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  • Founded: 1942
  • President: Mark R. Nemec, PhD
  • Only Jesuit university in CT and 1 of 28 nationwide
  • 200 acre campus
  • 1 hour train ride from New York City.


  • 4000 Undergraduates
  • 12:1 Student to Faculty Ratio
  • Average Class Size: 20
  • 30% Receiving Academic Scholarship
  • 90% Receiving Financial Assistance
  • 90% Retention Rate
  • The student body represents 37 states and 50 countries.
  • 98% of the Class of 2019 secured full-time professional employment, admission to graduate programs, or participation in volunteer service programs.


  • 48 Undergraduate Majors
  • 24 Interdisciplinary Minors
  • 60+ Study Abroad Programs
  • 47.1% of graduates obtained employment through Fairfield University resources and campus recruiting


  • NCAA Division 1 Varsity Programs: 20
  • Overall MAAC Tournament Championships: 62
  • Overall NCAA Tournament Appearances: 47
  • MAAC Regular Season Championships: 70
  • Student-Athlete Graduation Rate: 97%
  • 2017-18 MAAC Championships: Men’s Soccer, Field Hockey, Volleyball, Women’s Swimming & Diving, Women’s Lacrosse
  • Seven teams earned 2018 NCAA Public Recognition Awards
  • 187 Fairfield student-athletes named to the 2016 MAAC Academic Honor Roll


  • 300 full-time faculty
  • 345 part-time faculty
  • 92% hold the highest degree in their field

Notable Young Alumni

Samantha Cooper ‘19 headshot

Samantha Cooper ‘19

Signed professional contract with Grengewald Hostert in the Luxembourg Total League

Khadidiatou Diouf ‘19 headshot

Khadidiatou Diouf ‘19

Signed professional contract to play in Spain

Jack Gethings ’19 headshot

Jack Gethings ’19

Signed with Kansas City Royals in 2019

Katherine Loh ’12 headshot

Katherine Loh ’12

Professional ballerina with CelloPointe

Tyler Nelson '18 headshot

Tyler Nelson '18

Professional basketball player for the Greensboro Swarm

Austin Pope, Junior headshot

Austin Pope, Junior

Drafted in 15th round of 2019 MLB draft by Arizona Diamondbacks

Danielle Tullo ’15  headshot

Danielle Tullo ’15

Senior Lifestyle Editor, House Beautiful

Matt Turner ‘16 headshot

Matt Turner ‘16

Professional soccer player with the New England Revolution

Notable Alumni

Nancy A. Altobello ’80 headshot

Nancy A. Altobello ’80

Retired Global Vice Chair, Talent
Ernst & Young
Donatella Arpaia '93 headshot

Donatella Arpaia '93

Famous Chef and TV Personality
Laura Bremer '93 headshot

Laura Bremer '93

EVP, Managing Director
Citizen Relations

Sheila Kearney Davidson '83 headshot

Sheila Kearney Davidson '83

Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer
New York Life Insurance Company
Dr. Roni DeLuz, RN, ND, Phd. '78 headshot

Dr. Roni DeLuz, RN, ND, Phd. '78

Founder and director of the
Martha’s Vineyard Holistic Retreat

Joseph DiMenna '80 headshot

Joseph DiMenna '80

Founding Partner, Chief Executive, and Managing Director of Zweig-DiMenna Associates

Paula Donovan ‘77 headshot

Paula Donovan ‘77

AIDS and women's rights activist

William P. Egan '67, P’99 headshot

William P. Egan '67, P’99

Founder of Alta Communications

Douglas W. Hammond ‘86 headshot

Douglas W. Hammond ‘86

Chairman and CEO

Susan Robinson King, MA’73 headshot

Susan Robinson King, MA’73

Dean and John Thomas Kerr Distinguished Professor
School of Media and Journalism
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Katherine N. Lapp '78 headshot

Katherine N. Lapp '78

Executive Vice President
Harvard University

Paul Marcarelli '92 headshot

Paul Marcarelli '92

Actor, writer and producer

Christopher McCormick '77 headshot

Christopher McCormick '77

Former CEO of L.L. Bean

John C. Meditz '70 headshot

John C. Meditz '70

Managing Director & Co-Founder
Horizon-Kinetics, LLC

Rear Admiral Brian Monahan, MC, USN '82 headshot

Rear Admiral Brian Monahan, MC, USN '82

Attending physician of the United States Congress and Supreme Court

Kathleen A. Murphy '84 headshot

Kathleen A. Murphy '84

President of Fidelity Personal Investing

Robert J. Murphy Jr. ’71 headshot

Robert J. Murphy Jr. ’71

Vice President
ABC News

Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM '87 headshot

Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM '87

Chief Clinical Transformation Officer at University Hospitals

Kala Rama ‘05 headshot

Kala Rama ‘05

Anchor WPIX 11 News

Mark Reed ’96, MBA’02 headshot

Mark Reed ’96, MBA’02

Current and first lay president of
Saint Joseph's University

Ronan Ryan '96 headshot

Ronan Ryan '96

President and a founding member of IEX

Carmen Rita Wong '93 headshot

Carmen Rita Wong '93

Radio, television and online journalist as well as CEO and founder of
Malecon Productions

Patrice Wallace-Moore ’85 P’09 headshot

Patrice Wallace-Moore ’85 P’09

CEO of ARMS Acres

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