pulls in about 300,000 listeners each week. Students are active in all operations of the station, now in its 61st year.

Fordham's libraries house more than 2.2 million volumes and offer access to extensive library archives and special collections. The William D. Walsh Family Library at Rose Hill is also home to the Fordham Museum of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Art.

Fordham's biological field station, the Louis Calder Center, is set on 113-forested acres in Armonk, New York.

Fordham's 12,000-square-foot Visual Arts Complex at the Lincoln Center campus includes drawing studios; a computer imaging lab; film and video editing screening facilities; an architectural workspace; and two galleries.

Fordham is home to the oldest Catholic university press in America, Fordham University Press, with 500 titles in print and $1 million in sales every year.

Fordham offers essential labs and equipment for students studying in a range of fields including chemistry, biology and the languages. Students in communications and media studies take advantage of the Edward Walsh Digital Media lab, a fully equipped multimedia lab and AVID editing equipment. And our undergraduates benefit from a University-wide network of more than 200 technology-enabled classrooms.

Off-Campus Opportunities

New York is the nation's biggest college town, with more than 465,000 students enrolled in dozens of college and universities. The Manhattan location of Fordham's Lincoln Center campus is near the biggest, the best, and the most of everything in the city: the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the United Nations, Wall Street and SoHo, Broadway and Chinatown, Harlem and Times Square. Students can take advantage of the city's clean, fast, efficient public transportation system and find ways of volunteering, performing, interning-to join an exceptionally inclusive local community. The Rose Hill campus is in the heart of the Borough of Parks, the home of the Yankees, the origin of a million immigrant success stories: The Bronx. It's home to the country's largest metropolitan zoo-the Bronx Zoo; and one of the country's premier urban gardens and plant research facilities-the New York Botanical Garden.

Student Organizations & Activities

Fordham students run 135 clubs and organizations-award-winning newspapers and celebrated musical groups, ambitious academic societies and vibrant cultural groups. A few examples: Mimes and Mummers is one of the nation's oldest collegiate theatrical troupes. Our top-ranked Fordham Debate Society is the eighth oldest collegiate debate society in the United States.

Fordham claims a proud history of intercollegiate athletic competition. We support 22 NCAA Division I teams; cheerleading; seven club teams, including our league champion ice hockey team; a spirited intramural program; and many recreational programs.

Students Say

New York City is beloved by all at Fordham, and the affection spills over into the school. “Fordham is my school, New York is my campus.” At the Rose Hill location in the Bronx you get “a beautiful gated campus with the city just minutes away”; at the Lincoln Center location (home to the Theatre Department) you’re right in the thick of things. Either way, you “still have the college campus feel” and “truly get the best of both worlds.”

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.


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
55%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
85
First-Year Students living on campus
75%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
74

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
165
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

47% participate in intramural sports
6% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Rams)
13 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Rams)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Pride Alliance (Rose Hill), Rainbow Alliance (Lincoln Center), Office of Multicultural Affairs Network of Support, Counseling Service's Spectrum Support Group

Minority Support Groups: Fordham offers nearly two dozen multicultural organizations that are student run with faculty advisors. http://www.fordham.edu/info/20908/multicultural_affairs

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: SUNY Maritime
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Manhattan College

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
75

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
1400

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

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
Yes

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
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, HP, Mac

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
David Kogler
Associate Director of Campus Visitation

Address
Office of Undergraduate Admission
Duane Library
Bronx, NY 10458

Phone
8003673426

Email
visitus@fordham.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
New Residence Hall and Law School Building at Lincoln center Campus
Hughes Hall - new home of the Gabelli School of Business
Edwards Parade/Keating Hall (Rose Hill)
William D. Walsh Family Library (Rose Hill)
McGinley Student Center (Rose Hill)
With three distinct campuses, there are numerous noteworthy buildings including new and recently renovated academic and extracurricular space, residence halls and athletic centers/fields. Additional space to note includes student-run coffee houses, white and black box studio spaces and historic buildings designated as NYC landmarks.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Arthur Avenue (Little Italy) (Rose Hill)
The Bronx Zoo (Rose Hill)
NY Botanical Garden (Rose Hill)
Lincoln Center/Broadway (Lincoln Center)
Central Park (Lincoln Center)
NYC is the "captial of the world" and Fordham's three campuses are located in the center of this cultural metropolis.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
9am-5pm
8003673426

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies between campuses

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Contact Email Address for Visit
visitus@fordham.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Both the Lincoln Center and Rose Hill campuses offer public transportation options via the subway, bus, train and taxi. LaGuardia Airport is closest, but many visitors also utilize JFK and Newark airports.

Local Accommodations
For hotel accommodations near our campuses, please see our website for more details: http://www.fordham.edu/info/20962/maps_and_di%20%20rections/3532/area_hotels
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Key Stats

40,912
Applicants
8,633
Size
48%
Acceptance Rate
1250
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists