Rankings & Accolades

DNP and MSN Degrees among BEST in the nation

The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies is ranked among the best in the nation for a Doctor of Nursing Practice and Master of Science in Nursing degrees by U.S. News and World Report.

Dolan School Grad Programs In
Top 15

in the Country

U.S. News and World Report placed Fairfield’s grad programs in accounting, finance, and marketing at #21, #12, and #15, respectively.

Top 20
Master’s Degree Granting Institutions in the Country

Fairfield’s contribution to the public good and service to the community were cited by Washington Monthly, a publication supported in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Helping to create the “American Dream.”

As part of its third annual ranking, the New York Times has placed Fairfield University among the top schools in the country to help create “the American Dream.” The ranking measures the economic diversity at the country’s top higher education institutions.

Happiest Students & Best Quality of Life

The University is among the top 15% of all schools in the country as part of The Princeton Review’s annual “Best 382 Colleges.” Fairfield was included in the schools considered to have the “Best Quality of Life” and “Happiest Students.”

Service learning among best programs to look for.

The service learning accolade from U.S. News and World Report recognizes schools that integrate community service and required student course work.

Fairfield is one of nine U.S. universities among the list of 20 "rising stars" in global higher education.

Times Higher Education reports, a recent international study by UK-based higher-ed consultant, Firetail, placed Fairfield on its rising ”Class of 2030” list, among a new generation of “challenger universities,” positioned to become globally influential institutions over the next 10 to 20 years.


According to the Accounting Degree Review, Fairfield's undergraduate accounting program is best in Connecticut.

Additionally, the MS in Accounting Program ranked in the Top 5 AACSB accredited programs in New England.


Time’s Money Magazine ranks Fairfield in the top 10% of schools in the country, Top 5 in CT, making us the top Catholic school in the state.

TOP 15
Roman Catholic Schools Nationwide

According to College Factual, Fairfield University is also the top ranked Roman Catholic school in the state.

$1 Billion

Fairfield University contributes over $1 Billion to the Local Economy, according to a recent study by the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges

TOP 2%

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

Women’s Bball
TOP 25 in the Nation

With a 3.51 team GPA, the Fairfield University Women's Basketball team has been ranked in the Top 25 in the country in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Team Honor Roll.

In Northern Regional Universities

Fairfield University ranks #3 in Regional Universities in the North, in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings among institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs.

TOP 25
Safest College Towns in America

The annual report by SafeWise cited the impressiveness of the town’s low crime rate, the town’s “abundant outdoor recreation” opportunities, and “high quality of life.”

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.

for Veterans

U.S. News and World Report names Fairfield as the Best College for Veterans in the Regional Northeast.

BEST for Beach Lovers

TIME’s Money Magazine named Fairfield University among the “10 Best Colleges for Beach Lovers” — an attribute long appreciated by the Fairfield community, now given national attention.


College Factual placed Fairfield among the top 10% of schools in the country.

Determining factors include educational resources & post-graduation earnings.


Egan School of Nursing students have a 100% post-graduation placement rate

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.





This report is based on information from graduates and employment resources received within six months of graduation from 76.8 percent of the 929 members of the Class of 2017 (or 714 graduates).

Of those who responded:
  • 98% of the Class of 2017 has secured full-time professional employment, admission to graduate degree programs, or participation in volunteer service programs.

  • The average salary for the Class of 2017 is $56,784 (excluding bonuses). This reflects an increase in salary from the Class of 2016 average which was $53,910.

  • The percentage of graduates obtaining employment through Fairfield University Resources, and campus recruiting is 48.5%.

  • Financial Services was the highest area of placement consisting of 21.9%.

  • 26.7% of the class gained admission into graduate school, with the greatest numbers entering programs in Business, Education, Arts and Sciences, Law and Healthcare.



  • 91.5% of graduates reported that achieving a Fairfield University graduate degree has put them on the right path to obtaining their career goals.

  • 88.5% reported that their graduate program prepared them for their current activity/occupation and ultimate career goal.

  • 98% of graduates reported that their graduate program enhanced their ability to analyze and synthesize information.

  • 96.5% of graduates reported that their graduate studies enhanced their ability to communicate clearly and coherently.

  • 96.5% of graduates reported that their graduate programs helped them incorporate models, theories, and modes of thinking from multiple disciplines when solving problems.

  • 94% of graduates reported that their graduate education enhanced their ability to appreciate different points of view.

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