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Academics

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.”

Student Body

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.”

Campus Life

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.”

Overview

Applicants
11,218
Acceptance Rate
61%
Average HS GPA
3.49

GPA Breakdown

32%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
20%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
13%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 660
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 660
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


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
589
with Terminal Degree
385

309
Women
280
Men
45
Minority
23
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
79%
Graduate in 5 years
81%
Graduate in 6 years
81%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP 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.

  • Journalism, Other.
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Computer Software Engineering.
  • Electrical and Electronics 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 PROGRAMS.

  • Public Health, General.
  • 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 and Anthropology.
  • Sociology.

  • 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.


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

Sheila Davidson
New York Life Insurance Company, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel

John Flannery
General Electric, Chairman and CEO

Brian Hull
UBS, Group Managing Director; Head, Client Advisory Group WMA

Andrew McMahon
The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Executive Vice President

Kathleen Murphy
Fidelty Investments, President, Personal Investments

Robert Murphy
ABC News, Vice President

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
79%
Graduate in 5 years
81%
Graduate in 6 years
81%

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

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$57,100

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$117,500

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$58,900

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$121,500

Percent High Job Meaning
43%

Percent STEM
21%


Students Say

Students find that Fairfield “provides excellent resources for internships and alumni connections,” and “there are tons of research opportunities, if you pursue them.” Professors themselves are readily available; they “always have office hours” and leads for opportunities “whether it's a job or internship.” The Academic & Career Development Center offers key services like career counseling, panels, an alumni shadowing program, career fairs, and on- and off-campus recruiting opportunities. Of Fairfield University alumni visiting PayScale.com, 43 percent report that they derive a high level of meaning from their jobs.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Jan 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
$28,236

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$27,572

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,863

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
75%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$32,186

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$34,178

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$47,650
Required Fees
$700
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
$14,710
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
State Loans

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,113
Foreign Countries Represented
47

Demographics

2.31%
Asian
2.24%
African-American
7.58%
Hispanic
78.10%
Caucasian
5.07%
Unknown
3.03%
International

60% female
40% male
71% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
71%
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

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Accessibility

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Megan Buxton

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
95
Number of Honor Societies
21

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
6

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

36% 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

80/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
25%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
No

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
No

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
No

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
No

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple and CDW-G (HP)

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Paul Hovey & Elizabeth Zec
Assistant Directors of Undergraduate Admission

Address
Office of Undergraduate 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 Rafferty Stadium Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies Dolan School of Business

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Fairfield, CT (Fairfield University Bookstore)
Town of Fairfield Beaches
Westport Shopping Center
New York City
New Haven, CT
Convenient train service to New York City and New Haven via Metro-North with station in Fairfield. Amtrak service 10 minutes by car from Fairfield University at the Bridgeport station.

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: 2 hours

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
SIgn up at least two weeks in advance at http://www.fairfield.edu/shadowastag/

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. Other convenient airports include JFK International and Bradley International. Metro-North train service is available to Fairfield from New York City and from New Haven. Campus shuttle makes trips to Fairfield train station. Amtrak service 10 minutes by car from Fairfield University at the Bridgeport station.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From New York via Connecticut Turnpike (I-95): take Exit 22 in Connecticut - 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. From Providence and New Haven via Connecticut Turnpike (I-95): Take exit 22 in Connecticut - North Benson Road. Turn right at the end of the ramp onto North Benson Rd. (Rte. 135). Go straight for 0.8 miles (through two traffic lights). The main entrance to Fairfield University will be on the left. From Hartford or Vermont via I-91: Take I-91 South to I-95 South in New Haven. Take exit 22 in Connecticut - North Benson Road. Turn right at the end of the ramp onto North Benson Rd. (Rte. 135). Go straight for 0.8 miles (through two traffic lights). The main entrance to Fairfield University will be on the left. From New York via Merritt Parkway (Rt. 15): Take exit 44. Turn left off the ramp, and turn right onto Black Rock Tpke. (Rt. 58) at the light. Proceed 2 miles to Stillson Rd. (Rt. 135) and turn right. Bear left, at the second light, onto North Benson Road. The University entrance will be on your right. From Hartford and New Haven via Merritt Parkway (Rt. 15): Take exit 44, take a quick left off the ramp, then take another quick left onto Black Rock Tpke. (Rt. 58), proceed 2 miles to Stillson Rd. (Rt. 135) and turn right. Bear left, at the second light, onto North Benson Road. The University entrance will be on your right. From Boston/New Hampshire and North: Take the Mass Pike (Route 90) West to I-84 West (exit 9). Merge onto I-91 South. I-91 merges into I-95 South in New Haven. Take exit 22 - North Benson Road. Turn right at the end of the ramp onto North Benson Rd. (Rte. 135). Go straight for 0.8 miles (through two traffic lights). 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.


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