Fordham University

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113 W. 60th Street

New York, NY 10023

Phone: (718) 817-1000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 15
application deadline

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#57 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. National Universities

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Fordham University is a private institution that was founded in 1841. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,325, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 93 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Fordham University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 57. Its tuition and fees are $43,577 (2013-14).

At Fordham University, “New York is [your] campus” as the school’s Web site says. With campuses throughout New York City, students live and learn in the thick of an urban experience. The school’s original Bronx campus, Rose Hill, is in walking distance to the Bronx Zoo, New York Botanical Gardens and Little Italy. Today, Fordham has two more campuses, the Lincoln Center, which is close to Central Park, and Westchester campus, which is West Harrison, N.Y. Freshmen do not have to live on campus, but any student who is promised housing upon admittance to the school is guaranteed a room for four consecutive years. Students can travel between campuses on the school’s Ram Van, a burgundy shuttle that runs every half hour. The van makes enough trips, the school has calculated, that it’s covered a distance equivalent to traveling around the world 18.5 times a year. The Fordham Rams play in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference. Fordham University, a Jesuit institution, does not have a Greek system.

Among Fordham’s graduate programs is the highly ranked Fordham School of Law, which is home to the first Fashion Law Institute in the country. Graduates and undergraduates alike may take advantage of the Louis Calder Center, a biological field station where environmental studies courses and research are conducted. A dozen graduate students a year can live in log cabins on the biological field station to be closer to their research. Notable alumni include NBA sportscaster Mike Breen, former U.S. Representative Robert Giaimo (Conn.), and U.S. Postmaster General John E. Potter.

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

Fordham, New York City's Jesuit University, combines intellectual challenge and individual attention with the dynamic resources of one of the world's great cities. Whether educated at the green and Gothic Rose Hill campus, or Lincoln Center, in the cultural heart of Manhattan, Fordham students benefit from close contact with distinguished faculty who teach at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. The Jesuit tradition, characterized by excellence in teaching, the care and development of each student, and a commitment to the promotion of an ethical society informs every aspect of a Fordham education.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1841
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $491,584,850


When applying to Fordham University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 15. The application fee at Fordham University is $50. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 42.9 percent and an early acceptance rate of 56.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 42.9%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Fordham University is 14:1, and the school has 48.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Fordham University include: Business Administration and Management, General; Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Psychology, General; Accounting; and Finance, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 88.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 77%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 15%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 11%
Psychology, General 7%
Accounting 5%
Finance, General 5%

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Student Life

Fordham University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,325, with a gender distribution of 47 percent male students and 53 percent female students. At this school, 55.5 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 44.5 percent of students live off campus. Fordham University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 15,170
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Fordham University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Fordham 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 Fordham University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered No

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Tuition and fees $43,577 (2013-14)
Room and board $15,835 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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