Mission, Values & 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.