Fairfield Ranked 14th in the Nation for Best Alumni Network, 14th for Best Internships, and Other Accolades

Fairfield Ranked 14th in the Nation for Best Alumni Network, 14th for Best Internships, and Other Accolades

The University earned placement in several key national rankings, including those from Princeton Review, Kiplinger, College Consensus, and Money Magazine.

Affirming its reputation as a modern Jesuit university on the rise, Fairfield University has earned several key distinctions and high marks in recent national rankings and lists. 

Ranked among the top 10 best Catholic colleges and universities in the United States by College Consensus, Fairfield’s No. 6 spot on the list places it in the company of schools including Notre Dame and Georgetown. Out of 131 colleges and universities included in this year’s review, Fairfield is the only Connecticut school in the top 10 and is joined by just two other New England colleges and universities in its placement at the head of the rankings.  

Additionally, Fairfield was recognized again in Kiplinger’s ‘Best Value Colleges’ 2019 ranking. Jumping 128 spots up from No. 258 in Kiplinger’s 2018 ranking, Fairfield place in the top 33% of this year’s national list. In a ranking of private universities, Fairfield sits at No. 41 in the group, placing us among the top 30% of private universities nationwide. Additionally, the University placed in the top 25 best value universities in New England.

Fairfield’s 2019 Kiplinger rankings are distinguished by their high ‘salary yardstick’ — students’ anticipated median job earnings following graduation — which top $72,000, as well as their high graduation rate (79%) and low average debt upon graduation ($32,186).

Earning more accolades, Fairfield was named to Princeton Review’s nationwide list of the best 385 colleges for 2020. Within this distinction, Fairfield received high marks in several of the review's national top 20 rankings, placing No. 14 for Best Alumni Network, No. 14 for Best Schools for Internships, No. 16 for its location in the town of Fairfield, and No. 19 for Happiest Students. Regionally, Princeton Review also awarded Fairfield a place on its Best Northeastern Colleges list for 2020.

The University has once again been ranked in Money Magazine’s annual list of ‘Best Colleges for Your Money.’ Placing in the list’s top 75 out of 476 private colleges included in the ranking (No. 62), Fairfield falls in the top 13% of private colleges and universities nationwide. Additionally, the University was ranked No. 139 of 744 schools included in the list, landing it in the top 20% nationally. 

These distinctions continue to solidify Fairfield’s standing as a competitive Catholic university, on both national and regional levels. 

“Our strong rankings signal Fairfield’s continued commitment to modern excellence through stellar academics and an exceptional student experience,” said Fairfield University President Mark R. Nemec, PhD. “These rankings as a whole are a testament to the quality of our students and faculty, and speak to the significance of our value-based, student-centric, outcomes-focused approach which educates men and women so they may find their calling and be successful at it in order to be productive citizens and societal stewards.”  

For more information on Fairfield rankings, visit fairfield.edu/rankings.

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