Fordham University.

Fordham University

Bronx, NY4 year degree
Acceptance rate

About Fordham University

Fordham University () is a private research university in New York City. Established in 1841 and named for the Fordham neighborhood of the Bronx in which its original campus is located, Fordham is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in the northeastern United States, and the third-oldest university in New York State.Founded as St. John's College by John Hughes, then a coadjutor bishop of New York, the college was placed in the care of the Society of Jesus shortly thereafter, and has since become a Jesuit-affiliated independent school under a lay board of trustees. The college's first president, John McCloskey, was later the first Catholic cardinal in the United States. While governed independently of the church since 1969, every president of Fordham University since 1846 has been a Jesuit priest, and the curriculum remains influenced by Jesuit educational principles. Fordham is the only Jesuit tertiary institution in New York City.Fordham's alumni and faculty include U.S. Senators and representatives, four cardinals of the Catholic Church, several U.S. governors and ambassadors, a number of billionaires, two directors of the CIA, Academy Award and Emmy-winning actors, royalty, a foreign head of state, a White House Counsel, a vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army, a U.S. Postmaster General, a U.S. Attorney General, the first female vice presidential candidate of a major political party in the United States, and a president of the United States.Fordham enrolls approximately 15,300 students from more than 65 countries, and is composed of ten constituent colleges, four of which are undergraduate and six of which are postgraduate, across three campuses in southern New York State: the Rose Hill campus in the Bronx, the Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan's Upper West Side, and the Westchester campus in West Harrison, New York. In addition to these locations, the university maintains a study abroad center in London and field offices in Spain and South Africa. The university offers degrees in over 60 disciplines.The university's athletic teams, the Rams, include a football team that boasted a win in the Sugar Bowl, two Pro Football Hall of Famers, two All-Americans, two Canadian Football League All-Stars, and numerous NFL players; the Rams also participated in history's first televised college football game in 1939 and history's first televised college basketball game in 1940. Fordham's baseball team played the first collegiate baseball game under modern rules in 1859, has fielded 56 major league players, and holds the record for most NCAA Division I baseball victories in history.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 9,403 students
  • 0.35 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at Fordham University

Environmental Science
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology, Neuroscience, Business, Accounting, Marketing, and Finance.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

20,966 students out of 45,147 applicants were accepted into Fordham University. They had an average SAT score of 1337. 63% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 49% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Fordham University was $50,986. After taking into account the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for students was $72,239.

Financial aid available at Fordham University

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

81% of undergraduate students at Fordham University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Fordham University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Fordham University was of $17,445 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,012.

Diversity at Fordham University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017