Fairfield University

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Fairfield UniversityFairfield University
1073 North Benson Road,
Fairfield, CT 06824
Phone: (203) 254-4000

The History of Fairfield University

Fairfield University is a comprehensive Jesuit institution that prepares students for leadership and service in a constantly changing world. Founded in 1942 after the purchase of the adjoining estates of Jennings and Lashar off North Benson Road in Fairfield, the University has grown from an initial class of 303 undergraduate male students admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences in 1947 into a coeducational university of more than 5,000 undergraduate, graduate, and continuing studies students enrolled in six distinct schools. Along the way, the University has awarded more than 45,000 degrees since 1951, and has developed a reputation for educational excellence both regionally and nationally.

The Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., assumed the presidency of Fairfield University in July 2004, becoming the eighth Jesuit to hold the position since the institution's founding in 1942. He succeeds John McEleney, S.J. (1941), James H. Dolan, S.J. (1944), Joseph Fitzgerald, S.J. (1951), James Fitzgerald, S.J. (1958), William McInnes, S.J. (1964), Thomas Fitzgerald, S.J. (1973), and Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. (1979).
Presidents of Fairfield University | Honorary Degrees Awarded 1942 Fairfield College of St. Robert Bellarmine, Inc. purchased two adjoining estates in Fairfield
Fairfield College-Preparatory School opened classes in a four-year program
1945 Fairfield University was chartered by the State of Connecticut to grant degrees
1947 First class of 303 male students was admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences
1949 College of Arts and Sciences was accredited by the State of Connecticut
First summer session of undergraduate courses was held
1950 First graduate classes in education were held on a coeducation basis
Education Program for teacher certification was accredited by the State of Connecticut
1951 First Graduation Class
1953 Fairfield University was admitted to fully accredited membership in the New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
1963 Graduate Department of Education became the Graduate School of Education
1966 Graduate School of Corporate and Political Communication opened
1970 Women were admitted to all undergraduate programs
Undergraduate School of Nursing admitted to its first class
1972 Center for Lifetime Learning offered its first courses
Graduated first class of women
1975 Connecticut Center for Continuing Education became part of the University
1978 School of Business was established
1979 School of Continuing Education was established
1981 School of Business offered its first Master of Science degree program in Financial Management
1982 Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions merged with School of Continuing Education to form the School of Graduate and Continuing Education
1987 The School of Graduate and Continuing Education was separated into two schools: The School of Continuing Education and the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions
1989 Acquired the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur property
1990 Graduate School of Communication closed
1994 Acquired Bridgeport Engineering Institute. Masters of Science in Nursing and Masters in Business Administration Program offered
1995 Accepted into Phi Beta Kappa
1997 Granted accreditation into the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
Master of Arts offered in American Studies
1998 Master of Science offered in Management of Technology and Software Engineering
1999 School of Engineering becomes a separate undergraduate school
2000 Master of Science offered in Mathematics
School of Business named to honor Cablevision founder Charles F. Dolan
2002 School of Continuing Education renamed University College
2004 Fairfield University's eighth president was installed
2008 MFA in Creative Writing launched
2010 Doctor of Nursing Practice offered

Accreditation and Memberships

Fairfield University is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, which accredits schools and colleges in the six New England states. Accreditation by one of the six regional accrediting associations in the United States indicates that the school or college has been carefully evaluated and found to meet standards agreed upon by qualified educators.

Additional accreditations include:
AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (Charles F. Dolan School of Business)
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (School of Engineering)

Computer Engineering program
Electrical Engineering program
Mechanical Engineering program
Software Engineering program
American Chemical Society (College of Arts and Sciences)
B.S. in Chemistry
Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, GSEAP)
Marriage and Family Therapy program
Connecticut State Department of Higher Education (GSEAP)
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (GSEAP)
Counselor Education programs
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (School of Nursing)

Undergraduate Nursing programs
Graduate Nursing programs
International Association of Counseling Services
Counseling & Psychological Services Center
Academic program approvals include:
Connecticut State Department of Higher Education

