New York is My Campus

A New York Education

At Fordham, our students get much more than a rigorous academic education in the Jesuit tradition. They get the support and resources they need to navigate—and make an impact in—the most diverse, dynamic city in the world.

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Where's the Best College Town? New York City!

More than half a million college students from across the country and around the world attend over 110 colleges and universities in New York City.

One of the Safest Big Cities in the Country

From their first days on campus, Fordham students get a practical education in becoming a New Yorker. They look beyond stereotypes and media depictions and come to know what the city’s neighborhoods and people truly are about.

In fact, our hometown is one of the safest big cities in the U.S., ranked #12 in Forbes magazine among cities with populations over 300,000. And New York City's crime rates remain at decades-long lows.

Fordham students cross the street near Grand Central Station

15 Safest Large Cities in the US (with a population over 300,000)

  1. Irvine, California
  2. Henderson, Nevada
  3. Virginia Beach, Virginia 
  4. Honolulu, Hawaii
  5. El Paso, Texas
  6. San Diego, California
  7. Mesa, Arizona
  8. San Jose, California
  9. Riverside, California
  10. Arlington, Texas
  11. Anaheim, California
  12. New York City
  13. Boston, Massachusetts
  14. Omaha, Nebraska 
  15. Lexington, Kentucky

Source: Report Ranks America’s 15 Safest (And Most Dangerous) Cities For 2024, Forbes, February 2024

8 Miles Between Campuses
230,000 Ram Van Passengers Each Year Ram Van service generally begins early in the morning and continues until midnight or later.
20 Minutes Between Grand Central Terminal and Fordham Road on MetroNorth, NYC's regional rail service.
472 Stations in the New York City Subway It is one of the biggest rapid transit systems in the world and runs 24/7.

You can make it here. We can help.

Since 1841, Fordham has enriched—and been enriched by—the city we proudly call home. We bring a sense of urgency and purpose that have come to define what it means to be a New Yorker. Our students experience New York’s real grit and glamour. Its complexities and eccentricities. Its challenges—and opportunities to be part of the solution.

In the Fordham spirit of cura personalis, or care for the whole person, you will learn with and from your neighbors, your professors, and each other. And do it at the heart of an intellectual community focused on social impact—a community that challenges and supports you in equal measure. We offer a wealth of resources and New York City programming to help you stay safe and thrive—mind, body, and soul.

Fordham students enter the subway near the Lincoln Center campus

  • Students sit in groups on Eddie's Parade as part of New Student Orientation

    We know how big New York City can seem. When you’re new, it’s hard to imagine being able to ride the subway without a map, let alone feeling like a seasoned local. That's why Fordham offers voluntary pre-orientation programs over the summer and a mandatory three-day orientation program for all students before classes start to help you feel at home in your new city.

    Our new student orientation program introduces you to new people, gives you insights into navigating campus and New York, and helps make your community feel a lot smaller.

  • Two students at public safety desk - LG

    The top priority of Fordham’s Department of Public Safety is to ensure the well-being of the entire University community, on all campuses, at all times. To do that, we have public safety team members on duty 24/7/365 at both campuses; run nightly off-campus shuttles if you're working or studying late at the Rose Hill campus; provide safety programs to students throughout the years; and work with our New York State-certified ambulance corps staffed by student volunteers—FUEMS—to respond to emergencies 24/7 during the academic year.


    Students participate in Fordham's Urban Plunge program

    Fordham's Center for Community Engaged Learning organizes our Urban Plunge program where incoming first-year students join returning students to reflect on the challenges some New Yorkers face. They get to know a neighborhood on a personal level and take part in local efforts to alleviate hunger, promote affordable housing, and foster community development.

  • International students participating in Fordham's Global Transition program attend a Mets game.

    Global Transition, a four-day program, introduces incoming undergraduate international students to Fordham through orientations, campus tours, and trips across New York City. Our goal is to help you connect with new friends, get your questions answered, and feel comfortable in your new city.

Why We Choose Fordham: New York City

New York is also an incubator for innovation and inclusive growth. It’s where people come to encounter and bridge differences. To put their potential into motion. It's where one moment can transform everything.