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Fairfield University is a private institution that was founded in 1942. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,879, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 200 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Fairfield University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 3. Its tuition and fees are $42,920 (2013-14).
Fairfield University is a private, Jesuit school located on the shoreline of Connecticut, about 60 miles from New York City. At Fairfield, students can choose from more than 40 undergraduate majors or more than 35 advanced degrees, including those in the Dolan School of Business or the nursing school. Fairfield encourages students to explore the arts by bringing numerous performers to campus each year. In Fairfield’s various venues and theaters, students can see dance troupes, musical acts, magic shows, acrobatics, live radio dramas, and traveling art exhibits. Students can also explore about 80 campus organizations or jump on a train for an hour to New York. There are also many club and intramural sports at Fairfield and 20 Stags varsity teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Notable alumni include Carmen Wong Ulrich, host of CNN’s finance show, On the Money, and actor Paul Marcarelli, famed for asking, “Can you hear me now?” in numerous Verizon Wireless commercials.
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Fairfield University is a Jesuit and Catholic University that was established in 1942 and is rooted in one of the world's oldest intellectual and spiritual traditions. Fairfield prepares students for leadership and service in a constantly changing world through broad intellectual inquiry, the pursuit of social justice, and cultivation of the whole person: body, mind, and spirit.
|School type||private, coed college|
|Religious affiliation||Roman Catholic (Jesuit)|
When applying to Fairfield University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are November 1 and January 1, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 15. The application fee at Fairfield University is $60. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 71.2 percent and an early acceptance rate of 73.6 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||71.2%|
|Application deadline||January 15|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||January 15|
The student-faculty ratio at Fairfield University is 11:1, and the school has 40.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Fairfield University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Health Professions and Related Programs; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and English Language and Literature/Letters. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 88 percent.
Fairfield University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,879, with a gender distribution of 41.2 percent male students and 58.8 percent female students. At this school, 82 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 17 percent of students live off campus. Fairfield University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity||N/A|
|Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority||N/A|
|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
Fairfield University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Fairfield University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Fairfield University, 40 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Fairfield University.
|Students who have cars on campus||40%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
Paying for School
At Fairfield University, 53.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $19,098.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$42,920 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$12,930 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data