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Founded in 1841, Fordham University is the Jesuit University of New York, offering 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 opportunity 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 traditions 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 15,170 students in 10 schools. Of the 8,325 undergraduates, 4,071 live in University-managed housing. The entering freshman class consists of 1,882 students. There are 6,845 graduate and professional students, of whom 219 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 north Bronx. About 6,869 undergraduate and graduate students attend classes here, with 3,367 living in University housing.

School (Established)   Enrollment
Fordham College at Rose Hill (1841)   3,613
Gabelli School of
Business  (1920)
Fordham School of Professional
and Continuing Studies (1944)
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (1916)   706
Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education (1968)   203

The Lincoln Center campus was established in 1961 on eight landscaped acres adjacent to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. About 7,603 professional and undergraduate students attend classes here, with 923 living in University-operated housing.

School (Established)   Enrollment
Fordham College at Lincoln Center (1968)   1,766
Fordham School of Professional
and Continuing Studies (1944)
Graduate School of
Arts and Sciences (1916)
Graduate School of Business Administration (1969)   1,633
Graduate School of Education (1916)   1,034
Graduate School of Social Service (1916)   1,043
School of Law (1905)   1,633

The Westchester campus was established in Tarrytown in 1976 and relocated to West Harrison in 2008. About 698 undergraduates and graduates attend. 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)   75
Graduate School of Education (1916)   87
Graduate School of Social Service (1916)   391
The Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station at 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 47%; Women 53%
Underrepresented Populations 30.4%:
Hispanic 14.1%; Asian 8.7%; African American 4.6%; Two or more racial groups 2.9%; American Indian/Alaskan 0.1%; Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0.1%
Geographical origins: 47 states, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and 59 countries




Undergraduate   75,013
Graduate   74,838
Total   149,851

Degrees Conferred

2011-2012   4,648
Doctor of Philosophy   93
Doctor of Education   15
Doctor of Ministry   1
Juris Doctor   484
Master of Arts, Science, Education, Law, and Philosophy   1,003
Master of Business Administration   462
Master of Social Work   603
Graduate Certificate or Professional Diploma   68
Bachelor of Arts, Science,
or Fine Arts

Graduation Rate

80.8% (National Average: 56%)


Full-time Instructors
(Fall 2012)
Men 59%; Women 41%
Underrepresented Populations 19%
Tenured Faculty   416
Men 65%; Women 35%
Underrepresented Populations 15%
94 percent of faculty hold the Ph.D. or other terminal degree. Undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio: 13.7-to-1; average class size: 23; Jesuits at Fordham:30 (among faculty: 26; in administration: 4).

Tuition (2013–2014)

Undergraduate   $42,845

$795 to $1,370 per credit

Law   $50,370

Financial Aid (2012–2013)

85 percent of undergraduate students receive financial aid.


Fiscal year 2012    
Operating revenues   $518,137,090
Operating expenditures   $496,206,422
June 30, 2012    
Endowment and other investments   $568,112,821


The University libraries, including the William D. Walsh Family Library, its branches and the Law School Library, house more than 2.28 million volumes, 57,000 serials and electronic journals, and more than 3.4 million microfilm units.

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 297 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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