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Fordham Admissions Information

Fordham University
Bronx, New York (map)


Founded in 1841, Fordham University’s reputation as one of the nation’s top Jesuit universities endures to this day. Currently, the school is comprised of three campuses: Rose Hill, the Lincoln Center campus, and the Westchester campus. A majority of students are enrolled in the Rose Hill campus, which is conveniently located adjacent to the New York Botanical Gardens, the Bronx Zoo and Little Italy on Arthur Avenue. There are train and subway stations within walking distance to the Rose Hill campus which make travel into Manhattan an extremely short trip; in addition, the school offers free daily shuttles to the Lincoln Center campus.

Although about 30% of students commute from surrounding areas, nearly 50% of students live in Fordham’s on-campus housing. In addition, the university features over 100 student organizations from Mimes and Mummers, one of the nation's oldest collegiate theatrical groups, to the top-ranked Fordham Debate Society. Furthermore, many students note that the Catholic foundation of the university creates an open forum for discussion of social and moral issues of the world today.



Basic Info

Main Address: East 441 Fordham Road, Thebaud Hall
Bronx, NY 10458
Phone Number: (718) 817-1000  
Website: www.fordham.edu  


Type of school: Private, Coed  
Type of school: Catholic, Jesuit  
Setting: Urban setting, Very large city; Residential campus  
Athletics: NCAA Division I, Intercollegiate, Intramural, Club, Scholarship  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Post-Master's Certificate, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 7,950  
Percent out-of-state: 52%  
Percent international: 3%  
Female to Male ratio: 55:45  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 12:1  
Most popular majors: Biological Sciences
Communication and Media Studies
Political Science
International Political Economy
Special study programs: Distance Learning
Double Major
Honors Program
Independent Study
ROTC, Air Force
ROTC, Army
ROTC, Navy
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
United Nations Semester
Visiting/Exchange Student Program

Campus Life

Housing options:
Guaranteed On-Campus Housing For All Undergraduates; 76% of first-year students live in college housing.
Coed Housing

Apartments For Single Students
Campus ministries
Concert band
International students
Literary magazine
Music ensembles
Pep band
Student government
Symphony orchestra
Other activities or organizations:
Choral groups
Film society
Jazz band
Marching band
Musical theater
Radio station
Student newspaper
Television station

Rose Hill Ambassadors, international black student union, Progressive Students for Justice, Circle-K, commuter student association, Emerging Leaders, weekend activities committee

Fun Facts

  • Fordham University was featured in the following movies: The Exorcist, A Beautiful Mind, Awake, Kinsey, The Verdict,
  • Love Story, Center Stage, A Bronx Tale, The Gambler, Quiz Show, Solitary Man
  • Fordham enrolls students from 48 states and 58 countries.
  • Famous alumni include Mary Higgins Clark, Andrew Cuomo, Denzel Washington, Geraldine Ferraro, Susan Lucci and many others.

Admissions Information

With an acceptance rate of 46% and successful applicants with an average high school GPA of 3.7, Fordham looks for well rounded, academically successful individuals. Much like the Jesuit academic approach, the Fordham application process is based not solely on individual components, but through a holistic review of each applicant.

Factors that are most carefully considered by the admissions committee include: academic record, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, essays and extra-curricular activities. Fordham offers a non-restrictive Early Action option for students who are interested in receiving an earlier decision. Since this is a smaller pool of applicants, students who choose this option have a slight advantage over Regular Decision applicants.

Admissions address: Admission Office
East 441 Fordham Road
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Bronx, NY 10458-9993
Phone number: (718) 817-4000  
Fax number: (718) 367-9404  
Admissions Website: http://www.fordham.edu/admissions/  
Email: enroll@fordham.edu  
Contact Person: Peter Farrell, Director of Admissions  
Number of first-year applications received: 18,161  
Percent of applicants admitted: 50%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 15  
Early decision/action deadline: November 1 (Early Action)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes (not an exclusive user- Fordham specific application is available)  
Admission requirements: Common Application with Fordham supplement OR Fordham application
Standardized test scores
Letter of Recommendation
School Report (with transcript and guidance counselor recommendation)
Mid Year Report
Final Report
If applicable: International Supplement to the Secondary School Report, Homeschool Supplement to the Secondary School Report

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? For admission decisions:
Required: SAT Reasoning Test or ACT
If submitting ACT, the writing section is optional
Recommended: SAT II Subject Tests

*Score reports are due February 1
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Considers highest section scores across test dates.  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 2259  
ACT code: 2748  
Learn more about other New York City schools:
Yeshiva   New York University   Columbia  

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