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Want the scoop on Fairfield University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Fairfield U offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Fairfield University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Fairfield University was awarded 64 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is nursing.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Fairfield U is ranked #185 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

Fairfield U is also ranked #6 out of 19 schools in Connecticut.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Fairfield U?

Acceptance Rate

Fairfield University has an acceptance rate of 61%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Fairfield U.

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Fairfield University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Fairfield U is an impressive 12 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

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

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Fairfield University.

Good Overall Diversity at Fairfield U

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,113 undergraduates at Fairfield U with 3,879 being full-time and 234 being part-time.

Fairfield U Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Fairfield U make around $72,100 per year during the early years of their employment. 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

Located in Fairfield, Connecticut, Fairfield University is a private not-for-profit institution. Fairfield is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

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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 63 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 options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

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.


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