FORDHAM’S JESUIT TRADITION
Original Statue of St. Ignatius, the Pilgrim, founder of the Jesuits, at the Rose Hill campus. Each semester more than 600 Fordham undergraduates follow the Jesuit philosophy of homines pro aliis, men and women for others, by contributing their time and talent in service to the community.
“From the very beginnings, Jesuit education has been characterized by a number of different qualities:
We have a great emphasis on care for the individual student; We have a great desire to introduce excellence and rigor into the classroom and every subject we teach; Third, we believe that students have to be invited to wrestle with the great ethical issues of their time. We want them to be bothered by the realization that they don’t know everything and bothered by injustice.”
—Joseph M. McShane, S.J., President of Fordham University
Quotation taken from the David Hartman PBS program,
“A Walk Through the Bronx.”
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At Fordham, you will experience the same Jesuit approach to education that has challenged some of the world's greatest thinkers for more than 400 years. Jesuit educated notables have included Descartes, Molière, Alfred Hitchcock, Sting, James Joyce, Dee Dee Myers, and Captain Kangaroo.
The approach begins with a deep respect for you as an individual and your potential, a principle the Jesuits call cura personalis. Because they respect you, our faculty will challenge you to strive for ever greater personal excellence in all aspects of life — intellectual, emotional, moral and physical. That principle, called magis, accounts for the rigor of intellectual exchange and the varied challenges you will experience in New York City and the world beyond.
At Fordham, students seek to tap the full potential of mind and heart while leading a life beyond self. Each semester more than 600 Fordham undergraduates follow the Jesuit philosophy of homines pro aliis, men and women for others, by contributing their time and talent in service to the community: tutoring the disadvantaged; feeding and clothing the homeless; planning outings for an orphanage; and spending vacation periods in distant corners of the world, from New Mexico to Calcutta, as part of Fordham's Global Outreach Program.
On both the undergraduate and the graduate level, a Fordham education embraces rigorous scholarship and adherence to ethical values. The School of Law, internationally known for emphasizing ethics, also has several active pro bono programs. Students in the Graduate School of Business Administration make time in their busy schedules to assist non-profit organizations with business planning. The Graduate Schools of Education and Social Service both incorporate field work in the New York City area into their curriculum. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences emphasizes critical thinking and communication, and is dedicated to helping students understand themselves and their world so that they may lead satisfying lives and contribute to their professions and society at large. The Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education is committed to preparing students of all denominations to confront contemporary problems of church communities, while helping to chart future directions through research.
Excellence at Fordham plays out in many ways: Our Phi Beta Kappa chapter; the three Rhodes Scholars, all alumni, who serve on the Board of Trustees; distinguished faculty honors including the Guggenheim, Peabody, Marshall, and 1995 Presidential Faculty fellowships; the Matteo Ricci Society, that prepares academically gifted undergraduates to compete for Truman, Rhodes, Fulbright and other prestigious fellowships; and the Claver Award, given annually to a student for outstanding community service.
True to its time-honored Jesuit traditions, Fordham endeavors to make excellence the focus of life, and the world the "home of the heart," of every student.