Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

A letter from the director of admission

Thank you for your interest in Fordham University.  

As you consider applying to the University, I wanted to share with you my thoughts about the admission process and give you some suggestions on how to best present yourself to the Committee on Admission.  Successful applicants to Fordham have done their research and know who we are as a university as well as who they are as individuals. They have prepared themselves by delving into the many options we offer for academic programs, social outlets and campus cultures and learned about the distinctive combination of features that define our identity as the Jesuit University of New York. It is this identity, that in turn, informs how we review applicants.  Let me give you an overview of our holistic application review process.

In the Jesuit tradition, we believe in educating the whole person, so our review process also seeks to understand our applicants and their many dimensions as students, leaders and contributors to their communities.  

At Fordham, a mid-sized, national, research university, magis or “the more” inspires our students to seek academic challenge and pursue a challenging program taught by prestigious faculty committed to the development of our students.  Advanced degree programs, fellowship preparation, Honors opportunities and funded research are all available to the Fordham student.  Through a review of a student’s high school program, we seek students who are not afraid of challenge and who chose to pursue the most rigorous program available at their high schools.

Located in New York City, Fordham seeks students who want to participate in the world around them and who look for engagement in a capital of arts, culture, finance and politics.  Beyond our city, which prepares students for a cosmopolitan experience, we urge students to explore global opportunities in academic, experiential learning and service programs.  An applicant’s past contributions to activities both within and outside the high school campus will help us identify our future Fordham leaders and community members.

To learn more about how the Committee on Admission reviews the individual components of your application, click here.
I wish you success in your college search and would be happy to answer your questions about Fordham.  I can be reached via email at
Patricia Peek, PhD
Director of Admission

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