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IPEDS ID: 129242
OPE ID: 00138500
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Fairfield University
1073 N Benson Rd, Fairfield, Connecticut 06824-5195
General information:  (203) 254-4000
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  Suburb: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  5,123 (3,982 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  11 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty248260
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees$40,580$41,690$42,920$43,7702.0%
Books and supplies$900$1,150$1,150$1,1500.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$12,210$12,550$12,930$13,1902.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$8,035$12,550$11,840$13,19011.4%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
On Campus$55,590$57,120$58,730$59,8401.9%
Off Campus$51,915$57,120$58,310$59,8402.6%
Off Campus with Family$43,880$45,120$46,470$47,2001.6%
This calculator uses estimated student expenses data to estimate the total tuition and fees charged over the duration of a typical 4-year program at this school.
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2014-2015
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid185889%————
Grant or scholarship aid82385%$17,035,953$20,700
Federal grants12213%$544,484$4,463
Pell grants12213%$492,184$4,034
Other federal grants333%$52,300$1,585
State/local government grant or scholarships839%$209,441$2,523
Institutional grants or scholarships81885%$16,282,028$19,905
Student loan aid54657%$5,323,521$9,750
Federal student loans54156%$3,088,879$5,710
Other student loans10411%$2,234,642$21,487
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid12,91375%$73,172,149$25,119
Pell grants51213%$2,152,578$4,204
Federal student loans1,97251%$13,352,828$6,771
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$33,466$36,853$37,255
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$21,409$25,579$27,433
$30,001 – $48,000$24,394$26,975$28,601
$48,001 – $75,000$27,099$30,489$32,637
$75,001 – $110,000$31,980$33,287$34,298
$110,001 and more$39,355$40,974$42,223
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment5,123
Undergraduate enrollment3,982
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment47
Graduate enrollment1,141
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 93%
Part-time: 7%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 41%
Female: 59%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 2%
Black or African American: 2%
Hispanic/Latino: 7%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 73%
Two or more races: 1%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 12%
Non-resident alien: 2%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 94%
25 and over: 6%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 24%
Out-of-state: 75%
Foreign countries: 2%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 45%
Part-time: 55%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 4%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 95%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 3%
Enrolled in some distance education: 1%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 96%
Undergraduate application fee (2014-2015): $60
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
Number of applicants9,9784,2055,773
Percent admitted72%69%73%
Percent admitted who enrolled15%14%16%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 89%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 90 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 80%
Transfer-out rate: 18%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2006]
4-year: 78%
6-year: 81%
8-year: 81%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 77%
6-year: 80%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 76%
Female: 82%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 71%
Asian: 70%
Black or African American: 82%
Hispanic/Latino: 80%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 100%
White: 79%
Two or more races: 100%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 83%
Non-resident alien: 88%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization-27--
Category total-27--
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-45---
Category total-52---
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General-2123-0
Finance, General-7041-0
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General----0
International Business/Trade/Commerce----0
Management Information Systems, General-10--0
Marketing/Marketing Management, General-72--0
Category total-241115-0
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication and Media Studies, Other--12--
Speech Communication and Rhetoric-101---
Category total-10112--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General-2---
Category total-2---
Bilingual and Multilingual Education--2-1
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services--26-1
Early Childhood Education and Teaching----0
Education, General--31-1
Education, Other--0-0
Educational Leadership and Administration, General--0-0
Educational/Instructional Technology--7-0
Elementary Education and Teaching--11--
Music Teacher Education-1---
Special Education and Teaching, General--16-2
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor--8-0
Category total-1101-5
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering-0---
Computer Engineering, General-2---
Computer Software Engineering-013--
Electrical and Electronics Engineering0105--
Industrial Engineering--15--
Manufacturing Engineering-1---
Mechanical Engineering0195--
Category total03238--
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing--28--
English Language and Literature, General-63---
Category total-6328--
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Human Development and Family Studies, General--1--
Category total--1--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
French Language and Literature-1---
German Language and Literature-1---
Italian Language and Literature-2---
Spanish Language and Literature-1---
Category total-5---
Health Professions and Related Programs
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling----0
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling--25-0
Nurse Anesthetist--0--
Nursing Administration--0--
Nursing Practice---30-
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician----0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse-12529--
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling----0
Category total-12554300
History, General-15---
Category total-15---
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies-13---
Humanities/Humanistic Studies--0--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other-5---
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies0----
Category total0180--
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General-124--
Category total-124--
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other-2---
Category total-2---
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Religion/Religious Studies-1---
Category total-4---
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General-5---
Physics, General-1---
Category total-6---
Industrial and Organizational Psychology--3--
Psychology, General-641--
Psychology, Other--0--
School Psychology--11-9
Category total-6415-9
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration--0--
Category total--0--
Social Sciences
Economics, General-33---
International Relations and Affairs-35---
Political Science and Government, General-28---
Sociology and Anthropology-27---
Category total-124---
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation-5---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General-3---
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other-16---
Fine/Studio Arts, General-5---
Music, General-1---
Category total-30---
Grand total08993753014
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 29
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 8
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 2
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution (*)
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $23,633
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $13,778
  • (*) One or more average amounts of benefits/assistance are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
2013-2014 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-AAA MenWomen
Field Hockey21
Swimming and Diving1624
Track and Field, X-Country1218
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education12/1/1953 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) - Clinical training programs at the master's, doctoral, and postgraduate levels7/31/2000 - 4/15/2013No Longer Recognized
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels9/28/2002 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels9/28/2002 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools10/17/2008 -  Accredited
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations243252
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations192647
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible044
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault262
Motor vehicle theft000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible034
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault121
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate1.7%0.9%1.2%
Number in default1489
Number in repayment778866745
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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