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University-wide priorities touch every part of Fairfield and the student experience. Your support helps make it all happen.

Your support makes a huge difference in the lives of Fairfield students and those around them. Whether giving $5 or $1,000, a contribution from you makes a meaningful impact in the form of scholarships and financial aid to deserving students; learning enhancements that help faculty and students in their endeavors; and academic, social, and spiritual experiences that create strong, life-long connections and prepare students to be engaged, global citizens.

There are several important, University-wide initiatives and priorities that provide Fairfield students with transformational experiences. No matter where you decide to show your support, you will be investing in bettering lives.

The Fairfield Fund

When you give to the Fairfield Fund, you drive innovation for the benefit of our students. These annual resources combine with new opportunities as they arise to advance academics, financial aid, mental health, counseling, career services, and student activities that make a Fairfield experience meaningful, inclusive, and robust. As enrollment and student and faculty needs continue to change and grow, every single gift matters and has an impact.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Fairfield University’s commitment to radical hospitality in service of racial, social, and economic justice is visible through the many initiatives we offer, but perhaps most notably in our ongoing effort to advance access and affordability. Your support for DEI does more than help the University recruit a broader community of students, but rather to recruit, retain, graduate, place, and engage a community of students — with the support of faculty and staff — that is reflective of the rich tapestry of humankind and that celebrates the dignity of every individual.

Explore Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Funds.

Fairfield Bellarmine

This new academic initiative offers a two-year associate’s degree, serving students from the Bridgeport region.

Multicultural Scholarship Fund

This scholarship gives students with the highest financial need access to a Fairfield education and helps them realize their full potential, regardless of economic or social barriers.

Scholarship & Financial Aid

Approximately 90% of Fairfield students receive need-based or merit scholarships and financial aid to access their Fairfield education. When you support scholarships and financial aid at Fairfield, you provide curious, ambitious, and deserving individuals access to our modern, Jesuit and Catholic institution.

A Glimpse into the Impact of Your Support

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Class of 2024

Get to Know Maria

Student Name: Maria
Hometown: Darien, CT
Class Year: 2024
Major: Accounting

Why I Chose Fairfield University
I knew that Fairfield was home from the moment I stepped on campus. Everyone that I saw greeted me with a smile. I felt a sense of welcome and comfort that I have never felt so soon after entering a new environment. I admired that Fairfield viewed their applicants holistically and believed it would be a place where I could feel comfortable being my whole self.

My Plans after Graduation
As a first-year student, my goals during my first year at Fairfield were to hold myself more accountable with my time management and to reach out to my peers or professors when I need help. I hope to join more clubs and organizations on campus because I feel like that's the best way that I can begin to shape what my values and interests will be like after college.

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Class of 2024

Get to Know Pedro

Student Name: Pedro
Hometown: New Britain, CT
Class Year: 2024
Major: Management

How attending Fairfield University made a difference in my life 
When I first came to Fairfield, life was in a state of conflict due to the pandemic. But in my years here, Fairfield has shaped me into the person I have always aspired to be. I stand today healthier, happier, and more spiritually in tune than ever before. I found the perfect career path that I am inspired and invigorated to pursue, and it is thanks to Fairfield University. Being able to attend Fairfield has been such a blessing. Thank you for providing my family and me with this amazing gift of your support.

Honors, Awards and Other Activities 

  • Resident Assistant for Residence Life
  • Assistant Music Director at WVOF 88.5 Radio Station
  • Participating member of Fairfield@Night (Street Team)
  • The Fairfield Mirror
  • Marketing Club
  • Public Relations Club
  • Communications Club
  • Humanitarian Action Club

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Class of 2023

Get to Know Marie

Student Name: Marie
Hometown: Warwick, RI
Class Year: 2023
Major: Psychology Behavioral Neuroscience

What I enjoy most about Fairfield University
Fairfield University is truly a second home to me. The people here, students and staff included, are full of love, support, enthusiasm, and the desire to see others succeed. I have never been anywhere that I have felt such a sense of community and belonging. The memories I have made here will stay with me forever. I could not be more grateful for the time I have been given so far on this campus.

