Fairfield University is situated on a beautiful, 200-acre campus with easy access to New York City and picturesque views of the Long Island Sound. Voted by Money Magazine in 2006 as the 9th "best place to live" in the U.S. and the best place to live in the Northeast, the town of Fairfield is set along the Gold Coast of Connecticut where breezy beaches, a thriving arts community, and premiere restaurants abound. With good schools and a vibrant downtown, Fairfield attracts and welcomes new residents of all ages.
Fairfield University Overview
Fairfield University offers education for an inspired life, preparing students for leadership and service through broad intellectual inquiry, the pursuit of social justice, and cultivation of the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. A comprehensive university built upon the 450-year-old Jesuit traditions of scholarship and service, Fairfield University is distinguished by a rigorous curriculum, close interaction among faculty and students, and a beautiful, 200-acre campus with views of the Long Island Sound.
Fairfield University, founded by the Society of Jesus, is a coeducational institution of higher learning whose primary objectives are to develop the creative intellectual potential of its students and to foster in them ethical and religious values and a sense of social responsibility. Jesuit Education, which began in 1547, is committed today to the service of faith, of which the promotion of justice is an absolute requirement.
Fairfield University's strategic vision calls for the institution to become recognized for leadership in producing graduates whose lives reflect personal integration, competence in multicultural understanding, and a commitment to professional responsibility. To achieve this vision, President Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J. identified 3 strategic priorities - integration of the core curriculum, integration of living and learning, and integration of Jesuit values in graduate and professional studies - and insisted that these be accompanied by an institution-wide commitment to diversity and Fairfield's Jesuit and Catholic identity.
Fairfield University is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, which accredits schools and colleges in the 6 New England states. Accreditation by 1 of the 6 regional accrediting associations in the United States indicates that the school or college has been carefully evaluated and found to meet standards agreed upon by qualified educators.
As a Jesuit and Catholic institution, Fairfield University strives to be a diverse learning community of culturally conscious individuals. The University values and celebrates different perspectives within a commitment to the God-given dignity of the human person. As an expression of its dedication to the service of faith and the promotion of justice, the Fairfield community seeks to create an environment that fosters a deep understanding of cultural and human diversity. This diversity enriches its members, both as individuals and as a community, and witnesses to the truth of human solidarity.
Service-learning is a pedagogical approach that links academic study and community-based service so that each is strengthened and both are transformed. Housed within the Center for Faith & Public Life, the service learning program at Fairfield University facilitates connections between focused academic learning that meets disciplinary standards for rigor, with meaningful and appropriate service that addresses needs identified by and with communities.
Fairfield University's mandate is to prepare all members of its community to reflect humbly on our privileges, to use creative means to connect with others, to seek experiences that allow for the application and expansion of knowledge gained in the classroom, and to recognize the value inherent in striving to transform society for the greater good. In order to connect the individual to the collective, to identify social injustice, and to define the tools necessary to redress it, Fairfield has begun to explicitly orient itself toward a global vision - the education and formation of global citizens.
Innovative Research, Scholarship, and Creativity
With a commitment to broad intellectual inquiry and an eye toward social justice, Fairfield's faculty and students delve, engage, and report on issues that impact fields ranging from ecopsychology to ancient Greek caryatids to microfinance. Their work inspires and enriches the lives of others - locally and around the world
Sustainability at Fairfield
As a Jesuit university committed to the belief that all humans have a responsibility for all creation, Fairfield infuses sustainability throughout its departments, programs, and infrastructure. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, advocated in the 16th century that humans are stewards of the Earth - not owners of it or masters of other species. To honor the dignity and worth of all creatures and living things, we, humankind, must hold ourselves accountable for the environmental crisis that we have, ourselves, created.
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Fairfield University admits students of any sex, race, color, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, disability or handicap to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students of the University. It does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, disability or handicap in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic programs, or other University-administered programs.
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Fairfield University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.