Elementary and Secondary Teacher certification programs
Graduate programs leading to certification in specialized areas of education
School of Nursing programs
Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Nursing
Undergraduate Nursing programs
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

Certifications include:
National Collegiate Athletic Association
Supplemental First Responder, State of Connecticut (Department of Public Safety)
Infirmary License, State of Connecticut Department of Public Health
Institutional Memberships

The University is an institutional member of these organizations:
AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
America East Athletic Conference
American Association for Employment in Education
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American Council for Higher Education
American Council on Education
American Society for Engineering Education
APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities
Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education Association
for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors
Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
Association of College Unions International
Association of Governing Boards
Association of Higher Education Campus Television Administrators
Association of International Education Administrators
Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities
Catholic Campus Ministry Association
Connecticut Association of Colleges and Universities for Teacher Education
Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges
Connecticut Council for Higher Education
Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium
Connecticut Education Network
Connecticut Library Consortium
Council for Opportunity in Education
Council of Connecticut Academic Library Directors
Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference
EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research
EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative
Fairfield Chamber of Commerce
Greater Bridgeport Regional Business Council
Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium
International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators
Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering
National Association for Campus Activities
National Association of College and University Attorneys
National Association of College and University Business Officers
National Association of Colleges and Employers
National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
National Catholic Educational Association
National Collegiate Athletic Association
National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education
National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association
New England Business and Economic Association
New England Library Information Network
Northeast Regional Computer Program
Online Computer Library Center
Society for College and University Planning
The College Board
The Forum on Education Abroad

Why Fairfield? Education for an Inspired Life

"A Fairfield University education has become more integrated in focus, more global in outlook, and more intentional in its structure than ever before. In the Jesuit tradition, we are committed to creating a student-focused, holistic, and diverse educational environment - intended to educate the whole person - mind, body, and spirit. We want to cultivate in both our undergraduate and graduate students a sense of community and strong ethical and spiritual values to guide them on their paths into the future. Join us in this community enterprise, where all of us are called to come together in the spirit and practice of collaboration."

- Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., President
Who We Are

Fairfield University is a Catholic, Jesuit university - one of 28 in the United States. Our mission touches everything we do.
We're committed to broad intellectual inquiry - so we offer a comprehensive core curriculum.
We attend to the whole self - body, mind, and spirit - so we offer distinctive living and learning experiences like the Ignatian Residential College.
We believe in lifelong learning - so we integrate Jesuit values in graduate and professional studies.
We pursue social justice and global citizenship - so we offer an astounding range of opportunities for service and civic engagement.

We ask the hard questions, listen closely, and care enough about the world to study it, work in it, make it better.
After Fairfield

Our graduates build vital, meaningful lives. They think critically and independently, they know how to lead and how to work together, and they've done enough important work in the world to know why their work - and their world - matters.
Our graduates take positions at distinguished corporations, innovative start-ups, and national non-profits.
Many spend a year or two in global service programs or attend the nation's top graduate and professional schools.
A startling number of our seniors have won Fulbright Fellowships - year-long scholarships that support post-graduate research in other countries.

As a student at Fairfield University, you'll have access to 50 approved study abroad programs, an expansive list of internships in every field, ambitious initiatives in civic engagement and service learning - the world is waiting!

Mission Statement of Fairfield University

Fairfield University, founded by the Society of Jesus, is a coeducational institution of higher learning whose primary objectives are to develop the creative intellectual potential of its students and to foster in them ethical and religious values and a sense of social responsibility. Jesuit Education, which began in 1547, is committed today to the service of faith, of which the promotion of justice is an absolute requirement.

Fairfield is Catholic in both tradition and spirit. It celebrates the God-given dignity of every human person. As a Catholic university it welcomes those of all beliefs and traditions who share its concerns for scholarship, justice, truth and freedom, and it values the diversity which their membership brings to the university community.

