Fairfield University

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School Overview

Founded in 1942, Fairfield University is a privately owned and operated four-year university located in Fairfield, Connecticut that offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in various fields of study and academic disciplines. Total annual enrollment at Fairfield is about 4,700 students (3,500 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate). All academic programs are offered through one of Fairfield’s academic schools and colleges: The Charles F. Dolan School of Business, The School of Nursing, The School of Engineering, The Fairfield University College of Arts and Sciences, and The Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions.

General Information

Admission Office

1073 North Benson Road

Fairfield, CT 06824-5195

(203) 254-4100

Fax: (203) 254-4199

Contact: Karen Pellegrino

Director of Admission
Main Address

1073 North Benson Road

Fairfield, CT 06824-5195

(203) 254-4000


Total undergrads: 4,084

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 899

Degree-seeking undergrads: 3,948

Graduate enrollment: 1,044


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $60

Online application fee: $60
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 59%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 90%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
New media film/televison/radio B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering A,B
Mechanical Engineering A,B
Software Engineering B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
German B
Italian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Nursing (RN) B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies B
Individual design major B
Liberal Arts & Sciences A


Mathematics – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Fairfield University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (203) 254-4000
Website: fairfield.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online: commonapp.org/
Address: 1073 N Benson Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824-5195
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 5,273
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 82%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 4,513 (86% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $48,350
Out-of-state Tuition: $48,350
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 91%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $24,034

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Fairfield University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Fairfield University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 11
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 1165
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 31
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 12110
Engineering 64
English Language and Literature/Letters 11
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 4
Health Professions and Related Programs 417
History 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 21
Mathematics and Statistics 112
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 114
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 5
Visual and Performing Arts 5
Grand total 294838

* Based on programs that produced 2018-2019 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Fairfield University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $48,350
Out-of-state $48,350
Books and supplies $1,150

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $17,415
Out-of-state $17,415

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 907 91%
Grant or scholarship aid 878 88% $24,034
Student loan aid 544 55% $9,106

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 3,396 83% $23,221
Federal student loans 2,086 51% $6,801

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Fairfield University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Fairfield University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2019

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 11,361 4,603 6,758
Percent admitted 100% 61% 60%
Percent admitted who enrolled 10% 10% 10%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Fairfield University Enrollment, Fall 2019

Total Enrollment 5,273
Undergraduate enrollment 4,177
Graduate enrollment 1,096

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Fairfield University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by New England Commission of Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
    • Nurse Midwifery (MIDWF) - Basic certificate and graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
    • Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) - Clinical training programs at the master's, doctoral, and postgraduate levels
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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