Fairfield University, founded in 1942, is a church-affiliated, liberal arts university. It is a comprehensive university with a solid liberal arts core, a commitment to excellent teaching and a strong Catholic Jesuit tradition. The university prepares its students for leadership and service in a changing world. It connects classroom reflection and study with real-world experience by an extensive internship program and strong community outreach program. Students are educated with a sense of ethics and responsibility for the community at large. Its 200-acre campus is located two miles from Long Island Sound and 60 miles from New York City.

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collegeType
Private
studentType
Coed
4,354
Undergraduates
1,807
Men - 41.5%
2,548
Women - 58.5%
1,159
Graduate Students
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Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
56% of 12,586 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
3.64
SAT Math
632 average
590-670 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
632 average
600-670 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
28 average
27-30 range of middle 50%
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Cost of Attendance
$72,260
Tuition and Fees
$52,870
Room and Board
$16,110
Average Percent of Need Met
82%
Average Freshman Award
$33,330
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$41,911
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Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
300
Regular Class Size (Students)
2-9
10%
10-19
36%
20-29
44%
30-39
8%
40-49
1%
50-99
1%
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Fairfield Population
62,215
Nearest Metropolitan Area
New York City
Freshman Housing Guarantee
College offers housing to students
Students in College Housing
72% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Stag
Sororities
Not reported
Fraternities
Not reported
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.1%
Asian
2.8%
Black/African-American
1.7%
Hispanic/Latino
7.4%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
1.7%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0%
White
80.2%
Unknown
6.1%
International Students
3.2% from 53 countries
First-Year Students Returning
92.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
79.9%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
70%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
28.7%
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