Fairfield University Ranks #2 in Northern Regional Universities by 2017 U.S. News & World Best Colleges Rankings


Media Contact: Susan Cipollaro, scipollaro@fairfield.edu, 203-254-4000 ext. 2726

FAIRFIELD, Conn., (September 13, 2016) — The 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings has ranked Fairfield University #2 in Regional Universities in the North, among institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs.

The U.S. News & World rankings are based on several key measures of quality that include: Graduation and retention rates, assessment of excellence, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving.

“The faculty at Fairfield University are constantly innovating for today’s students and helping to create strong leaders of tomorrow,” said Lynn Babington, PhD, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “And they, along with our students, continue to prove they are of the highest caliber.”

“With the implementation of our Strategic Plan and our new Master Plan that includes new facilities and renovations, Fairfield is taking a bold step into the future,” said Kevin Lawlor, executive vice president and COO. “When you combine our strong academics with the ongoing physical transformation of our campus and the technological innovation in our classrooms, it signals an exciting future for Fairfield.”

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are the latest in a string of accolades for the University.

As reported by Times Higher Education, a recent international study by UK-based higher education consultant, Firetail, placed Fairfield on its rising ”Class of 2030” list, among a new generation of  “challenger universities,” positioned to become globally influential institutions over the next 10 to 20 years. Fairfield is one of nine U.S. universities among the list of 20 “rising stars” in global higher education, which includes schools based in the U.K., Germany, Finland, Australia, Japan and South Korea.

In their latest ranking, USA Today and College Factual placed Fairfield among the best 10% of schools in the country and recognized several Fairfield academic programs among the nation’s top 5%. 2017 rankings for Fairfield University include:

College Factual bases their ranking on a combination of student body caliber, educational resources, degree completion, and post-graduation earnings.

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Fairfield University is a Jesuit University, rooted in one of the world’s oldest intellectual and spiritual traditions. More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 36 states, 47 foreign countries, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are enrolled in the University’s five schools.  In the spirit of rigorous and sympathetic inquiry into all dimensions of human experience, Fairfield welcomes students from diverse backgrounds to share ideas and engage in open conversations. The University is located in the heart of a region where the future takes shape, on a stunning campus on the Connecticut coast just an hour from New York City.

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Posted on September 14, 2016

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