From the School

Founded in 1841, Fordham is a world-renowned Jesuit, Catholic university with two campuses in New York City. Our global and diverse community is steeped in the nearly 500-year history of the Jesuits, a religious order with an international reputation as intellectuals and professional educators. The Jesuit tradition emphasizes academic excellence, care for the whole person, and social justice. We welcome people of all faiths and of no faith, students who want to be men and women for others, to use their education to serve the common good.


From The School

Admission to Fordham is highly selective. We will consider your entire application package—including academic records, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, and admission essays—as parts of a unified whole. Through a holistic review process, we get an idea of what you might do at Fordham, how Fordham might help you achieve your goals, and how you might contribute to the community.

You can complete and submit an application online or through the mail. You can apply in one of three ways: Early Decision, Early Action, or Regular Decision. 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, through at least precalculus. Most successful candidates will have maintained an A/A-average.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 690
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 680

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
640 - 720
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
610 - 720

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
27 - 31

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision — November 1

Early Action — November 1

Regular — January 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

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Academic Programs

The University offers numerous programs and services that expand the minds and hearts of students. From your freshman year to your graduation, our advising programs help you reach your full potential through the Jesuit ideal of cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Our advisers support you throughout your college career to ensure that you receive a well-rounded education that will sharpen your talents, widen your vision, and prepare you to embrace and create change.

Nearly 80 percent of the Class of 2016 completed at least one internship before graduation. Students can take advantage of Fordham’s partnerships with more than 2,600 leading organizations in New York City and beyond.

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

Our dual-degree programs in business and our accelerated master’s programs in the arts, sciences, and education allow students to complete both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. 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-Health Professions Advising program guides students into many of the country’s finest medical schools. Additionally, 95 percent of students from the Fordham Class of 2016 who applied to law school were accepted.

Our students provide needed research assistance at partner organizations like the New York Botanical Garden and the Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society. Through Fordham’s partnership with the United Nations, students get access to weekly briefings, special events, and internship positions. Fordham also offers several research grants that support students as they co-author papers in peer-reviewed journals, present their work at professional conferences, and participate in competitive research programs.

The University offers access to yearlong, semester-long, and summer study abroad programs in more than 52 countries across six continents, including opportunities at the London School of Economics and la Universidad de Granada in Spain. Fordham University is ranked third in the New York metropolitan area and 32nd in the nation for the number of students we send abroad each year.

Among our many Integrated Learning Communities is the Manresa Program, a living-learning opportunity for freshmen. Students in the program live and study together in the recently renovated Loyola Hall at Rose Hill, 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 strength of Fordham's academic program is the underlying link between its liberal arts core curriculum and more than 60 outstanding major areas of study offered at Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham College at Lincoln Center, and the Gabelli School of Business. The core may help you discover your passion. It will also give you the chance to explore subjects beyond your major, helping you grow and inspiring you to make new connections—both academic and personal.

Fordham offers a variety of degrees and programs within its three traditional undergraduate colleges. Along with a full slate of programs in the humanities, social sciences, and physical and natural sciences, Fordham College at Rose Hill offers several unique programs, including, environmental science, fashion studies, and integrative neuroscience.

In addition to the rich mix of liberal arts and science majors and courses, Fordham College at Lincoln Center is the home of our performing arts majors, including a comprehensive B.A. in theatre grounded in hands-on experience. Theatre majors choose one of four tracks—performance, design and production, directing, or playwriting—and work with award-winning faculty and stellar guest artists in small classes and on ambitious mainstage productions. Fordham also offers an innovative four-year B.F.A. in dance, conducted in partnership with the Ailey School of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

In the Gabelli School of Business at Rose Hill, students can choose from among seven majors. You can add depth to that chosen major with a primary and secondary concentration, including options in social innovation, sports business, or value investing. The Gabelli School also offers programs in entrepreneurship, law and ethics, and sustainable business. At the Lincoln Center campus, the Gabelli School offers a B.S. in global business with concentrations in digital media and technology, global finance and business economics, healthcare management, and consumer insights.

