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Fordham University: Narrative Description


441 East Fordham Rd.
New York, NY 10458
Tel: (718)817-1000; 800-FOR-DHAM; Admissions: (718)817-4000; Fax: (718)367-9404; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent Roman Catholic (Jesuit), university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates (branch locations at Rose Hill and Lincoln Center). Founded 1841. Setting: 85-acre urban campus. Endowment: $241.1 million. Research spending 2002-03: $3.9 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $7925 per student. Total enrollment: 14,731. Faculty: 1,132 (601 full-time, 531 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 12,801 applied, 54% were admitted. 32% from top 10% of their high school class, 68% from top quarter, 94% from top half. Full-time: 6,690 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 713 students, 67% women, 33% men. Students come from 53 states and territories, 50 other countries, 41% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 11% Hispanic, 6% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 8% 25 or older, 60% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 90% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, 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. Off campus study at University of San Francisco. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview, SAT II: Subject Tests. Required for some: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 2/1, 11/1 for early decision. Notification: 4/1, 12/25 for early decision.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $34,420 includes full-time tuition ($24,720) and college room and board ($9700). Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and location. Part-time tuition: $801 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $40 per term.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 133 open to all. Most popular organizations: United Student Government, Commuting Student Association, Residence Hall Association, Ambassador Program. Major annual events: Under the Tent Dance, Give a Child a Christmas, Spring Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, security at each campus entrance and at residence halls. College housing designed to accommodate 3,748 students; 3,947 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2001-02. Option: coed housing available. Walsh Library plus 3 others with 1.8 million books, 3 million microform titles, 14,094 serials, 13,318 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $12.8 million. 617 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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