About Fairfield University

Founded in 1942, Fairfield University. is a Private college. Located in Connecticut, which is a city setting in Connecticut, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 4,032 full time undergraduate students, and 1,105 full time graduate students.

The Fairfield University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 12:1. There are 271 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Fairfield University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate61%
Application Deadline1-Jan
Application Fee60
SAT Range
ACT Range

Admissions at are considered Selective, with ,29% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 10 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

94% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 69% were in the top quarter, and 28% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Fairfield University.

Fairfield University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    86 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 13 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    59 Students rated off-campus housing 3.1 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    88 Students rated campus food 2.8 stars. 2 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    87 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    88 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 60 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    88 Students rated school activities 4 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    88 Students rated local services 4.2 stars. 49 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    89 Students rated academics 3.8 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Fairfield University?

22 Students rated Fairfield University

Kassandra - 04/19/2022

In my opinion, Fairfield is one of the best colleges in the United States to go to for a great education. Campus life is calm, everyone is friendly, and it's easy to make connections on campus. As a Jesuit campus, Fairfield values religion and has our very own Chapel where students can go to practice religious studies with nice and friendly priests. The faculty and staff are very nice and will help you as much as they can. Fairfield University is welcoming to all students.

Julie - 11/04/2021

I like it here so far. Some dorms are better than others. The random rooming assignments suck, they don't match you up at all and the survey is way too short and general. Some people get lucky, others don't. I had to switch rooms and they were so unhelpful and unsympathetic. This is a pretty big party school Thursday- Saturday, most parties and the beach, townhouses, or dorm rooms. If you don't party, you can find people like you but it's a little tough. Theres lots of clubs here but most do nothing at all. IF YOU TOOK APs/ COLLEGE CREDIT COURSES IN HIGH SCHOOL, most of your credits will only transfer as electives, you will have to take all core classes again (language, English, math, science, sociology, religion, philosophy, psychology, etc.). The core curriculum takes 2+ semesters to finish. Theres a good amount to do Thursday and Friday for people who don't drink, and you can always go into town on the shuttles.

Josie - 05/22/2020

Fairfield University is a school that is proud of their academics and proud to create a well-rounded student. The University makes creating a well-rounded student priority by making students take classes such as history, english, visual performing arts, and more before even starting classes pertaining to ther majors. Students at this school are focused on their academics and take them extremely seriously. Fairfield University professors are always willing to help students during their office hours or other scheduled time. The University gives students chances to practice their professional abilities with many workshops that will prepare them for life after school and their future careers.

Kadidiatou - 08/12/2019

Fairfield University is great school. If you want to be in city but away from the city , Fairfield University is the place. I love the diversity on and off campus. The staff and student are great. The classroom size are also big to me, the classes are not too big for a student to ask questions and learn.

Fairfield University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Fairfield University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Fairfield University is 61%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    The one piece of advise I would give students about finding the right college and making the most of their college experience is to get involved in as many activities as possible. It's one of the best ways to meet people who are interested in the same things you are. As for parents, let your child make the decision. It is hard enough to try and picture yourself at college, but its even harder when your parents are you their opinions all the time. This is the place that your child will be spending their next four years, let them decide it they could see themselves here.

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  3. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    My school, Fairfield University, is a great school that has a beatiful campus, great housing opportunities, as well as many activities and clubs that you can get involved in.

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  4. Describe the students at your school.

    fun, smart, prissy, girls are full of themselves

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  5. What's unique about your campus?

    the social life. Coming in as a freshman, I loved my school due to the social life. Getting to know everyone was the best for me!

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  6. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    They do not offer certain courses for certain majors. Need to have better cordination when the students get sick and needs medical attention. Lack diversity.

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  7. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I am very proud of the liberal arts education that I received at Fairfield University. I appreciate the holistic approach taken to education at Fairfield University, which includes a rigorous core curriculum that epmahsizes critical thinking. Addionally, Fairfield's emphasis on public service and the Jesuit values of social justice. The emphasis on values and service set this university apart from other schools. The pofessors are experts and truly care about their students - more so than in larger, research based universities. Lastly, the campus and location is absolutely beautiful.

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  8. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst thing about my school is the student body who goes here. They are all alike and accept people who are only like them as well. You could classify most of them as snobs. As far as the school itself, I am satisifed, it is the student body that makes it a rough place to be.

