Fairfield Earns Top Marks in 2020 U.S. News Best Regional Universities Rankings

Fairfield Earns Top Marks in 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Universities Rankings

The University rose to #1 for Best Undergrad Teaching – Regional Universities, jumped three spots to #2 Most Innovative School, and placed #9 on the national list for Student Success-Service Learning. Fairfield was also recognized nationally for its business and engineering programs. 

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (September 9, 2019) — Fairfield University has once again been recognized in the annual U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2020 ranking, placing high up for Best Regional Universities in the North at #3. Other regional distinctions for Fairfield include a jump to the #1 spot at the top of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Undergraduate Teaching list and #2 Most Innovative School. Fairfield’s high placement on the regional lists follows an upward trend in retention rate (90%), graduation rate performance, and a rise in SAT scores for incoming students. 

Schools included in the Regional Universities ranking offer a full range of undergraduate programs and provide graduate education at the master’s level and are placed in four geographical groups: North, South, Midwest and West.

Among notable, national distinctions, Fairfield ranked #9 for Student Success-Service Learning, on U.S. News and World Report’s list of 2020 Academic Programs to Look For, tied with the University of Notre Dame. Fairfield was also ranked #167 out of 504 on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Undergraduate Business Programs. Fairfield improved its year-over-year placement by five spots in the 2020 ranking and joined 28 schools nationwide in a tie for the distinction. Jumping seven spots to #75 out of 210 on the list of Best Engineering Programs.

In other national rankings, Fairfield University was also recently ranked in the top100 for all private institutions and top 150 overall on Forbes’ list of America’s Top Colleges. The Princeton Review named Fairfield among the Best 385 Colleges in its annual 2020 college rankings, where Fairfield placed #14 for Best Alumni Network, #14 for Best Schools for internships, #16 for its location in the town of Fairfield, and #19 for Happiest Students.

On Niche’s overall 2020 Best Value Colleges in America list, Fairfield placed in the top 75 and landed at #2 Best Value College in Connecticut in Niche’s 2020 Best Colleges statewide rankings, coming in just behind Yale, in addition to #1 Best College for Nursing, #2 Best College for Business, #2 Best College for Accounting and Finance, #3 Best College Location and #3 Best College Campus.

Posted On: September 9, 2019

Volume: 52 Number: 22

Fairfield University is a modern, 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.