Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

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Historical Overview

Historical Overview

Fordham is a University in the Jesuit tradition.  It is governed by a self-perpetuating, independent Board of Trustees under a charter granted in 1846 by the New York State Legislature. For a century and a half, Fordham University has served American society by offering instruction in the liberal arts and selected professional areas, on both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  What distinguishes Fordham from other universities is the complexity of academic specialties and traditions, which is the result of its heritage and its growth in New York City.  Fordham’s oldest academic tradition, carried on through Fordham College at Rose Hill, the  Gabelli School of Business, Fordham College at Lincoln Center, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies, is its commitment to educating talented men and women in the liberal arts and basic sciences.This commitment emphasizes a rigorous intellectual formation, which stresses humanistic and cultural values and provides not only an opportunity for the mastery of intellectual disciplines, but the possibility of studying them in an environment where religious values have a vital and respected presence on campus.  As a University dedicated to serving the needs of society and particularly the needs of New York and America, Fordham prepares women and men for careers in the professions through its Schools of Law, Business Administration, Education, Religion and Religious Education, and Social Service.  These Schools continue to make significant contributions to the City and the nation as well as to the professions themselves.

Reviewed August 2014

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