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Welcome from the President

Dear New Students,

On behalf of the entire University community, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to Fordham, the Jesuit University of New York. In choosing Fordham, you have become part of a long and venerable tradition: the tradition of Jesuit higher education.

From its origins four and a half centuries ago, Jesuit education has always sought to prepare men and women to be leaders. We at Fordham take the challenge of our heritage seriously. We direct all of our actions toward the goal of educating men and women whose lives will always be marked by competence, conscience, compassion, and commitment to the service of the human family.

In order to accomplish this, we must provide our students with a nurturing environment in which they are both cherished and challenged. Toward that end, we devote a great deal of time and energy to creating and sustaining a genuine community of scholars and learners on campus. Our faculty places a premium on teaching, advisement, and availability—they are committed both to scholarship and to nurturing the students in their care. In the classroom, they will challenge you to stretch yourselves and to develop all of the gifts of mind and heart with which you are endowed. In their advising you, they will listen to your concerns and assist you as you make the sometimes difficult transition from high school to college. Outside the classroom, our student affairs staff will provide you with a range of extracurricular activities geared toward helping you grow in your gifts for friendship, loyalty, and leadership that mark all Fordham students.

I urge you to give yourselves wholeheartedly to the life of the University: you will get back a hundredfold of whatever you give to the Fordham community. I likewise encourage you to make judicious and extensive use of all that New York City has to offer. Stretch yourselves; explore our neighborhoods; attend at least one concert a semester; visit the new Yankee Stadium. Find your way to the city’s world-class museums: the Metropolitan Museum and MoMA, the American Museum of Natural History and the Guggenheim. See Central Park in all its seasons and sample the rich and varied fare of our street festivals. Above all else, experience the restless energy that has made New York both the capital of the world and an invaluable resource for generations of Fordham students.

Be assured that I will pray for you and that your time in our midst will be marked by an openness to challenge, a passion for exploration, and the attainment of the goals enshrined in the University’s motto: Wisdom and Learning.

May God bless you all.
Joseph M. McShane, S.J.
President of Fordham University