Fairfield educates its students through a variety of scholarly and professional disciplines. All of its schools share a liberal and humanistic perspective and a commitment to excellence. Fairfield encourages a respect for all the disciplines-their similarities, their differences, and their interrelationships. In particular, in its undergraduate schools it provides all students with a broadly based general education curriculum with a special emphasis on the traditional humanities as a complement to the more specialized preparation in disciplines and professions provided by the major programs. Fairfield is also committed to the needs of society for liberally educated professionals. It meets the needs of its students to assume positions in this society through its undergraduate and graduate professional schools and programs.

A Fairfield education is a liberal education, characterized by its breadth and depth. It offers opportunities for individual and common reflection, and it provides training in such essential human skills as analysis, synthesis, and communication. The liberally educated person is able to assimilate and organize facts, to evaluate knowledge, to identify issues, to use appropriate methods of reasoning and to convey conclusions persuasively in written and spoken word. Equally essential to liberal education is the development of the esthetic dimension of human nature, the power to imagine, to intuit, to create, and to appreciate. In its fullest sense liberal education initiates students at a mature level into their culture, its past, its present and its future.

Fairfield recognizes that learning is a life-long process and sees the education which it provides as the foundation upon which its students may continue to build within their chosen areas of scholarly study or professional development. It also seeks to foster in its students a continuing intellectual curiosity and a desire for self-education which will extend to the broad range of areas to which they have been introduced in their studies.

As a community of scholars, Fairfield gladly joins in the broader task of expanding human knowledge and deepening human understanding, and to this end it encourages and supports the scholarly research and artistic production of its faculty and students.

Fairfield has a further obligation to the wider community of which it is a part, to share with its neighbors its resources and its special expertise for the betterment of the community as a whole. Faculty and students are encouraged to participate in the larger community through service and academic activities. But most of all, Fairfield serves the wider community by educating its students to be socially aware and morally responsible persons.

Fairfield University values each of its students as an individual with unique abilities and potentials, and it respects the personal and academic freedom of all its members. At the same time it seeks to develop a greater sense of community within itself, a sense that all of its members belong to and are involved in the University, sharing common goals and a common commitment to truth and justice, and manifesting in their lives the common concern for others which is the obligation of all educated, mature human beings.

Prospective Students
Education for an inspired life.

Fairfield University offers all of its students the resources that you'd expect of a great university - distinguished faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, outstanding student services, and a beautiful campus environment. Whether you are seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree or want to take courses for your personal and professional enrichment, we are ready to help you learn more about the opportunities that await you as you consider your academic choices.

Welcome to Undergraduate Admission

Yes, you could go to a college and take some classes and do some activities and go to some events and think a few thoughts and get a diploma and get a job with a paycheck and have a standard-issue life.

We want more. And if you want more, maybe you belong here.

We're Fairfield University. We're a Catholic, Jesuit university, rooted in one of the world's oldest intellectual and spiritual traditions. We are located in the heart of a region where the future takes shape, on a stunning campus 200-acre on the Connecticut coast, an hour from New York City.

We believe that living and learning aren't two separate activities. They're parts of a coherent whole. Everything you do here - and everyone you meet here - adds up to something essential. The result is more than a job and a paycheck. The result is a mind (and a heart, and a spirit) that keeps expanding and seeking and growing. The result is an inspiring, inspired life.

Feeling Inspired?
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Explore our undergraduate academic programs that include 35 majors and 17 interdisciplinary minors offered through the following schools:
College of Arts & Sciences
Charles F. Dolan School of Business
School of Engineering
School of Nursing

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Contact Us

Office of Undergraduate Admission
Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (203) 254-4100

Welcome to Graduate Admission

Come discover how a customized Fairfield education can give you the skills, knowledge, and confidence you need to meet your personal and professional goals.
You'll be engaged and inspired.
You'll get an advanced degree and still have a personal life.
You'll blossom under personal attention.

