Fairfield University

Fairfield University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Fairfield University Ranked?

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2023 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 261 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is mental and social health services.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Fairfield U as #127 out of 2,241 colleges and universities in the country on its 2023 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Fairfield U is also ranked #3 out of 28 schools in Connecticut.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Fairfield U?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Fairfield University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 56%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 50% of students accepted to Fairfield U submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 600 and 670. Math scores were between 590 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Fairfield University  ( 600 to 670 )

SAT Math Scores for Fairfield University  ( 590 to 670 )
Fairfield U received ACT scores from 15% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 27 and 30.

ACT Composite Scores for Fairfield University  ( 27 to 30 )

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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

The freshmen retention rate of 92% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Fairfield University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  92 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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Fairfield University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,354 undergraduates at Fairfield U with 4,231 being full-time and 123 being part-time.

How Much Does Fairfield University Cost?

The overall average net price of Fairfield U is $36,633. 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 +
$21,044 $21,807 $25,929 $30,670 $40,878

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Fairfield U, approximately 58% of students took out student loans averaging $9,475 a year. That adds up to $37,900 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Fairfield U is 2.2%. 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 $86,060 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Fairfield U graduates since it is 103% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 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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Contact details for Fairfield U are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1073 N Benson Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824-5195
Phone: 203-254-4000
Website: fairfield.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FairfieldUniversity?utm_source=fairfieldsite&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=int_footer_social%3B

Fairfield University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 63 majors graduated from Fairfield University. Of these students, 1,061 received undergraduate degrees and 429 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
Nursing 188 $76,774
Finance & Financial Management 165 $58,022
Marketing 115 $49,460
Accounting 75 $61,421
Communication & Media Studies 70 $45,767
General Psychology 64 $31,305
General Biology 42 $24,352
Business Administration & Management 38 $51,604
Mechanical Engineering 31 $66,682
International Business 25 $33,916

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 courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 1,971 students took at least one online class at Fairfield University. This is an increase from the 871 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 1,971 1,187
2018-2019 871 45
2017-2018 760 53
2016-2017 522 41
2015-2016 565 19

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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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