Application Requirements

The admission process at Fairfield University is holistic. Our belief in the importance of a thorough and careful review of all aspects of your application reflects our mission as a Jesuit institution. We seek to educate the whole person, and our admission practices reflect that goal.

Fairfield University recognizes the Common Application as its own application form. Our admission office treats every application in the same manner, whether it is submitted electronically or on paper.

Fairfield made the submission of SAT/ACT test results optional in 2009. Learn more about our Standardized Test Optional Policy and have some of your further questions answered by our Admission FAQs.

If you are applying as a first year student, your application and the following supporting credentials must be submitted by the deadline:

  • Completed Common Application
  • Official secondary school transcript
  • Secondary school report form completed by your college counselor
  • Personal statement (Common Application Essay)
  • $60 application fee or official fee waiver
  • SAT or ACT results (If you choose to submit them). Please note that if you choose not to submit test scores, an admission interview is recommended. Refer to our Standardized Test Optional Policy for more details.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is highly recommended if you have resided in the U.S. for fewer than five years and English is not your native language
  • Interview (optional)

We regard your academic record from high school as the most important part of your application for admission. Although we certainly consider your final grade point average and overall record over four years, we do look deeper, considering your performance during each year in high school. We look for students who have challenged themselves at the appropriate level. Not only are your final grades considered, we look very carefully at the quality of the academic program you have pursued.

In deciding whether or not to submit your standardized test scores, consider your overall academic record. Your decision should be based on whether you believe your scores are an accurate representation of your academic abilities.

While your academic record is clearly a critical element of the entire admission application, we are also interested in the personal qualities, talents and interests that you will bring to our campus community. We want to know about your extra curricular involvement, the quality of your writing as reflected in the personal statement, and the reflections of teachers, counselors, and others who submit recommendations on your behalf.

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