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Play a Part in Your Student’s Success

At Fairfield University, the parents and families of our students are an important part of our campus community. Your support and encouragement continue to play a key role in our students’ personal and professional development.

Parent Leadership Challenge

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Parent Leadership Challenge

As Parents of Stags, you are part of a special community. Join the Parents Leadership Challenge and help your students explore opportunities and advance their curiosity through enhanced programs. We need the support of 500 parents to unlock a $100,000 Challenge gift to the Parents Fund, providing academic enrichment, student life and wellness initiatives, and financial support for our students in need.

The Parents Fund

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The Parents Fund

Every year, Fairfield parents and families significantly impact their student’s education through gifts to the Parents Fund. We are grateful for your participation, as it enriches the student experience. Parent giving provides resources for student life activities, campus programs, and enables technology enhancements in the library, classrooms, and labs. These gifts also improve career service offerings and help to sustain a University-wide commitment to strong faculty-to-student ratios that assure small class sizes for a focused and engaging academic experience.

The power of thousands of Fairfield parents engaging in the experience and being ambassadors for the University is an important way to set our institution apart and ensure its future success.

Check out all of the ways parents can stay engaged with the University to ensure their student's success and assist in Fairfield's rise in our Parents Make the Difference brochure.

Parent Ambassadors

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Parent Ambassadors

Are you looking for ways to get involved at Fairfield University? The University’s success is dependent on the people of our community, and there are many meaningful opportunities for parent involvement. Consider becoming a Parent Ambassador and participate in one or more of the following ways:

  • Host an event to welcome new students and families in January or July/August.
  • Volunteer your time to call and welcome families of confirmed students.
  • Offer mentoring services for sophomore Residential Colleges
  • Lend your career expertise by:
    • Hosting a student for the Job Shadow program.
    • Providing internship and job opportunities.
    • Participating at career and networking events.
  • Support Fairfield with a gift to the Parents Fund or area of your choice to enhance your student’s education.  
  • Participate in reaching Parents Fund goals through peer-to-peer fundraising efforts within the Fairfield community.
Please contact Ellen Dooley, associate director of Parent Giving, at 203-254-4004 or email at if you would like to be a Parent Ambassador.

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Parents Leadership Council

The Parents Leadership Council is a network of parents committed to supporting and enhancing the quality of Fairfield University student life and learning, and supports the University by raising funds from the parent community. Council members work closely with the University to actively engage parents and serve as the voice of the parents’ community with the University administration.

Honor Your Graduate

As proud parents, you may wish to recognize your senior student’s hard work and dedication at Fairfield by making a gift in his or her honor. These gifts will serve as a tribute to your student while supporting the valuable programming at Fairfield that has made such a difference in your student’s life.

Host An Event

We are looking for families willing to host an event at their home or club for our new students and families. Accepted students receptions occur in January and Welcome receptions in July and August.

If you are able to host an event for Fairfield University, please contact Ellen Dooley, associate director of parent giving with your contact information.



Fairfield University sends out an e-newsletter to our current parents throughout the year. If you are not receiving this, we may not have your current e-mail address. Please complete the Stay In Touch information below so we can add you to our database.

Parent Webinar Series

Fairfield University presents a series of webinars so parents can learn about the issues your student may face while in college.

Stay In Touch

Fairfield University uses email as a main communication avenue for the parent community. If you are not receiving the Parent ENewsletter, this means that we do not have a current email address in our database (emails from the Bursar’s office regarding tuition are not coming from our database).

To update your contact information please fill out the following form:

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