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Established in 1971, The President’s Circle is a loyal group of the University’s most generous alumni, parents, and friends who have helped shape every aspect of the Fairfield experience for the men and women who call Stag Country home.

Through their leadership in philanthropy, President’s Circle members and their generosity fuels the potential of every Fairfield student in mind, body, and spirit by providing access to:

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Hands-On Career Building Experiences

Innovative Faculty Research

Inspiring Spiritual and Service Programs

Mark R. Nemec, PhD, President, Professor of Politics

Mark R. Nemec, PhD, President, Professor of Politics

Read the Fall Letter from the President

Letter from the President

Dear Friend,

It’s fall, my favorite time of the year, and our campus has sprung back to vigorous, joyful young life as I’m sure you can imagine.

For me, this time of year is particularly special. We get to welcome a whole new class of Fairfield students – young men and women from all over the country and the world, excited to be part of the Fairfield experience, to embrace a level and intensity of study and growth that will change them forever. Our community of faculty and staff are more than eager and ready to aid in their transformation from young people of promise to young adults filled with a sense of purpose and prepared to engage creatively with our world and shape it for the better.

I am grateful to the alumni, parents, and friends like you who directly impact the Fairfield vision of creating a learning environment that prepares our students to make a meaningful difference in every area of their lives.

This year, we celebrate our reputation as an outstanding national, professional doctoral University as it continues to accelerate. Over the last 12 months, we saw an unprecedented number of applicants for the class of 2027 – the largest applicant pool in our history. This incoming class is the most selective, as well as the most geographically represented and culturally diverse. With the highest GPA and SAT scores in our history, this is our most selective class and we are in the top percentage of low admittance rates amongst our Jesuit peer institutions. We are overjoyed to welcome these new students to Stag country.

Last year, The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce ranked 4,500 colleges in the country based on the return on the investment after graduation, and Fairfield led the list, placing in the top 1% in the nation – an astonishing achievement. In addition to that, we have earned a reputation of being one of the best values in American higher education today, with 98% of our graduates securing full-time employment, graduate school placement at some of best universities in the world, or volunteer work of their choice within six months of graduation.

Consistent support from alumni, parents, and friends like you has helped our University reach this level of recognized national stature. Simultaneously, our generous community has allowed us to increase our financial aid significantly to provide students in need the ability to join our Stag family. This includes our first cohort of students who have joined our new Bellarmine initiative in Bridgeport, our Company Scholars from Jesuit and Cristo Rey network of Jesuit high schools, and scores of others who need our support. Your assistance allows us to remain faithful to our duty as a Jesuit institution to be a beacon of hope as well as an institution of learning.

This is Fairfield University today, and we have arrived at this point thanks to the many, like you, who believe in our student-centric mission. We owe these achievements — as well as our reputation for student research, NASA grants, Fulbright scholarships, faculty research and pedagogical innovation — to the unwavering encouragement of the entire University family. Our students can realize their potential thanks to our collective effort. Support from Fairfield alumni, parents, and friends continues to drive our University’s exceptional growth.

Your support directly impacts our development and excellence as a University, and is the key driver of our continued success. Thank you for supporting Fairfield during this exciting period of expansion and transformation in Fairfield University’s history. I look forward to sharing our University’s progress and news with you throughout the year and hope to see you on campus or at one of our regional events soon.

Be well and God bless,

Mark R. Nemec, PhD
Professor of Politics

How to Join

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Making gifts that total $1,000+ annually will secure your President’s Circle membership and give you access to special benefits and a network of our strongest supporters. Contact the Office of Annual Giving at 203-254-4004 or

Membership Levels and Benefits

  • A President’s Circle welcome packet which includes:
    • An annual update from the University President
    • Annual token of appreciation
    • Access to 30+ sessions a year at the Quick Center for the Arts
  • Invitation to Annual Holiday Reception
  • Reunion Weekend Champagne Toast
  • Member benefits +
  • Additional invitations and access to exclusive events such as leadership panel discussion, President’s chat with faculty, Dolan lecture, Provost update, and more
  • Discount on Reunion Weekend and Alumni and Family Weekend access
  • Two tickets to any Athletics event OR annual Glee Club concert*
  • Open Visions Forums at the Quick Center for the Arts
  • Member & 1942 Society benefits +
  • Two additional tickets to any Athletics event OR annual Glee concert (total of four)*
  • Copy of book recommendations curated by University President, Mark R. Nemec, PhD or other Fairfield U leadership
  • Member, 1942 Society, and Founders benefits +
  • Additional invitations to unique University events with leadership
  • Designated University Representative, University Liaison

*Dependent on request time and availability. Must be requested two weeks prior to event and may not include specific tournaments, etc.

The President’s Circle’s Impact


President’s Circle Members

By household - of which 343 were new members.


Accounted for Total Dollars Raised


Necessary Scholarships to Fairfield Students


Career Building and Networking Opportunities


Hours of Service

For more than 38 community organizations.

What Inspires President’s Circle Members

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Kara (Azzariti) Gally

Class of '00

Read Kara's Testimonial
We appreciate the springboard foundation Fairfield gave us. If you feel the same, let’s make sure Fairfield University provides that lift for future Stags. It’s fun to be a part of something
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Doug Freeman

Class of '12

Read Doug's Testimonial
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Fairfield has really given me a ton of opportunities that I feel I need to pay forward. I have learned how much difference you can make by just picking up the phone, answering a student’s email, or making annual contributions.

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