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Fairfield University Data & Information Overview

If you want to know more about Fairfield University, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Fairfield University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Fairfield University was awarded 57 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is nursing.

Overall Quality

Fairfield U is ranked #185 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

Out of the 19 colleges in Connecticut, Fairfield U is ranked at #6.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Fairfield U?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Fairfield University is a competitive 61%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Learn more about Fairfield University admissions.

Fairfield University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Fairfield U, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 12 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Fairfield University is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Fairfield University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Fairfield University has a freshmen retention rate of 90%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  90 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Fairfield U the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 78%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  78 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at Fairfield U

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,177 undergraduates at Fairfield U with 3,989 being full-time and 188 being part-time.

Fairfield U Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

The overall diversity score for Fairfield U is 70.99 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  70.99 out of 100
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How Much Does Fairfield University Cost?

The overall average net price of Fairfield U is $39,676. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Fairfield U

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$29,266 $29,990 $32,251 $33,298 $44,325

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Fairfield U, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. 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.

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How Much Money Do Fairfield U Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Fairfield U make about $72,100 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Fairfield U graduates since it is 81% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Fairfield University make the most money.

Location of Fairfield University

Fairfield University is a private not-for-profit institution located 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.

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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

Fairfield University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 62 majors graduated from Fairfield University. Of these students, 1,069 received undergraduate degrees and 420 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Finance & Financial Management 147 $57,800
Nursing 145 $75,300
Marketing 110 $47,100
Communication & Media Studies 95 $42,300
Accounting 84 $59,100
General Psychology 62 $33,300
Economics 39 $48,500
General English Literature 37 $37,100
Business Administration & Management 36 $45,900
General Biology 34 $37,400

Learn more about the majors offered at Fairfield University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Fairfield U

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 760 students took at least one online class at Fairfield University. This is an increase from the 522 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 760 53
2016-2017 522 41
2015-2016 565 19
2014-2015 238 26
2013-2014 233 44

Learn more about online learning at Fairfield University.

Notes and 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.


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