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Academics

Fairfield University is a private Jesuit Catholic school offering its 4,800 undergraduates the choice of more than fifty majors and two dozen interdisciplinary minors as part of a comprehensive education that addresses the student as a whole. Classes feature “lots of interactive approaches to learning with other students due to the emphasis on group work and interaction.” Some lauded academic examples include “classes co-taught by professors in different disciplines” and a “structure of classes that revolves around the success of the students rather than how easy it is to teach a topic.” Additionally, “there are many great service learning and internship opportunities” and an “alumni network [that] cannot be complimented enough. If there is ever a major that I am curious about, there is an alum that is more than happy to discuss the opportunities… [of that] major.”

Professors “are wonderful and supportive people who encourage students to think critically about the world” and “are very knowledgeable about their fields and are easily accessible outside of class.” They “teach in engaging ways,” meaning that they don’t assign busy work so much as they “create lessons that are valuable and seem to care about teaching and the students.” Outside of class, teachers offer avenues for career exploration: “[There are] job opportunities that I never would have known about without them.” Classes then bolster and encourage those experiences “with simulations and interesting cases that really let you put what you learned into practice” as well as “countless research studies that are going on at any given time.”

Student Body

The student body at Fairfield “consists of many people that come from similar upbringings” or “the surrounding areas and are either nursing, bio, or finance majors.” But students note “a mix of international and west coast students” and how they “can see how the student body over the past few years has been changing.” The size of the school “allows everyone to know everyone, which helps to create a supportive student body,” and “it is apparent how much Fairfield University students love where they go to school and love the environment of this university.” This is a group of “well-rounded individuals who for the most part are dedicated to succeeding in their studies [and] also to making meaningful connections during their time in college.” A student summarizes: “We are like one giant family; the student body is constantly looking out for one another.”

Campus Life

Fairfield is located on the Connecticut coastline just sixty miles “north of” New York City, providing “a good geographical advantage” for those looking for cultural or internship opportunities. That location also means that “No matter the time of year, winter or summer, EVERYONE goes to the beach—most seniors live on the beach.” It’s the best of both worlds for some attendees as there are “many beautiful views in the campus” but also plenty to do outside of it, like how “shopping near the campus is convenient.” Students say “there are always a handful of events or activities running on campus any given day, whether it be professional opportunities or programs for fun,” including a “disc golf setup around campus that people use year-round.”

While the “work-life balance is great within campus culture,” students keep busy. During the week, students “are on a constant grind studying and completing assignments, applying to jobs and internships, meeting with their career counselors, going to the Rec Plex (gym), attending basketball games, volunteering, and engaging with the Fairfield community through their clubs and activities.” Since “community service is a big part of Jesuit values,” many here partake in activities and classes that feature “community-engaged learning.” Many also participate in the New Student Leader program, wherein they “help students transition to a new community and environment.” In short, there is “so much opportunity for involvement in so many different areas.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Hattie Briggs and Margaret Morrell
Campus Visit Coordinators

Address
Office of Undergraduate Admission
1073 N. Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

Phone
203-254-4100

Email
admis@fairfield.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Barone Campus Center
Leslie C. Quick, Jr. Recreation Complex
Leo D. Mahoney Arena
Dolan School of Business
Bellarmine Hall
Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies DiMenna-Nyselius Library Egan Chapel Rafferty Stadium Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Fairfield, CT (Fairfield University Bookstore)
Town of Fairfield Beaches
Westport Shopping Center
New York City
New Haven, CT
Convenient train service to New York City and New Haven via Metro-North with station in Fairfield. Amtrak service 10 minutes by car from Fairfield University at the Bridgeport station.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday, some Sat/Sun
8:30am-4:30pm, some Sat/Sun
203-254-4100

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
M&F 10:30am, 1:30pm; some Sat/Sun

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://www.fairfieldstags.com/

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
SIgn up at least two weeks in advance

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
La Guardia Airport in New York City is approximately 50 miles (a 75-minute drive) from campus. Other convenient airports include JFK International and Bradley International. Metro-North train service is available to Fairfield from New York City and from New Haven. Campus shuttle makes trips to Fairfield train station. Amtrak service 10 minutes by car from Fairfield University at the Bridgeport station.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From New York via Connecticut Turnpike (I-95): take Exit 22 in Connecticut - Round Hill Rd. Continue straight through the stop sign at the end of the ramp. At the traffic light, take a left onto North Benson Road (Rt. 135) and continue straight for 0.8 miles (through two traffic lights). The sign for the main entrance to Fairfield University will be on the left. From Providence and New Haven via Connecticut Turnpike (I-95): Take exit 22 in Connecticut - North Benson Road. Turn right at the end of the ramp onto North Benson Rd. (Rte. 135). Go straight for 0.8 miles (through two traffic lights). The main entrance to Fairfield University will be on the left. From Hartford or Vermont via I-91: Take I-91 South to I-95 South in New Haven. Take exit 22 in Connecticut - North Benson Road. Turn right at the end of the ramp onto North Benson Rd. (Rte. 135). Go straight for 0.8 miles (through two traffic lights). The main entrance to Fairfield University will be on the left. From New York via Merritt Parkway (Rt. 15): Take exit 44. Turn left off the ramp, and turn right onto Black Rock Tpke. (Rt. 58) at the light. Proceed 2 miles to Stillson Rd. (Rt. 135) and turn right. Bear left, at the second light, onto North Benson Road. The University entrance will be on your right. From Hartford and New Haven via Merritt Parkway (Rt. 15): Take exit 44, take a quick left off the ramp, then take another quick left onto Black Rock Tpke. (Rt. 58), proceed 2 miles to Stillson Rd. (Rt. 135) and turn right. Bear left, at the second light, onto North Benson Road. The University entrance will be on your right. From Boston/New Hampshire and North: Take the Mass Pike (Route 90) West to I-84 West (exit 9). Merge onto I-91 South. I-91 merges into I-95 South in New Haven. Take exit 22 - North Benson Road. Turn right at the end of the ramp onto North Benson Rd. (Rte. 135). Go straight for 0.8 miles (through two traffic lights). The main entrance to Fairfield University will be on the left.

Local Accommodations
Accomodations can be found in Fairfield, neighboring Westport, Norwalk, Trumbull and Shelton.

Admissions

Applicants: 15,463
Acceptance Rate: 45%
Average HS GPA: 3.75







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