Prospective Parents

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You’ve encouraged them, motivated them, guided them, supported them, and inspired them. The transition to college is a huge journey for students, and we know that you’re on that journey with them.

As a Fordham parent, you’ll see your student’s support network grow, and you’ll cheer them on as their personal and academic passions blossom into career paths, research opportunities, extracurricular pursuits, and service to their community.

As a Jesuit institution, Fordham believes in the principle of magis, in constantly working toward excellence in all aspects of life—intellectual, emotional, physical, and moral. We strive to give your students the tools they need both to excel academically and to make positive, socially responsible change in the world. These are high goals, but we know you—and your student—are up for the challenge.

We have developed this page to make the application process easier for your family.

Whether it’s planning your first visit to campus, preparing for application deadlines, or researching scholarships after acceptance, we are here to help you along the way.

Explore Our Campuses

You don’t need to take a trip to see campus through the eyes of a Fordham Ram!

With our virtual tour, you can check out a residence hall, head over to the bookstore, or take a stroll through the Plaza at our Lincoln Center campus or Eddies Parade on our Rose Hill campus—all from your computer or phone.

So be sure to prepare for your campus visit with our virtual tour. It’s the best way to explore both the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses before planning your visit.

Explore Our Programs

With more than 60 majors and minors across three undergraduate colleges, and specialized programs in business, social work, education, theatre, and dance, there’s no shortage of possibilities to explore.

Whether your student has an anticipated major or is entirely undecided, for their first two years they’ll take classes across disciplines through our Core Curriculum, participate in introductory seminars, and pursue both extracurricular and internship opportunities. They’ll confirm established interests and ignite new ones, so by the time they officially declare a major at the end of their sophomore year, your student is confident in the path they’ve chosen.

Visit Us

The best way to experience Fordham is to see it for yourself!

  • Guided tours serve as an introduction to both of our campuses.
  • Information sessions are presentations on Fordham and the overall application
  • Visit days are focused events on specific topics.
  • Open houses are large and exciting gatherings of potential applicants. process.

We recommend visiting while classes are in session and our admission office is open to make sure you get a real feeling for campus and can get all of your questions answered.

If you can’t make it to campus until after normal house, we also offer a self-guided tour option. So you’ll always have a way to get an in-depth look at Fordham.

Whether you attend one type of event, all four programs, or just stop by for a quick visit, you’ll see exactly why we’re so proud to call Fordham home.

Just make sure you bring your questions, your curiosity, and your metrocard!

Admission Process

College applications can seem daunting, but they don’t have to be difficult.

Traditional undergraduate students, transfer students, international students, and applicants to our special programs each have their own specific set of deadlines and requirements.

In addition, we offer Early Action, Early Decision, and Regular Decision options, making your individual path to Fordham as easy as possible.

Information about admission timelines and more specific application details can be found on our Dates and Deadlines page.

Financial Aid Process

Thanks in part to many generous donors and alumni, 84 percent of full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid.

Applicants and their families should fill out both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for federal aid and the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (CSS Profile) to be considered for institutional aid. Deadlines vary based on your choice of admission application (Early Action, Early Decision, or Regular Decision).

Once a student is admitted, we use all of our resources to offer them the best financial aid package possible, including a combination of need-based aid, merit-based aid, loan counseling, and scholarship opportunities.

Scholarships and Grants

Unlike Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized, Federal Perkins, and Parent PLUS loans, scholarships and grants are offered on behalf of Fordham University or an outside source, and do not have to repaid. These depend on academic merit, athletic achievements, status as an international student, state of residence, and demonstrated financial need.

Scholarships and grants bring your student one step closer to their degree, and help make Fordham an affordable choice.

Each student will receive an individual financial aid package that details all of their awards, making the process as simple as possible.

Costs

Our goal is to guide you through this entire process—from acceptance to attendance.

Although the financial aid process can be intimidating, we’ve helped thousands of families apply for aid, secure student loans, and complete all of the necessary paperwork. Every year we award more than $200 million in financial aid, more than half in the form of scholarships and grants that don’t need to be repaid.

After reviewing our tuition and fees, complete the net price calculator to discover how Fordham can help you finance your education.

Undergraduate Outcomes

Ever wonder just how many Fordham students go on to be Fulbright scholars? (Hint: It’s been 112 since 2003). What our student-to-faculty ratio is? How many of our students complete internships? Or how many go on to pursue master's degrees?

You can find all of that information—and more—on our Undergraduate Outcomes page. Don’t just take our word for it, see for yourself what gives Fordham graduates that competitive edge, and exactly how our young alumni are already going forth “to set the world on fire.”

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