Fairfield University

Fairfield University Acceptance Rate, Average GPA, SAT and ACT Scores

Fairfield University was founded in 1942 by the Society of Jesus. Located in Fairfield, Connecticut, it was originally an all-male Jesuit college. In 1947, it became the first Jesuit college to admit female students. Since that time, the school has grown substantially to become a comprehensive university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines.

In 1972, Fairfield University became an independent institution with its own Board of Trustees. This allowed the school to expand its academic program and better serve its student population. Since then, Fairfield University has continued to grow and evolve with new programs such as a nursing school and several graduate programs being added over the years. Additionally, the university has expanded its physical campus with multiple buildings being constructed to house classrooms, student housing and other facilities. Today, Fairfield University is proud to offer over 200 academic programs across five schools and remains committed to providing an excellent education while upholding the Jesuit values of service and social justice.

Fairfield University, as one of the top colleges ranked by major educational institutions, has impressed us by its high selectivity and student friendly application process during admissions. The following tables detail 2018 class profile, including total applications received, average high school GPA, SAT scores/ACT scores, and acceptance rates of Fairfield University. To learn more about GPA, SAT and ACT scores information, please follow the links below. If you want to find even more about Fairfield University, such as tuition fees and scholarships, you can click the link after tables to visit the school’s official website.

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Admissions Stats

Fairfield University

Fairfield University is a private Jesuit university located in Fairfield, Connecticut. It was founded in 1942 and has an enrollment of nearly 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers over 60 majors and over 50 minors in the arts, sciences, and business. The school also offers a variety of dual-degree programs such as business administration/law, nursing/healthcare administration, engineering/computer science, and finance/accounting.

The admissions process to Fairfield University is highly competitive. In the fall of 2019, the university received more than 8,000 applications for an incoming class of 1,600 students. The admission rate for this semester was approximately 19%. Of those admitted, 52% were female and 48% were male. Additionally, about 70% of admitted students were from out-of-state locations with the remaining 30% coming from Connecticut or other regions within New England. The most popular majors among incoming freshman are business management (17%), psychology (15%), biology (13%), communications (11%), English (10%), and finance (8%). These figures demonstrate that Fairfield University is highly selective when it comes to its admissions process but also very diverse in terms of academic interests among its student body.

Fall 2022 Selectivity

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2022 acceptance rate 72%
Early decision acceptance rate N/A
Early action acceptance rate N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early action and early decision students) 72%

Fall 2022 Applications, Acceptances & Enrollments

Applicants 8,420
Female applicants 5,017
Male applicants 3,403
Applicants accepted 6,024
Female applicants accepted 3,645
Male applicants accepted 2,379
Freshman enrollment 922
Female freshman enrollment 576
Male freshman enrollment 346
Early decision applicants N/A
Early decision applicants accepted N/A
Early decision applicants enrolled N/A
Early action applicants N/A
Early action applicants accepted N/A
Early action applicants enrolled N/A
Total enrolled incoming freshmen who were accepted under early acceptance or early action N/A

Fall 2022 Wait List

School has a wait list Yes
Applicants placed on wait list 1,432
Students accepting place on wait list 527
Students accepted from wait list 92

Fall 2022 High School Rank

Freshman students submitting high school class standing 26%

Fall 2022 High School GPA

Freshman students submitting high school GPA 93%
Average high school GPA 3.3
High school GPA 25th-75th percentile range N/A

Fall 2022 Freshman SAT Scores

Freshman students submitting SAT scores 69%
SAT Critical Reading average score N/A
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th percentile range 530-620
SAT Math average score N/A
SAT Math 25th-75th percentile range: 540-630
SAT Writing average score N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th percentile range 540-630
SAT Essay 25th-75th percentile range N/A

Fall 2022 Freshman ACT Scores

Freshman students submitting ACT scores 23%
Average ACT Composite score N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th percentile range 23-27
ACT English 25th-75th percentile range N/A
ACT English score breakdown N/A
ACT Math 25th-75th percentile range N/A
ACT Math score breakdown N/A