U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2008" ranks Fairfield University number 2 among universities in the North with master's degree programs


U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2008," has ranked Fairfield University number two in the top tier of "Master's Universities" in the North. Fairfield moved from being tied for the number four position last year to being tied with Loyola College in Maryland and Providence College for the number two ranking.

While Academic Vice President Orin Grossman said he is always pleased when Fairfield University places well in various college guides, he wants prospective students and their parents to know that such guides are limited in what they can measure. "The U.S. News ratings provide some useful information, but there are so many unquantifiable attributes that contribute to a successful college experience, such as the individual attention given by a professor, the Jesuit emphasis on issues of social justice, the integration of student living and learning experiences, and the real-world connections provided by internships, study-abroad and research opportunities. So while I always like to see Fairfield at the top of its league, I also encourage parents and students to visit Fairfield to get a first-hand experience."

This is the 17th year that U.S. News & World Report has ranked Fairfield University in the top four among universities in the North with master's degree programs.

Fairfield University is a Jesuit University, rooted in one of the world's oldest intellectual and spiritual traditions. More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 35 states, 46 foreign countries, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are enrolled in the University's six schools. In the spirit of rigorous and sympathetic inquiry into all dimensions of human experience, Fairfield welcomes students from diverse backgrounds to share ideas and engage in open conversations. The University is located in the heart of a region where the future takes shape, on a stunning campus on the Connecticut coast.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on August 17, 2007

Vol. 40, No. 23