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New York, New York
Fordham, New York City's Jesuit University, offers a distinctive educational experience that is rooted in the 450-year-old Jesuit tradition of intellectual rigor and personal respect for the individual. The University enrolls approximately 15,000 students, of whom 8,000 are undergraduates.
Fordham has five undergraduate colleges and six graduate schools. In addition to its full-time undergraduate programs, the University offers part-time undergraduate study at Fordham College of Liberal Studies and during two summer sessions.
Fordham College at Rose Hill and the College of Business Administration, located on the Rose Hill campus, are adjacent to the New York Botanical Garden and the Bronx Zoo. Rose Hill is a self-contained 85-acre campus with residential facilities for more than 3,000 students and ample parking for commuters. It is easily accessible by public and private transportation. Fordham also provides an intercampus van service to transport students to and from Manhattan. Fordham College at Lincoln Center is located in midtown Manhattan, overlooking the famous Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts complex. The Lincoln Center campus has a new 850-bed apartment-style residence called McMahon Hall, and is accessible via the West Side Highway and major subway lines.
In July 2002, Fordham added a third residential campus when Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York, consolidated with Fordham to form a new undergraduate college for women. Located in the historic village of Tarrytown and overlooking the Hudson River, the beautiful 25-acre Marymount campus of Fordham University is located just 25 miles north of New York City. Fordham and Marymount have enjoyed a relationship since 1975 when Marymount campus became home to Fordham's Graduate School of Education and Graduate School of Social Service.
Location and Community
As New York City's Jesuit University, Fordham can offer its students the unparalleled cultural, recreational, and academic advantages of one of the world's great cities. More than 2,600 corporations and organizations offer valuable work experience to Fordham interns. The University also provides unusual opportunities for participating in activities of direct service to the city, ranging from small-group community projects to large government-sponsored projects.
Students in all the undergraduate colleges pursue a common core curriculum designed to provide them with the breadth of knowledge that marks the educated person. Drawn from nine disciplines, the core includes the study of philosophy, English composition and literature, history, theology, mathematical reasoning, natural science, social sciences, the fine arts, and foreign language. Business students benefit from the common core as well as from additional business core courses.
The University has a full-time faculty of 625 and a student-faculty ratio of 11:1. Most members of the undergraduate faculty also teach at the graduate level, and 97 percent of the full-time faculty members hold doctoral or other terminal degrees.
Fordham participates in an exchange program with other major U.S. universities and in special programs that provide opportunities to study abroad at universities in Australia, China, El Salvador, England, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Spain, and many other countries. More than 250 Fordham students study abroad each year. Fordham also offers international community-service trips through its global outreach program.
Fordham University offers undergraduates more than sixty-five majors. Fordham College at Rose Hill offers programs of study leading to the B.A. or B.S. in African and African-American studies, anthropology, art history, biological sciences, chemistry, classical civilization, classical languages (Latin and Greek), communication and media studies, comparative literature, computer and information sciences, economics, English, fine arts, French language and literature, French studies, general science, German, German studies, history, information systems, international political economy, Italian, Italian studies, Latin American and Latino studies, mathematics, mathematics/economics, medieval studies, Middle East studies, music, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, Russian and East European studies, sociology, Spanish language and literature, Spanish studies, theology, urban studies, and women's studies.
Also at the Rose Hill campus, the College of Business Administration offers programs leading to the B.S. in accounting (public or management), business administration, and management of information and communication systems, with areas of concentration in business economics, finance, human resource management, information and communications systems, management systems, and marketing. The G.L.O.B.E. Program provides business students with an international study option that incorporates course offerings from both Fordham College at Rose Hill and the College of Business Administration.
Special programs at Rose Hill include a cooperative engineering program, double major or individualized majors, interdisciplinary studies, the B.S./M.B.A. program, and honors programs. Preprofessional programs are offered in architecture, dentistry, law, medicine, and veterinary medicine, and a program for teacher certification is offered in elementary and secondary education.
