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Urban Plunge Program Details

Urban Plunge Students with Graffiti Wall

Become an UPA!

Urban Plunge Assistants support divisional staff in the facilitation of Urban Plunge. You DO NOT need to have participated in Urban Plunge previously in order to apply! Becoming an UPA is a great way to give back to the Fordham community, develop your skills in leadership and community engaged learning, and make incredible friends and connections.

2020 applications are due March 5. Apply to Urban Plunge today!

Day 1
Urban Plunge participants will spend the first evening learning about each other and some of the socio-economic issues facing communities in New York City.

Day 2
Students will put ideas from Thursday’s discussion to work during a day of service and reflection. Groups will work with environmental organizations, shelters, soup kitchens, youth organizations, and other groups throughout the city.

Day 3
Participants will take part in tours and activities that will introduce them to the cultural richness, challenges, and diversity present throughout New York City.

The cost of meals and transportation is covered in your $250.00 program fee. Dress is casual. Bring comfortable and lightweight clothes. We will be getting dirty, so please bring appropriate clothing and footwear.

Participants who will be on-campus residents for the Fall 2020 semester will be allowed to move into their assigned residence hall rooms on Thursday, August 20. Urban Plunge participants will officially move in for the semester at this time and should pack accordingly. Commuting students will share rooms with resident students. Commuting students should bring a pillow, sheets, a blanket, towel, and toiletries.

Fordham urban plunge working in gardens

For Parents/Guardians
Families are welcome to escort their students to campus for move-in on August 20 and will be invited to participate in a Commissioning Service which will begin at 2 p.m. on that day. Families will be asked to depart after the Commissioning Service and are welcome to return to campus on Sunday, August 23 during freshman move-in day and for the official Welcome Mass for the Class of 2024.

Questions? Concerns? Contact The Urban Plunge Team at 718-817-4510 or

There is a $250.00 program fee to cover the cost of meals, transportation, and program supplies for the weekend. Limited scholarships are available for students for whom the program fee is a concern. Please contact us for further details.

The application for Urban Plunge 2020 will go live in June! We can't wait to meet you!