Small Class Size = One-on-One Mentorship.
In the fall of 2023, Fairfield Bellarmine will welcome its first class of ~100 students.
Fall 2024 and beyond
Fairfield Bellarmine will welcome ~200 students annually.
Students will commute to the non-residential Bellarmine Campus from the Greater Bridgeport area and surrounding Connecticut communities. The first Commencement Exercises will take place in the spring of 2025.
All Fairfield Bellarmine faculty members will have earned terminal degrees in their respective academic fields. Faculty accessibility—through mentorship and the fostering of one-on-one relationships with students—will be a top priority.
Two Years. Four Academic Track Options.
Students enrolled in Fairfield Bellarmine will complete 62 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 will choose one of four majors:
Flexible Morning or Afternoon Class Schedules.
Fairfield Bellarmine will follow a traditional academic calendar with fall, spring, and summer sessions. Each class will meet twice per week, Monday through Friday. Recognizing that many will be juggling work, internship, and family obligations alongside their classroom commitments, students will be divided into morning and afternoon cohorts to accommodate transportation and course scheduling.
In the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis or “care of the whole person,” Fairfield Bellarmine will partner students with success coaches to ensure individual integration into the program. 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 on the satellite Bellarmine Campus, and success coaches will facilitate career exploration and advise students on 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.
Fairfield Bellarmine is currently pending NECHE approval.