Fairleigh Dickinson University

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1000 River Road

Teaneck, NJ 07666

Phone: (201) 692-2000
2012-2013 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#69 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Fairleigh Dickinson University is a private institution that was founded in 1942. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,171, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 266 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Fairleigh Dickinson University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 69. Its tuition and fees are $33,792 (2012-13).

Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) has two campus locations in New Jersey for students to choose from: the suburban College at Florham in Madison, N.J., and the Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck, N.J. The two locations offer different college experiences. Florham emphasizes a liberal arts education and has Division III sports teams; the Metropolitan Campus has a variety of co-op education experiences, competes at the Division I level in athletics, and has a large graduate student community. Undergraduate housing is available at each campus, though more students choose to live at the College at Florham than at the Metropolitan Campus.

For off-campus study options, students can spend time at either of the school’s two international campuses, Wroxton College in England and FDU–Vancouver in Canada’s British Columbia. For graduate students, FDU has the Silberman College of Business, as well as programs in the social sciences, health, and more. Notable alumni of FDU include Star Trek television series writer Dorothy Fontana and former NFL player George Martin.

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

Fairleigh Dickinson University is dedicated to the preparation of world citizens through global education. Founded in 1942, Fairleigh Dickinson has grown into the largest private university in New Jersey, with more than 12,000 students. The University offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs. In addition to its two campuses in New Jersey (the Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck, N.J., and the College at Florham in Madison, N.J.), FDU was the first U.S. university to own its own overseas campus when it opened Wroxton College in England in 1965. In 2007, FDU opened its newest campus in Vancouver, Canada, to primarily serve international students. The University enjoys a long tradition of overseas programs and partnerships, as well as international student enrollment, with today more than 1,000 students from over 80 countries. Among many highlights that support the University's global mission, FDU's first Core course is the Global Challenge, which introduces students to global education and to critical global issues. FDU features online study with Global Virtual Faculty (GVF) - now more than 60 scholars and professionals from around the world who partner with FDU faculty and, via the Internet, bring diverse international perspectives to students. Building on a close partnership with the United Nations, the University created the U.N. Pathways Forum and more than 70 ambassadors and international officials have visited the University since the program began in 2002. The University also regularly broadcasts videoconferences from the United Nations to our campuses and other universities. In addition, Fairleigh Dickinson has earned designation as a nongovernmental organization (NGO) affiliated with the U.N.'s Department of Public Information, and students and faculty enjoy special access to U.N. resources, people and programs. FDU also is the first university to gain special consultative status as an NGO with the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Faculty members have since gained appointment to many U.N. committees focusing on a wide variety of international issues.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1942
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $34,904,073


When applying to Fairleigh Dickinson University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at Fairleigh Dickinson University is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 52.9 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 52.9%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Fairleigh Dickinson University is 16:1, and the school has 66 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 72.8 percent.

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Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 37%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
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Student Life

Fairleigh Dickinson University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,171, with a gender distribution of 41.4 percent male students and 58.6 percent female students. Fairleigh Dickinson University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 12,197
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

Fairleigh Dickinson University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, health service, and health insurance. Fairleigh Dickinson 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). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Tuition and fees $33,792 (2012-13)
Room and board $12,492 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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