Fairfield University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$45,350

2.49% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$38,527

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

0.825%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

61.5%

11,055 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

5,137

83.1% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

82.2%

757 Graduates

About

Fairfield University is a higher education institution located in Fairfield County, CT. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Fairfield University were General Finance (133 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (114 degrees), and General Marketing & Marketing Management (114 degrees).

In 2016, 1,584 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Fairfield University. 59.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 40.2% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (1,039 degrees), 6.3 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (165 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Fairfield University is $45,350, which is $25,190 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Fairfield University is $45,350, which is $25,190 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $38,527.

In 2016, 79% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 50% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$45,350

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Fairfield University was $45,350. The cost of tuition at Fairfield University is $25,190 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

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Average Net Price

$38,527

2016 Value

5.27%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Fairfield University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $38,527. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Fairfield University grew by 5.27%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,520

Room and Board

$1,150

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Fairfield University was of $13,520 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,150. The cost of room and board increased by 2.5% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

79%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

50%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

79% of undergraduate students at Fairfield University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 5.33% with respect to 2015, when 75% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

0.825%

2015 Default Rate

7

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Fairfield University was 0.825%, which represents 7 out of the 848 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Fairfield University received 11,055 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 2.67% annual growth. Out of those 11,055 applicants, 6,795 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 61.5% acceptance rate.

There were 5,137 students enrolled at Fairfield University in 2016, and N/A% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Fairfield University has an overall enrollment yield of 15.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

61.5%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

6,795

Accepted Out of 11,055

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Fairfield University was 61.5% (6,795 admissions from 11,055 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 65%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 2.67%, while admissions declined by -2.86%.

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SAT Scores

N/A%

Submission Percentage

N/A

Scores Submitted

N/A% of enrolled first-time students at Fairfield University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Fairfield University has a total enrollment of 5,137 students. The full-time enrollment at Fairfield University is 4,270 students and the part-time enrollment is 867. This means that 83.1% of students enrolled at Fairfield University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Fairfield University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 73.1% White, 7.71% Hispanic or Latino, 3.15% Black or African American, 2.34% Asian, 1.46% Two or More Races, 0.0779% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0195% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Fairfield University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (48%), followed by White Male (30.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (4.6%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (35.3%), followed by White Male (16.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (4.71%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

83.1%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Fairfield University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 5,137 students. The full-time enrollment at Fairfield University is 4,270 and the part-time enrollment is 867. This means that 83.1% of students enrolled at Fairfield University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.7% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

89%

2016 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 89%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Fairfield University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,757

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    396

  3. Black or African American

    162

The enrolled student population at Fairfield University is 73.1% White, 7.71% Hispanic or Latino, 3.15% Black or African American, 2.34% Asian, 1.46% Two or More Races, 0.0779% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0195% American Indian or Alaska Native. 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 54.7% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.3% 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, 340 students (6.62%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 312 more women than men received degrees from Fairfield University. The majority of degree recipients at Fairfield University are white (1,039 degrees awarded). There were 6.3 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (165 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Fairfield University is General Finance (133 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (114 degrees) and General Marketing & Marketing Management (114 degrees).

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 Engineering (212 degrees awarded), English (65 degrees), and Math & Statistics (40 degrees).

Workforce

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 Miscellaneous managers (618,577 people), Software developers, applications & systems software (416,891 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (370,528 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (308,307 people), and Postsecondary teachers (269,633 people).

The most specialized majors at Fairfield University are Engineering (212 degrees awarded), English (65 degrees), Math & Statistics (40 degrees), Communications (107 degrees), and Psychology (124 degrees).

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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 Physicians & surgeons, Economists, Chief executives & legislators, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Dentists

The most specialized majors at Fairfield University are Engineering (212 degrees awarded), English (65 degrees), Math & Statistics (40 degrees), Communications (107 degrees), and Psychology (124 degrees).

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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 (779,253 people), Computer Systems Design (565,404 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (563,270 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (438,276 people), and Hospitals (340,651 people).

The most specialized majors at Fairfield University are Engineering (212 degrees awarded), English (65 degrees), Math & Statistics (40 degrees), Communications (107 degrees), and Psychology (124 degrees).

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Degrees

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

  1. 133 degrees awarded

  2. 114 degrees awarded

  3. 114 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Fairfield University was General Finance with 133 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 636

  2. 948

In 2016, 636 degrees were awarded to men at Fairfield University, which is 0.671 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (948).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 94 degrees were awarded to men at Fairfield University in General Finance, which is 2.41 times more than the 39 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 110 degrees were awarded to women at Fairfield University in Registered Nursing, which is 10 times more than the 11 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

77%

100% Completion Time

80%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 77% of students graduating from Fairfield University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 80% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 80% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

American Indian or Alaska Native Female

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Fairfield University is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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, 10.7% of graduates (81 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,039 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    165 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    101 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Fairfield University is white (1,039 degrees awarded). There were 6.3 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (165 degrees).

10.4% of degree recipients (165 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    652 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    387 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    69 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Fairfield University is white female (652 degrees awarded). There were 1.68 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (387 degrees).

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Operations

Fairfield University has an endowment valued at nearly $317M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $8.23M (2.6%), compared to the 2.07% average return ($597k on $28.9M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2015, Fairfield University had a total expenditure of $180M. Of that $180M, they spent $69.2M on salaries and $180M on benefits.

Fairfield University employs 92 Associate professors, 85 Assistant professors, and 76 Professors. Most academics at Fairfield University are Female Associate professors (49), Female Assistant professors(49), and Male Associate professors (43).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Fairfield University are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 119 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 114 employees, and Management with 87 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$317M

2015 Endowment

1.26%

growth from 2014

Fairfield University has an endowment valued at about $317M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Fairfield University grew 1.26% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $288M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $2.35M - Federal

  2. $771k - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2015, Fairfield University received $2.35M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $771k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$69.2M

Salary Expenditure

$180M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Fairfield University had a total expenditure of $180M. Of that $180M, they spent $69.2M on salaries and $180M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Fairfield University as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$69.2M

2015 Salaries

3.51%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Fairfield University paid a median of $69.2M in salaries, which represents 38.5% of their overall expenditure ($180M) and a 3.51% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 8.44% growth from 2013 and a 2.18% decline from 2012.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.3M (42.2% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$25.1M

Instructional Salaries

265

Number of Employees

In 2015, Fairfield University paid a total of $25.1M to 265 employees working as instructors, which represents 36.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $9.7M (31%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor

Most Common Instructor

92 Employees

Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

119 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Fairfield University were Associate professor with 92 employees; Assistant professor with 85 employees; and Assistant professor with 76 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Fairfield University were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 119 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 114 employees; and Management with 87 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Associate professor

  2. Female Assistant professor

  3. Male Associate professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Fairfield University was Female Associate professor with 49 employees, Female Assistant professor with 49 employees, and Male Associate professor with 43 employees.

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

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