Undergraduate Admission Facts

At Fordham, you’ll receive a rigorous education in one of the world’s greatest cities—an undergraduate education that will sharpen your talents, widen your vision, and prepare you to embrace and create change.

Here is a snapshot of our admission process, our student profile, and a look at what Fordham might have to offer you. See if you’ll be a good fit for us, and if we’re a good fit for you.

At a Glance

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View Fordham Fast Facts

195,000+ Fordham active and loyal alumni around the world

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See Undergraduate Outcomes

On average over the past three years, 89% of our recent graduates were employed, enrolled in graduate or professional school, or pursuing another endeavor within six months of graduation.

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Finance Your Fordham Education

90%+ of Fordham first-year students receive some type of financial aid

Enrollment Overview

At Fordham, our students attend classes across three campuses—the urban Lincoln Center campus in the heart of Manhattan; our Gothic Rose Hill campus in the Bronx; and our professional campus in Westchester (which houses only graduate programs).

All of our programs are built upon the foundations of Jesuit education. In each one, you’ll find a challenging curriculum, small class sizes, personal access to professors, thoughtful and supportive academic and professional advising, and exciting research opportunities across many disciplines.

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By the Numbers

Graduate/Professional: 6,965
Undergraduate: 9,399

  • Fordham College at Lincoln Center: 2,072
  • Fordham College at Rose Hill: 3,815
  • Gabelli School of Business Lincoln Center: 500
  • Gabelli School of Business Rose Hill: 2,208

University Graduation Rate: 83%
Retention: 89%
Average Undergraduate Class Size: 22
Undergraduate Student-to-Teacher Ratio: 13:1

Applications for Fall 2021

We know how much time you’ve spent trying to find a good fit for college. We’re looking for students who are the right fit, too. In our admission process, we want to bring together students who are going to do great things—to strive for more as individuals and as a class.

By the Numbers

Applications: 46,160
Offers of Admission: 26,925
Enrolled Students: 2,852
Acceptance Rate: 58.3%

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Who’s in the Class of 2025?

The people who attend Fordham are what make it a special place. Our students come from across the country and the world. They also come from a variety of different racial and ethnic backgrounds. But they all share a desire to create a better future. As a Jesuit university, we welcome people of all faiths, those exploring their faith, and people of conscience who practice no particular faith.

Of course, we always strive to be better and do more. We want to become a more diverse, inclusive, and affirming community for all students and are implementing more initiatives and programs to continue to do just that.

By the Numbers: Our Diversity

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Ethnic and Racial

Domestic Students of Color: 43.9%

  • American Indian: <1%
  • Asian: 14.1%
  • Black: 6.9%
  • Hispanic/Latinx: 18.1%
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: <1%

International: 6%
Race or Ethnicity Unknown: <1%
Two or More Races: 4.5%
White: 49.3%



Men: 35%
Women: 65%


Buddhist: 1.1%
Catholic: 39.4%
Hindu: 2.8%
Jewish: 2.5%
Muslim: 5.1%
Protestant: 17.2%

No Preference: 21.8%
Unknown/Not Reported: 24.5%
Other: 4.9%

Other Identifiers

First-Generation Students: 23.4%
Students Who Identify as Having a Disability: 5%

By the Numbers: Where We're From

Geographic Range

Students from NYC’s Five Boroughs: 21.3%
States outside of Tri-State with Highest Numbers of Students: California, Florida, Illinios, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington 
Countries with Highest Numbers of International Students: Brazil, Canada, China, India, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Vietnam

High School Type

Public High School: 51.6%
Private High School: 32.1%
Jesuit High School: 4.4%
School Type Unknown: 16%

Student Residency

Living On Campus: 75%
Living Off Campus or Commuting: 25%

Class of 2025 Academic Profile

No matter what materials you choose to submit, Fordham reviews all applicants holistically. Beginning with the Fall 2021 entering class, we at Fordham University have now extended our test-optional policy to include applicants through Fall 2023. If you choose to submit a test score, it will be only one among many factors in our academic evaluation of your application. Applicants who choose not to submit test scores will not be penalized for making this choice.

By the Numbers


High School GPA: 3.77
SAT Middle 50%: 1340–1480*
ACT Composite Middle 50%: 30–34*
Top 10% of Class: 48%
Top 25% of Class: 84%

*About 60% of those who gained admission did not submit testing


High School GPA: 3.67
SAT Middle 50%: 1320–1450**
ACT Composite Middle 50%: 30–33**
Top 10% of Class: 32%
Top 25% of Class: 71%

**About 64% of those who enrolled did not submit testing

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