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Fairfield University

Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
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.



Fairfield University is a comprehensive Jesuit institution that prepares students for leadership and service in a constantly changing world. Founded in 1942 after the purchase of the adjoining estates of Jennings and Lashar off North Benson Road in Fairfield, the University has grown from an initial class of 303 undergraduate male students admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences in 1947.


Fairfield University's strategic vision stresses the importance of "integration" as a way of approaching education. Collaboratively, the University's focus is on producing graduates whose lives reflect personal integration, competence in multicultural understanding, and a commitment to professional responsibility. 

To aid this vision, Fairfield's interdisciplinary area of focus is designed to tap into our faculty's collective knowledge base, our arts and minds programming, and the curiosities of both our undergraduate and graduate students to explore a particular theme or idea.

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Student services

The Academic Division houses educational and cultural components of the University, including the four schools and the college, the University Registrar, Disability Services, Office of Academic and Career Development, the Study Abroad Program, the Office of Sponsored Programs, the Trio Program, DiMenna-Nyselius Library, the Fairfield University Art Museum, several Academic Centers, including the Center for Academic Excellence. The division embodies the educational mission of the University through a commitment to intellectual excellence, Ignatian pedagogical principles and a Jesuit commitment to social justice.

Housing services

Fairfield University’s first Campus Sustainability Plan is the collaborative work of faculty, students and staff. The plan provides guidance and clarity of focus for the myriad of sustainability initiatives and activities that are currently underway, or have been planned for the future of our campus environment. 

Library services

Librarian Partners are information experts who collaborate with faculty in their assigned academic departments to advance their scholarship and teaching.  Examples may include:

  • Support faculty and their students through the research lifecycle
  • Work towards incorporating information literacy competencies into academic programs at all levels. 

Student Life

Campus life

Fairfield's Campus Sustainability Committee (CSC), comprised of administrators, faculty, staff, and students, is charged with helping set the University's goals and evaluating its progress with regards to sustainability. Born out of the Climate Commitment, the CSC meets monthly to discuss University projects and policies related to sustainability. In addition, the CSC helps to facilitate and communicate individual efforts to all for interdepartmental collaboration.

Sports facilities

Fairfield Fit‌ is available to supplement your weekly routine with exciting fitness classes (ie. Zumba, Pilates, Yoga, Cross Fit). Classes are offered in one of our five exercise rooms, all within the confines of our new facility. A designated spin room with 20 Matrix bikes and a resistance band training room is also available. The weekly class schedule provides upwards of 50 fitness/exercise classes. These classes are available throughout the day and early evening hours.

Student clubs

  • AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • America East Athletic Conference
  • American Association for Employment in Education
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • American Council for Higher Education
  • American Council on Education
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities
  • Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education Association
  • for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities
  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
  • Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors


  • AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (Charles F. Dolan School of Business)
  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (School of Engineering)
  • Computer Engineering program
  • Electrical Engineering program
  • Mechanical Engineering program
  • Software Engineering program
  • American Chemical Society (College of Arts and Sciences)
  • B.S. in Chemistry
  • Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, GSEAP)
  • Marriage and Family Therapy program
  • Connecticut State Department of Higher Education (GSEAP)

Fairfield, Connecticut, United States

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