Fairfield University, founded in 1942, is a church-affiliated, liberal arts university. It is a comprehensive university with a solid liberal arts core, a commitment to excellent teaching and a strong Catholic Jesuit tradition. The university prepares its students for leadership and service in a changing world. It connects classroom reflection and study with real-world experience by an extensive internship program and strong community outreach program. Students are educated with a sense of ethics and responsibility for the community at large. Its 200-acre campus is located two miles from Long Island Sound and 60 miles from New York City.

Website: www.fairfield.edu/

Private
Co-ed
4,177
Undergraduate
Students
(60.1%) 2,510 Women
(39.9%) 1,667 Men
1,096
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
60% of 11,361 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 15

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.65
SAT Math
590-680 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
630 average
600-660 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
28 average
26-30 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$63,360
Tuition and Fees
$48,350
Room and Board
$14,710
Average Percent of Need Met
84%
Average Freshman Award
$34,511
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$38,596
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
282
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 10% of classes
10-19 students: 36% of classes
20-29 students: 44% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
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Campus Life

Fairfield Population
60,855
Nearest Metropolitan Area
New York City
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
73% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Stag
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.8% Asian
2.4% Black/African-American
7.5% Hispanic/Latino
1.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
80.1% White
5.5% Unknown
International Students
3.6% from 49 countries
First-Year Students Returning
90.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
78.5%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
67%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
29.5%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Very Difficult: More than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 3 4
Foreign Language 2 4
Social Studies 2  
History 2  
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Considered if submitted January 15
SAT Only Considered if submitted January 15
ACT Only Considered if submitted January 15
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT Considered if submitted January 15
SAT Subject Tests Only Not used if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
1073 North Benson Road
City, State, Zip
Fairfield, CT 06824
Phone
(203) 254-4100
Fax
(203) 254-4199
E-mail
admis@fairfield.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$60
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 15, January 15
Early Decision Notification
December 15, February 15
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 1
Early Action Notification
December 20

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
1 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
60% of 11,361 applicants were admitted
Women
60% of 6,758 applicants were admitted
Men
61% of 4,603 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
1,046 (15%) of 6,851 admitted students enrolled
Women
670 (17%) of 4,041 admitted students enrolled
Men
458 (16%) of 2,810 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
88% of 161 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
61% of 6,555 applicants were admitted
Students Offered Wait List
3,287
Students Accepting Wait List Position
1,005
Students Admitted From Wait List
11

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.65
3.75 and Above
30%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
21%
3.00 - 3.24
15%
2.50 - 2.99
11%
2.00 - 2.49
2%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
590-680 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
16%
Score of 600 - 700
58%
Score of 500 - 600
25%
Score of 400 - 500
1%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
630 average
600-660 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
10%
Score of 600 - 700
68%
Score of 500 - 600
20%
Score of 400 - 500
1%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
28 average
26-30 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
35%
Score of 24 - 29
59%
Score of 18 - 23
5%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 37%
Top quarter: 77%
Top half: 96%
National Merit Scholar
2%
Valedictorian
0%
Class President
15%
Student Government Officer
16%

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$63,360
Tuition and Fees
$48,350
Room and Board
$14,710
Books and Supplies
Not reported
Other Expenses
Not reported
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
finaid@fairfield.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
January 15
Award Notification
On or about April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001385
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Business/Farm Supplement  
Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement  

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
834 (75.1%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
500 (63.8%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
498 (99.6%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
145 (33.1%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
84%
Average Award
$34,511
Need-Based Gift
Received by 395 (82.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $16,564
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 371 (78.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,335
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 472 (92.4%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
536 (39.7%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $17,099

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
2,024 (64.0%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,732 (85.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,722 (99.8%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
431 (33.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
81%
Average Award
$33,281
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,459 (86.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $17,505
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,393 (80.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,967
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 1,480 (86.8%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
2,073 (39.5%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $12,207

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
64%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$38,596
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
13.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
2.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Nursing loans
State Loans
Available
Other Loans
Private loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special achievements/activities, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
1,398
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
17
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
12
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, Children with a Deceased or Disabled Parent, Ethnic Background, First-Generation College Students, Members of Minorities, Veterans
Number of Awards
166
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,620
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Software Engineering
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
  • Finance, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • General Studies
  • German Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Journalism, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Music, General
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Health, General
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Health professions and related sciences, Communication/journalism
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
282
Part-Time Faculty
340
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
42%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 10% of classes
10-19 students: 36% of classes
20-29 students: 44% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 48% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 43% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 9% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
1,352,287
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
150
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Arts, Master of Science in Nursing

Master's Programs of Study

  • Addictions/Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Applied Psychology
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Counselor Education
  • Education--General
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Elementary Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Studies
  • Foundations and Philosophy of Education
  • Health Education
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Multilingual and Multicultural Education
  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Nursing and Healthcare Administration
  • Nursing--General
  • Pastoral Ministry and Counseling
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • School Psychology
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Family Nurse Practitioner Studies
  • Health Education
  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Nursing and Healthcare Administration
  • Nursing--General
  • Psychiatric Nursing

Location and Setting


Fairfield Population
60,855
Nearest Metropolitan Area
New York City
Campus Size
200 acres

Weather

Temperature
21.9 average low in January, 76 average high in September
Rain
118 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
5 mile(s) from campus in Bridgeport
Nearest Train Station
5 mile(s) from campus in Bridgeport

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
73% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
 
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Stag
School Colors
Cardinal red and white

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Crew x x x x
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Field Hockey x x    
Golf   x x x
Lacrosse x x x x
Rowing x x x x
Soccer x x x x
Softball x x    
Swimming And Diving x x x x
Tennis x x x x
Volleyball x x    
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Crew x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Field Hockey x x
Golf   x
Lacrosse x x
Rowing x x
Soccer x x
Softball x x
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Volleyball x x
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Crew x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Field Hockey    
Golf x x
Lacrosse x x
Rowing x x
Soccer x x
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
golf
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
badminton, softball, table tennis

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, fairfield university student association (fusa), inter-residential housing associations (irha), commuter student association (csa), play like a girl (plag), intramural/club sports
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
4,177
Women
2,510 (60.1%)
Men
1,667 (39.9%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
3,989
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.8% Asian
2.4% Black/African-American
7.5% Hispanic/Latino
1.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
80.1% White
5.5% Unknown
International Students.
3.6% from 49 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
1,096

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
90.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
78.5%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
80%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
81.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
67%
Average Starting Salary
67%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
29.5%
Disciplines Pursued
Law 4%
Arts and Sciences 5%
Medicine 5%
Education 3%
Other 1%

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