Newsweek Selects Fordham Among Hottest Schools in AmericaContact: Bob Howe
Fordham University has been chosen as one of the "25 Hottest Schools in America" by the editors of Kaplan/Newsweek’s How to Get Into College Guide
The 2008 edition of the guide, which is excerpted in the Aug. 20 double issue of Newsweek
that hit newsstands Aug. 13, listed Fordham in the “Hottest Catholic School” category, describing the University’s ability to attract a national semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search, Amanda Fiscina.
“She was impressed,” according the guide, “not just by the academics, but the school’s commitment ‘to prepare us as people with strong morals, values and ethical behavioral standards.’” The guide also highlighted Fordham’s small undergraduate student body and class size.
“Clearly, Fordham is an institution on the move and it’s wonderful that others around the country are recognizing that fact,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham. “We’re pleased with the recognition, particularly that the guide highlights our commitment to cura personalis
, a concern for the care and educational development of the whole person, for it’s truly at the heart of a Fordham education.”
The media spotlight comes amid a record-breaking year for Fordham in which more than 20,000 students applied for admission. It was the first time in the University’s history that the applicant pool crossed the 20,000 mark during an admissions cycle. In all, applications have increased by 54 percent since 2004, and the acceptance rate has dropped to 42 percent.
The Kaplan/Newsweek guide is different than others in that it doesn’t rank schools. Instead, it briefly describes each of the 25 colleges and universities. According to Kaplan/Newsweek, the list is based on admissions trends and extensive interviews with educators, admissions officers, students and “other longtime observers of the admissions process.” Perhaps the quirkiest listing was New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology as "Hottest in the War on Terrorism."
Kaplan is among the largest test preparation companies in the country and Newsweek
has a circulation of four million. Both Kaplan and Newsweek
are subsidiaries of The Washington Post Co.
In an article about the 25 schools in the guide, Newsweek
contributing editor Jay Mathews wrote: “Some of these schools are large. Some are tiny. Some charge more than $40,000 a year and some only a tenth that amount. Some are celebrated, but one was completely unknown to us and several experts we consulted until a well-traveled counselor pointed it out. All the schools have strong programs that can change young lives for the better.”
Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,600 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan and Tarrytown, and the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y.