Location: Bronx, NY and New York, NY
Size: 7,710 undergraduates
Percent Women: 54%
Tuition (one year): $44,450
Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Communication and Media Studies, Psychology, Accounting, Finance
Greek Life: No Greek Life (Jesuit)
Acceptance Rate: 48% (Class of 2018 statistics)
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Fordham's website at www.fordham.edu.
Why Choose Fordham?
“I wanted to be at a school that would allow me to have access to competitive internships that are only offered in New York City, but I also wanted to live on a regular college campus. Fordham was the perfect choice for me.”
“Aside from the beautiful campus, I chose Fordham because of how unique it is when compared to other colleges. It’s location offers a ton of possibilities: you can stay on campus, walk across the street to both the Bronx Zoo and the Botanical Gardens, venture onto Arthur Ave for amazing food, or take a 20 minute train ride into Manhattan. There’s always something to do, and the endless options are suitable for many different interests.”
“I went to private, Catholic schools from kindergarten until high school, so Fordham just felt right for me. Also, my dad and grandpa went here, so it made me feel even more comfortable on campus knowing I had family ties.”
“I wanted to go to a good university with a great business school. Also, I was dying to get out of my house and be as close to NYC as possible, but didn’t want to stray too far from home. The minute I stepped on Fordham’s campus, I knew I’d end up coming here!”
“There was nothing for me where I lived. I wanted to come back to where I felt alive, and that was here in New York. When I think of Fordham, I think about the bountiful opportunities available for adventure, fun, and work experience. Plus, the campus is absolutely breathtaking. The moment I first stood on Keating’s steps, I knew I chose the right school for me.”
“I applied to this school because they gave me a free application and it has a very reputable name for preparing its students for Law School, which applies to me.”
“Spring weekend is so much fun, and is definitely one of the best campus events! There are concerts, free food, the under the tent dance and many activities going on throughout the weekend. It’s always held during the last week of April, so the weather is usually perfect.”
“It is only a short subway ride to the city, but you are also far enough where you aren’t constantly overwhelmed by it. Being near the city you are able to have an experience that other schools cannot offer as you have hands on learning by visiting museums, galleries, broadway shows, and cultured events."
“The Bronx’s Little Italy on Arthur Avenue is just a short walk (two blocks) away from campus. It’s some of the best Italian food I’ve ever had.”
“Fordham has a great reputation and a lot of accomplished alumni. Being a student at Fordham connects you to a network of successful professionals in a wide range of career fields.”
"The student fitness center was just redone about a year ago and it's a big plus. Before the machines were outdated and the space was tight but now everything is new and there's so much more room. They also have free classes which is awesome."
“The ram van is unbelievably convenient. The intercampus van service runs between the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses every half hour. Just don’t sit in the back…”
“I’ve been cooking my own food since junior year, but prior to that I ate on the meal plan. One of the only things that Fordham needs improvement on is their food offerings in the caf. The grill and the deli are good places to get sandwiches, soups and salads, and the addition of Starbucks in McGinley and Cosi in Campbell Hall has been great…but for those eating in the caf, don’t expect amazing food! I suggest eating at the other places on campus instead.”
“I’m not always comfortable off-campus. Being in the Bronx can be intimidating at times and it’s important to remember not to walk around with your phone out.”
“The core curriculum is extremely extensive. Though I am glad to be receiving such a well-rounded education, some of the required classes are unnecessary – such as the language requirement for Fordham College.”
"Signing people in and out of the dorms is incredibly annoying. It shouldn't be so difficult to have a guest in your room, especially another Fordham student."
“There was always weird, gross goo in the shower freshmen year. I was so happy to have our own bathroom sophomore year.”
“I live in Walsh Hall. It's pretty old and the kitchens are so cramped, it's hard to have more than two people cooking in there at a time.”
