Fordham University

Fordham University


Founded in 1841, Fordham University is an independent university rooted in the Jesuit tradition. Fordham’s undergraduate student body reflects the diversity of the metropolitan area in which the university is located. Students from around the world are attracted to New York’s cosmopolitan culture. Whether educated at the Rose Hill campus in the Bronx or the Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan, Fordham students benefit from close contact with distinguished faculty who teach at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. At Fordham, students will acquire the knowledge, skills, confidence, and experience necessary to succeed in their chosen fields. Fordham offers a firm foundation and a competitive advantage that makes its students leaders at work and successful in life.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Federal TRIO programs

Fordham participates in three federally funded TRIO programs—Upward Bound, Talent Search, and Student Support Services—that are designed to increase access and success for low-income, first-generation, and underserved college students.

Scholarship & Financial Aid The Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

The Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) provides economically and educationally disadvantaged students from New York state with access to a Fordham education. The HEOP programs at Rose Hill and Lincoln Center provide support services for all incoming, pre-freshman, and continuing students enrolled in the program, including a pre-freshman summer program; tutorial services; academic advisement; career, personal, and financial aid counseling; developmental reading; and selected workshops in various academic and non-academic areas. Learn more about The Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

Scholarship & Financial Aid Merit Scholarships

Fordham University participates in three primary scholarship programs which assist students from underrepresented populations: the UPS Foundation/LaFarge Endowed Fellowship program; the Metro Grant; and the National Merit, Achievement, and Hispanic Recognition Scholarship program. The UPS Foundation/Lafarge Endowed Fellowship assists resident students from underrepresented populations who show leadership and academic competence as well as financial need. The UPS Foundation Fellowship assists resident students from underrepresented populations who show leadership and academic ability as well as financial need by providing an average annual award of $7,000 for four years. The Metro Grant is a $7,000 grant awarded to incoming freshmen commuting to Fordham from their permanent residence in New York City or the surrounding areas. Students who are designated National Merit Semifinalists or Finalists, National Achievement Scholars, or National Hispanic Recognition Scholars may qualify to receive a full tuition scholarship from Fordham if they are in the top of the admit pool.

Scholars & Leadership Internship Program

The professional achievements of Fordham’s graduates arise, in part, from the University’s extensive Internship Program. This highly successful program offers students the opportunity to intern with more than 2,600 of New York’s most prestigious employers. More than 600 students complete an internship each year.

Academic Advising & Support Diversity Networking Career Fair

The Office of Career Services hosts the Diversity Networking Career Fair each fall for graduating seniors to connect with employers seeking greater diversity in their workplace. Career Services also supports all undergraduate students and alumni with individual counseling, mock interviews, resume-writing workshops, and advice on graduate school preparation, dining etiquette, and other useful skills.

Student Diversity

  • 8,633
  • 45/55
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • n/a
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 9%
  • 5%
    Black or African American
  • 14%
  • n/a
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 60%
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • 2%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 6%

Student Success

  • 89%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 80%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 76%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 55%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 737
    Full-time faculty
  • 109
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 14:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Business Administration, Biological Sciences, English, Finance, Communication and Media Studies, Psychology, Marketing, History, International Political Economy, Accounting, Dance and Theatre

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Insieme, Korean Student Association, Muslim Students’ Association, PRIDE Alliance, Jewish Students Organization, Gaelic Society, Hellenic Society, Minority Association of Pre-Med Students, Polish Cultural Exchange, Sláinte: Fordham Irish Dance, ASCEND, Arabic Club, German Club, Student Organization of Latinos, Russian Forum


Cost of Attendance

  • $46,120
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $1,173
    Required Fees
  • $16,350
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $99,037,009
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $30,051
    Average aid package
  • $37,607
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 20%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 64%
    Students with financial need
  • 99%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 96%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 26%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 40,912
    # of applicants
  • 48%
  • 3.60
    Average HS GPA
  • 28
    ACT Composite
  • 570—670
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 580—680
    SAT Math
  • 580—680
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 01/01
    Regular application closing date
  • $70
    Application Fee
  • $70
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/01
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 11/01
    Early action application closing date