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In the fall of 2023, Fairfield Bellarmine welcomed its first class of 44 students.
Fairfield Bellarmine will admit up to 100 new students each year.
Bellarmine students from the Greater Bridgeport area and surrounding Connecticut communities take classes at the non-residential Bellarmine Campus in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Fairfield Bellarmine’s first Commencement Exercises will take place in the spring of 2025.
All Fairfield Bellarmine faculty members are experts in their respective academic fields. Faculty accessibility—through mentorship and the fostering of one-on-one relationships with students—is a top priority.Meet the Administration & Faculty
Two Years. Four Academic Track Options.
Students enrolled in Fairfield Bellarmine complete college credits toward a two-year associate’s degree, taking courses that align with Fairfield University’s academic concentrations, satisfy our Magis Core* Curriculum, and meet Connecticut state articulation requirements for degree completion. Upon successful attainment of an associate’s degree, graduates of Fairfield Bellarmine will have credit-transfer eligibility for transition to a four-year bachelor’s degree program.
*The Magis Core provides a common experience for all Fairfield undergraduates, one that is grounded in the humanities and sciences. The courses engage students to establish their own values and understanding of the world while emphasizing excellence in critical reasoning and oral and written communication. The core refers to the Jesuit principle of magis, which means excellence and depth of learning and service.
Students who complete a two-year associate’s degree on Fairfield Bellarmine’s Business track will be prepared to pursue an entry-level job in corporate America or transition into a bachelor’s degree program for two additional years of specialized business study.
If you have questions or would like to discuss studies within the Business track further, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and you will be connected with a representative from Fairfield University’s Charles F. Dolan School of Business.
If you’re a tech-minded student whose best subjects are math and science, computer science may be the track for you! A tremendous number of job opportunities await students who complete a two-year associate’s degree on Fairfield Bellarmine’s Computer Science track. Armed with coding and programming fundamentals, students will be well-prepared to enter the workforce or transition into a four-year engineering program in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in computer science.
If you have questions or would like to discuss studies within the Computer Science track further, please email email@example.com, and you will be connected with a representative from the Fairfield University School of Engineering.
Students who complete a two-year associate’s degree on Fairfield Bellarmine’s Health Studies track will be prepared to transition into a bachelor’s degree program for two additional years of study, in order to focus on professional careers in the in-demand fields of:
Overall employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This increase is expected to result in approximately two million new health-related jobs over the decade.
If you have questions or would like to discuss studies within the Health Studies track further, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and you will be connected with a representative from Fairfield University’s Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies.
The options for students on Fairfield Bellarmine’s Liberal Studies track are limitless! Students who complete a two-year associate’s degree in liberal studies will explore an array of core subjects, allowing for easy transition into a four-year liberal arts or sciences program, or an entry-level position in corporate America.
If you have questions or would like to discuss studies within the Liberal Studies track further, please email email@example.com, and you will be connected with a representative from the Fairfield University College of Arts and Sciences.
Flexible Class Schedules.
Fairfield Bellarmine follows a traditional academic calendar with fall, spring, and summer sessions, as well as an online winter session.
Fairfield Bellarmine expects commitment, attendance, and determination from its students. As such, summer session is not optional for most first-year students. In the event of extenuating circumstances, admitted students are required to meet with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
In the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis or “care of the whole person,” academic advisers at Fairfield Bellarmine enable students to actively engage in the development of their personal educational plan. First-year seminars and faculty advisers will prepare students for success through engagement and retention programming, and provide early at-risk interventions when needed. The Fairfield University Writing Center and Math Center will have a presence at Bellarmine Campus, and a network of faculty advisers will guide students through academic planning, career exploration, and internship opportunities.
Career advisers will help students explore their many options and offer guidance for those who wish to pursue professional employment upon graduation. For students who wish to transfer their associate’s degree credits in order to continue their studies at Fairfield University or another four-year institution, graduate counselors will connect and guide them through the process.