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  9. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    A person who isn't open to thinking in a new way

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  10. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The lack of diversity, and how some people are incredibly stuck up!

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  11. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    I chose Fairfield University because of their location being that I have a family and cannot move from my town . As it turns out, Fairfield University has a very good Mechanical Engineering program and the career opportunities are wide for all graduates. A close friend of mine graduated two years ago and is now a project manager for IBM.

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  12. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Someone who is conservative in religious and cultural views. someone who is willing to work hard in order to succeed in their classes and also someone who comes from an upper middle class background/wealthy background. also someone who is interested in partying.

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  13. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Most people think of Fairfield students as rich kids whose parents pay for everything. This is definitely not the case on campus. Yes, with a school as expensive as Fairfield is, there is some of that. But Fairfield gives a lot in financial aid and there are many more students on campus that don't fit the stereotype than those who do.

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  14. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Overall, I love attending Fairfield. The best thing about it is definitely the size, and it's strong Jesuit identity. These two things combined allow the university to invest a lot into each student. Faculty members are genuinely interested in students and have a passion for teaching - perhaps as a result of their fat paychecks. Fairfield only hires professors with the highest degrees in their respective fields, which means that you are only getting the best education-wise. One thing I would change: hands down, the cost. I have a substantial amount of merit and need based aid that allows me to come here, but my parents and I are still taking on debt to pay for it. The cost is also probably the biggest controversy on campus. Currently, there is a lot of press over the lack of transparency in the school's spending. I do not go a day without hearing someone say "We pay 50K to go here, and we get blank blank?" Usually refers to our food, the construction on campus, res hall damages, etc. that are common to every campus. When I tell people I go to Fairfield, their first reaction is that it is an excellent school, but people also obviously are surprised that I spend the money to go there. People assume I'm rich. I'm far from it. I would not call Fairfield a college town, per se. Residents sort of resent the university because it is insanely expensive to buy real estate in Fairfield and they feel entitled to an idyllic life that rowdy college kids interrupt. There is a good deal of school pride, but not nearly as much as administration would like. We do not have a football team, and they try to pump up basketball but nevertheless we are NOT a big sports school by any means. You might go to a game to see your friend play, or just for something to do, but it is not a focal point of a weekend like it is at many huge state schools. However, the benefit is that anyone can go to games - there is no lottery for tickets whatsoever. For me personally, the lack of school spirit doesn't bother me because my high school didn't have football and was not a sports school either.

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  15. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Professors, People, Location.

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  16. What are the academics like at your school?

    The academics are definitely interesting as long as you put effort into your work. Classes are places from a reciprocal relationship to occur. Professors dedicate their times to teaching students, and in turn, students wow teachers by showing they listen and understand the lessons being taught. My favorite class so far is Memoir Writing. I am a journalism major, so while I love to write creatively, I never get a lot of chances. My professor is young and so knowledgeable about the publishing field. We get to write a lot of stories and read them to the class. The students in my class are always encouraging. Of course, there are complaints from students, but my philosophy is that if you don't like a class, don't take it. It's as simple as that!

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  17. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    FUSA or Fairfield University Student Activities is pretty popular in trying to plan better student activities which have gotten much better since my Freshman year

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  18. Where is the best place to get work done on campus?

    Either your room or the library, but my favorite place to study is an empty classroom near finals when the library is packed.

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  19. Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

    We are a Division I school, besides that we also have club sports and intramural sports. School spirit is a very big thing here, students go dressed in all red and white to all sporting games and at least more than half the population go to all athletic games.

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  20. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    Everyone is rich

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  21. Tell us about the food and dining options.

    So food is typical college food not a home cooked meal but we are on a 3 week cycle so it is hard to get a repeated meal, there are numerous stations in the dining hall opened 7am-7pm and doesnt close between meals so there is always something for everyone. We also have the Stag which is another option open later, the Levee is the open until 2am and delivers until 11. There is also chinese food, Dominos, and other delivery options (menus will be given to you). The food is good I do not mind eating here, there is also a variety of meal plans that the student can change within the first two weeks of the semester.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

93% of students attending Fairfield University receive some sort of financial aid. 13% were awarded federal grants. While 55% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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