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frequently asked questions

For 170 years, Fordham has always been a place where the sons and daughters of immigrants are educated. A haven for those who seek education as a pathway to the American dream, Fordham has always been an institution dedicated to educating men and women, in the Jesuit tradition, to serve others in New York City, the United States and the world. Together, we can take Fordham to new heights.

Q. What are the campaign’s priorities for academic programs?
A. Fordham hopes to raise $250 million to improve its academic programs in the following ways:

    Endowed Chairs $80 million
  • Retain accomplished intellectual leaders.
  • Attract 40 additional preeminent scholars benefiting each school and college.
  • Enrich the learning experience for National Merit Scholars and top graduate students.
  • Allow faculty to devote more time to students and research.
  • Improve the student-to-faculty ratio.
  • Encourage faculty to develop new and timely programs, such as bioinformatics in the natural sciences or the joint M.B.A./M.S.W. degree for social workers.
    Endowed Scholarships $70 million
  • Incoming freshmen have a mean high school 3.7 GPA and an average SAT score 200 points above the national average. We compete with some of the world’s finest institutions for the best and the brightest students.
  • Fordham has always attracted students who are the first in their families to attend college and who require financial aid to obtain a higher education. Presently, more than 95 percent of our community receives some form of financial aid.
    Academic and Program Support $100 million
Our donors recognize the importance of excellent and innovative academic programs and have demonstrated their support by generously giving to this area. We have exceeded our $100 million goal by 2 percent. Thanks to them, we will be able to support:
  • Faculty Recruitment and Retention
  • Research Endowments for Faculty Scholars
  • Centers and Institutes
  • Honors Programs and Living, Learning Communities (Fordham’s eight integrated learning communities offer 720 Fordham students a holistic approach to the college experience.)

Q.What are the campaign’s priorities for facilities and capital improvements?
A. The facilities improvement goal of $170 million includes building new facilities and renovating existing ones at the Lincoln Center and Rose Hill campuses.

Visit the facilities and improvements webpage for detailed information.

Q.What will happen at the Lincoln Center campus?
A. A new law school building and residence hall designed by the architectural firm of Pei Cobb Freed, and renovations to the Lowenstein Center are planned.

Law School $75 million
A new building for Fordham Law School will celebrate the steady rise of the school in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of the nation’s law schools. Fordham Law School is widely acknowledged as one of the best in the country.

Fordham College Lincoln Center Residence Hall $25 million
The new residence hall will provide 400 new beds to help meet the growing demand for housing in New York City for our Lincoln Center undergraduate students. Additional improvements include updating classrooms and offices for faculty.

The Veronica Lally Kehoe Studio Theatre

The Veronica Lally Kehoe Studio Theatre, located in the Lowenstein Center at the Lincoln Center campus, is a state-of-the-art performance venue. Equipped with first-rate lighting and sound systems, soundproofing in the walls and ceiling and stadium-style seating, the theatre creates an atmosphere that brings forth creativity and inspiration.

Q. What is planned for the Rose Hill campus?
A. Two new residence halls, a new campus center and a student recreation center, designed by Sasaki and Associates, will be added.

Campbell, Salice and Conley Residence Halls $20 million
Located across from Walsh Library, the new facilities provide 450 beds for juniors and seniors to live on campus. They bring a new vitality to the southwestern quadrant of campus.

Campus Center $30 million
At the heart of the revitalization of Rose Hill is a new campus center. The new 140,000-square-foot center will be home to:
Student Services
Student Lounge
Career Planning and Placement Center
Dining Services
Campus Store
Campus Ministry
Food Court

Recreation Center $20 million
The Lombardi Memorial Athletic Center and the Rose Hill Gymnasium are outmoded and outgrown. Fordham will renovate these venerable structures while maintaining the integrity of the historic facade of the gymnasium.

The vision is to create a vibrant focal point of campus life in a centrally located area.
The existing buildings will be gutted and reconfigured into a state-of-the-art fitness and recreational facility.
To be even more competitive, and to recruit the highest caliber students and student-athletes, we must improve these facilities.

Hughes Hall New Home for the Gabelli School of Business
The renovation of Hughes Hall will help solidify the Gabelli School of Business as one of the top institutions for undergraduate business instruction.

Q. Will annual support be part of the campaign?
A. Yes, we hope to raise $80 million in this area. Gifts made through annual support help to close the gap between tuition and the cost of a Fordham education:

Annual support gifts are frequently matched by many corporations and foundations.
Alumni giving is usually done via annual support and has a direct impact on Fordham’s ranking in U.S. News & World Report.

Annual support touches the entire University community; it helps to turn on the lights and maintain all three campuses.

Gifts may be designated for specific schools to fund the following: grants for faculty and students to conduct research, travel to national conferences and training programs, and honoraria for guest speakers at conferences.

Make your gift today.

Q. Will my gift count toward the campaign?
A. Yes, all gifts to fordham for any designation will help us achieve our goal of $500 million. To date, more than 54,000 alumni and friends have been a part of the campaign.

Q. How much has been raised to date?
A. Thanks to support from people like you, we are coming closer to acheiving our goals every day.

Q. How can I help Fordham achieve its goals?
A. There are many ways you can play a role in making this campaign a success:

Q. May I also designate a gift to athletics?
A. Of course, annual support gifts may be restricted to the athletics program. These contributions are used to fund travel to games, purchase equipment or provide perpetual support for a team through endowments.

Q. What if I want to support WFUV?
A. Your contribution to WFUV will count as a gift to the campaign.


Laura Coruzzi,
TMC ’73, GSAS ’75 and ’79, LAW ’85

Laura Coruzzi is an alumna
of Thomas More College, Fordham's Graduate School
of Arts and Sciences, and Fordham Law.

“What I did at Fordham directly prepared me for arguing legal cases," said Coruzzi, a partner at Jones Day, where she is chair of the firm's life sciences practices. "I wouldn't have been able to do this job without the science education I received at GSAS.”

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