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Purpose Statement

The Fairfield University Academic Commons supports the scholarly success and intellectual growth of our students. Academic Commons partners are dedicated to:

  • Coordinating academic resources
  • Helping students achieve their educational goals
  • Creating an inclusive environment for students
  • Eliminating barriers to student success
  • Strengthening students’ academic experience, in and out of the classroom


The Academic Commons is comprised of the following areas: Office of Accessibility, CAS Fredrickson Family Innovation Lab, ITS Help Desk, Global Fairfield, Math Center, Science Center, Writing Center, and the DiMenna-Nyselius Library.


In accordance with state and federal law, Fairfield University is committed to providing accommodations to students with disabilities in order to ensure accessibility and equal access to its programs, services, and activities. The Office of Accessibility facilitates reasonable accommodations for students who disclose a disability, meet the eligibility requirements, and request accommodations through the Office of Accessibility’s interactive accommodation request process. 

The office is located within the Academic Commons on the main floor of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, room 229.

DiMenna-Nyselius Library

The DiMenna-Nyselius Library offers research materials that include books and eBooks, articles, physical and streaming media, student donated textbook collection, course reserves, and the University Archives & Special Collections. Research services include one-on-one research consultations with a librarian (in-person or online), 24/7 help via chat, online research guides, citation guides, and tutorials. Librarians also provide study skills support through tutorials, workshops, and consultations. Students, faculty, and staff can use Interlibrary Loan to borrow materials from other libraries.

The Library also has a variety of study spaces including reservable study rooms, a private lactation room, and 24/7 study space in the Weil Café and CAS Fredrickson Family Innovation Lab. There is also usable and/or loanable equipment such as computers, laptops, chargers, printers, and scanners.

Fredrickson Family Innovation Lab

Established by the Fairfield alumni Scott and Susan Fredrickson (’82), the Fredrickson Family Innovation Lab stands as a symbolic center for the College of Arts and Sciences, bridging its wide breadth of departments and academic programs. For students, the Innovation Lab delivers a kinetic zone of instruction, experimentation, and accomplishment. For faculty, it facilitates problem-solving partnerships and innovative pedagogical and research collaboration. For members of the community, it demonstrates the value of a Jesuit education in the digital age and extends an invitation to students and faculty within the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, Dolan School of Business, Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, and the School of Engineering, to collaborate with the College on creative solutions that address today’s problems.

Global Fairfield

Fairfield is committed to preparing students for an increasingly competitive global market so they graduate ready to take on the world. Global Fairfield’s full portfolio of programs offer learning opportunities that optimize the international setting and bring an elevated, global understanding to students’ undergraduate experiences. From international internships, clinicals, and research opportunities to over 80 study abroad programs, Global Fairfield offers a breadth of unique and customizable experiences designed to globalize education and hone professional competencies.

ITS Help Desk

The Department of Information Technology provides technology services and support to Fairfield University students, faculty, and staff. ITS continues to research new technology offerings and identify ways in which technology can help faculty, staff, and students.

Math Center

Located on the main floor of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library in NYS 217, the Mathematics Center is a place where students can receive free tutoring for first-year courses in Precalculus, Calculus, and Statistics. Both drop-in sessions and appointments for one-on-one tutoring are available.

Science Center

The Science Center provides expanded peer-tutoring for all of the foundational courses in the natural sciences. These courses include General Biology, General Chemistry, General Chemistry for Health Science, Organic Chemistry, General Physics, General Physics for Life Sciences, Anatomy and Physiology, Behavioral Neuroscience, and the Statistics for Behavioral Sciences. The Science Center is a place to support all students engaged in these courses in order to support student success and belonging in science.

Writing Center

The Writing Center is a free resource available to all students. A trained peer tutor is available to work with all students at any point in the writing process. Some tutors may also be able to work with students whom English is a second language.

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