Academic & Career Development Center

Welcome to The Academic & Career Development Center!

The Academic & Career Development Center serves Fairfield University students seeking academic and vocational support services through comprehensive support services, programming and resources. This integrated approach addresses the diverse developmental stages of a student’s academic career and positions Fairfield University as a leader in providing tailored services supporting personal development, academic excellence, and career readiness for a rapidly changing and evolving student body. The distinctiveness of this holistic approach is grounded in our Catholic, Jesuit mission and supports a transformative learning experience.

Our Vision

The Academic & Career Development Center aspires to be an innovative and integrated unit dedicated to the academic, personal and professional development of all students. The Center seeks to support and enhance the student experience through a comprehensive, holistic and collaborative approach committed to ensuring equal access while empowering individuals on their journey of self-discovery and life-long learning.

Our Mission

Consistent with Fairfield University’s unique Jesuit Mission and Identity, the Academic & Career Development Center provides comprehensive support services, programming, and resources aimed at increasing accessibility, academic success, retention, leadership development, career readiness and professional growth. The Center promotes self-efficacy, resiliency, and a greater sense of community while fostering intellectual contributions, social awareness, and responsibility.

Academic Support & Advisement

Fairfield University promotes and supports a strong faculty advising model with supplemental resources aimed at elevating the importance of student mentoring and advising. The Academic & Career Development Center provides services for first-year students transitioning to Fairfield University, undergraduate students who are undeclared, changing majors and/or schools and students seeking additional guidance as they develop their academic and professional goals. The Center supports and monitors students’ academic progress, offers tutorial programs and learning support resources, and coordinates with faculty advisors, deans’ offices, and campus resources to assist students in achieving academic success.

Accessibility

Fairfield University in compliance with Federal guidelines is committed to providing accommodations and services to eligible students and visitors with disabilities in order to ensure equal access to all programs, services, and opportunities. The Center facilitates effective, reasonable classroom accommodations for all students on campus who disclose a disability, meet the eligibility criteria, and request accommodations.

Project Excel

Project Excel is a TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) Program funded by the US Department of Education. The programs’ overall objectives are to increase and support the retention of participants, ensure that participants are in good academic standing at the University and to have participants graduate in a timely way. Project Excel works to accomplish its objectives by providing an array of support services.

Career, Leadership, and Professional Development

Fairfield University is committed to helping undergraduate/graduate students and alumni throughout their career development process. Comprehensive services are available through the Academic & Career Development Center including career counseling, career readiness programs, leadership and professional development offerings, and on and off-campus recruiting opportunities.

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