New Collegiette on Campus
“Fordham offers a pre-orientation community service opportunity called “Urban Plunge.” Students can move in early and help out with local projects, plus you have a head-start on meeting friends!”
“Being a freshmen at Fordham is great because of the orientation experience. It’s easy to meet other upperclassmen through orientation because many of them are orientation leaders. Fordham has freshmen only housing so it’s easier to meet other people our age.”
“The candle lighting ceremony at the end of freshmen orientation is a Fordham memory that I will keep with me forever. It’s such a great way to be welcomed onto campus.”
“The first week of the fall semester Fordham offers a club fair. All the clubs line up tables around Eddie’s Parade and you can go around and find out what they’re all about and sign up for their emails. It’s a great way to get involved as a freshmen.”
“I’ve noticed that a lot of first year students stick together partly because of the orientation experience and also because all the freshmen live in generally the same corner of campus. That being said, its a little more difficult to meet upperclassmen, but not impossible. As for traditions, you have to ride the ram the first semester you’re here!”
“Orientation was overwhelming but exciting. The orientation material itself is a little dry; it consists of several speeches that can get repetitive. Nevertheless, orientation is the best time to meet as many people as you can. Everyone is very open and friendly when you first arrive. Afterwards, people tend to separate off into their groups based on the clubs they are involved in and/or which freshman dorm they are in. Generally, the freshman stick together, but it is possible to get to know upperclassmen through clubs and other activities.”
All About Academics
“I would say the most popular majors are communications, political science, psychology and now the new program International Political Economy. I am an international political economy major and the workload is definitely challenging, but it is worth it because you learn so much. I believe I am required to write a thesis in completing my major.”
“The advising system is until you declare your major you are placed with an advisor that is general to each of its students that just gives you general information. When you declare your major you are assigned an advisor for that major and they give you useful advice on what courses to take and opportunities available to help further your career.”
“Course registration is stressful and the servers often crash as so many people try to log on despite the university breaking up registration by groups based on amount of credits. It is definitely beneficial to have AP credits when entering. Since I had a lot of AP credits coming in I have never had a problem getting the classes I want but I still experienced the registration frustration.”
“I think this university makes it hard and costly to complete its ridiculous core requirements. I think it could definitely be cut down to a reasonable amount.”
“The Walsh library on the Rose Hill campus is really nice. There are so many areas to study, computers available, plus printing and copying. It can be hard to get a study room though, especially around finals.”
“Hughes Hall, home to the Gabelli School of Business, was just renovated and it is so beautiful. It’s a great hidden spot to study or do group assignments.”
Learn From The Best
"There are a wide range of professors here. Some are amazing some are bad some grade hard some grade easy and some are a mix. Classes are the same way. Students should definitely utilize office hours as they are very helpful to get to know your professor and gain brownie points and recommendations, as well as get one on one clarification on the material."
"My favorite professor so far would be Professor Labonte. I had Professor Labonte for Introduction to International Politics and she is the definition of a perfect professor. She is extremely knowledgeable in the field, offers great insight, gives useful and interesting work, and always keeps the class engaged. The discussions are insightful and enlightening."
"Prosfessor Urizar is a Spanish professor and she is so sweet and nice always making sure her students are taken care of despite the challenges of learning Spanish."
"My all-time favorite professor at Fordham would have to be Father Denniston. He’s an intro-level theology teacher and made a subject that can be taught in a rather traditional and boring way so much fun. He filled the room with excitement and was absolutely hilarious. I don’t think there was a single student who ever even considered missing his class. Since this level of theology is required for any major at Fordham, I would 100% recommend waiting to take it with Father D!"
"As a business student, it’s sometimes hard to really enjoy all of the classes they make you take. I knew accounting was definitely not for me so it was especially hard to get excited about class and really understand the material. Dr. Porco was my Intro to Financial Accounting Professor and she was the absolute best! She really cares about all of her students and does everything she can to help you succeed, not to mention she might be one of the funniest women ever. She finds real life situations that relate to accounting to help you understand and makes you laugh the entire class. She motivates you to participate and do well no matter what your major is."
