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Fordham University

New York, New York

Discover the Worlds Within

Picture Fordham as a laboratory where you can explore the deepest meaning and fullest measure of success. In the process you will acquire the knowledge, skills, confidence, and experience to succeed in your chosen field. Fordham offers you both the firm foundation and the competitive edge that will make you a leader at work and a success in your life.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
8,855 undergraduate students
94% of undergrad students are full time
44% male — 56% female

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
635 full-time faculty
0 part-time faculty
14 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

57% of students live on campus.

School Location

New York, New York

Retention Fall 2015

91% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

81% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 7%
Hispanic/Latino 14%
Black or African American 4%
White 59%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 10%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 2%


Fordham sponsors 23 men’s and women’s varsity sports teams. The Fordham Rams are members of the NCAA Division I and compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference in baseball, basketball, cross country, diving, golf, rowing, soccer, softball, squash, swimming, tennis, indoor and outdoor track, volleyball, and water polo; and in the Patriot League (Division I-AA) for football. Fordham also offers club sports and intramurals.

Other Information

Fordham University is a four-year, private university affiliated with the Jesuit order of the Roman Catholic Church and founded in 1841.

Academic Programs

Accounting; Accounting Information Systems; African and African American Studies; American Studies; Anthropology; Applied Accounting and Finance; Art History; Biological Sciences; Business Administration; Business Economics; Chemistry; Classical Civilization; Classical Language; Communication and Media Management; Communication and Media Studies; Comparative Literature; Computer Science; Dance (Ailey/Fordham BFA Program); Economics; Engineering Physics; English; Entrepreneurship; Environmental Policy; Environmental Science; French Area Studies; French Language and Literature; Finance; General Science; German Area Studies; German Language and Literature; History; Human Resource Management; Information Science; Information Systems; International Business (G.L.O.B.E.); International Political Economy; International Studies; Italian Area Studies; Italian Language and Literature; Latin American and Latino Studies; Management of Information and Communications Systems; Management Systems; Marketing; Mathematics; Mathematics/Economics; Medieval Studies; Middle East Studies; Music; Natural Science; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Public Accountancy; Public Accounting; Religious Studies; Social Work; Sociology; Spanish Area Studies; Spanish Language and Literature; Theatre; Theology; Urban Studies; Visual Arts; Women’s Studies.

More Distinctions

  • In 2012, Bloomberg Businessweek magazine ranked Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business 39th in the nation (up from number 48 in 2006).

  • In 2012, Fordham students earned eight Fulbrights. In the past nine years students have received 77 Fulbrights, making Fordham one of the top-ranked research universities earning Fulbrights. In 2011-2012, 154 prestigious fellowships and scholarships were awarded to Fordham students.

  • Last year, more than 80 percent of Fordham students who applied for admission to medical school were accepted.

  • In a recent edition of The Best 351 Colleges, the Princeton Review ranked Fordham’s William D. Walsh Family Library fifth in the country, ahead of the libraries at Yale, Columbia, and Harvard universities.

  • Fordham’s Global Outreach program has been honored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops as a national model for providing students with service-learning opportunities.

  • Each year, more than 650 organizations visit Fordham to recruit graduating seniors for jobs in business, communications, healthcare, law, the arts, and other fields.

  • Eleven Fordham University athletic teams were among more than 950 Division I squads to be publicly recognized by the NCAA for their latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores, posting multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. This is the third consecutive year that Fordham, which tied for 16th nationally for the most sports recognized, has led the Atlantic 10 in the number of teams honored.


The true college experience is a journey of self-discovery. At Fordham, every student has the opportunity to discover his or her true self, through academics, service, spiritual reflection, and athletics.

Two Distinctive Campuses

With its two distinctive residential campuses—green and gothic Rose Hill, on 85 acres adjacent to the New York Botanical Garden and the Bronx Zoo; and cosmopolitan Lincoln Center, in the heart of Manhattan, across from the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts—Fordham offers students virtually unlimited possibilities for learning and personal growth. Students often say, “New York is my campus. Fordham is my school.”

The Office of Career Services and Internships

Fordham draws students from across the country and around the world, who want to live and learn in the global capital of commerce and culture. The university offers one of the most extensive internship programs in the country. Students choose from more than 2,600 internship options in business, communications, education, government, healthcare, biomedical research, law, the arts, and other fields. The office of career services also offers workshops, career days, one-on-one career counseling, and on-campus interviews with major corporations. Students compete for and earn prestigious fellowships and scholarships—including Fulbright, Truman, and Mellon scholarships, and other competitive awards. And each year, 4,000 students engage in community service, both locally and in distant corners of the world, through the university’s award-winning global outreach program.

At Fordham, faculty members are scholars who challenge students to reach beyond their perceived limitations and mentors who lend their support and expertise. The Fordham faculty and curriculum educate the whole person.


Fordham invites students to enjoy a wealth of resources and experiences, and dedicated professors who challenge students to excel within a supportive community.

Jesuit Education

Fordham has a proud history of approaching education in a distinctly Jesuit way, one that emphasizes cura personalis, a commitment to nurturing the whole person—mind, body, and spirit—and challenging students to surpass their perceived limitations. This kind of education unites both heart and mind, and at Fordham, this occurs within and beyond the classroom.

