Fast Facts

Fast Facts

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University Facts

  • Founded: 1942
  • President: Mark R. Nemec, PhD
  • Only Jesuit university in CT and 1 of 28 nationwide
  • 200 acre campus
  • 1 hour train ride from New York City.


  • 3,900 Undergraduates
  • 12:1 Student to Faculty Ratio
  • Average Class Size: 20
  • 30% Receiving Academic Scholarship
  • 90% Receiving Financial Assistance
  • 90% Retention Rate
  • The student body represents 35 states and 53 countries.
  • 98% of the Class of 2018 secured full-time professional employment, admission to graduate programs, or participation in volunteer service programs.


  • 47 Undergraduate Majors
  • 24 Interdisciplinary Minors
  • 60+ Study Abroad Programs
  • 29.5% of the class gained admission into graduate school, with the greatest numbers entering programs in business, education, arts and sciences, and engineering

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  • NCAA Division 1 Varsity Programs: 20
  • Overall MAAC Tournament Championships: 57
  • Overall NCAA Tournament Appearances: 43
  • 2017-18 MAAC Championships: Men’s Soccer, Field Hockey, Volleyball, Women’s Swimming & Diving, Women’s Lacrosse
  • Seven teams earned 2018 NCAA Public Recognition Awards
  • 187 Fairfield student-athletes named to the 2016 MAAC Academic Honor Roll


  • 285 full-time faculty
  • 336 part-time faculty
  • 92% hold the highest degree in their field

Notable Alumni


Nancy A. Altobello ’80

Former Global Vice Chair, Talent
Ernst & Young

Donatella Arpaia '93

Famous Chef and TV Personality


Sheila Kearney Davidson '83

Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel
New York Life Insurance Company

Dr. Roni DeLuz, RN, ND, Phd.

Dr. Roni DeLuz, RN, ND, Phd. '78

Founder and director of the
Martha’s Vineyard Holistic Retreat

Sonia Baghdady

Sonia DePino '97

Award-winning news anchor

Joseph DiMenna, Jr. '80

Joseph DiMenna '80

Hedge fund manager and managing director of Zweig-DiMenna Associates

Paula Donovan '77

Paula Donovan ‘77

AIDS and women's rights activist


William P. Egan '67, P’99

Founder of Alta Communications


Douglas W. Hammond ‘86

Chairman and CEO


Susan Robinson King, MA’73

Dean and John Thomas Kerr Distinguished Professor
School of Media and Journalism
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Katherine Lapp ‘78

Katherine N. Lapp '78

Executive Vice President
Harvard University

Paul Marcarelli '92

Paul Marcarelli '92

Actor, writer and producer

Christopher McCormick ‘77

Christopher McCormick '77

Former CEO of L.L. Bean

John Meditz

John C. Meditz '70

Managing Director & Co-Founder
Horizon-Kinetics, LLC

Rear Admiral Brian Monahan, MC, USN ‘82

Rear Admiral Brian Monahan, MC, USN '82

Attending physician of the United States Congress and Supreme Court

Kathleen A. Murphy '84

Kathleen A. Murphy '84

President of Fidelity Personal Investing


Robert J. Murphy Jr. ’71

Vice President
ABC News

Tyler Nelson '18

Professional basketball player for the Greensboro Swarm

Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., FCCM ‘87

Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM '87

Chief Clinical Transformation Officer at University Hospitals

Mark Reed '96

Mark Reed ’96, MBA’02

Current and first lay president of
Saint Joseph's Unversity

Ronan Ryan '96

Ronan Ryan '96

President and a founding member of IEX

Carmen Rita Wong ‘93

Carmen Rita Wong '93

Radio, television and online journalist as well as CEO and founder of
Malecon Productions

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