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  • 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.

Students

  • 4000 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.

Academics

  • 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, Law and Healthcare

Athletics

  • 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

Faculty

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

Notable Young Alumni

Samantha Cooper ‘19

Signed professional contract with Grengewald Hostert in the Luxembourg Total League

Khadidiatou Diouf ‘19

Signed professional contract to play in Spain

Jack Gethings ’19

Signed with Kansas City Royals in 2019

Katherine Loh ’12

Professional ballerina with CelloPointe

Tyler Nelson '18

Professional basketball player for the Greensboro Swarm

Austin Pope, Junior

Drafted in 15th round of 2019 MLB draft by Arizona Diamondbacks

Danielle Tullo ’15

Senior Lifestyle Editor, House Beautiful

Matt Turner ‘16

Professional soccer player with the New England Revolution

Notable Alumni

Nancy A. Altobello ’80

Retired Global Vice Chair, Talent
Ernst & Young

Donatella Arpaia '93

Famous Chef and TV Personality

Laura Bremer '93

EVP, Managing Director
Citizen Relations

Sheila Kearney Davidson '83

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

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

Founder and director of the
Martha’s Vineyard Holistic Retreat

Joseph DiMenna '80

Hedge fund manager and managing director of Zweig-DiMenna Associates

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
NFP

Susan Robinson King, MA’73

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

Katherine N. Lapp '78

Executive Vice President
Harvard University

Paul Marcarelli '92

Actor, writer and producer

Christopher McCormick '77

Former CEO of L.L. Bean

John C. Meditz '70

Managing Director & Co-Founder
Horizon-Kinetics, LLC

Rear Admiral Brian Monahan, MC, USN '82

Attending physician of the United States Congress and Supreme Court

Kathleen A. Murphy '84

President of Fidelity Personal Investing

Robert J. Murphy Jr. ’71

Vice President
ABC News

Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM '87

Chief Clinical Transformation Officer at University Hospitals

Kala Rama ‘05

Anchor WPIX 11 News

Mark Reed ’96, MBA’02

Current and first lay president of
Saint Joseph's Unversity

Ronan Ryan '96

President and a founding member of IEX

Carmen Rita Wong '93

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

Patrice Wallace-Moore ’85 P’09

CEO of ARMS Acres

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