Fairfield University

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1073 N. Benson Road

Fairfield, CT 06824-5195

Phone: (203) 254-4000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Jan. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#3 Overall Score: 84 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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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.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

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.
Located in the coastal town of Fairfield, Connecticut, the university's 200-acre campus is just one hour outside New York City, in the heart of a region with the largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the nation. Fairfield has a total of approximately 5,000 students; 3,880 undergraduates and 1,120 graduate students. Students represent 34 states and 42 countries and are enrolled in the University's five schools College of Arts & Sciences, School of Nursing, School of Engineering, Charles F. Dolan School of Business, and Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions.
With a comprehensive core curriculum, over 40 undergraduate majors, 16 interdisciplinary minors, 41 graduate programs, 20 Division I athletic teams, and more than 80 student clubs and organizations, Fairfield offers a wide range of opportunities for research, internships, service, civic engagement, and personal enrichment. A significant achievement for Fairfield University is that over 60 graduates have been tapped as Fulbright scholars since 1993. In addition to a four-year honors program, five-year combined degree programs, and part-time study opportunities, Fairfield offers its own study abroad programs in seven different countries and is affiliated with more than 100 other study abroad programs in 40 countries around the globe.
When considering an applicant for admission, Fairfield looks at measures of academic achievement, students' curricular and extracurricular activities, their life skills and accomplishments, and the degree to which they have an appreciation for Fairfield's mission and outlook. Students are challenged to be creative and active members of a community in which diversity is encouraged and honored.
Fairfield University has developed a unique educational model to ensure that students receive the motivating guidance they need to reach their fullest potential. The integration of living and learning is at the heart of a Fairfield education. Students learn what it means to be a fully engaged member of the campus community by participating in a living and learning community based on their interests. Students have ample opportunities for vocational exploration when their studies begin to focus around the questions, "What really interests me? What do I really feel drawn to?" Students are encouraged to explore civic engagement and their own role in the larger world - applying what has been learned and "giving back." Finally, full integration of all learning opportunities begins to occur as they discern how they want to put their gifts and education to work in the world. With an impressive 11:1 student to faculty ratio, Fairfield's faculty get to know their students as individuals and encourage them to develop and follow their passion through internships, research opportunities, and a course of study that deepens and expands their knowledge.
As a result of this holistic model of education and focus on career-oriented activities and internships, Fairfield University graduates have been highly successful in gaining admission to selective graduate schools, while others go on to achieving successful and satisfying careers.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1942
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $245,284,000


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.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 71.2%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 15

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Academic Life

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.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 78%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 28%
Social Sciences 16%
Health Professions and Related Programs 14%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 8%
English Language and Literature/Letters 7%

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Student Life

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.

Total enrollment 4,999
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
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

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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

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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.

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Tuition and fees $42,920 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,930 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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