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Fairfield University

Overview
Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1942
Affiliation: Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 4,008
Environment: Suburban
Endowment: $218,544,000
Admissions Address

1073 N. Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195

Website

http://www.fairfield.edu

Admissions E-mail

admis@mail.fairfield.edu


 

QuickFacts
Selectivity: More Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.5
Send application by: January 15
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Karen A. Pellegrino
Admissions office telephone: (203) 254-4100
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 15
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Not offered  
Early action
Send application by: November 15
 
Decision sent by: December 15
Application fee: $55
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
 
http://www.fairfield.edu/admission/application.htm  
Tuition deposit: $100 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: $300 (Nonrefundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is not accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 3 4
Science 2 3
Lab 2 3
Foreign language 2 4
Social studies 3 4
History 2 2
Academic electives 1 1
Total academic units 16 20


*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
 

Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
 
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: January 15
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: January 15
 
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
 
Class rank: Very important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Very important
Recommendation: Very important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Important
Character/personal qualities: Important
First generation: Important
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Important
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: More Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 61%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: 70%
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 53%
Total applicants: 8,035
Total acceptances: 4,866
Total freshman enrollment: 899
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 57%

Male applicants:

3,151
Male acceptances: 1,963
Male freshman enrollment: 362
 
Female applicants: 4,884
Female acceptances: 2,903
Female freshman enrollment: 537
 
Out-of-state freshmen: 80%
 
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 1,883
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 844
Students enrolled from waiting list: 6


 

2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 37%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 70%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 98%
 
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 32%
Average high school GPA: 3.5
 
First-year students submitting GPA: 97%
 
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 96%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 540 - 630
Math: 550 - 640
Combined: 1090 - 1270


 

Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 4.0% 7.0%
600-699 38.0% 47.0%
500-599 50.0% 38.0%
400-499 8.0% 8.0%
300-399 N/A N/A
200-299 N/A N/A


 

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 18%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: N/A
Math: N/A
Composite: 25 - 27


 

Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 N/A N/A N/A
24-29 N/A N/A N/A
18-23 N/A N/A N/A
12-17 N/A N/A N/A
6-11 N/A N/A N/A
Below 6 N/A N/A N/A

 



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