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#3 in Northern Region by U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges 2021

Fairfield University is #3 in the Northern Region in the annual U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges 2021 ranking.

No. 2 Best
Undergraduate Teaching

Fairfield has once again been named to U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges 2021 ranking, earning No. 2 spots in its Most Innovative School and Best Undergraduate Teaching rankings.

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 2021 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 College
in America

Fairfield University has once again been ranked at the top of the 2021 College Consensus list of Best Catholic Colleges & Universities. At #6, Fairfield placed in the top ten alongside the University of Notre Dame, Georgetown, and Boston College.

Top 150
U.S. University

Fairfield University has been named to Top Universities’ QS World University Rankings: USA 2020 list as a top 150 university in the United States. Fairfield was one of 302 universities in the country to be included on the list.

Happiest Students

Fairfield has been named to Princeton Review’s annual ranking of the 386 Best Colleges for 2021. 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 386

Fairfield was named to Princeton Review's annual college rankings of the best 386 colleges for 2021. Fairfield earned several national and regional distinctions, including places on the review’s lists of Best Northeastern Colleges, Best Value Colleges, and Green Colleges.

No. 1 for Communications

Fairfield fared best in class in research site Niche's statewide rankings, placing No. 1 on their list of Best Colleges for Communications in the state of Connecticut.

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).

No. 1
Alumni Giving Regionally

Fairfield was distinguished in the U.S. News & World Report regional ranking for its No. 1 spot on the Alumni Giving Rank list, indication of graduates’ commitment and dedication to the University, even in the midst of the Covid-19 global pandemic.

No. 3 in the North

Fairfield University has once again been recognized in the annual U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges 2021 Ranking, placing high on their Best Regional Universities in the North list at No. 3. Fairfield was also distinguished in the regional ranking for its No. 1 spot on the Alumni Giving Rank list.

Top 5
Safest Colleges in CT

In Niche's 2021 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.


Fairfield University contributes over $1 billion to the local economy, according to a recent student by the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges.

The total direct spending — the amount of money spent directly by the University and University employees, students, and visitors — topped $630 million, with more than $100 million contributed by employees alone.

Best Value
College in America

Fairfield has once again been included in Niche's annual ranking of Best College in America, placing in the top 10% of their nationwide list of Best Value Colleges in America for 2021.

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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