Fordham University

Fordham University Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in the Bronx, New York, Fordham University is a 4-year, private not-for-profit university that offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition, and admission information.

Is Fordham University the School for You?

Founded as Saint John's College in 1841, Fordham University encompasses three campuses and two learning centers spread throughout the New York City metro area. Rose Hill, located across from the Bronx Zoo, is the main campus. Fordham enrolls approximately 15,000 students annually and has 10 schools of academic study. Read the information below to find out if Fordham is the right school for you.


  • Ranked #58 overall by U.S. News & World Report in 2013
  • Graduation rate is 38 percentage points higher than the national average
  • Student-faculty ratio is 14:1, which is lower than the national average
  • Fordham Museum of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Art located on-campus
  • Very low number of TAs teaching courses


  • Total cost is $20,761 higher than the national average for a 4-year, private not-for-profit universities
  • Acceptance rate is 23.5 percentage points lower than the national average
  • Student debt following graduation is $11,490 higher than the national average

About Fordham University

If you choose to enroll at Fordham, you'll be attending the 58th best national university, as reported by U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, U.S. News & World Report ranks Fordham's law school 29th in the nation. The main campus, Rose Hill, is home to the Gabelli School of Business and Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies, as well as the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education.

The cost of attending Fordham was $58,732 for the 2011-2012 academic year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); this was significantly higher than the national average of $37,971 reported for 4-year, private not-for-profit schools that year by College Board. The high cost of attending Fordham also leaves students with approximately $38,150 in debt after graduation, as reported by College Board; this is again higher than the national average. However, as a student at Fordham, you'll enjoy a low student-faculty ratio, and only 8% of courses are taught by TAs.

NCES reports that the overall graduation rate at Fordham is 78%. Additionally, NCES notes that 88% of full-time and 59% of part-time students return to the institution after their freshman year. In terms of bachelor's programs, NCES indicates that business administration and management, speech communication and rhetoric, and psychology are the three most popular programs at Fordham. The most popular master's programs are business administration and management, legal professions and studies, and social work.

Getting in and Financial Aid at Fordham University

Admission to Fordham is a selective process. The university accepts roughly 1,850 students per freshman class, and the acceptance rate was just 42% for the 2011-2012 academic year, as reported by NCES. Along with high school transcripts, you'll need to submit a complete application, including SAT or ACT test scores, a personal essay, and one academic letter of recommendation. The average GPA for incoming freshman is 3.7, according to the university's website.

Several financial aid programs are available, and in 2010, 88% of all in-coming freshmen received some form of financial aid. Additionally, you might be eligible for merit-based scholarships, such as the presidential, semifinalist, or dean's scholarships.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013-2014) January 15***
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2013-2014) February 1***
Admission Notification Date (2013-2014) April 1***
Application Fee (2011-2012) $50**
Acceptance Rate (2011-2012) 42%**
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2011-2012) $58,732**
Average Financial Aid Package (2012-2013) $27,170***
Percent of Students with Need Met (2012-2013) 19%***
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2012-2013) $38,150***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 4.6%**

Student Life at Fordham University

As part of the Fordham student body, you'll be living and learning in the heart of New York City. In addition to NYC's culinary offerings, you'll have the opportunity to eat at one of the many dining halls located on-campus.

Fordham has Division I sports teams that compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference, with the exception of the Rams football team, which competes in the Division I-AA Patriot League. The university also features various student organizations, campus events, and intramural sports. Fordham does not have a Greek system.

In fall 2011, NCES reported that 60% of Fordham's student body was Caucasian, 14% was Hispanic, 8% was Asian, and 5% was African American.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting City**
Student Population (2011) 8,427 undergraduates, 6,762 graduate students**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 47% to 53%**
% of Full Time Students (2011) 93%**
% of In-state Students (2011) 41%**
% of International Students (2011) 3%**
Retention Rate (2011) 88% for full-time, 59% for part-time students**
Campus Housing Available Yes**
% of Students Living on Campus 49%****
Number of Libraries 3*
Extracurricular Activities Clubs, intramurals, and varsity sports*
Noteworthy Rose Hill campus is adjacent to Little Italy and the New York Botanical Garden*

Sources: *Fordham University, **NCES, College Navigator, ***College Board, ****U.S. News & World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Fordham University, 441 E. Fordham Road, Bronx, NY 10458
  • Phone: (718) 817-1000