Fairfield University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Fairfield University
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Located in Fairfield, Connecticut, Fairfield University is a private Catholic university with an acceptance rate of 60%. The university's curriculum emphasizes thinking across disciplinary boundaries. The school has strong international programs and has produced a surprising number of Fulbright Scholars. Fairfield's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned the school a chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, and the university's Dolan School of Business is also well regarded. In athletics, the Fairfield Stags compete in the NCAA Division I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Considering applying to Fairfield University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

For students who entered Fairfield University in the 2018-19 academic year, the school had an acceptance rate of 60%. This tells us that 4 out of every 6 applicants will not be admitted. The admissions process is competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 11,361
Percent Admitted 60%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled 16%

SAT Scores and Requirements

If you aren't happy with your SAT scores, no worries. Fairfield University has test-optional admissions so you are not required to submit scores as part of the admissions process. That said, the university does provide SAT data so that we see the score ranges for successful applicants. 73% of applicants provided SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 600 660
Math 590 680
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

If we look at national SAT score data, we can conclude that Fairfield students tend to be in the top third of all test-takers. The middle 50% of applicants had an evidence-based reading score between 600 and 660. This tells us that 25% of students had a score of 600 or lower, and 25% scored a 660 or higher. Math scores were similar with the middle 50% scoring between 590 and 680. This means 25% scored a 590 or lower while another 25% scored a 680 or higher. For combined SAT scores, the middle 50% of applicants scored between a 1210 and 1330.


SAT scores are not required for admission, although you may be required to submit them for athletic or scholarship purposes. Also, Fairfield University does not require SAT subject test scores or any other standardized test scores. That said, the university does recommend that students who choose not to submit test scores do an admissions interview.

ACT Scores and Requirements

As with the SAT, students are not required to submit ACT scores as part of the admissions process because of Fairfield's test-optional admissions policy. That said, the SAT is more popular among Fairfield applicants than the ACT, and only 27% of applicants submitted ACT scores.

Fairfield University ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English - -
Math - -
Composite 26 30

An average ACT score is about a 21, so you can see that the majority of Fairfield students scored well above average. The middle 50% of students scored between a 26 and 30. This means 25% of students scored a 26 or lower, and 25% scored a 30 or higher.


Students do not need to submit ACT scores to the admissions office, nor do they need to supplement their applications with any SAT subject tests. If you do choose to submit scores, the admissions folks will consider them.

GPA and Class Rank

For students who entered Fairfield University in the 2018-19 academic year, the average GPA was 3.65. 44.6% of enrolled students had GPAs of 3.75 or higher, and 23.3% had GPAs above 3.5.

For class rank, 36.8% of students were in the top 10% of their graduating class, while 77.3% were in the top 25%. Chances of admission are slim for students in the bottom half of their class—only 5.7% of students in the bottom half were admitted.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Graph of Fairfield University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Data.
Graph of Fairfield University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Data. Graph Courtesy of Cappex

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Fairfield University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out yow you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Fairfield University is selective Catholic university, and you can see that most students who got into Fairfield University had averages of "B+" or higher. Many successful applicants had solid "A" averages. Note that grades are far more important than test scores because the university has test-optional admissions. If your scores aren't impressive, you can choose not to submit them.

Note that some students with solid grades and test scores did not get into Fairfield University. There's quite a bit of yellow (waitlisted students) and a little red (rejected students) mixed in with the blue and green in the middle of the graph. On the other hand, you'll notice that some students got in with grades and test scores that are below the norm. This is because Fairfield has holistic admissions and uses the Common Application. Successful applicants need to have strengths that go beyond numerical data. A winning essay, strong letters of recommendation, and meaningful involvement in extracurricular activities are all important. Finally, Fairfield highly recommends that students visit campus and do an optional interview.

Sources: Graph courtesy of Cappex; all other data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the Fairfield University admissions website.