Application Process and Procedures
At Fairfield University, we remain committed to a detailed, personal review of every admission application we receive. We are looking for students who demonstrate a commitment to the development of both their intellect and their character - students who are excited by the academic and personal challenges which Fairfield will offer.
Clearly the most important part of the admission process is your academic record. We consider both your academic performance as well as the quality of the curriculum you have pursued. The program of a successful candidate for admission will include a minimum of 4 units of English, 3 to 4 of mathematics, 3 to 4 of a foreign language, 3 to 4 of a laboratory science and 3 to 4 of history and social science. We also take into account the rigor of the academic program you have pursued, looking favorably on a program which includes honors or advanced courses offered at your high school.
Candidates interested in mathematics, engineering, business and the sciences are urged to pursue a fourth unit of lab science and mathematics, preferably pre-calculus or calculus. Candidates for nursing must have one laboratory course in chemistry.
All applicants are also required to take the College Board SAT I or the American College Testing Program Assessment (ACT). Although standardized test scores are an important part of the college admission process at Fairfield University, they are not in and of themselves the sole determining factor of admission. Standardized test scores are always considered in the context of your entire application.
Beyond the Application
Beyond the objective factors in your application, we also consider the subjective information presented. We carefully evaluate your essay, recommendations, and résumé of extra curricular activities. We also consider your interview, although it is not required for admission. These are the elements which allow us to gain insight into you as a person - what excites your passions, your interests, your likes and your dislikes. These are the elements which make your application complete, and which allow the admission committee to make an informed decision.