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Fairfield University occupies a unique, 200-acre campus in southwestern Connecticut with rolling hills, mature landscapes, and coastal views of Long Island Sound. Our 200 acres feature multiple athletic fields, housing options that range from traditional residence halls to apartments to townhouses, and is home to 36 modern buildings that provide state-of-the-art technology and the resources you'll need to complement your classroom experience. All residences and academic buildings are linked by fiber-optic cable, some with wireless connections, so access to databases, the library's impressive collections, and the Internet are just a click away - anytime, anywhere.
The University runs a free shuttle bus into downtown Fairfield (pop. 55,000), just a mile from campus, with its popular shops and restaurants, and the train station that provides easy access to New Haven, Stamford, and New York City.
Our suburban setting provides a vibrant environment for living and learning, students are encouraged to step out, step up and access the many career and community opportunities in the thriving urban area. Approximately 140 Fortune 500 firms are headquartered within an hour of campus. Internships, community service and leadership projects all provide invaluable extensions of classroom learning
More than 80 percent of Fairfield University undergraduates live on campus, meaning that when you sign up for a meal plan, chances are you'll run into a few of your friends at every meal. You can choose from a variety of dining options, including deli, grill, and vegetarian options. We even encourage students to share their favorite recipes from home, so we can provide a wider and more popular selection of menu items.
We are dedicated to fostering a sense of community, and this begins with where you live. The deepest learning and strongest bonds form when you're in an environment that's not just comfortable, but intellectually and creatively stimulating. Some students find they're most at home in our more traditional residence halls, townhouses, or apartment complexes. Others prefer our living and learning, or residential college communities - an opportunity to connect with students who have similar interests, while settling into life on campus.
The Office of the Bursar is responsible for the Accounts Receivable of the University, which includes all student accounts and miscellaneous cash receipts, as well as the daily cash management operations of the University. The student accounts area is specifically responsible for issuing the student bills, processing receipts and responding to inquiries.
All full-time undergraduate students are assigned a campus mailbox located on the second floor. Graduate and part-time students are not eligible for campus mailboxes. The mailroom offers all students a full range of postal services (e.g., stamps, mailing packages).
All students, employees and long-term contractors of Fairfield University are required to obtain and carry a StagCard, which is the University's official identification card. All new employees will receive an authorization form from Human Resources. Contractors will receive an authorization form from their University sponsor. Students must be registered for classes (incoming freshman class excepted). Please bring government-issued identification (e.g. driver's license, passport) with you when you come for a card.
Information Technology Services (ITS)
We in the ITS department at Fairfield University understand the vital role technology plays in the teaching and learning experience. Our mission is to provide our integrative thinkers with competitive, reliable, innovative, and sustainable technology to support teaching, learning, research, collaboration, and service. We envision a future in which Fairfield University's dynamic living and learning communities have limitless access to individualized information, unfettered by reliability issues, distance, and choice of device.
ITS is excited about the technologies we offer our community and we are always researching new technology offerings and identifying ways in which technology can help the faculty, staff, and students of Fairfield University.
Transportation & Parking
The Office of Conference and Events Management assists in coordinating transportation for a variety of university sponsored trips. A fleet of 11 University vans and two sedans are available for use by the Fairfield University community, as well as several bus options.
Students who commute to Fairfield are just as big a part of our community as on-campus residents. If you commute to campus, we'll strive to make you feel at home - even when your home is elsewhere. A dedicated commuter lounge equipped with a television, lockers, and tables and couches for studying is located in the Barone Campus Center.
Fairfield University is a Jesuit, Catholic institution, meaning that faith is a big part of who we are. But it's more than just attending services. It drives us to foster a community of curious, socially responsible seekers, a community that includes people of all religious backgrounds and affiliations. We believe that if we work together, we can affect real change in the world, engaging with real issues both in and out of the classroom.
ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) enables students, while obtaining a college education, to take classes from regular military faculty, supplemented with hands-on training, sports programs and social activities.
Taken together, the academic and military instruction equips students with the qualities that will give them a competitive edge in life and enhance their personal success.