Fairfield University

Fairfield University

Founded in 1942 by the Society of Jesus, Fairfield University is a private, co-educational university located in Fairfield, Connecticut. It was one of the member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Fairfield offers a wide variety of degrees and programs, in diverse areas of study. It enrolls more than 3,000 undergraduate and over 1,000 graduate students every term. The Princeton Review ranked Fairfield University among the 'Top 25 Most Connected Campuses' in 2004. Fairfield is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • The Charles F. Dolan School of Business
  • The Fairfield College of Arts and Sciences
  • The Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions
  • The School of Engineering
  • The School of Nursing
  • The University College

Fairfield University is a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Its sports teams are nicknamed the Stags.

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Contacting Fairfield

Fairfield University
1073 N Benson Rd
Fairfield , CT 06824-5195
General Phone: (203) 254-4000

Fairfield Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management373business management, accounting, finance, banking, MIS, marketing, taxation
Liberal Arts226American studies, German language, French language, Italian language, Spanish language, English, creative writing, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, ...
Education and Teaching149education, multilingual education, educational administration, instructional media design, educational assessment and testing, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, music teaching, ...
Media100communication studies
Nursing and Emergency Medicine94registered nursing, nurse anesthetist
Therapy and Counseling88psychology, marriage and family therapy
Science50biology, chemistry, physics
Engineering31electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering
Computer Science and Engineering28computer and info science, computer engineering, software engineering
Art Studies26art studies
Engineering Technician16engineering technician
Religion and Philosophy9philosophy, religion, religious education

Number of programs and degrees for Fairfield in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree88637
Master's degree32427
Post-master's certificate1910
Associate's degree33

Fairfield Student Body

In 2007-2008, Fairfield had a total enrollment of 5,024 students (4,748 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 40%
Women 60%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 78%
Graduate 22%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 66%
Black 3%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 3%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 21%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 33%
20-21 35%
22-24 8%
25-29 7%
30-34 4%
35-39 3%
40-49 6%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York28%
New Jersey17%
Rhode Island1%
New Hampshire1%
(International Students)1%
Puerto Rico1%

Fairfield Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 88 %

Fairfield Room and Board (2007)

Fairfield offers campus housing for 2,500 of its 4,748 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Fairfield, Connecticut for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Connecticut Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Fairfield Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal520610
SAT Math540630
SAT Writing540630
ACT Composite2327

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT93%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT27%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Fairfield Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 36,075
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 36,075
Room and board $ 10,850
Room charge $ 6,480
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,370
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 1,900

Financial Aid:
Fairfield participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 138500)

Fairfield Faculty

Fairfield has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year50$111,03927$105,458
Associate professoracademic year42$87,92535$82,131
Assistant professoracademic year38$68,66755$69,254
Instructoracademic year2*3$49,853
All faculty totalacademic year132$90,574120$80,671

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Fairfield Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Baseball Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Track Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports08989

Fairfield Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Banking and Financial Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Software Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Education And Teaching
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Education, General
Education, Other
Educational Assessment, Testing, and Measurement
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Italian Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric


Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nurse Anesthetist
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious Education

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Fairfield Apart:

Salaries of full-time faculty
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Top 6%Fairfield Salaries of full-time faculty
Number of degree programs
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Top 7%Fairfield Number of degree programs
% of degrees in mathematics
(vs. all colleges)
Top 9%Fairfield % of degrees in mathematics
Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 9%Fairfield Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in art studies
(vs. all colleges)
Top 11%Fairfield % of degrees in art studies
% of degrees in media
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Fairfield % of degrees in media
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 15%Fairfield Number of students
% of degrees in liberal arts
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 17%Fairfield % of degrees in liberal arts
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 17%Fairfield Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
Student SAT scores
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%Fairfield Student SAT scores
% of degrees in business and management
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 18%Fairfield % of degrees in business and management

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