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Welcome from the President

Founded in the strong traditions of Jesuit education, Fordham’s success remains steadfast:

“Since our founding in 1841, Fordham has been, and continues to be, a standard for ethics, service, and academic excellence.”

—John N. Tognino (PCS ’75)
Trustee Emeritus, Fordham
University Board of Trustees

Dear New Student,

Joseph McShane

On behalf of the entire Fordham family, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Jesuit University of New York. In choosing Fordham, you have become part of the long maroon line—a tradition that stretches back 175 years to our roots at a converted manor house in what is now the Bronx.

You have not merely enrolled in a university: you have joined a community of students and scholars with two common purposes: to extend the breadth of human knowledge, and to shape leaders of wisdom and compassion. These are not undertakings for the faint of heart, but if you are reading this, I believe you are up to the challenge.

For almost five centuries, Jesuits have been training young men and women like you for service to the human family. Fordham takes that heritage very seriously. We will not only prepare you for a wide range of satisfying careers, we will prepare you for a full and satisfying life. While you are here you will learn, grow, and make friends for life. This I promise you.

I urge you to entrust yourself wholeheartedly to the care of the faculty and staff who will guide your Fordham career: they are women and men of exceptional talent, empathy, and accomplishment. What you bring to the life of the University you will receive back a hundredfold. I encourage you, too, to make good use of everything the campus has to offer. Steeped in the history of New York and equipped with some of the City’s most modern facilities, our Lincoln Center campus has one of the most venerable pedigrees in the world.

I likewise encourage you to make judicious and extensive use of all that New York City has to offer. Stretch yourselves, explore the city’s neighborhoods, attend at least one concert a semester, visit the sports stadiums, and 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 of its seasons and sample the rich and varied fare of our street festivals. Above all else, experience the restless energy and resourcefulness that has made New York both the capital of the world and an invaluable resource for generations of Fordham students.

Finally, know that you are in my prayers always. I hope and believe that your time in our midst will be marked by an openness to challenge, a passion for exploration, and the joys of community and intellectual achievement. For the next four years, you are at home here.

Joseph M. McShane, SJ,
President of Fordham University