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Fairfield University Overview

Fairfield University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Fairfield, Connecticut. The suburban atmosphere of Fairfield makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

What Is Fairfield University Known For?

1,069 Undergraduate Awards
$48,587 Avg Cost After Aid
61% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Fairfield U have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 2%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Fairfield U.
  • In 2017-2018, 100% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Fairfield U makes roughly $72,100 a year. This is 77% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • It takes the average Fairfield U student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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Fairfield University Rankings

Fairfield U is ranked #82 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. Out of the 28 colleges in Connecticut, it is ranked at #3.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Fairfield U has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#37 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#40 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#50 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#52 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Fairfield U.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#4 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Special Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Communication & Media Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Accounting Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Fairfield U has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#16 Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies College Factual
#17 Best Colleges for Nursing College Factual
#17 Best Colleges for Accounting College Factual
#33 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#34 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#39 Best Nursing Schools Nursing Degree Search

Where Is Fairfield University?

Location of Fairfield University

Contact details for Fairfield U are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1073 N Benson Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824-5195
Phone: 203-254-4000
Website: fairfield.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FairfieldUniversity?utm_source=fairfieldsite&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=int_footer_social%3B

How Do I Get Into Fairfield U?

You can apply to Fairfield U online at: commonapp.org/

Admission Requirements for Fairfield U

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores neither required nor recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Fairfield U?

61% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
With an acceptance rate of 61%, Fairfield U does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 61%, and the acceptance rate for women is 60%.

Can I Afford Fairfield University?

$48,587 Net Price
55% Take Out Loans
1.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Fairfield U is $48,587. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Fairfield U, approximately 55% of students took out student loans averaging $9,106 a year. That adds up to $36,424 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Fairfield U is 1.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Fairfield University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,160 Full-Time Undergraduates
60% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,303 undergraduate students at Fairfield U, with 4,160 being full-time and 143 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Fairfield U

There are also 1,046 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,160 full-time undergraduates at Fairfield U, 40% are male and 60% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Fairfield U

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Fairfield University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Fairfield U Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 111
Black or African American 78
Hispanic or Latino 279
White 3,230
International Students 163
Other Races/Ethnicities 299

Geographic Diversity

Connecticut students aren't the only ones who study at Fairfield University. At this time, 23 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 56 countries are represented at Fairfield U. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at Fairfield University

53 Took All Classes Online
760 Took At Least One Class Online
19.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 760 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Fairfield U has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 18th most popular in Connecticut for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Fairfield U

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Fairfield University was 19.3%. This is the #917 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Fairfield U regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Fairfield U majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Education 35%
Instructional Media Design 58%

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Fairfield University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 145 0 17 31 193
Accounting 84 0 66 0 150
Finance & Financial Management 147 0 0 0 147
Marketing 110 0 0 0 110
Communication & Media Studies 95 0 7 0 102
Business Administration & Management 36 0 32 0 68
General Psychology 62 0 0 0 62
Mechanical Engineering 34 0 15 0 49
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 39 0 39
Economics 39 0 0 0 39
General English Literature 37 0 0 0 37
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 35 0 35
Computer Engineering 12 0 23 0 35
General Biology 34 0 0 0 34
Mathematics 23 0 9 0 32
Special Education 0 3 25 0 28
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 11 15 0 26
Electrical Engineering 14 0 11 0 25
Political Science & Government 22 0 0 0 22
Writing Studies 0 0 19 0 19
Management Information Systems 16 0 0 0 16
International Business 14 0 0 0 14
Student Counseling 0 0 13 0 13
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 13 0 0 0 13
Fine & Studio Arts 13 0 0 0 13
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 12 0 12
Instructional Media Design 0 1 11 0 12
History 12 0 0 0 12
International Relations & National Security 12 0 0 0 12
Public Administration 0 0 12 0 12
Journalism 11 0 0 0 11
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 11 0 0 11
Public Relations & Advertising 10 0 0 0 10
Romance Languages 10 0 0 0 10
Applied Mathematics 0 0 10 0 10
Sociology 10 0 0 0 10
Teaching English or French 0 1 8 0 9
Liberal Arts General Studies 7 0 0 0 7
Natural Resources Conservation 7 0 0 0 7
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 6 0 0 0 6
Philosophy 6 0 0 0 6
Biomedical Engineering 5 0 0 0 5
Area Studies 3 0 2 0 5
Chemistry 5 0 0 0 5
Computer Information Systems 3 0 0 0 3
General Education 0 0 3 0 3
Industrial Engineering 0 0 3 0 3
Drama & Theater Arts 3 0 0 0 3
Music 3 0 0 0 3
Germanic Languages 2 0 0 0 2
Physics 2 0 0 0 2
Sociology & Anthropology 2 0 0 0 2
Multilingual Education 0 0 1 0 1
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 1 0 1
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 0 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 0 0
Taxation 0 0 0 0 0
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 0
Other Education 0 0 0 0 0
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Religious Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Other Psychology 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,069 27 389 31 1,516

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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