Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

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Founded in 1841, Fordham University is the Jesuit University of New York, offering an exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition. It was established as St. John’s College by the Right Rev. John Hughes, Coadjutor-Bishop (later Archbishop) of New York, on old Rose Hill Manor in the village of Fordham, then part of Westchester County. St. John’s College was the first Catholic institution of higher education in the northeastern United States. The name Fordham is derived from the Anglo-Saxon words “ford” and “ham,” meaning a wading place or ford by a settlement. The College’s name was officially changed to Fordham University in 1907.

Today, Fordham draws students from across the country and the world who want to live and learn while immersed in the diversity and opportunities of a world capital. Students choose from more than 60 majors in liberal arts, sciences, and business, and complete a rich core curriculum that spans literature, history, science, theology, philosophy, and the arts.

With its two distinctive residential campuses, Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, and the great city of New York as its partner, Fordham offers students virtually unlimited opportunities for learning and personal growth.


Joseph M. McShane, S.J.


Fordham University enrolls 15,097 students in 10 schools. Of the 8,345 undergraduates, 4,131 live in University-managed housing. The freshman class consists of 1,967 students. There are 6,752 graduate and professional students, of whom 204 live in University-managed housing.


Rose Hill, the original campus, adjacent to Little Italy, the Bronx Zoo, and the New York Botanical Garden, is situated on 85 acres in the Bronx. About 6,813 undergraduate and graduate students attend classes here, with 3,358 living in University housing.

School (Established)   Enrollment
Fordham College at Rose Hill (1841)   3,649
Gabelli School of
Business  (1920)
Fordham School of Professional
and Continuing Studies (1944)
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (1916)   635
Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education (1968)   200

The Lincoln Center campus was established in 1961 on eight landscaped acres adjacent to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. About 7,656 undergraduate and graduate students attend classes here, with 977 living in University-operated housing.

School (Established)   Enrollment
Fordham College at Lincoln Center (1968)   1,765
Fordham School of Professional
and Continuing Studies (1944)
Gabelli School of Business (1920)
(first class enrolled Fall 2014)
Graduate School of
Arts and Sciences (1916)
Graduate School of Business Administration (1969)   1,714
Graduate School of Education (1916)   1,051
Graduate School of Social Service (1916)   1,086
School of Law (1905)   1,516

The Westchester campus was established in Tarrytown in 1976 and relocated to West Harrison in 2008. About 628 undergraduates and graduates attend classes here. There is no University housing on this campus.

School (Established)   Enrollment
Fordham School of Professional
and Continuing Studies (1944)
Graduate School of Business Administration (1969)   56
Graduate School of Education (1916)   41
Graduate School of Social Service (1916)   410
The Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., is a 114-acre field station with a 10-acre lake and laboratories.

The Fordham University London Centre is housed on the campus of Heythrop College, a part of the University of London. It is home to a variety of Fordham's study abroad programs.

Undergraduate Demographics

Men 46.1%; Women 53.9%
Underrepresented Populations 27.3%:
Hispanic 14%; Asian 8.8%; African American 4.3%; Two or more racial groups 3.3%; American Indian/Alaskan 0.1%; Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0.1%
Geographical origins: 48 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and 65 countries




Undergraduate   76,697
Graduate   76,436
Total   153,133

Degrees Conferred

Doctor of Philosophy   102
Doctor of Education   14
Doctor of Ministry   5
Juris Doctor   459
Master of Arts, Science, Education, Law, and Philosophy   1,318
Master of Business Administration   396
Master of Social Work   575
Graduate Certificate or Professional Diploma   27
Bachelor of Arts, Science,
or Fine Arts

Graduation Rate

80% (National Average: 56%)


Full-time Instructors   747
Men 58%; Women 42%
Underrepresented Populations 19%
Tenured Faculty   444
Men 64%; Women 36%
Underrepresented Populations 17%
93 percent of faculty hold the Ph.D. or other terminal degree. Undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1; average class size: 22; Jesuits at Fordham:29 (among faculty: 24; in administration: 5).

Tuition (2014-2015)

Undergraduate   $44,450

$811 to $1,421 per credit

Law   $51,880

Financial Aid

85 percent of degree-seeking undergraduates received financial aid.


Operating revenues   $542,241,015
Operating expenditures   $522,305,871
Endowment and other investments    $623,049,225


The University libraries house more than 2.28 million volumes, 57,000 journals, 439,000 full-text books, and 109,000 online government documents.

Carnegie Classification

Research University (High Research Activity). Based on the number of doctoral degrees awarded, research expenditures, and numbers of research staff, Fordham is one of 299 universities in the U.S. classified as a research university.

Varsity Sports

Fordham sponsors 23 men’s and women’s varsity sports teams. The Fordham Rams are members of the NCAA Division I and compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, indoor and outdoor track, rowing, soccer, softball, squash, swimming, diving, tennis, volleyball, and water polo, and in the Patriot League (Division I-AA) for football.

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