Develop Robust Admissions Strategies for Effective Recruitment of Students of Color to Fordham


  • Create an overnight Multicultural Admitted Students’ Yield Program designed specifically for historically underrepresented students and their families.

  • Continue to co-sponsor (with the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities) and host the only college open house for Black and Latinx students in New York state.

  • Increase the amount of financial aid available to our Black (and Latinx) students by prioritizing the creation of endowed scholarships in our new capital campaign.

  • Launch the Urban Justice Scholars Program to bring to Fordham each year a cohort of 15 high-achieving, low- to moderate-income students from across the country whose academic, cocurricular, and vocational goals focus on understanding and addressing social and economic inequality from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives.

  • Review each admission application holistically, in light of Fordham’s recent adoption of a test-optional admissions policy, as we look for students who will be academically successful and bring personal qualities of integrity, perseverance, and leadership to our campus communities.

  • Create the Bronx Bothered Excellence Scholars Summer Program to serve historically underrepresented high school students in grades 10 through 12 who are committed to the Catholic and Jesuit mission of justice and cura personalis.

  • Expand our efforts to include other neighborhood high schools, both public and private, drawing on the success of our outreach efforts at local Catholic high schools in the Bronx and Manhattan (such as Cardinal Hayes High).