The Fordham School of Law and our graduate schools in business administration, religion, arts and sciences, education, and social service provide additional opportunities for advanced education.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Latin American Studies
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Western European Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Ecology
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Communication, General
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Journalism

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Education

  • Education, Other
  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • Engineering

  • Engineering Physics

  • 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
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics and Statistics, Other
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

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

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fashion/Apparel Design
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Music, General

Students Say

With campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan boroughs of New York City, Fordham "is a reputable and challenging school" that promotes "Jesuit values in the capital of the world." Students can't rave enough about the location in America's most famous city. "New York is my campus" is a common refrain. The school provides "a holistic Jesuit education with and emphasis on justice and the care of the whole person while taking advantage of the resources of New York City," a philosophy and classical languages major says. Just as NYC is America's great melting pot, "Fordham is a place where everyone is encouraged to feel welcome and at home." Despite being located in such a large city, the university itself is "a tight knit community with tons of opportunities for education and personal growth."

The "fantastic and engaging" professors "are knowledgeable and available." Professors here "maintain their own research and careers outside of teaching" and bring "real world experience" to classes. As at any university, professors can be "hit or miss," but overall students find the professors to be "very engaging and accessible to their students." "Though they vary in teaching technique, all care about my success in their class," one happy student says. "Open discussions" are often promoted in class. Students also praise "the alumni network and the spirit of camaraderie" that the school engenders. Fordham provides a "rigorous but rewarding" education. "Fordham is a difficult university and requires student to spend a great deal of time on academic pursuits," a political science major says, "but this workload included practical and experiential learning in New York City. This is a school where students are interested in "making a difference in the world." And the university works to develop "each student into a well-rounded student through the liberal arts core, volunteerism, and internships."


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Alan Alda

Denzel Washington

Vince Lombardi
Football Coach

John Brennan
Director, CIA

Mary Higgins Clark

Charles Osgood
Journalist, Host CBS Sunday Morning

Don DeLillo

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Tuition for the academic year 2017–2018: $49,645; Room and board: $17,445for double occupancy, including meal plan. For more information, visit

Financial Aid

As a Jesuit university, Fordham is committed to providing an outstanding education to qualified students.

Nearly 81 percent of undergraduates receive some form of financial aid, including both need-based and merit-based aid. We do 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 students who are among the first in their families to go to college.

Fall freshman applicants should file the FAFSA and CSS Profile forms by February 10. Spring freshman applicants should file by November 1.


Application Deadlines
Feb 10
Notification Date
Mar 31

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants


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

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

Fordham students run 180 clubs and organizations, including award-winning newspapers, celebrated musical groups, ambitious academic societies, and vibrant cultural groups. 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 also has a proud history of intercollegiate athletic competition. We sponsor 23 NCAA Division I teams, cheerleading, many club teams, a spirited intramural program, and many recreational programs.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



57% female
43% male
57% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Students Say

While the "stereotypical" Fordham student "is a white, Catholic middle-to-upper class person who is just like any other average college student," the school is more diverse than its reputation. "Fordham often gets the rep that it's a bunch of Polo wearing and Coach toting students, but that couldn't be more incorrect," a communications major confirms. This is especially true at the Lincoln Center campus, where "there is a HUGE LGBTQ community that is extremely vocal and inclusive." While the Lincoln Center campus is "very artsy," the Rose Hill campus in the Bronx "has more 'bros'" and less diversity. "There is a great sense of solidarity and community" among "minority students" and those who "stand out more." Students describe themselves as "studious, fun, open-minded, passionate" as well as "well rounded-athletic, academic, social." Many are "from the Tri-State area," but "every walk of life, expression, and style is represented." "Everyone is nice and supports each other, but there is not much interaction between the groups," one student says. The nightlife and bar scene is "very prevalent in the Bronx (Rose Hill Campus)." As one might expect from a NYC school, students care about their appearance. As one student says, it's "one of the most well-dressed campuses that I've been to!"


