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The moment you visit Fairfield University, everything feels different.

Our scenic, 200-acre campus is situated on the Connecticut coastline, just 60-minutes away from the heart of Manhattan and less than a mile from the beaches of Long Island Sound. But it’s more than just our surroundings that make our campus unique — it’s our commitment to each and every student’s personal and professional growth and their journey to becoming individuals of purpose.

For more than 80 years, Fairfield University has been graduating adept, accomplished, and socially responsible leaders in an academic community where the learning goes deeper, the friendships are more meaningful, and the experiences stay with you long after graduation. As a values-based, student-centric, outcomes-focused Jesuit Catholic University, we are committed to educating the whole person — mind, body, and spirit — and providing students with experiential learning and professional development opportunities that give them a competitive edge in today’s job market. At Fairfield, the future is filled with opportunities as limitless as your potential, and they all begin with you.

1942

Founded

Mark R. Nemec, PhD

President

Per Fidem Ad Plenam Veritatem

(Through Faith to Full Truth)
Motto

Red and White

Colors

Lucas the Stag

Mascot

Fairfield, Connecticut

Location

Only Jesuit Catholic University

in Connecticut

Student Facts

4,850

Undergraduate Students

1,223

Graduate Students

40

States Represented

45

Countries Represented

20

Average Class Size

89%

Student Retention Rate

91%

Students Receive Financial Aid

98.1%

Students who secure full-time employment, admission to graduate programs, or participation in volunteer service programs six months after graduation

Academics Facts

51

Undergraduate Majors & Minors

27

Interdisciplinary Minors

22

Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Degree Programs

51

Graduate Programs

25

Online Graduate Programs

5

Schools

80

Study Abroad Programs

300

Research Projects Conducted Annually

Rankings

#115

in the National Universites

— U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges 2023

#2

Best College Campus in Connecticut

— Niche's 2023 Best Colleges Rankings

Top 1%

for Long Term Value

— Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce

Top 15

Best Catholic Colleges in America

— College Consensus

Top 5%

of Colleges and Universities in the Nation

— College Factual

Campus Facts

200

Acre Campus

5

Minute Drive to the Beach

60

Minute Train Ride to New York City

7

Academic Facilities

15

Residential Halls

5

Athletic Facilities

100+

Clubs & Student Organizations

Faculty Stats

12:1

Student-to-Faculty Ratio

323

Full-time Faculty

343

Part-time Faculty

87%

Faculty with Highest Degree in their Field

Athletics Stats

20

NCAA Division 1 Varsity Athletics

65

MAAC Tournament Championships

76

MAAC Regular Season Championships

 

52

NCAA Tournament Appearances

97%

Student-Athlete Graduation Rate

283

Student-Athletes on the MAAC Honor Roll

Accreditations

New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)

Connecticut State Department of Higher Education (CTOHE)

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation Programs (CAEP/NCATE)

Notable Young Alumni

Casey DelBasso ‘15 headshot

Casey DelBasso ‘15

Digital Journalist

Good Morning America

Haley Falls ‘19 headshot

Haley Falls ‘19

Partnership Marketing Coordinator

Marvel Entertainment

Nick Mudry ‘17 headshot

Nick Mudry ‘17

Pediatric Emergency Department Registered Nurse

Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital

Kyle Scherer ’15, MA ’16 headshot

Kyle Scherer ’15, MA ’16

Leader Software Engineer

Nasdaq

Marissa Toselli ‘12 headshot

Marissa Toselli ‘12

Senior Manager, Global Brand Marketing & Development

Hasbro

Danielle Tullo ‘15 headshot

Danielle Tullo ‘15

Deputy Editor

Seventeen

Matt Turner ‘16 headshot

Matt Turner ‘16

Professional Soccer Player

US Men's National Team & 
Arsenal Football Club

Daniel Weber ‘11 headshot

Daniel Weber ‘11

Senior Data Analyst

Major League Baseball

Notable Alumni

Donatella Arpaia '93 headshot

Donatella Arpaia '93

Famous Chef, Restaurateur & TV Personality
Sam Borden, MFA ‘13 headshot

Sam Borden, MFA ‘13

Global Sports Correspondent

'ESPN

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 & Director

Martha’s Vineyard Holistic Retreat

Joseph DiMenna ‘80 headshot

Joseph DiMenna ‘80

Founding Partner, Chief Executive, Manager Director

Zweig-DiMenna Associates

Paula Donovan ‘77 headshot

Paula Donovan ‘77


Co-Director

Aids Free World

William P. Egan ’67, P’99 headshot

William P. Egan ’67, P’99

Founder

Alta Communications

Douglas W. Hammond ‘86 headshot

Douglas W. Hammond ‘86

Chairman & CEO

NFP

Patrick Hendrickson ‘10 headshot

Patrick Hendrickson ‘10

Global Marketing Lead

Amazon Studios

Ursula Hurley ‘04 headshot

Ursula Hurley ‘04

Chief Financial Officer

JetBlue

Susan Robinson King, MA’73 headshot

Susan Robinson King, MA’73

Journalist, Dean, and John Thomas Kerr Distinguished Professor

Hussman School of Journalism & Media at University of North Carolina at 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

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

U.S. Congress and Supreme Court

Kathleen A. Murphy ‘84 headshot

Kathleen A. Murphy ‘84

Retired

Fidelity Personal Investing

Robert J. Murphy Jr. ‘71 headshot

Robert J. Murphy Jr. ‘71

Vice President

ABC News

Teresa Pirolo ‘05 headshot

Teresa Pirolo ‘05

News Anchor/ Reporter

FOX 5 New York

Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM ‘87 headshot

Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM ‘87

Chief Clinical Transformation Officer

University Hospitals

Kala Rama ‘05 headshot

Kala Rama ‘05

Anchor

WPIX 11 News

Mark Reed ’96, MBA ‘02 headshot

Mark Reed ’96, MBA ‘02

President

Loyola University Chicago

Ronan Ryan ‘96 headshot

Ronan Ryan ‘96

President & Founding Member

IEX

Patricia Wallace-Moore ’85 P’09 headshot

Patricia Wallace-Moore ’85 P’09

CEO & Executive Director

Arms Acres Inc

Carmen Rita Wong ‘93 headshot

Carmen Rita Wong ‘93

Journalist, CEO & Founder

Malecon Productions

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