Fairfield Receives Record Number of Early Action Applications

Fairfield Receives Record Number of Early Action Applications

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Of the 10,153 early applicants, Fairfield offered admission to just over 46 percent, marking the lowest acceptance rate in University history, as well as its largest-ever early applicant pool.

Our future Stags represent the essence of Fairfield. They are intelligent, critical thinkers and magis-driven leaders with deep concern for their neighbor.

— Corry Unis, Vice President for Enrollment Management

On December 15 at 6 p.m., more than 10,000 high school students logged into their Fairfield University application portal hoping to discover they had secured their spot in Stag Country as a member of the Class of 2027.

Of the record-breaking 10,153 early applicants, Fairfield offered admission to just over 46 percent, marking the lowest acceptance rate in the history of the University’s Early Action program, as well as its largest-ever early applicant pool.

A nonbinding option, Early Action allows students to apply and potentially gain admission to their top college choices much earlier than regular applicants. Early action programs, like Fairfield's, normally send out decisions in December and give admitted students until May 1, the national response date, to formally reply to their offers.

The number of Fairfield Early Action applications increased more than 21 percent from the previous year, with applicants representing 1,756 high schools around the world. Among the students admitted, 410 currently attend a Jesuit or Cristo Rey High School, while the admitted pool as a whole represents more than 13 international countries and 36 states, as well as Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

The academic strength and diversity of the University’s Early Action applicants also continued to grow this year. In addition to being Fairfield’s most diverse Early Action admitted pool, the average weighted GPA of the Class of 2027’s Early Action applicants was an impressive 3.89 with an average SAT score of 1329 among those who submitted.

“We continue to be amazed by our prospective students,” said Corry Unis, vice president for enrollment management. “Our future Stags represent the essence of Fairfield. They are intelligent, critical thinkers and magis-driven leaders with deep concern for their neighbor. We can’t wait to welcome the Class of 2027, and we look forward to the remarkable contributions they will undoubtedly make to our campus community.” 

Prospective students interested in applying to Fairfield University for the fall 2023 semester can still apply until January 15, through either the Early Decision II or Regular Decision admission tracks. For more information, visit www.fairfield.edu/apply.

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