36 advanced degrees are offered through the following schools:
College of Arts & Sciences

Charles F. Dolan School of Business

Graduate School of Education & Allied Professions *
* Please refer to New Deadlines for some programs

School of Engineering

School of Nursing

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Contact Us

Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies Admission

Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

(203) 254-4184 or toll-free (888) 488-6840
[email protected]

Continuing Studies Admission Options for Bachelor Degree Completion Programs
University College

University College's open enrollment allows you to begin taking classes immediately. There's no application process to enter any of University College's degree programs - admission is based solely on your academic performance while at the school. In addition, you can transfer up 75 credits into a BA or BS degree from previous college experience. To contact a University College academic advisor for complete information about enrollment and credit transfer, call (203) 254-4110 or e-mail.
School of Nursing

The School of Nursing's RN/BSN degree completion program allows you the flexibility you need to earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing while working. For more information, call (203) 254-4150 or e-mail Cathy Tuttle, the program assistant for the RN/BSN program.
School of Engineering

Enrollment in the School of Engineering's part-time degree completion program gets you started towards receiving a Bachelor of Science in Computer, Electrical, Mechanical, or Software Engineering. To contact a School of Engineering academic advisor for more information on the part-time evening program, call (203) 254-4147 or e-mail.

Admission - International Students

Fairfield University welcomes applicants from the United States and abroad. An international applicant is someone whose citizenship is from a country other than the United States.
Application Procedures
International first year or transfer applicants should submit the following information:
Common Application and Fairfield University Supplement

Academic Credentials - A secondary school transcript and/or A or O level exams results are needed for admission. This must be an original of your academic record or a certified copy. (Certification must be by an official of the institution in which you are enrolled, a notary public or a U.S. consular official.)

When necessary, an English translation must accompany your transcript. Students submitting GCE (O Level) must have passes (C or above) in at least five academic subjects.

Recommendations - A school counselor recommendation is required for admission. For schools without a counselor, a recommendation may be sent from the principal or headmaster of the school.

Standardized Tests:
All students for whom English is not their native language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and score a minimum of score 550 (paper-based exam), 213 (computer-based), or an 80 (Internet-based). These students may choose to submit the TOEFL exam exclusively in place of the SAT or ACT.

Students for whom English is their first language must take and submit the SAT or ACT.

Application Fee - The $60 (US) application fee can either be paid by credit card through the Common Application, issued on a United States bank account, or wire transferred. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission directly if you intend to wire the payment.

Financial Affidavit - As an international student coming to the United States, you will need to secure an F-1 student visa The F-1 student visa permits an individual to enter the United States for full-time study at an authorized institution in the United States. To obtain F-1 status, it is necessary to submit the following forms:

Complete the Declaration and Certification of Finances Form and submit all supporting documentation
Submit affidavits of support from all sponsors
Complete the Application for Form I-20

For further details on completing the Certification of Finances and I-20 Form please visit:
Financial Documentation Explained
Important Documents

I-20 Form This form will be sent only after the student has been accepted, paid the confirmation deposit and provided evidence (financial affidavit) of an ability to finance his or her own education.
Please Note:
Full Time Students - All undergraduate F and J Visa holders must take 12 credit hours per semester to remain in status.
International Scholarship & Financial Aid

Any first-year student who applies for admission is automatically considered for a Magis Scholarship. No separate application is required. The Magis scholarship is an annual award of $20,000 renewable for four years, providing the student maintains a 3.0 average. Students will also participate in special activities for recipients of the scholarship.

Although a limited amount of need-based financial assistance is available for international citizens, all applicants must also submit verification of financial resources to cover the costs of attendance.

An I-20 will be mailed only after the student has been admitted, paid a confirmation deposit, and provided evidence (financial affidavit) of the ability to finance his or her education.
Application Deadlines

Early Action Admission Application - November 1
Early Action Notification Date - January 1

Regular Admission Deadline - January 15
Regular Admission Notification Date - April 1
Student Orientation and Services

All international students (first year, transfers, exchange and graduate) are required to attend the international student orientation. This program provides time to personal advising and course registration, time to complete governmental and university paper work and an overview of the academic and campus environment as well as an opportunity to meet other international students.

Contact Us: If you have any questions, need clarification, or would like to set up a meeting on Skype please contact Jay Majewski at (203) 254-4100 or by e-mail.

Admission - Frequently Asked Questions
Admission Process

Does Fairfield accept the Common Application?