World-Class Faculty

Fordham’s world-class faculty are committed to teaching and research. In small classes (the average class size is 23, and the university boasts a 14 to 1 student to faculty ratio), these scholars and mentors challenge students to develop to their full potential—and they give each student the individual attention he or she needs to excel.

Students choose from more than 60 majors and academic programs in the liberal and performing arts, sciences, and business. Every student also completes a rich core curriculum that spans literature, history, science, religion, the social sciences, and the arts. This curriculum is designed to nurture curiosity and inspire a lifelong love of learning.

Unique Academic Offerings

Special academic offerings include honors programs; study abroad; dual-degree programs with Fordham’s graduate schools; and pre-professional programs in law, medicine, and other health professions. Fordham’s G.L.O.B.E. international business program combines liberal arts and business courses, and prepares students for multinational careers. Undergraduate students often collaborate with faculty on original research, and they also work with faculty and staff to prepare to compete for Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships and other prestigious fellowships and scholarships.

Fordham’s spirit is everywhere. You can feel it at a homecoming pep rally; during student government elections; in a friendly game of ultimate Frisbee; on a weekend retreat; in the exciting city of New York where students make their home.


New York City provides unparalleled internship and career advantages, but it also offers students a never-ending list of things to see and do—from Broadway theatre, museums, and concerts to major-league sports or a bike ride through Central Park.

Fordham’s two residential campuses are easily accessible by public and private transportation. The university’s Ram Van service also makes it easy for students to enjoy the social and academic life of the two campuses.

Freshman Life

Strong orientation programs, special freshman seminars, and active faculty advising ensure a smooth transition to college life. Integrated learning communities in the residence halls on the Rose Hill campus give students the chance to collaborate with other students, staff, and faculty to design social, service, and educational activities and events throughout the year. Students majoring in pre-health professions are mentored by resident upper-level students in the new Science Integrated Learning Community. The Lincoln Center campus features McMahon Hall, a 20-story complex that provides apartment-style living and great views of Manhattan. Fordham’s state-of-the-art facilities also include one of the most technologically advanced libraries in the country.

Energetic Student Body

More than 143 student organizations offer a remarkable range of programming that capitalizes on the cultural resources of New York City. An extensive athletics program includes 23 varsity sports and a range of club and intramural sports. Each year, the community-service program gives hundreds of students an opportunity to work together on volunteer projects at dozens of sites in New York City, including soup kitchens, nursing homes, transitional shelters, hospitals, and community parks.

Fordham will empower you to pursue your dreams and goals—during your college years and in the future. Through extensive career planning and placement program, large pool of proactive alumni, and vast array of opportunities for real world experience, Fordham will help you find your place in the world—and inspire you to enrich it.


Fordham will empower you to pursue your dreams and goals—during your college years and in the future. Through an extensive career planning and placement program, a large pool of proactive alumni, and a vast array of opportunities for real world experience, Fordham will help you find your place in the world—and inspire you to enrich it.


Admissions Fall 2015

42,811 Total Applicants 
20,366 Total Admissions 
2,211 Total Freshman Enrollment

47.57% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 580 670
SAT Math 590 680
SAT Writing 590 680
ACT Composite 27 31
ACT Math 26 30
ACT English 27 33
ACT Writing 8 9

Admissions Materials

Applicants are required to complete either the SAT or the ACT by January of their senior year of high school and have scores sent to Fordham. Applicants are also required to provide:

  • Application
  • Fordham University Common Application supplement
  • Official high school and college transcripts
  • SAT/ACT results
  • Essay/Personal Statement
  • School Recommendation

Admission Application Deadline

The application deadlines for freshmen are January 15 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester. Freshman applicants with completed files will be notified of decisions by April 1. Early Action applicants should submit their application by November 1 and complete the SAT/ACT tests by October their senior year. Early Action notification letters will be mailed by December 25. Students applying to the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program or the Theatre program should submit their applications by the Priority Performance deadline of November 1. 


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $46,120
Fees $812
Total $46,932
Room and Board (on campus) $16,350
Estimated Total On Campus $63,282


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

91% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
58% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$25,564 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$8,427 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates


Fordham University Presidential, Jesuit, and Semifinalist Scholarships 
Nominees are freshmen graduating from high school in the top 10 percent of our applicant pool with SAT scores of minimally 700 Verbal and 700 Math, who are also semifinalists in the National Merit, National Achievement or Hispanic Recognition competitions. Jesuit Scholarship recipients must also be Jesuit high school graduates.

Fordham University Dean’s Scholarships
The most talented students in our applicant pool who are not semifinalists in the National Merit, Achievement or Hispanic Recognition programs may qualify for this scholarship.  Dean’s Scholarship awards are a minimum of $10,000, and may range up to $20,000 based on financial need.

Loyola and Jogues Scholarships 
All freshmen and transfer candidates are considered for Loyola and Jogues Scholarships.  Upon review, the most talented students in the applicant pool not selected for the Dean’s scholarship are chosen for this award. Up to $8,000 per year.

Lafarge Scholarships
Students from cultural minorities who demonstrate strong academic and leadership skills qualify for the Lafarge scholarship. Awards range from $1,000 to $7,000.