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Top 125 in U.S. News Best National Universities Ranking for 2024

U.S. News & World Report ranks Fairfield in Top 125 Best National Universities for 2024. The Charles F. Dolan School of Business jumped 46 spots to No. 118 for Best Undergraduate Business Programs, and was ranked No. 16 for Business Analytics, No. 17 for Marketing, No. 17 for Finance, No. 28 for Accounting.

No. 28 Spot Best Undergraduate Teaching in America

Fairfield University ranked No. 28 for Best Undergraduate Teaching in the National Universities category in the 2024 U.S. News & World Report Best College Rankings, moving up one spot from the No. 29 berth in 2023.

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Top 5% Best Colleges
for Nursing, Accounting & Finance

According to Niche’s 2023 Best Colleges ranking, Fairfield was ranked No. 29 out of 762 (in the top 5 percent) by, and in the top 5 percent of Best Colleges for Accounting and Finance in America, at No. 46 out of 829.

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Top 3% Best Best Nursing Schools Nationwide

Fairfield was ranked No. 47 out of 1,779 or Top 3% nationwide. Among 2023 Best Health Professions Schools, Fairfield was ranked No. 90 out 2,136 or Top 5%.

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Top 5% Best Business Management & Marketing Schools
in U.S.

Fairfield’s Charles F. Dolan School of Business earned the No. 67 spot for overall quality among 1,689 schools, placing in the top five percent in the U.S. and No. 2 in Connecticut.

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New England Best Value Rankings

In the “Best Value” category, a ranking for the highest quality majors for the most affordable cost, Fairfield placed in the Top 10-20% in the New England region in a number of categories, including:

  • #2 in Best Value Master’s Degree Colleges for Mental Health Counseling
  • #3 in Best Value Master’s Degree Colleges for General Mathematics
  • #3 in Best Value Master’s Degree Colleges for Electrical Engineering
  • #3 in Best Value Doctor’s Degree Colleges for Nursing
  • #3 in Best Value Master’s Degree Colleges for Mathematics

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Recognitions and Rankings

Statewide, Fairfield was ranked No. 3 and in the top ten percent of colleges and universities that offer four-year degrees, up two spots from last year’s ranking. Placements also include No. 1 among Best Communication & Journalism Schools in Connecticut, and No. 1 among Best Schools for Education in Connecticut.

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TOP 20
U.S. for Finance, Marketing & Business Analytics, #1 in CT

Fairfield Dolan’s Finance, Marketing and Business Analytics programs improved their standing in this year’s report and are among the Top 20 in the U.S., and Fairfield Dolan’s Accounting program maintained a high ranking of #26 nationally. In the state of Connecticut, Dolan’s Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance and Marketing programs were ranked #1.

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No. 140 Best Value Schools – National Rankings

Fairfield’s second year on the Best National Universities list also includes recognition in the Best Value Schools – National Rankings category where the University is ranked No. 140, up 7 spots from 2023.

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No. 13
Best Catholic Colleges

In Niche's 2023 review of Best Catholic Colleges, Fairfield earned high marks among the top 10 percent, placing No. 13 out of 166 schools.

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Fairfield Degrees
ranked #1

Regionally, Fairfield was ranked #1 in Best School Psychology Master’s Degree Schools; #1 in Best Communication & Media Studies Master’s Degree Schools; #1 in Best Public Relations & Advertising Bachelor’s Degree Schools; #1 in Best Nursing Doctor’s Degree Schools; and #2 in Best Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Doctor’s Degree Schools.

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Nursing Master’s Degrees
Ranked #73 Nationally

Among the Best Nursing Schools that offer Master’s degrees, the Egan School ranked #73 in a tie with four schools including Michigan State and Quinnipiac, and also tied with Quinnipiac for #2 in Connecticut, behind Yale.

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No. 1 for CT for International Business Degrees

Ranked Among Highest Paid Grads in Journalism by College Factual.

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#2 Part-Time MBA in CT

2023-2024 Best Graduate Business Specialty Programs: Part-Time MBA #2 in Connecticut.

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Top 5%
of U.S. Colleges

In College Factual’s 2022 annual rankings of Best Overall Colleges, Fairfield was ranked in the Top 5 percent of all colleges and universities in the nation. Bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate level programs across the University received high national placement in categories such as Business, Management & Marketing; Management Information Systems; Accounting; Marketing; Finance & Financial Management; Communication & Journalism; Nursing; and Mental Health & Social Health Services. College Factual analyzes more than 2,000 schools annually to determine its rankings in a variety of categories.

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in the Northeast, 2024

The Princeton Review features the top 389 colleges out of America’s 2,600 four-year colleges and universities.

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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.

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