"Professor Jaime Jordan is one of the best professors I've had here. She's a communications professor and I took her Intro to Journalism class. What I love about Professor Jordan is that she relates to her students. She went to Fordham, she knows what it's like to be here, and she's so nice and funny. Maybe even better than all that, you can learn so much from her. I was so happy in her class!"
Interests & Involvement
“Participation in extracurriculars and clubs is highly encouraged here as each semester we have huge club fairs to get the word out and get students involved. I absolutely love mock trial because it prepares me for the profession I hope to have and I get to travel to different cities to compete. I learn a lot, make a lot of friends and it is a lot of fun!”
“I was a part of the walk for Breast Cancer Club. We raised funds and participated in the breast cancer walk at the beginning of the semester in October. I also participated in a Global Outreach trip that went to Kentucky over winter break. It was a lot of fun being a part of a great community because we were all working towards a common goal.”
“Fordham has so many extracurricular activities, it can actually be overwhelming when you see all of them set up along the quad during the first week of classes. Sophomore year I signed up for 5-10 clubs and decided to go to the first couple meetings of each to see which ones I was really passionate about. It was a great way to see which ones would be the best fit."
"I got involved in club lacrosse at Fordham, which allowed me to keep playing the sport I loved throughout college without the huge varsity sport commitment. My roommate in college started her own club tennis team this past Fall because Fordham only had a varsity level for it. The team has been a huge success and she said she found it a lot easier to accomplish than she imagined it would be.”
"I knew I wanted to be a part of Her Campus Fordham before I even started my freshmen year. It was exactly what I was looking for in an activity, and it has been such a great experience so far."
“After the historic run our football team had during the 2013 season, football has become king at Fordham. However, a bunch of other teams like softball and women’s basketball do extremely well. We have all 3 levels of sports, NCAA varsity level, club sports and intramurals, all of which are extremely popular. Fordham students love sports, and love to support their teams.”
"It's always fun to go to the first game of the season and feel the renewed energy in the stadium. Especially the first football game, everyone's back on campus and it's a great bonding experience."
"You have to go to Ram Town. It's like a high school pep rally but better. You can win awesome prizes, get excited for the basketball season, and get free stuff!"
"They give away free t-shirts at a lot of the big games, that's my guilty pleasure."
"My friends and I don't make it to a lot of games, but we decided to go to the last home football game of the 2013 season. The score was so close it came down to a field goal. I've never been so excited at a sports game in my life."
“There are more women at Fordham College than men and I think most women feel very comfortable and empowered here. There are clubs for women going into business, fashion, etc. The girls here tend to be fashionistas and encourage everyone to express their own style. Being near the city means being able to take risks and trying out the latest fashion trends. You can pretty much wear what you want without being judged.”
“The Women's Empowerment Club does a great job of spreading awareness of feminist issues, safety tips, and encouragement on campus.”
“The female athletes on campus have put Fordham back on the map in terms of Division 1 athletics. The basketball and softball teams both won championships in 2014.”
“Smart Women's Securities is a business-oriented club for female students that provides insight and connections into the professional world, through Fordham alumni.”
"Smart Girls Group, an organization that works to unite the next generation of powerhouse women, was founded by a Fordham student. It's really nice knowing that something so positive has Fordham roots, and a lot of girls at Fordham have gotten involved."
Food & Drink
“The caf does breakfast justice. I always go for the omelette bar because you have so many options for toppings. The only bad part is having to wait on that long line.”
“Food on campus might not be the best around, but we are lucky enough to have amazing food off campus. Having Arthur Avenue (The Bronx’s Little Italy) just a few blocks away from our gates is definitely a plus!”
