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Fairfield University

Fairfield, CTfairfield.edu
Fairfield University, in Southern Connecticut, is a Jesuit school that stands out for its comparatively high graduation rate. The school admits students of all faiths, but the curriculum does require some religious studies for all of the roughly 4,000 undergrads. Those theological offerings are more varied than some might expect: While the school has a center for Catholic studies, it has one for Jewish studies too. Of the school's 44 majors, the most popular courses of study include accounting, business, marketing, and the social sciences.. The university also places an emphasis on community service and social justice. Its Center for Faith and Public Life, for example, helps students prepare for professional humanitarian work, often with international volunteer trips. Tuition at Fairfield is high, but about 90% of students receive some form of financial aid. Many students play for one of the school's 20 varsity teams, which are part of the fabric of the surrounding Fairfield, a town of about 60,000 people. If students want the bright lights of a more urban setting, New York City is just a two-hour drive away.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$65,900
% of students who get any grants
79%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$41,400
Average price for low-income students
$25,400
admissions
Acceptance rate
61%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1190/27
SAT/ACT required?
No
Enrollment
4,511
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
85%
% of need met
82%
% of students who get merit* grants
28%
Average merit grant
$14,445
student success
Graduation rate
82%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$27,000
Average salary within 3 years
$57,100
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
63%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
Jan 15

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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