Fairfield University is a Jesuit, Catholic University with a 200-acre residential campus situated on the Connecticut coastline, just 60-minutes from Manhattan. With four undergraduate schools, Fairfield’s integrated core curriculum is rooted in a liberal arts education that is both broad and deep, believing that in order to better the world, you first have to understand it from a variety of viewpoints. This experience provides an exceptional foundation for students as they explore their passions and prepare for their next steps following their undergraduate experience. As a values-based, student-centric, outcomes-focused university, we are committed to educating the whole person — mind, body, and spirit — and providing students with experiential learning and professional development opportunities that give them a competitive edge in today’s job market.

Academic Programs

  • Engineering
  • Research
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Communication
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • Economics
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Psychology

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Religious Affiliation
  • ROTC Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Veteran Fee Waiver

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


The admission process at Fairfield University is holistic. We offer Early Action (November 1), Early Decision I (November 15) & Regular Decision and Early Decision II (January 15) as various application plans. If you are applying as a first year student, your application and the following supporting credentials must be submitted by the deadline:

  • Completed Common Application
  • Official secondary school transcript
  • Secondary school report form & recommendation
  • Common Application Essay
  • $60 application fee or official fee waiver
  • SAT or ACT results (If you choose to submit them).  Refer to our Standardized Test Optional Policy for more details.
  • A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS or DUOLINGO exam result is required if English is not your native language, and you have resided in the U.S. for fewer than three years
  • Interview (optional)
  • Additional information is available for international students


We welcome transfer students for the fall semester, and encourage students to apply by the priority application deadline of April 1. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis once complete. The following are needed to complete the transfer application:

  • Common Application for Transfer Students
  • Application Fee 
  • Official high school transcript with final grades
  • Official college transcript from all universities attended (whether or not credit was earned)
  • SAT or ACT results (If you choose to submit them). Refer to our Standardized Test Optional Policy for more details.
  • College Report
  • Course catalog descriptions of all classes taken (Sent via e-mail to transferadmis@fairfield.edu)

Additional Information

Fairfield University offers 52 majors and 28 interdisciplinary minors. Students work closely with their faculty in the classroom with a 12:1 student to faculty ratio and an average class size of 20 students. With a robust faculty of nearly 600 full-and part-time professors, over 92% of which have the highest degrees in their fields - Fairfield students are introduced to world of knowledge that span a multitude of disciplines. Opportunities for student research abounds across the different academic fields and our signature Magis Core Curriculum supports Fairfield's mission of educating the whole person and offering ongoing opportunities for transformation.

As part of our holistic review process, all applications are reviewed for merit scholarship consideration. If students would like to be considered for need-based aid, they should complete both the FAFSA and the CSS profile. Additional information is available through our Office of Financial Aid

Visit us

Fairfield University is located on a 200 acre campus in Fairfield Country, Connecticut - just an hour outside of New York City. Please visit our website to learn more about the various on-campus and virtual visit experiences available. 

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