Honors, Awards, and Other Activities

  • Dean’s List (spring 2020)
  • Campus Ministry Praise Project Choir
  • Inter-Residential Housing Association
  • New Student Leader
  • Fairfield University Art Museum gallery attendant

My Plans after Graduation
After graduation, I hope to pursue a career in the field of psychology, particularly a career in Art Therapy. I would like to apply to graduate school immediately after completing my undergraduate degree to earn a master's degree and a potential doctorate in the field. Obtaining these educational experiences would allow me to expand my experience and help as many people as possible throughout my life.

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Class of 2023

Get to Know Sebastian

Student Name: Sebastian
Hometown: Trumbull, CT
Class Year: 2023
Major: Accounting & Finance
Minor: Black Studies

What I enjoy most about Fairfield University
What I enjoy most about Fairfield is the sense of community. Many of us students come from different backgrounds, yet somehow we find a way to discover similarities between one another. It is also very easy to get advice from upperclassmen and advisors. No one is judged for being a high achiever and people make themselves easily accessible to provide assistance. This has inspired me to put myself in a position to provide advice to other students.

Honors, Awards, and Other Activities

  • Dean's List (all semesters)
  • Honors Program
  • Alpha Mu Gamma
  • Black Student Union
  • Humanitarian Action Club
  • Distinguished Gentlemen Club

My Plans after Graduation
One of the post-college options I am considering is to work at one of the big four accounting firms, get my certified public accountant (CPA) license, and eventually get a job in commercial banking. Another option I am considering is going to law school and exploring a specialization in tax law.


The championship history of Fairfield Athletics is due in large part to our generous community of alumni, parents, and friends who support strengthening the student-athlete experience in every aspect of their college career. A successful athletics program is a powerful source of pride for alumni and current students—connecting generations—and plays a significant factor for prospective students who want to be part of a reputable institution. A donation to this area will assist us in raising our stature as a Division I Athletics University. Learn how you can support Fairfield Athletics at fairfield.edu/friendsofathletics.


Fairfield University values the notion of cura personalis—care of the whole person. When you support this University priority, you invest in courses and programs that engage religious belief and practice — in religious studies, philosophy, history, literature, and the arts — as well as lively discussions of faith, spirituality, justice, and public life outside the classroom. Your gift will help to enhance programs and centers that, through lectures, workshops, publications, and grant-funded activities, continually propose questions of faith, reason, justice, and beauty.

Explore areas of spirituality.

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry strives to be a home for all students to integrate faith into the whole of their lives from an intellectual and spiritual perspective, and welcomes individuals from all faith traditions and at all points on their spiritual journeys.

Murphy Center for Ignatian Spirituality

The mission of the Murphy Center is to keep the Ignatian charism alive, both at the University and the college preparatory school, as well as offer this to the local Christian community of Fairfield County through collaboration and programs promoting Ignatian spirituality.

Center for Catholic Studies

Catholic Studies is an interdisciplinary inquiry into the intellectual tradition, history, and culture, both "high" and popular, of the Catholic Christian tradition.

Center for Social Impact

The Center for Social Impact connects community and campus to create high-impact academic opportunities that address local, national, and global challenges and develop individuals committed to creating a more just and equitable world.

Student Wellness

Support toward this University priority is invested to nurture and strengthen our students in mind, body, and spirit. This includes providing students access to fitness and recreational programs, counseling and psychological services, and primary and preventative ambulatory healthcare through our on-campus, centrally located Student Health Center. Your donation of any size gets put to work right away to ensure students have the resources to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle in every aspect of their lives.


Fairfield University has taken a leadership role in the promotion of sustainability to become a regional center of higher education, discovery and operations. When you give to this area, you support current initiatives in the greening of campus structures, energy sourcing, and accountability for greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to these largely operational initiatives, Fairfield has a strong tradition of faculty and student engagement in sustainability initiatives leading to establishment of a campus organic teaching garden, student-driven water quality monitoring, vigorous curriculum development, and other academic initiatives inside and outside the classroom.

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