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Academics

It’s easy to fall in love with Fairfield University. After all, the school offers a “strong and accepting community [that] strive[s] to make everyone feel at home.” Plus, it doesn’t hurt that the campus is “beautiful.” Perhaps more importantly, undergrads are privy to “small class [sizes] where professors really get to know you” and “lots of internship opportunities.” Students also tout the “outstanding” business and nursing programs, both of which are “nationally ranked.” And all undergrads, regardless of chosen discipline, learn from professors who tend to prioritize “teaching [over] their own research.” The professors are also extraordinarily “engaging [and] passionate” and often “have real-world experience [to] bring into the classroom.” Moreover, Fairfield professors challenge students to “think outside the box.” And “if you show an interest in [a particular] subject, most of the professors here will [work] with you for as long as necessary to make sure you are getting everything you want out of the class.” They truly are committed to the “success of their students,” and they work diligently to ensure that the academics at Fairfield are “tough but manageable.” In other words, “if you put in the time and focus in class, you will do well.”

Student Body

The student body at Fairfield University is an “extremely close-knit” community. Undergrads do readily admit that the school is mostly “comprised of white, middle-upper class kids.” However, they also adamantly insist that there is plenty of diversity in terms of “ideals, personalities and interests.” And they note that “everyone can find their people here.” Moreover, Fairfield students highlight the fact that their peers are “hard-working individuals with an unwavering dedication to learning as much as possible.” They are also “welcoming and happy to get to know everyone.” As one student further explains, “Fairfield has the type of student body that each student holds the door for the person behind them even if they are not necessarily close behind.” Another agrees: “Fairfield is unique in the sense that all the students genuinely want to get to know each other. Being a smaller school, everyone is super friendly and interested in creating new friendships.” With all this good feeling permeating campus, it’s no wonder that students here are imbued with “lots of school spirit.”

Campus Life

Students gush that “every day is different at Fairfield.” After all, “there is always something happening that students are able to participate in.” This could be anything from “a concert [or] food trucks” to “bingo and sporting events.” And one student excitedly shares, “Recently we had a Stuff a Stag [event where students created their own stuffed animals and] almost a quarter of the university attended.” Aside from school-sponsored events, Fairfield undergrads can join a wide variety of clubs ranging from the campus radio station to the student-run competitive dance group, Fairfield Dance Fusion. Intramural sports and going to the gym are also pretty popular. Additionally, “community service is very prominent” and a number of students pursue “campus jobs [or] internships” as well. Once the weekend arrives, you can frequently “find students partying, … and in the nicer weather, [they do so] on the nearby beach.” Undergrads also like heading into downtown Fairfield, which has “lots of opportunities to eat out.” Even better, “NYC is very accessible and [the university] offers very cheap Broadway trips that include tickets and transportation.” All in all, Fairfield makes it relatively easy to find a “good balance between doing school work and [socializing].”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Hattie Briggs and William Martorano
Campus Visit Coordinators

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
Barone Campus Center
Leslie C. Quick, Jr. Recreation Complex
Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies
Dolan School of Business
Bellarmine Hall
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Bannow Science Center Egan Chapel Rafferty Stadium Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts

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.

Admissions

Applicants: 12,315
Acceptance Rate: 57%
Average HS GPA: 3.64







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