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Fairfield University: Narrative Description


1073 North Benson Rd.
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195
Tel: (203)254-4000
Admissions: (203)254-4100
Fax: (203)254-4199
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Roman Catholic (Jesuit), comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1942. Setting: 200-acre suburban campus with easy access to New York City. Endowment: $141.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $4.7 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4956 per student. Total enrollment: 5,060. Faculty: 426 (222 full-time, 204 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 7,136 applied, 64% were admitted. 32% from top 10% of their high school class, 73% from top quarter, 99% from top half. 16 National Merit Scholars, 20 class presidents, 6 valedictorians, 23 student government officers. Full-time: 3,305 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 637 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 34 states and territories, 23 other countries, 75% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 2% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 0% 25 or older, 80% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 85% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; trade and industry; communications/communication technologies; English. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, rank in upper 20% of high school class, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 11/15 for early decision. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $55. One-time mandatory fee: $150. Comprehensive fee: $37,685 includes full-time tuition ($27,930), mandatory fees ($485), and college room and board ($9270). College room only: $5470. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to student level. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $375 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $60 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 100 open to all. Most popular organizations: student government, Glee Club, Drama Club, multicultural organizations, Mission Volunteers. Major annual events: Dogwood Festival, Harvest Weekend, Homecoming. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, bicycle patrols. 2,590 college housing spaces available; 2,585 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: coed housing available. Dimenna-Nyselius Library with 325,166 books, 888,554 microform titles, 1,793 serials, 9,615 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.1 million. 150 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Population 60,000. Fairfield is a suburban area one hour north of New York City on the Long Island Sound. The climate is temperate. The Metro-North New Haven branch railroad serves the area, as well as the Connecticut Turnpike and Merritt Parkway. Community facilities include libraries, churches and shopping areas. Part-time employment opportunities are available. Beaches are nearby for water sports; other sports include golf and tennis. A special annual event is the Dogwood Festival.

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