“When I first came to Fordham, I debated on getting a meal plan since I was going to be living off campus on Arthur Ave. But, I’m very happy that I did. Although Arthur has awesome food, it’s nice to be able to stop in the caf between classes for a quick bite or stop in Cosi for dinner before heading to the library. Now, Arthur Ave has become a treat and something I look forward to, instead of an everyday occurrence. I would recommend getting a commuter meal plan, to save your parents money (and probably a few pounds!)"
"I was pretty sure upon coming to college that I would starve to death. Then I found out there were french fries in the caf. That was perfect at first, but having french fries for dinner everyday wasn't the best."
"Having flex dollars on your student ID is always a good thing. Picking up something quickly at the deli, the grill, or Cosi can be a good alternative to eating at the caf all the time."
"If you love pizza, come to Fordham."
“There is always something going on off-campus where you can experience nightlife.”
"The party scene at Fordham is mostly off-campus. Fordham parties can be a lot of fun, but they can also get extremely overcrowded. Don’t get me wrong, I love a big party, but it’s also nice to have a little room to breathe!"
“I love going out around Fordham, seeing all my friends, and meeting new people even to this day. As much as I love the classic Fordham bars and party spots, it’s also great having the city as your playground. There are so many alternatives to “the usual” and it’s nice to get out and try new things and see new places.”
"The Ram Van runs until 4:00 a.m., so you always have the option to spend the night in manhattan on the weekend. It's nice to change things up."
"Paying a cover charge is kind of a pain, but it's always a lot of fun with friends."
"If you hear about a party, go. They're usually few and far between, and you can get in for free or less than a cover charge."
"The old freshman dorms (Loschert, South, and Martyrs) are pretty old and mediocre, but Loyala Hall was just renovated into a dorm for incoming students and it's like a gorgeous hotel with hardwood floors and walk-in closets."
"All of the freshman dorms are pretty close to one another on one side of the campus, which is nice. The summer before freshman year, I met and began talking to a girl on Facebook that was also going to Fordham in the fall. We ended up requesting to dorm with each other freshman year and have been roommates and best friends ever since (we’re juniors now!)."
"Residential Life does their best to match students with someone they will get along with. I’ve heard of plenty of girls getting randomly assigned together and having great experiences as well."
"McKeon Hall at the Lincoln Center campus is brand new and such a great option for freshman housing. The best part is no community bathrooms."
"The upperclassmen dorms are a lot nicer than the freshmen dorms. O'Hare was my dream building for sophomore year and we were lucky enough to get in there. It's a newer building so it was a total upgrade after a year in the old freshman dorm. Plus, The Grille is right downstairs, and it couldn't be more convenient when you're hungry."
"You have to be open to introducing yourself to people in your floor during the first week. I came to college so shy but I met my best friends by knocking on their door and introducing myself and my roommate. Best decision ever!"
Exploring New York City
“I’ve found that Fordham’s location has opened many doors for me. As a sophomore, I’ve already had two different internships and reported at Fashion Week as editorial press. The city has endless opportunity waiting to be discovered—and Fordham puts you right in the middle of it!”
“It seems that Fordham is located right in the middle of everything! Arthur Ave is a quick 5-minute walk, as well as the Botanical Gardens and The Bronx Zoo. Getting downtown is so easy with the Ram Van."
"Sometimes a girl just needs to shop. Luckily, that's always an option in Manhattan."
"There are so many landmarks and pop culture magnets in NYC. Take advantage of your time here, there's a lot to see!"
“I think my favorite aspect of Fordham is it’s proximity to Manhattan! I’ve been fortunate enough to have an internship this semester and it’s great to come into the city twice a week (and so easy!) My least favorite aspect of Fordham would be walking around The Bronx. It’s taught me to be very aware of my surroundings and has made my skin a little thicker!”
"The RA's always do fun programs that help you explore more of the city, like trips to the Highline or to Broadway shows. It makes it easier to explore if you're from out-of-state or don't really know the city well."
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