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University Profile

Where You Stand Becomes What You Stand For.

The moment you arrive at Fairfield University everything feels different. Our 200-acre idyllic campus is situated on Connecticut's coastline, providing for beautiful, unforgettable surroundings. But it's more than that - it's our dedication to each and every student's personal growth that makes our environment so unique.

We've been graduating adept, accomplished students since being founded by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) over 70 years ago. We're committed to fostering a strong sense of community, where the learning goes deeper, the friendships are more intense, and the experiences stay with you long after graduation. Our 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students will become your friends and support system, and our 44 majors, 16 interdisciplinary minors and 41 graduate programs will give you the opportunity to turn your interests into passions and careers.

Mission, Values and History

Fairfield University is a Jesuit, Catholic university in mission and spirit. Our objectives include promoting a sense of social responsibility, and making sure all students embrace and develop their full creative, intellectual potential.

We provide a liberal arts education that is both broad and deep, believing that in order to better the world, you first have to understand it from a staggering number of viewpoints. We believe that each and every student is a capable individual with infinite potential, and we embrace the opportunity to turn strengths into careers. As a student at Fairfield, you'll do this through reflection, gaining and evaluating knowledge, and identifying and understanding social issues.

Fairfield University was founded in 1942, and has since awarded over 45,000 degrees. Each degree represents a different jumping off point - a student who has embraced his or her capabilities and taken them out into the world.

Leadership & Offices

Meet the hundreds who have your back.

Fairfield University has gained a reputation for academic excellence for hundreds of reasons: our faculty and staff. Through them, the Fairfield mission lives and breathes, as they teach, lead, and help students across all facets of their time at the University. They'll be your biggest advocates, committed to helping you become not just a better student, but also a truly capable scholar, with a lifelong thirst for learning.

About the Town

A walking town that's anything but pedestrian.

Fairfield, Connecticut, is everything a college town should be: small enough to navigate on foot, but big enough that you'll never run out of things to do once you leave campus - from grabbing a morning latte at one of the town's many coffee shops, to catching an author speaking at the downtown bookstore.

Located on Long Island Sound, Fairfield, Connecticut, has been ranked among America's best places to live by numerous publications for its beauty and quality of life. Downtown Fairfield is home to restaurants, theaters, museums and galleries - not to mention five beaches and a marina. Easy train access means we're close enough to New York City to turn a day trip into an adventure, yet far enough to make Fairfield seem like a completely different world.

Fairfield 2020: Building a More Sustainable Future

A way forward.

In January 2014, University President Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J. called together the University community – students, faculty, administrators, staff, trustees, and alumni – to engage in a campus wide effort to refresh the University's Strategic Plan. 

The community was asked to reflect on the challenges facing the world of higher education in our time, to develop recommendations on how Fairfield University can best position itself to embrace new opportunities afforded by marketplace demands and new technologies, and continue to serve as a model of Jesuit education for 21st century.

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