Fairfield University uses the Common Application as its only application. A supplement to the Common Application is also required.

What are the application deadlines?

The application deadline for Early Action consideration is November 1, and for regular decision January 15.

Does Fairfield University offer an Early Action admission program?

Yes. Students who consider Fairfield University to be among their top choices for their undergraduate education and who would like to have their application reviewed early may submit their application under our Early Action program. Applicants for Early Action must submit a completed application by November 1.

How competitive is admission?

Fairfield University received 8,734 applications for undergraduate admission for the Class of 2012. Fifty-nine percent of those students were admitted to reach an incoming class of 938.

What are the criteria for admission?

A competitive applicant has a solid A-/B+ average in a strong college preparatory program which includes some honors and/or advanced placement classes. For the Class of 2012, the middle 50% of admitted students scored between 1140 (1740) and 1300 (1940) on the SAT, and between 26 and 29 on the ACT.
Test Optional Policy

Why did Fairfield adopt a test optional policy?

Fairfield University already uses a holistic review process in the evaluation of our prospective students, looking at all aspects of a student's record in making our admission assessment. This process reflects our educational mission as a Jesuit institution. We believe strongly in the education of the whole person and look for signs of academic and community engagement, factors not well measured by test scores.

Based on our research, we know that a student's academic record in high school - including the strength of curriculum and the student's performance in that curriculum - provides the best information about his/her potential success at Fairfield.

How will Fairfield evaluate applicants who do not send their scores?

Our application review process for students who do not submit scores and those who do submit scores will be very similar. We review all applications holistically. The most important aspect of any application is the student's academic record over four years in high school. We look carefully at the quality of the academic program the student has pursued, as well as their performance throughout high school. We also consider all of the subjective aspects of a student's application, including the personal statement, recommendations from teachers and counselors, and the student's interests and extra curricular activities.

Is the application process any different for students who choose not to submit their scores?

Students who have chosen not to submit their scores must indicate on the Fairfield University Supplement to the Common Application that they have chosen that option. In addition, students will be asked to respond to a question on the Common Application Supplement which reflects on Fairfield's mission as a Jesuit, Catholic institution. All students are encouraged to schedule an interview with us, but this is especially recommended for students who have chosen not to submit their scores.

How will I know whether to submit my scores?

Students should reflect on their standardized test scores and their overall academic performance in high school. If a student feels that the scores are an accurate reflection of his/her academic ability and potential and would like them to be considered by the admission committee, the scores should be included. If a student does not feel the scores accurately reflect his/her ability and potential, the scores do not need to be submitted.

Is there any disadvantage in not submitting test scores?

No. Students who do not submit their test scores will have the same opportunities for admission as those who do.

Are there any exceptions to this policy?

Yes. Students who have been homeschooled during high school are still required to submit their SAT or ACT results. International students whose English is not their native language must submit the results of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language.)

When does this policy take effect?

This policy takes effect for first year students applying for the fall of 2010, and for transfer students applying for admission for the spring of 2010.

Can I be considered for a merit scholarship if I do not submit test scores?

Yes. All applicants, regardless of whether or not they have submitted SAT or ACT results, will be eligible for merit scholarship consideration.
Financial Aid Process

What Financial Aid forms are required?

Only students applying for need-based financial assistance are required to complete financial aid forms. Students are required to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the CSS PROFILE form. Both forms must be completed between January 1 and February 15. Early Action candidates should file the CSS PROFILE form by November 15 and the FAFSA between January 1 and February 15. Students who are applying under the Early Action guidelines and would like an early estimate of their financial aid award should complete the CSS PROFILE form by November 15.

Does Fairfield University offer merit scholarships?

Fairfield University offers the Magis Scholarship. Titled from the Jesuit term meaning "more," all undergraduate admission applicants will be reviewed for a $20,000 annual award. Recipients of the scholarship will have excelled academically in addition to being contributing members of their communities. To find out more about this scholarship opportunity please visit our scholarship page.

What percentage of students receive financial aid?

Approximately 73% of students receive some type of financial aid at Fairfield University.


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