High Marks from U.S. News and World Report & USA Today
Earlier this week, U.S. News and World Report published their annual rankings and for the 25th consecutive year, Fairfield University has ranked in the top 5% for Masters degree granting regional universities in the Northeast according to a new poll done by U.S. News and World Report. Fairfield achieved the highest ranking of any regional college and university in Connecticut. Fairfield also ranked 3rd among regional institutions for Best Undergraduate Teaching, a strong testament to the caliber of education students receive.
The university was also highly rated for its high freshman retention rate (88%) and student to faculty ratios (11-1). Our peer assessment score — one of the elements in the rankings — remained consistent with previous years.
Additionally, out of nearly 1,400 colleges and universities in the country, Fairfield University has been ranked in the top 7% of all schools in the U.S. by USA Today, according to a list compiled by College Factual. Stags lacrosse ranked in the top 3% of all Division I programs and Fairfield University also improved to #7 from #9 for best Roman Catholic colleges in the country.
College Factual is a data-driven resource dedicated to assisting prospective college students, and was recently featured on USA Today’s College web site. The schools were considered using College Factual’s quality ranking system, which is highly focused on outcomes such as graduation rates and average salaries of graduates.
“Fairfield has entered a period of profound growth and transformation as we are pivoting to meet the emerging needs and demands of today’s students,” said University Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kevin. P Lawlor. “As our programs develop, we see increased applications in our undergraduate and graduate populations, and as that continues I expect we will see our national and regional reputation grow as well.”
This is an exciting time at Fairfield University. With a strategic plan finalized, a capital campaign launching, and a number of exciting strategic initiatives underway, the University is well positioned for a strong future.
“We are excited to be introducing new programs in integrated healthcare, digital media, business analytics, and other areas of growth in this very dynamic economic and cultural moment,” said University Provost and Senior Academic Vice President Lynn Babington, Ph.D. “We are proud to be innovating at this time while remaining true to our traditions and mission as a Jesuit and Catholic University that has an overarching mission to foster the personal, spiritual, and intellectual growth of our students.”
Additional Rankings this year include:
- In the 2015 Safewise report, the town of Fairfield was ranked 41st in the “50 Safest College Towns in America.
- TIME’s Money Magazine named Fairfield University among the “10 Great Colleges That Don’t Care About Your SATs.” Also described as "Money’s best-value schools where test scores are optional,” the article emphasizes the excellence of a Fairfield education, giving Fairfield a “Value-added Grade A.”
- Fairfield’s Master of Science in Accounting program was included in the Top 5 AACSB accredited programs in New England by The Accounting Path, an information website for students interested in accounting careers.