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Fairfield University
Fairfield, CT
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.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 4,032
   Women 2,446 (60.7%)
   Men 1,586 (39.3%)
Graduate Students 1,105
Entrance Difficulty Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate 61% of 11,055 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.48 (based on weighted GPAs)
SAT Math 601 average
560-640 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 585 average
550-630 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 27 average
25-28 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests     X  
Essay X      
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $62,740
  Tuition and Fees $46,000
  Room and Board $13,860
Average Percent of Need Met 84%
Average Freshman Award $34,622
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 266
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 8% of classes
10-19 students: 35% of classes
20-29 students: 46% of classes
30-39 students: 10% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Fairfield Population 60,855
Nearest Metropolitan Area New York City
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 95% of freshmen, 75% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Stag
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.3% Asian
2.5% Black/African-American
7.9% Hispanic/Latino
1.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
79.0% White
6.6% Unknown
International Students 2.8% from 47 countries
First-Year Students Returning 89.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 78.4%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 74%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 20.5%