Fordham College at Lincoln Center offers the B.A. in African and African American studies, anthropology, art history, classical civilization, classical languages (Latin and Greek), communication and media studies, comparative literature, computer science, economics, English, French language and literature, French studies, history, information systems, international/intercultural studies, Italian, Italian studies, Latin American and Latino studies, mathematics, mathematics/economics, medieval studies, Middle East studies, natural science, philosophy, political science, psychology, religious studies, social science, social work, sociology, Spanish language and literature, Spanish studies, theater, theology, urban studies, visual arts, and women's studies. Special programs at Fordham College at Lincoln Center include extensive offerings in the performing arts (including a B.F.A. in dance with the Alvin Ailey Dance Company), a cooperative engineering program, creative writing, double major or individualized majors, independent study, and interdisciplinary studies. Preprofessional studies are offered in dentistry, health, and law. A teacher certification program is offered in elementary and secondary education.
As a resident student you will be encouraged to learn more about yourself and others by participating in programming activities, supporting and celebrating differences among individuals, providing service both locally and globally, and living within the guidelines established for the residential community. Students and staff are collaboratively engaged in pursuing an education that is based on the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence. The highly qualified Residential Life staff consists of resident directors, resident assistants and the central office staff who are all eager to work with students in making the university living environment complementary to the academic experience. It is our hope that students will achieve educational fulfillment by integrating all facets of University life, including community living and learning, into their own lives.
Facilities and Resources
The outstanding libraries on the two campuses have combined holdings of more than 1.8 million volumes and 14,000 periodicals. On the Rose Hill campus, the William D. Walsh Family Library, which serves the entire Fordham community, has seating for more than 1,500 and a state-of-the-art Electronic Information Center, as well as media production laboratories, studios, and auditoriums. Students also have access to the vast library facilities of New York City, neighboring universities, and the various specialized collections maintained by numerous local museums and other institutions. Among laboratory facilities utilized by undergraduates are Mulcahy Hall (chemistry), Larkin Hall (biology), and Freeman Hall (physics and biology). The University has more than forty buildings that provide ample space for classrooms, science laboratories, theaters, and athletic facilities.
Sports / Varsity Athletics
The University has an extensive athletics program consisting of twenty-two varsity sports and numerous club and intramural sports. The newly renovated Murphy Field is the heart of intramural and recreational sports at Fordham, hosting softball, soccer, and flag football games. The Vincent T. Lombardi Memorial Center provides sports facilities to the campus for basketball, squash, swimming and diving, tennis, track, and water polo.
At the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses, undergraduate costs for the academic year were $29,600 for tuition and fees and averaged $11,000 for room and board. Residence halls are available at each campus. Chemistry, physics, and biology fees were approximately $50 per laboratory course. Nominally priced meals are available in cafeterias on each campus. Such incidentals as transportation and laundry vary in cost. There is no difference in fees for out-of-state students.
Financial Aid / Scholarships
More than 75 percent of the entering students enroll with aid from Fordham as well as from outside sources. Among the major aid programs are the Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Perkins Loans, work grants sponsored by both the government and the University, and University grants-in-aid. Outside sources of aid include state scholarships (more than 20,000 are awarded to students entering colleges in New York State each year), the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), privately sponsored scholarships, state government loan programs, and deferred-payment programs. The University also offers academic scholarships ranging from $7500 to the full cost of tuition and room.
Applicants for aid must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Scholarship Service (CSS) PROFILE. Inquiries should be directed to Fordham's Office of Undergraduate Admission or Office of Student Financial Services.
Admission Requirements / Application
Admission is based on academic performance, class rank (if available), secondary school recommendation, and SAT I or ACT scores. Extracurricular activities and essays are also factors in the evaluation process. Religious preference, physical handicap, race, or ethnic origin are not considered. Out-of-state students are encouraged to apply. More than 70 percent of the students accepted for the freshman class ranked in the top fifth of their secondary school class. The average combined SAT I score for students entering in fall 2004 was approximately 1240. Recommended are 22 high school units, including 4 in English, 3 in mathematics, 3 in science, 2 in social studies, 2 in foreign language, 2 in history, and 6 electives. For regular admission, the SAT I or the ACT should be taken no later than the January preceding entrance. Candidates for early action should complete the examinations by October of their senior year. The University participates in the College Board's Advanced Placement Program. Personal interviews are not required but may be arranged by contacting the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
Application may be made for either September or January enrollment. The application deadline is February 1 for fall admission. The completed application, the secondary school report, the results of the SAT I or ACT, all financial aid forms, and an application fee of $50 (check or money order made payable to Fordham University) should be submitted by this date. Students are notified beginning April 1. Candidates for early action should apply by November 1 and receive notification by December 25. Transfer students must apply by December 1 for spring admission or by July 1 for fall admission.
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