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Admitted And Enrolling Student Expectations

You and your family should be proud of your achievements, and we are delighted to welcome you into our community. As indicated in your letter of admission to Fordham, your acceptance to Fordham, however, is contingent upon meeting certain academic and personal expectations that will ensure you have a successful and rewarding career here at the University.

Your Enrollment Commitment

When you accept your place in Fordham's entering class, we reserve a space for you and in turn release other qualified candidates from our wait list. If at any point after confirming your intent to enroll you decide to attend another college or university, please let us know immediately by sending an email to This notification will enable us to consider a student from our wait list. Please remember that holding a space at two or more institutions is unethical and may be cause for both institutions to revoke admission.

Satisfactory Completion of Coursework/Course Changes

You are expected to maintain the same level of academic achievement and curricular rigor you displayed on your application for admission. If a course change takes place after you've been offered admission to Fordham, you must present a written statement explaining the course change and your school counselor should provide confirmation via email or a Common Application report. You should not make changes to your curriculum absent counselor consultation and serious reflection. A significant change in program that does not maintain the academic level you were pursuing at the time of admission jeopardizes your admission status.

We will evaluate your final transcripts and/or exam results at the end of the school year to determine whether or not you have continued to perform at a high level. ‚ÄčThe Dean of Admission will address dramatic changes in course level or achievement directly with you if such changes are evident on the high school transcript. 

Academic Integrity

We expect all Fordham students to adhere to the highest level of academic integrity. Allegations of plagiarism, cheating, and similar academic infractions or dishonesty may result in the revocation of admission.

Proof of Graduation

We require all incoming first-year students to present a final official high school transcript with the date of graduation. Students must provide the Office of Undergraduate Admission with their transcripts by July 15.

Placement Examinations

Fordham students can expect to take various placement examinations to ensure that they're enrolling in the most appropriate courses. Placement testing may include examinations in math, science, languages, and writing. International students who submitted English language proficiency exam  scores as part of their application will also be required to complete an online assessment in order to participate in registration for fall classes.

Additional Expectations for Students Completing International Curricula

As a mandatory supplement to the Proof of Graduation requirements listed above, pending external examination results (IB, A Level, etc.) must also be submitted immediately when available. Any delay may result in issues with your first-year course registration.

You are required to complete all external exams (IB, A Level, etc.) presented in your application and transcripts. Failure to satisfactorily complete all exams that you were pursuing at the time of admission jeopardizes your admission status. 

International students whose native language is not English will be required to complete an online English language proficiency evaluation prior to the start of the semester to ensure appropriate first-year course placement.

Student Code of Conduct and Fordham Community Standards

Fordham's goal is to create and foster a community of students whose academic and personal attributes align with the mission of our university. Our holistic admission review process allows us to select students who will make positive contributions to Fordham's campus communities. Therefore, we reserve the right to rescind an offer of admission if we find that a student has violated our community standards. We expect all students to comply with all of Fordham's applicable rules, policies, and procedures, including, but not limited to, those published in the Fordham Student Code of Conduct.

However, students who apply for admission to Fordham University should be confident that being disciplined for participation in peaceful demonstrations against gun violence will have no adverse effect on their admission decisions. Read the University's statement on gun violence protests.

Social Media Responsibility

We expect all members of the Fordham community to be good citizens online. Above all, this means ensuring that you treat other members of the Fordham community and society in general with respect in your online activities.