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#3 in Northern Region by U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges 2020

Fairfield University is #3 in the Northern Region in the annual U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges 2020 ranking.

No. 1 Best
Undergraduate Teaching

Fairfield has once again been recognized in the annual U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2020 ranking, earning a No. 1 spot at the top of their Best Undergraduate Teaching list, and a No. 2 ranking on their Most Innovative School list.


No. 1 Best College
for Nursing

Fairfield University was named No. 1 Best College for Nursing in the state of CT in research site Niche's 2020 Best Colleges ranking.

Top 25%

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Ed's annual college rankings placed Fairfield University in the top 200 out of 801 colleges and universities nationwide included in their annual college ranking.

TOP 20%
Best Colleges in America, Ranked by Value

Fairfield University has once again been ranked in Money Magazine’s annual list of 'Best Colleges for Your Money.' Placing in the list’s top 75 out of 476 private colleges included in the ranking Fairfield falls in the top 13% of private colleges and universities nationwide. Additionally, the University was ranked in the top 20% nationally among all 744 schools included in the national rankings.

Best for Your Money

Fairfield University has once again been named among the best schools in the nation by Time’s Money magazine. Money magazine’s annual "Best Colleges for Your Money" ranking places Fairfield among the top 75 private universities in the country, and in the top 20% of all schools nationally.

Top 10 Best Catholic University

Ranking in the top 10 best Catholic colleges and universities in the United States by College Consensus, Fairfield earned a No. 6 spot nationally out of 131 schools included in this year’s review. Additionally, Fairfield is the only Connecticut university to place among the top 10. It is joined by only two other New England colleges and universities in its placement at the head of the ranking.

Top 75 Private Universities in the nation

In Forbes’ 2019 list of America’s Top Colleges, Fairfield University placed No. 64 out of 400 schools in their comparison of private colleges and universities, putting Fairfield in the top 16% of all private colleges and universities in the nation.

Happiest Students

Fairfield has been named to Princeton Review’s annual ranking of the 385 Best Colleges for 2020. The University also was named to several national Top 20 lists, earning a spot on the ranking’s list of Top 20 Schools with the Happiest Students.

BEST 385 COLLEGES FOR 2020

Fairfield was named to Princeton Review's nationwide list of the best 385 colleges for 2020. Within this distinction, Fairfield received high marks in several of the review's national top 20 rankings, placing No. 14 for Best Alumni Network, No. 14 for Best Schools for Internships, No. 16 for its location in the town of Fairfield, and No. 19 for Happiest Students. Regionally, Princeton Review also awarded Fairfield a place on its Best Northeastern Colleges list for 2020.

BEST VALUE COLLEGE

Jumping 128 spots from No. 258 in Kiplinger’s 2018 ranking, Fairfield placed in the top 33% of this year’s national list. In a ranking of private universities, Fairfield sits at No. 41 in the group, placing them among the top 30% of private universities nationwide. Additionally, the University placed in the top 25 value universities in New England.

High 'Salary Yardstick' post graduation

Fairfield’s leap to the top 33% of Kiplinger’s 2019 rankings are distinguished by their high ‘salary yardstick’ — students’ anticipated median job earnings following graduation — which top $72,000, as well as their high graduation rate (79%) and low average debt upon graduation ($32,186).

Best Alumni Network &
Best School for Internships

Fairfield University has once again been named to Princeton Review’s annual ranking of the 385 Best Colleges for 2020. The University was also named to several national Top 20 lists, earning a No. 14 spot for Best Alumni Network and another No. 14 placement for Best Schools for Internships.

No. 3 in the North

Fairfield has once again been recognized in the annual U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2020 ranking, placing at No. 3 in their Best Regional Universities in the North list.

Top 5
Safest Colleges in CT

In Niche's 2020 Best Colleges ranking, Fairfield was named to the top 5 safest colleges in the state of Connecticut and was also recognized in their list of Connecticut schools with the best locations.

$2
Billion

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

No. 2 Best Value in CT

Named No. 2 Best Value College in research site Niche’s 2020 Best College ranking, Fairfield’s high placement on the list was based on a calculation of net price, alumni earnings, graduation rate, and student debt data.

Top 1%
for Long-Term Value

In a new study from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, Fairfield University is a national leader for return on investment (ROI), appearing in the top one percent of institutions for ROI (#62) and ranking highly for its average alumni earning potential ten years after graduation ($103,000), for a relatively low average debt, and a top graduation rate (82%).

Grad Business Programs Among the Top 25 in the U.S.

Graduate programs in Fairfield University’s Charles F. Dolan School of Business placed in the Top 25 nationwide in the 2021 edition of U.S. News Best Graduate Schools rankings: Accounting ranked No. 20, Marketing ranked No. 18, and Finance ranked No. 25. The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies' Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and Master of Science in Nursing program once again ranked among the Top 75 in the nation for Best Grad Nursing Programs.

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