Rankings & Accolades

#1 in Northern Region by U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges 2019

Fairfield University has risen to #1 in the Northern Region in the annual U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges 2019 ranking.

No. 1 in State for Accounting

Fairfield’s accounting programs have earned a best-in-state reputation published by several rankings outlets.

Egan School of Nursing Among In
Top Programs in the Country,

Best in State

The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies continues to receive national attention, recently being named among the top 15 nursing programs in the country and the top nursing program in Connecticut. Additionally, College Factual’s ranking placed Egan graduates among the top 5% highest paid graduates in the country.

Fairfield U Graduate Business & Nursing Programs Among Best in the Nation, Top 3 in the State by U.S. News & World Report

Fairfield’s business programs in finance, marketing, and accounting are ranked #1 in the state and Top 20 in the U.S. Fairfield’s part-time MBA program is #2 in the state and jumped into the Top 100 in the nation.

Fairfield’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) jumped 10 spots into the Top 50, second only to Yale for the best in the state. The Master of Nursing program also jumped 10 spots to 64 from 74 last year, and is among the Top 3 in the state.

Top 50 private nonprofit “Colleges with the Greatest Research-and-Development Spending in the Humanities”

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of “Colleges With the Greatest Research-and-Development Spending in the Humanities, FY2016” ranked Fairfield University #34 among 50 private nonprofit institutions including Yale, Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Stanford, University of Chicago, Columbia, Dartmouth, and Georgetown.

Best for Your Money

Fairfield University has once again been named among the best schools in the nation by Time’s Money magazine, The Princeton Review and Forbes. Money magazine’s annual “Best Colleges for Your Money” ranking places Fairfield among the top 100 private universities in the country.

TOP 10
Most Transformative Colleges

Fairfield’s top 10 ranking for "Most Transformative Colleges," recognizes the institution’s commitment to holistic formation, and places Fairfield as the highest-ranking Jesuit university in that category. The "Most Transformative Colleges" were ranked according to Money magazine’s “exclusive value-added scores for graduation rates, earnings, and student loan repayment.”

Top 100 Private Universities in the nation

In its 11th year, Forbes’ 2018 list of America’s Top Colleges focuses on “the direct benefits schools provide their graduates." Especially at a time when Americans owe more than $1 trillion in student loan debt, Forbes values “outputs” rather than “inputs.” Fairfield ranked #145 among U.S. colleges and universities, up three spots from the 2017 list.

Happiest Students

& Best Quality of Life

Fairfield is once again among The Princeton Review’s annual “Best 384 Colleges,” as well as in the top 10 schools — and the only Connecticut school in the top 10 — where students are considered to have the "Best Quality of Life." The University is found in the top 20 schools — and is the top school in Connecticut in the top 20 — to have the "Happiest Students," and is also among the "Best Northeastern Schools" and the "Colleges That Pay You Back."


According to The Princeton Review’s Editor-in-Chief Robert Franek, the top 384 schools are chosen primarily on “outstanding academics” and are highly recommended by the publication. The best regional schools, in which Fairfield is among the best in the Northeastern region, are also considered to be “academically outstanding.” Strong institutional and student survey data determined the rankings for "Colleges That Pay You Back," which include academic rigor, affordability, and career outcomes for graduates.

TOP 15
Safest College Towns in the Nation

Fairfield ranked #11 in 2018, up from #24 in 2017. Fairfield is only one of three Connecticut municipalities that meets the safe college towns’ criteria.

Top 2%

Programs in Business and Nursing are all among the Top 2% in the country, according to College Factual.

Best Alumni Network &
Top Internship Opportunities

According to a 2019 ranking from The Princeton Review, Fairfield is in the Top 20 in the country, and top school in Connecticut, for best Alumni Network and Top Internship Opportunities.


According to the Class of 2018 destination report, 98% of graduates secured full-time professional employment, admission to graduate degree programs, or participation in volunteer service programs. Egan School of Nursing students have maintained a 100% post-graduation placement rate.

MBA Program
Among BEST in the Country

The Princeton Review included Fairfield’s Dolan School of Business’ MBA program among the best on-campus programs in the country, as well as one of the best in the Northeast.


Fairfield University contributes almost $2 Billion to the Local Economy, according to a recent study by the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges

No. 2 for Highest Starting Salaries in Connecticut

According to College Scorecard, with data from the US Department of Education, Fairfield is #2 in Connecticut for highest salaries post-graduation.

Women’s Basketball
ranked 20th in the nation in team GPA

Supporting a team grade point average of 3.499, the Fairfield University Women's Basketball team earned a spot on the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Team Honor Roll for the second-straight season. The Stags' GPA ranked 20th among all NCAA Division I institutions and was the only Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) representative. Fairfield is also the only MAAC school to make the academic team honor roll in two-straight years since Manhattan grabbed a spot from 2008-2010.

7 teams with perfect 1000 NCAA APR scores

Seven Fairfield University athletic teams were cited for excellence in the classroom by receiving the NCAA's Public Recognition Award, given to programs which score in the top 10 percent of their sports in the most recent Academic Progress Rates. Women's Basketball, Field Hockey, Men's Golf, Women's Lacrosse, Softball, Men's and Women's Tennis, collected the award by achieving an Academic Progress Rate (APR) that ranked among the top 10 percent in their respective sport.




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