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Campus & Student Life at Fairfield University

Home to about 4,354 undergraduates in 2020, Fairfield U is a private university located in Fairfield, Connecticut. A safe, suburban environment can offer many of the amenities of city living without the constant hum. Should you tire of the campus however, Fairfield U offers a “study abroad” program. Please note, some classes/degrees offered by Fairfield U can be taken “online” so keep that in mind when reviewing this report. For more context, you might also check out our Fairfield U Guide to Distance and Online Learning.

Fairfield University is Affiliated With the Roman Catholic Faith.

Some, but not all, schools with a religious affiliation may require a statement of faith or religious studies component. Contact the school to see what their requirements are. If an affinity with the Roman Catholic faith interests you, check out our ranking of The Best Roman Catholic Colleges and Universities.

Fairfield U Has a Disability Services Site

Individuals with disabilities make up 25.0% of the student population at Fairfield U. For more information on policies and accommodations that the university provides to ensure all students get the opportunity to participate, you can visit Fairfield U Disability Services.

Fairfield U for the Military

While not a "service academy", Fairfield U does offer support for veterans and those seeking a career in the armed forces. Undergraduates have access to one or more ROTC programs. For more information on policies related to veterans, you can visit Fairfield U Veteran Services . For more information, check out our Fairfield U for Veterans Guide.

Fairfield U offers On-Campus Day Care

For students with young families, Fairfield U does offer some day care. Programs like this are often in very high demand, so be sure to inquire as soon as you can.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at Fairfield University

Fairfield U offers on-campus housing, but freshmen are not required to take advantage of it. In the end though, most do choose to live in the dorms.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at Fairfield University

* Data compiled from students who received financial aid, including loans.

Full-time vs. Part-time Studies at Fairfield University

There were 4,354 undergraduates in 2020. Full-time attendance was 4,231 (97.2%). Part-time attendance was 123 (2.8%).


Fairfield University is Ranked #893 for Overall Diversity

Compared to other colleges and universities across the nation, Fairfield U is more diverse than average in terms of overall diversity. We rank Fairfield U #893 out of 3,451.

The chart below shows each element that we looked at to determine this ranking, and how that metric compares to the national average. 100 would indicate excellent diversity in each category, and 1 would mean poor diversity.

Overall Diversity at Fairfield University

You can learn more about the diversity of the student body at Fairfield U by looking closer at the ethnic,  genderage, and geographic diversity metrics from the Fairfield U Diversity Guide.

Fairfield University Competes in the NCAA

Fairfield U has a total of 400 student athletes, 189 men and 211 women who compete in inter-collegiate athletics.

Athletics Financing

Total Revenue (all teams)$16,405,769
Total Expenses (all teams)$16,405,769

For more information about athletics including per-team sizes, coaching and scholarships check out our Guide to Fairfield University Athletics

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