Fairfield University Admissions

Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Fairfield University
Fairfield University. Allen Grove

With an acceptance rate of 61 percent, Fairfield University isn't a highly selective school. Students will need solid grades and a strong application to be admitted. Interested students can submit an application through the Common Application, and should also send in high school transcripts and (optional) SAT or ACT scores.

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Admissions Data (2016)

Fairfield University Description

Fairfield University is a comprehensive Jesuit institution located in Fairfield, Connecticut. 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.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 5,137 (4,032 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 39% Male / 61% Female
  • 94% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $46,000
  • Books: $1,150 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,860
  • Other Expenses: $1,730
  • Total Cost: $62,740

Fairfield University Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 93%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 91%
    • Loans: 55%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $22,154
    • Loans: $9,171

Academic Programs

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 89%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 15%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 78%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 82%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Basketball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Track and Field, Tennis, Golf, Baseball, Rowing
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Volleyball, Cross Country, Tennis, Softball, Basketball, Track and Field, Rowing

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Fairfield University Mission Statement:

the complete mission statement can be found at http://www.fairfield.edu/aboutfairfield/missionvalueshistory/missionstatement/

"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."