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.


  • 3970 Undergraduates
  • 12:1 Student to Faculty Ratio
  • Average Class Size: 20
  • 30% Receiving Academic Scholarship
  • 90% Receiving Financial Assistance
  • 89% Retention Rate
  • The student body represents 34 states and 20 countries.
  • 98% of the Class of 2017 secured full-time professional employment, admission to graduate programs, or participation in volunteer service programs.


  • 45 Undergraduate Majors
  • 19 Interdisciplinary Minors
  • 90+ Study Abroad Programs
  • 26.7% of the class gained admission into graduate school, with the greatest numbers entering programs in Business, Education, Arts and Sciences, Law and Healthcare

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  • NCAA Division 1 Varsity Programs: 20
  • Overall MAAC Tournament Championships: 52
  • Overall NCAA Tournament Appearances: 36
  • 2015-16 MAAC Championships: Field Hockey, Volleyball, Baseball
  • Six teams earned 2016 NCAA Public Recognition Awards
  • 202 Fairfield student-athletes named to the 2016 MAAC Academic Honor Roll


  • 266 full-time faculty
  • 312 part-time faculty
  • 92.6% hold the highest degree in their field

Notable Alumni

Donatella Arpaia '93

Famous Chef and TV Personality

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

William P. Egan '67, P’99

Founder of Alta Communications

John Flannery '83

John Flannery '83

Chief Executive Officer of GE

Katherine Lapp ‘78

Katherine N. Lapp '78

Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of 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, and Senior Portfolio Manager of 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

Darren Phillip '00

Darren Phillip '00

Professional basketball player for Ciclista Olímpico in Argentina

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

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

Senior Vice President for Clinical Safety at UnitedHealthcare

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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