Fairfield University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$53,630
3% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$46,065
After Financial Aid
2022 Acceptance Rate
52.2%
13,359 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
6,019
87.4% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
84.2%
889 Graduates

About

Fairfield University is a higher education institution located in null. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Fairfield University were Registered Nursing (213 degrees awarded), General Finance (183 degrees), and General Marketing & Marketing Management (148 degrees).

In 2022, 1,793 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Fairfield University. 61.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 38.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,274 degrees), 8.67 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (147 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Fairfield University is $53,630, which is $29,634 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Fairfield University is $53,630, which is $29,634 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $46,065.

In 2022, 90% of undergraduate students attending Fairfield University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 49% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$53,630
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Fairfield University was $53,630. The cost of tuition at Fairfield University is $29,634 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

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Average Net Price

$46,065
2022 Value
3%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Fairfield University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $46,065. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Fairfield University grew by 3%.

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Other Student Expenses

$16,110
Room and Board
$1,150
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Fairfield University was of $16,110 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 5.17% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,150. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

90%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
49%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

90% of undergraduate students at Fairfield University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 1.12% with respect to 2021, when 89% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Admissions

Fairfield University received 13,359 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 5.4% annual growth. Out of those 13,359 applicants, 6,971 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 52.2% acceptance rate.

There were 6,019 students enrolled at Fairfield University in 2022. 26% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Fairfield University has an overall enrollment yield of 19.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

52.2%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
6,971
Accepted Out of 13,359

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Fairfield University was 52.2% (6,971 admissions from 13,359 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 55.8%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 5.4%, while admissions declined by −1.44%..

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SAT Scores

26%
Submission Percentage (2022)
339
Scores Submitted (2022)

26% of enrolled first-time students at Fairfield University in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Fairfield University had a total enrollment of 6,019 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Fairfield University is 5,261 students and the part-time enrollment is 758. This means that 87.4% of students enrolled at Fairfield University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Fairfield University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 77% White, 7.44% Hispanic or Latino, 2.34% Asian, 2.13% Black or African American, 1.83% Two or More Races, 0.0332% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0166% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Fairfield University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (47.3%), followed by White Male (33.8%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (3.89%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (37%), followed by White Male (24.4%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (4.95%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

87.4%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Fairfield University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 6,019 students. The full-time enrollment at Fairfield University is 5,261 and the part-time enrollment is 758. This means that 87.4% of students enrolled at Fairfield University are enrolled full-time compared with 67.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

91%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Fairfield University was 91%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (73%), Fairfield University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    4,637 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    448 enrolled students
  3. Asian
    141 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Fairfield University is 77% White, 7.44% Hispanic or Latino, 2.34% Asian, 2.13% Black or African American, 1.83% Two or More Races, 0.0332% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0166% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 51.2% White, 17.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 397 students (6.6%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 405 more women than men received degrees from Fairfield University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Fairfield University is white (1,274 degrees awarded). There were 8.67 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (147 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Fairfield University is Registered Nursing (213 degrees awarded), followed by General Finance (183 degrees) and General Marketing & Marketing Management (148 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Fairfield University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Business (700 degrees awarded), English (35 degrees), and Math & Statistics (32 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Fairfield University are Accountants & auditors (1,123,520 people), Other managers (1,022,121 people), Financial managers (603,500 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (582,417 people), and Chief executives & legislators (521,766 people).

The most specialized majors at Fairfield University in 2022 are Business (700 degrees awarded), English (35 degrees), Math & Statistics (32 degrees), Social Sciences (101 degrees), and Psychology (98 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Fairfield University are Surgeons, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, and Nurse anesthetists

The most specialized majors at Fairfield University are Business (700 degrees awarded), English (35 degrees), Math & Statistics (32 degrees), Social Sciences (101 degrees), and Psychology (98 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Fairfield University are Elementary & secondary schools (1,303,590 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (864,383 people), Computer Systems Design (796,967 people), Banking & related activities (630,682 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (608,278 people).

The most specialized majors at Fairfield University are Business (700 degrees awarded), English (35 degrees), Math & Statistics (32 degrees), Social Sciences (101 degrees), and Psychology (98 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Fairfield University.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 213 degrees awarded
  2. 183 degrees awarded
  3. 148 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Fairfield University was Registered Nursing with 213 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

694
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
1,099
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 694 degrees were awarded to men at Fairfield University, which is 0.631 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,099).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 135 degrees were awarded to men at Fairfield University in General Finance, which is 2.81 times more than the 48 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 216 degrees were awarded to men at Fairfield University in Registered Nursing, which is 19.6 times more than the 11 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

80%
100% Completion Time
82%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 80% of students graduating from Fairfield University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 82% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 82% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Two or More Races Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Fairfield University is Male and Two or More Races (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 4.39% of graduates (39 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,274 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    147 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    62 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Fairfield University is white (1,274 degrees awarded). There were 8.67 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (147 degrees).

5.69% of degree recipients (102 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    778 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    496 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    99 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Fairfield University is white female (778 degrees awarded). There were 1.57 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (496 degrees).

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Operations

Fairfield University has an endowment valued at nearly $358M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−14.5%) compared to the 0.773% average return (360k on 46.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2022, Fairfield University had a total salary expenditure of 230M. Fairfield University employs 120 Assistant professors, 100 Associate professors and 87 Professors. Most academics at Fairfield University are Female Assistant professor (69), Female Associate professor (54), and Male Assistant professor (51).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Fairfield University are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 139 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 105 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 96 employees.

Endowment

$358M
2022 Endowment
13.1%
decline from 2021

Fairfield University has an endowment valued at about $358M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Fairfield University declined 13.1% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $311M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$99.1M
2022 Salaries
4.89%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Fairfield University paid a median of $99.1M in salaries, which represents 43.1% of their overall expenditure ($230M) and a 4.89% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 36.1M (39.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$38.4M
Instructional Salaries
335
Number of Employees

In 2022, Fairfield University paid a total of $38.4M to 335 employees working as instructors, which represents 38.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.3M (31.2%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
120 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
139 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Fairfield University were Assistant professor with 120 employees, Associate professor with 100 employees, and Professor with 87 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Fairfield University were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 139 employees, Office and Administrative Support with 105 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 96 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Female Associate professor
  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Fairfield University was Female Assistant professor with 69 employees, Female Associate professor with 54 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 51 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Fairfield University.

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