From The School


Fordham’s Rose Hill campus is located in the Bronx, one of New York’s most diverse, multifaceted boroughs. This quintessential college campus—only a 20-minute ride from Grand Central Terminal—is spread across 85 green, leafy acres full of beautiful Gothic architecture. Rose Hill is home to Fordham College at Rose Hill and the Gabelli School of Business.

Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus is located in Manhattan, in the cultural heart of New York City. Situated on eight landscaped acres, the campus is adjacent to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and a few blocks from Central Park, Columbus Circle, and the headquarters of major international organizations. The Lincoln Center campus is home to Fordham College at Lincoln Center and the global business program of the Gabelli School of Business.

Getting between campuses is easy on the New York City subway, and Fordham’s Ram Van service also offers a direct connection between Lincoln Center and Rose Hill.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Our athletic facilities include fitness centers and sports fields; the Vincent T. Lombardi Memorial Center for intramural sports, 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, nationally recognized public radio station, WFUV 90.7 FM (, has been around for nearly 70 years. Students are active in all operations of the station, as hosts, managers, DJs, and more.

Fordham’s libraries house more than 2.2 million volumes and offer access to extensive 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-acre nature preserve in Armonk, New York. It’s one of the few field stations in North America with relatively undisturbed communities near a large urban center.

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 and screening facilities, an architectural workspace, and two galleries.

Fordham is also home to the oldest Catholic university press in America, Fordham University Press, which publishes ninety books each year.

Fordham offers essential labs and equipment for students studying in a range of fields, including chemistry, biology, and the modern and classical 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 all of 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 660,000 students enrolled in more than 130 colleges and universities. Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus location gives students easy access to everything New York City has to offer: the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the United Nations, Wall Street and SoHo, Broadway and Chinatown, Harlem and Times Square. The Rose Hill campus is in the heart of the Bronx—the Borough of Parks, home of the Yankees, and origin of a million immigrant success stories. It’s also home to the Bronx Zoo, which is the country's largest metropolitan zoo, and the New York Botanical Garden, one of the country's premier urban gardens and plant research facilities. Students on both campuses can take advantage of the city’s efficient public transportation system, and many students volunteer, perform, or intern throughout the city.

Discover why students say: New York is my campus, Fordham is my school.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed

Students Say

The students at Fordham are overall very independent and students each do their own thing. Many "are very active in clubs and activities, whether they are leadership activities, sports, or multicultural clubs, etc." Others are "indifferent about" Fordham life, and instead spend their time in New York City. They "love going into Manhattan to explore and discover new eateries, neighborhoods," "go to concerts, Broadway shows, sports games," or any of the other million activities that NYC offers. There is something of a social divide between commuter students and residents, with the latter being understandably more involved on campus. Many students combine their love of Fordham and the Big Apple, being "outgoing and studious while also into going out and exploring New York City." As one student says, "We're in New York City, but the highlight of the Fordham experience is Pugsley's pizza at 2:00 a.m ."

Special Needs Admissions

Type of Program
For LD Only

Mary Byrnes

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division I

40% participate in intramural sports
7% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Rams)
13 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Rams)
12 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups: A dedicated session at Orientation to connect peers, services and offices with incoming LGBT students; campus related grous include: Pride Alliance (Rose Hill), Rainbow Alliance (Lincoln Center), Office of Multicultural Affairs Network of Support, Counseling Service's Spectrum Support Group, Campus Ministry’s Prizm Retreat

Minority Support Groups: Fordham offers nearly three dozen multicultural organizations that are student run with faculty advisors.

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell, HP, Mac

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

David Kogler
Associate Director of Campus Visitation

Office of Undergraduate Admission
Duane Library
Bronx, NY 10458



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
McKeon Hall - Lincoln Center
Hughes Hall - Gabelli School of Business at Rose Hill
William D. Walsh Family Library - Rose Hill
Edwards Parade/Keating Hall - 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 (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

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Varies between campuses

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


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:

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