The admission process at Fairfield University is holistic. Our belief in the importance of a thorough and careful review of all aspects of your application reflects our mission as a Jesuit institution. We seek to educate the whole person, and our admission practices reflect that goal.
Fairfield University recognizes the Common Application as its own application form. Our admission office treats every application in the same manner, whether it is submitted electronically or on paper.
Second Degree Nursing Program or RN to BSN Degree Program
If you are applying for admission to the School of Nursing’s Second Degree Nursing Program or RN to BSN Degree Program as a continuing studies student, please click here to apply. Do not apply to either of these programs through the Common Application.
Be sure to download these additional forms required for your application if appropriate:
Fairfield University thanks all veterans for your service to our country and are delighted that you are considering our university to attain your higher education goals. At Fairfield we highly value the qualities you have exemplified during your military service - those of dedication, responsibility, and leadership. As students at our university, veterans bring a wide range of experiences from their service into their academic pursuits and they add much to the fabric of our undergraduate and graduate student population.
Fairfield acknowledges that standardized test scores can be shaped by environmental and cultural factors that make them a less-than-ideal gauge of your capacity for success. Our findings, which are consistent with those of other institutions, are that your high school record in general is a better predictor of future success than your scores on the SATs.
As a Jesuit, Catholic institution committed to creating a student-focused, holistic, and diverse educational environment, we believe strongly in making a Fairfield education available to as many talented students as possible. We firmly believe that by making test scores optional, Fairfield University will attract a high number of talented and engaged students who will benefit from what Fairfield has to offer and contribute to the richness of our community.
What we look for in our students
When considering an applicant for admission, we will continue to consider all measures of academic achievement, as well as curricular and extra curricular achievement. We want to know about your academic abilities, community engagement, and leadership qualities. Your knowledge of and appreciation for Fairfield's mission and vision are also important factors. Ultimately, our goal is to enroll students who are committed to becoming scholars who will contribute to and benefit from the Fairfield community.
If you decide not to submit your test scores, we will strongly encourage you to schedule a campus interview or arrange an interview with an alumnus.
Have a question about our admission process or policy? Contact us directly by phone (203) 254-4100 or e-mail.
Students who consider Fairfield University to be among their top choices and would like to have their application reviewed early may submit their application under our Early Action program. Applicants for Early Action must submit the completed application by November 1.
Early Decision I and II
Students who are certain that Fairfield University is their first choice for a college education, and are willing to commit to attending if admitted, are welcome to apply as an Early Decision Candidate. Once admitted, an Early Decision candidate agrees to withdraw all other college applications and confirm his or her attendance at Fairfield.
The priority application deadline for entry into the fall semester is April 1 and for entry into the spring semester the priority deadline is November 15. Students who apply by this date will receive priority review for admission, institutional financial aid, scholarship, and housing. Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed beyond the priority deadlines on a space and resource available basis.