College guides rank Fairfield University among the best

College guides rank Fairfield University among the best

Fairfield University has once again received praise for its academic programs, and well-rounded educational experience inside and outside of the classroom. The latest college guides to give Fairfield University high marks are The 2007 Fiske Guide to Colleges , and The Best 361 Colleges - 2007 Edition from the publisher, The Princeton Review.

Dr. Orin Grossman, academic vice president, said that he is pleased by the consistency Fairfield has shown in being cited for its strong academic programs. "We are delighted that Fairfield's overall quality is recognized as among the best," said Dr. Grossman. "In keeping with our Jesuit heritage, Fairfield provides important opportunities for our students inside and outside the classroom, including internships, research projects, special study abroad programs and community-based programs in social justice. These programs are helping to provide a well-rounded educational experience for our students."

In the The Best 361 Colleges- 2007 Edition, Fairfield ranks as one of the 222 colleges named a "Best Northeastern College by The Princeton Review." By being included, Fairfield is considered to offer undergraduate students an outstanding education.

In its profile of Fairfield University, The Princeton Review quotes extensively from students who describe the comprehensive Jesuit University as a school that provides "so many opportunities because of its great resources and faculty."

Students say Fairfield achieves the Jesuit ideal of "educating the whole person." Students also report in the guide that Fairfield has a "strong core curriculum" and extra-curricular programs that "put the focus on finding balance in life." Fairfield was also noted for its small class sizes, campus ministry efforts and social events.

Called by USA Today, "The best college guide you can buy," The 2007 Fiske Guide to Colleges says Fairfield, "is moving into the same class as older, more revered East Coast Jesuit institutions. The school provides a well-rounded education, combining solid academics, real-world opportunities in and outside of the classroom, and an abundance of community service projects."

The Fiske guide also names Fairfield to its list of "Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Business." In addition to programs within the Charles F. Dolan School of Business, the guide singled out other areas of curricular strength including art history, communication, religious studies, accounting, finance, management, marketing and nursing. Reviewers note that academics are challenging, but the academic climate is not cutthroat, while extra-curricular activities abound and the residence halls are "comfortable and well-maintained."

Fairfield University was recently listed as highly competitive in the 2007 edition of Barron's Profiles of American Colleges and was among the 2007 Peterson's 440 Colleges for Top Students. U.S.News & World Report recently ranked Fairfield University fourth in the top tier of colleges with master's degree programs in the North.

Posted On: 09-18-2006 10:09 AM

Volume: 39 Number: 20