Fordham University was founded in 1841 as St. John’s College as the first Catholic institution in the northeastern United States. In 1907 the name was changed to Fordham University. Originally, the college was formed to serve immigrants in New York City and now focuses on exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition. In 2010, The Carnegie Foundation classified Fordham as a high-research doctoral university, with approximately $7 million in research expenditures. Major facilities on campus for scientific research include the Louis Calder Center, a biological field station in Armonk, NY, and the William Spain Seismic Observatory. In addition, Fordham collaborates with several institutions in New York City and around the world, such as the New York Botanical Garden, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Los Alamos National Laboratory for the purposes of conducting research.
In 2011, The Paris School of Mines ranked Fordham University as #63 in the ranking of world universities, placing Fordham above schools like Princeton, Boston College, New York University, and Georgetown.In 2012, U.S. News &World Report ranked the University among the top 60 universities in the United States for being a top-tier, “more selective” national university. In 2013, the school placed #58 among the top 60 universities for a second year according to U.S. News & World Report.
Fordham University is accredited by many affiliations, varying by major.
Fordham University has three main campuses in and around New York City: Rose Hill in the Bronx, Lincoln Center in Manhattan, and Westchester in West Harrison. In addition, it maintains facilities throughout New York State and around the world.All campuses of the university actively recruit students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including adjacent communities, through the Higher Education Opportunity Program. Fordham contributes to the veteran’s community through the FordhamVets initiative, which provides financial assistance to veterans looking to attend the University to complete a degree. The initiative was one of the primary reasons that Fordham ranked 34th on the Military Times EDGE list of "veteran-friendly" universities in the United States.
All undergraduates at Fordham are required to complete the core curriculum: a distribution of 17–20 courses in nine disciplines. Core curriculum is shared by Jesuit schools all over the world and is intended to provide a sound liberal arts education.
Fordham wants to make sure that students have a variety of clubs and organizations for its undergraduate and graduate students. Major activities include 23 men’s and women’s varsity athletic teams, 8 student publications, 2 broadcasting stations, a variety of performing arts groups, rhetoric and debate society, campus ministry, military education (ROTC), fraternities and sororities, and many traditions such as festivals and balls.
Fordham University has 15,189 students in their ten schools with 8,427 undergraduates (4,096 living in on-campus housing) and 6,762 graduate and professional students (225 living in on-campus housing). Most students (7,000) attend the Rose Hill campus, which is close to Little Italy, the Bronx Zoo, and the New York Botanical Garden in the north Bronx. Fordham is composed of four undergraduate and six graduate schools in addition to a five-year engineering program.
Undergraduates consist of 47.4% male students and 52.6% female students and of all students, 63% are Caucasian, 20% are Asian, 11% are Hispanic, 4% are African American, and less than 1% of students are Indian. 74% of students reside on-campus due to a four year guaranteed housing contract for freshman residents.
Fordham University is difficult to be accepted in, with only 43% of applicants being admitted. Over 34,000 students apply each year and only around 14,500 are admitted. Students must have an SAT score of at least 1830 (combined score) and have a GPA of 3.7.
Tuition for undergraduates is $41,000 for the 2012-2013 school year and $714-$1,271 per credit for graduate students. The Law program costs $48,900. Average class sizes range from 23-26 students per class and the faculty to student ratio is 14:1 with 59% of faculty members being male and 41% being female. Faculty members are highly qualified to teach each subject with 94% holding a Ph.D. or other terminal degree.
Fordham offers financial aid to every student that meets basic eligibility requirements, allowing them to receive some type of financial aid regardless of age or family income. In 2011, Fordham awarded more than $158 million dollars to current students and over $106 million of that was in the form of grants. 88% of entering freshman receive some type of financial aid or scholarship. Candidates for financial aid must complete a FAFSA form by February 1st to receive a decision by early April. Types of financial aid include: loans, grants, Work Study Programs, and Student Employment. Amount awarded depends on type of financial aid and whether the student is an undergraduate or a graduate.
Fordham has committed efforts to sustainability, reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2017 as well as certifying buildings using LEED. In addition, Fordham has pledged to recycle up to 90% of its construction debris, to use low flow faucets and shower heads, and to use sustainable materials such as recycled flooring. The school's Grounds Department has also pledged to make half of its vehicle fleet electric, while the Security Department has pledged to make its entire fleet hybrid.
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
Adult Age Enrollments:5,600
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