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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

4,354

Undergraduate Students

1,159

Graduate Students

36

States Represented

53

Countries Represented

20

Average Class Size

91%

Student Retention Rate

88%

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

49

Undergraduate Majors

25

Interdisciplinary Minors

20

Accelerated BA/MA Programs

5

Schools

80

Study Abroad Programs

300

Research Projects Conducted Annually

Rankings

#3

in the Northern Region

— U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges 2022

#3

Most Innovative Schools in the North

— U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges 2022

Top 1%

for Long Term Value

— Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce

Top 10

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

312

Full-time Faculty

306

Part-time Faculty

92%

Faculty with Highest Degree in their Field

Athletics Stats

20

NCAA Division 1 Varsity Athletics

63

MAAC Tournament Championships

73

MAAC Regular Season Championships

 

49

NCAA Tournament Appearances

97%

Student-Athlete Graduation Rate

286

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

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
NFP

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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