Fordham University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Fordham University

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Fordham University is a private Jesuit research university with an acceptance rate of 46%. The main campus in the Bronx is adjacent to the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden. Fordham University has a 15-to-1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 22. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, the university was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

The most popular undergraduate majors at Fordham are business administration, finance, and public accounting. In athletics, the Fordham Rams compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference except for the football team which competes in the Patriot League. Fordham offers both Early Decision and Early Action admissions options. If the university is definitely your first-choice school, Early Decision is an excellent way to demonstrate your interest and improve your chances of getting in.

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

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Fordham University had an acceptance rate of 46%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 46 students were admitted, making Fordham's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 46,164
Percent Admitted 46%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 10.7%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Fordham requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2016-17 admissions cycle, 63% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 620 700
Math 610 710
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Fordham's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Fordham University scored between 620 and 700, while 25% scored below 620 and 25% scored above 700. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 610 and 710, while 25% scored below 610 and 25% scored above 710. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1410 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Fordham.

Requirements

Fordham University does not require the SAT writing section. Note that Fordham participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. Fordham does not require SAT Subject tests but will consider the scores if submitted.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Fordham University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2016-17 admissions cycle, 49% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 27 34
Math 26 30
Composite 27 31

This admissions data tells us that most of Fordham's admitted students fall within the top 14% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Fordham received a composite ACT score between 27 and 31, while 25% scored above 31 and 25% scored below 27.

Requirements

Fordham University does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, Fordham superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA for incoming Fordham freshman was 3.70. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Fordham University have primarily A and B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Fordham University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Fordham University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

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

Admissions Chances

Fordham University, which accepts fewer than half of applicants, has a selective admissions process. However, Fordham has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their test scores are outside of Fordham's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had high school GPAs of "A-" or higher, combined SAT scores of 1200 or higher (ERW+M), and ACT composite scores of 25 or better. Chances are best for students with "A" averages and SAT scores of 1300 or higher. Many students with grades and test scores that were on target for Fordham University did not get in. On the flip side, note that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades a little bit below the norm. This is because Fordham's admissions process is based on more than numerical data.