Why Online?

Life can pull you in million different directions, but your busy schedule shouldn't be an obstacle in reaching your goals. Wherever you are in the world, or in your professional and educational journey, Fairfield’s flexible online programs can get you where you want to be.

From our new Blackboard Ultra learning management system to our use of Quip, an extraordinary application for collaborative writing, reviewing, and content creation that works just as well on smartphones as it does on computers, Fairfield provides a unique online learning environment that no other school can match. This focus on instructor-student and student-student engagement moves online classes well beyond the realm of watching videos, posting comments, and writing papers, and encourages students to be frequently involved in group project work, ongoing texting-like conversations, and informal collaboration throughout each class week.

Fairfield’s virtual learning environment provides the same small class sizes, deep instructor-student engagement, innovative technology, and attention to Jesuit values that our on-campus students experience, so you’ll learn the same material and earn the same degree, but with the flexibility and convenience that you need.

Online Undergraduate Courses

Online courses are offered during the summer, fall, spring, and winter intersessions and accommodate current and visiting students interested in accelerating their degree program.

Online Certificates

Online Degrees

Technical Requirements & Support

Fairfield University has no specific computer requirement for online students, though we do recommend a reasonably new Mac or Windows computer that has the latest possible operating system updates and anti-virus protection. We actively encourage our online faculty and students to use their smartphones and other mobile devices in doing class work, as all of the standard software applications and systems we use are accessible on mobile devices. (The only exceptions might be specialized software that a particular class requires for its subject matter.)

Online students have full access to the University's Information Technology Services Help Desk, which is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 8 pm. Our representatives can be reached at 203-254-4069, or itshelpdesk@fairfield.edu.

The Help Desk can assist with questions regarding the activation of your Fairfield NetID network account, hardware and software issues, problems logging into or using University systems, and general information regarding the my.fairfield.edu student portal. The Academic Computing department also maintains an email account that can be used for submitting time-sensitive questions regarding access to, or functionality of, learning systems such as Blackboard and Quip.

Academic Integrity

As described fully in the Graduate Student Catalog:
All members of the Fairfield University community share responsibility for establishing and maintaining appropriate standards of academic honesty and integrity. As such, faculty members have an obligation to set high standards of honesty and integrity through personal example and the learning communities they create. Such integrity is fundamental to, and an inherent part of, a Jesuit education, in which teaching and learning are based on mutual respect. It is further expected that students will follow these standards and encourage others to do so.

Guidance For Studying Online

Fairfield University strives to offer its online students engaging and interactive classes that make use of modern educational technologies. From our move to the new Blackboard Ultra learning management system (in June 2018), to our use of Quip, an extraordinary application for collaborative writing, reviewing, and content creation that works just as well on smartphones as it does on computers, Fairfield provides a unique online learning environment that no other school can match. This focus on instructor-student and student-student engagement moves online classes well beyond the realm of watching videos/posting comments/writing papers, however, and encourages students to be frequently involved in group project work, ongoing texting-like conversations, and informal collaboration throughout each class week. The mobile-friendly tools we employ also offer students a highly flexible means for checking in on their courses and the option of participating from the device they carry with them and not just the computer at home.

Resources For Online Students

All students, regardless of whether they are enrolled online or in a campus-based program, will receive access to the resources and support described on our Undergraduate and Graduate Student Resource pages (as appropriate). Included among these resources are:

  • A StagCard, which can be used to purchase items online and at a discount from the Bookstore
  • Career, leadership, and professional development opportunities
  • Financial Aid Advising
  • DiMenna-Nyselius Library 
  • Education discounts on new computer purchases
  • OrgSync which provides students with information about various affinity clubs and organizations. Several groups are active on social media through which online students can feel more connected and engaged in campus life.

State Authorizations

As an institutional member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), Fairfield University is authorized to admit students into online courses and programs from all states that participate in NC-SARA. All students considering an academic program that leads to obtaining professional licensure should contact the appropriate licensing agency within their state to seek information and additional guidance before beginning a program outside of their state.

For more information about NC-SARA, please visit their website. For information on Connecticut-specific NC-SARA institutions, please visit http://nc-sara.org/states/CT, or contact our designated representative at the NC-SARA Connecticut State Portal Entity:

Sean Seepersad, PhD
Academic Affairs and Student Services
Office of Higher Education
State of Connecticut
450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 510
Hartford, CT 06103-1841
860.947.1837
SSeepersad@ctohe.org

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