Fordham University


Location: New York City, NY

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Fordham University is an independent, Jesuit Catholic University, offering students the option of a traditional, picturesque campus in the Bronx or a cutting-edge urban experience in the hub of bustling Manhattan. A holistic education centers around a core curriculum with a focus on developing students beyond academics.


Rose Hill Campus – Bronx, New York

  • 6,000 undergraduate students
  • 60% of undergraduate students live on campus
  • Urban Bronx campus
  • Only the Rose Hill campus offers certain science programs
  • Athletics: NCAA Division I (only at Rose Hill campus)
  • 130+ student clubs and organizations


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Lincoln Center Campus – Manhattan, New York

  • 2,500 undergraduate students
  • 60% of undergraduate students live on campus
  • Urban Manhattan campus featuring 4 buildings connected by underground tunnels
  • Only the Lincoln Center campus offers the theater, dance, and visual arts programs
  • 60+ student clubs and organizations




  • 13:1 student to faculty ratio with an average class size of 22 students
  • Fordham’s core curriculum requires students to take classes in foreign languages, theology, philosophy, natural sciences, social sciences, history, mathematics, and the fine arts during their course of study
  • Most popular programs: Business, psychology, social work, international relations, law

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  • Office of Disability Services
  • Career Services and Handshake job search portal
  • Inter-campus transportation is offered to students via the Ram Van shuttle service




  • Application: Common App
  • SAT/ACT: Normally required but optional during COVID-19
  • Selectivity: 46% acceptance rate

Fordham University Q & A

An interview with Sherrie Lynn L., Lavelle Scholar and Fordham Graduate

What was your educational experience like at Fordham University?

I’m glad that I chose Fordham University. I think I got an exquisite education. It was very beneficial to be in a space where I could speak up and challenge some of the ideas. Fordham provided a great venue for me to explore, learn, think critically, and also challenge ideas and expand my own understanding. It’s a great school for any student that wants a really great education.


An interview with Mary Byrnes, Director, Office of Disability Services

What’s unique about Fordham University?

I think one of the biggest things that is unique to Fordham is our Jesuit values. We operate on the value of Cura Personalis which stands for ‘care of the whole person.’ Fordham is not and should not just be about academics. It’s about developing the whole person. forming lifelong friendships, striving for excellence, taking care of one another, and becoming agents of change. It’s about learning these values of helping each other and applying them, not just while you’re here at Fordham, but after you graduate and you’re out of school.

How would you describe the Fordham community?

I find that there’s a lot of camaraderie at Fordham. At Rose Hill, people like to join the athletic clubs, even if they aren’t always athletic, just to be part of something. There’s a lot going on at both locations, whatever interests you have.

It’s a very welcoming, warm campus. Overall, people really try to care for one another. They are generally concerned and very aware of issues going on in the world.

Aside from the student population, Fordham has a very strong alumni base. Fordham alums love to hire Fordham graduates. They believe very strongly in the education that people receive from Fordham; they know where these students are coming from.

What should incoming students know about Fordham?

Students need a strong work ethic. Honestly, it’s not an easy school. This is not a place where, if you do a little bit of work, you might get an A. You are going to be challenged here.

At Fordham, you also need to be open to critical thinking. Students have the chance to form opinions on what they believe in, but they also respect the opinions of others.

Students who need services should call us early. Even when they get accepted, they should call us to figure out how well Fordham can provide certain accommodations.


To Learn More:

441 East Fordham Road

Bronx, NY 10458


Mary Byrnes

Director of Students with Disability

Bronx & Lincoln Centre Campuses


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Abel Montez

Student Affairs Office

Fordham Law School


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