A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    D-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B-
Fordham University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Catholic
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Patriot League
Address
441 E Fordham Rd
Bronx, NY 10458
From Fordham University

Founded in 1841, Fordham offers an urban educational experience rooted in the Jesuit tradition of intellectual rigor and respect for the individual. Students choose from more than 60 majors and complete a core curriculum that spans literature, history, science, theology, philosophy, and the arts. Fordham has two residential campuses: Rose Hill, adjacent to the New York Botanical Garden and the Bronx Zoo; and Lincoln Center, in the cultural heart of Manhattan near Central Park. As the Jesuit University of NYC, Fordham is a place where talent and intellect are nurtured and dreams are achieved.

Fordham University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 1
Acceptance Rate
45%
SAT Range
1170-1370
ACT Range
27-31
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$38,008/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $24,248/ year
  • $30-48k
    $26,904/ year
  • $49-75k
    $32,301/ year
  • $76-110k
    $35,865/ year
  • $110k+
    $42,049/ year
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Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
73%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.110 responses
55%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.117 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.117 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
8,763Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 67 responses
Report
  • Alternative or off-beat, artsy, wealthy
    18%
  • Ambitious
    16%
  • Smart kids, wealthy background, partiers
    15%
  • Rich snobby east coasters
    12%
  • Fun, relaxed, hardworking people from nice towns
    9%
  • Hard working but stiff and a bit sheltered
    9%
  • Theatrical
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
77%
Poll
93%
of students say they don't have Greek life.94 responses
Poll
59%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.158 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 74 responses
Report
  • Jesuit education in NYC
    26%
  • The best overall college experience in NYC
    19%
  • A mixed bag
    14%
  • A true New York experience
    12%
  • It was worth going to
    9%
  • Small classes, welcoming environment
    9%
  • Great city, terrible school
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$57,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
80%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
80%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.69 responses
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Fordham University Reviews

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Fordham was a mixed bag for me. I had some awesome and friendly professors, made great friends. On the other hand, the administrative side of the school was insanely unhelpful.
Pros:
1. Two campuses give you access to the city and a traditional campus
2. Its near NYC so you can have lots of fun
3. Many great professors
Cons:
1. The school administration sucks! They will do nothing to make your life easier: bad career services, terrible financial aid interactions, horrible international student office behavior!
2. Financial "Aid" office is useless. Their international student office was horrible too. They wouldn't help you with anything and leave you on your own.
3. Old websites and systems! Their websites were outdated in 2010 and they still have made no improvements.
4. Bronx is not safe. Don't leave campus at odd hours!
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Fordham is truly "what you make of it". With a campus in the "capital of the world", the location provides opportunities unrivaled by others. By planning ahead, you can schedule classes with some top-notch professors who actively help students succeed and provide an unforgettable learning experience. Though Core requirements are extensive, even excessive to some, they make way for an education that explores all fields. The Jesuit presence is in no way overbearing and the community is open to a diversity of thought (Professors are almost always unrelated to the Church; even theology classes teach a variety of religions). The Rose Hill campus is quite beautiful, boasting sports teams, a large library, and a variety of eateries. Both campuses are very safe and any incidents are vigilantly pursued by campus safety and the NYPD. Fordham can be a very good experience, if deemed worth the price point (note they do award aid) and if one is willing to take advantage of their time there.
First, the core is ridiculous (e.g 2 religion/2 philosophy classes), you don't get to choose your schedule 1st semester so most people take the most random/irrelevant classes. Doesn't seem worth it to spend 50k+ to not be able to take a single class that interests you. Third, it's very cliquey and most people are only friends with their floormates-I do love the people on my floor, but it can get exhausting. There is little diversity and most kids are wealthy. No party scene, so get ready to spend tons of money in the city. The dorms are great but often get so hot they're inhospitable and you have little control over the thermostat. Food isn't great, and if you're vegan there are no options so be prepared to buy a lot of groceries. With that, NYC is an awesome city with endless possibilities. If you choose Fordham, my advice is to not let yourself get stuck in your room; instead, explore the city, learn to balance your time, and try to make friends outside of the school!