Make a Fordham Education More Affordable and Accessible

Goal 3: Cultivate a Diverse, Equitable, Inclusive, Caring, and Connected Community that Promotes Each Member’s Development as a Whole Person

Make a Fordham education more affordable and accessible

Graduating students watch the commencement ceremonies

Fordham’s value proposition is strong. At the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels, Fordham degrees signal that graduates are critical thinkers, persons of character, and leaders of conscience. Supported by a global network of alumni, our graduates thrive in careers that span all fields of human endeavor. Yet nationally, skepticism about the value of higher education is rising, and to many students and families Fordham appears to be out of reach. Beyond cost, prospective transfer students, students of color, and members of other historically marginalized groups continue to report that they find it difficult to imagine Fordham as their home. Fostering integral development and holistic well-being demands that Fordham become an even more student-centered institution, a community that offers an authentic welcome to everyone.

  • Enhance Fordham’s value proposition and develop innovative approaches to address the escalating cost of a Fordham education, consistent with the University’s mission and values, by
    identifying and pursuing new sources of revenue, modifying workflows and processes to better support our priorities, and fostering a culture of collaborative, data-driven and transparent decision-making
  • Enhance the recruitment of students from underrepresented groups and provide academic support, alumni mentorship, experiential education, career placement, and financial aid programs to remedy historic disparities and increase the success and diversity of the student body
  • Diversify all employee ranks with special focus on the faculty, student-facing positions, and senior leadership roles
  • Promote retention and graduation by redesigning policies and practices concerning academic advising, student support, and cocurricular engagement from the perspective of student success
  • Transform policies and practices to increase transfer student enrollment and retention, especially to enable those studying at New York City institutions to enroll and succeed at Fordham