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July 2015FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Good number of classes

Great with financial aid

Teachers willing to help

Downers

Small number of students, divide between Bronx and Manhattan Campus

Comments

Consider what major you're likely going to choose, Fordham has many strong programs in difference areas

Would You Recommend

Yes

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Core classes take a while to complete, as there are many of them (I believe it's something like 22 for the current freshman class), but overall, the core provides grounding in many topics and the knowledge needed to excel in the integration of many different subjects into a single instance. Advisors are assigned based on the EP classes chosen by the freshmen as they first register for classes, which is great because all your fellow classmates then live on the same floor, participate in that same class, and have the same advisor. It's great for bonding. With a relatively small staff (under 175) and an average class size of 22, Fordham's faculty has a lot of opportunity to interact with students in the classroom and as such, students who distinguish themselves get recommended or picked for different research projects and opportunities that the profs know.

Quality of Life

The residence hall is fantastic: all suite style dorming with full kitchen and private bathrooms, three free laundry rooms, study lounges, an RA on each floor to care for students and enforce the rules, and a dedicated ResLife staff. The cost of living is higher than other schools, being as Fordham College Lincoln Center is in the middle of NYC, but there are always free events going on. The important thing is learning how to work the system to find as many of them as possible. Being that it IS in the middle of the city, FCLC has limited campus space, about two blocks square. A new dorm building/law school is in construction though, which should create a lot more space for the students. The upper West Side neighborhood is pretty nice, right by Columbus Circle and Central Park, and is in on of the safest precincts in NYC.

Admissions

Fordham has the option of the Common App. There are not interviews, but all of the admissions pieces (essays, extracurriculars, grades, volunteer work, etc) submitted are looked at during the process. A lot of students do get some form of financial aid based on their FAFSAs, as well as receiving merit based rewards, such as the Presidential Scholars Award and the Dean's Scholars Award.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2012

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

Common application

Level

3

Graduation Year

2012

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Professors expect a lot out of students and there is a lot of work that goes into each class. Students are required to put in many hours of study outside of the class room in order to excel.

Admissions

I filled out the common application online with the Fordham supplement which included extra essay questions. I was able to apply early action and was notified of my acceptance in December. Then my family and I had to fill out the FAFSA and College Board Profile for financial aid, which I was then eligible for in April.

Level

1

Graduation Year

2014

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Fordham has a large core which has recently change. Basically students have to take classes in history, philosophy, science, theology, English, math, social science and foreign language in Fordham College Rose Hill. The business school requirements are slightly different. Students in Fordham College Rose Hill spend usually the first two years completing the core. Although this might seem daunting at first, I think the core allows students to explore many different subjects before settling on a major. Also, Fordham is great about accepting AP credits, which allowed me to get out of some Core classes and has given me the opportunity to double major. The class sizes at Fordham are extremely small. I only had one class with over 50 students in my entire time at Fordham. Last semester I had two classes capped at 18 students. Even the introductory classes are small. Majority of my professors know me and are always willing to meet with students. Professors will try to work with students to find the best time to meet with them. The workload is manageable. Many students study abroad in their junior year or sophomore year if you are in the business school.

Quality of Life

The library is beautiful and a really nice place to work. Fordham has a variety of housing. Some dorms are great and brand new. (Fordham just built brand new apartment style dorms for upperclassmen which are wonderful!) However, some of the dorms are older, but they are constantly trying to improve them. The Rose Hill campus is gorgeous, an oasis in the city. The food on campus is ok, but the food off-campus is amazing. The Rose Hill campus is in the Bronx near Arthur Ave (the Little Italy of the Bronx) which has amazing Italian food! Although the Bronx gets a bad reputation in the media, I love the Bronx and think it is a great place to live. There are so many wonderful things near campus, the Botanical Gardens, the Bronx Zoo and Edgar Allen Poe's house just to name a few. It is a city, so you need to be careful walking around late at night. On campus is very safe.

Admissions

When I applied to Fordham I used the common application. There are no interviews. I applied early action. I receive a scholarship based on my academic achievement in high school and my SAT scores.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2012

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

There is an extensive core of about 32 classes that will span all four years of college, however most of the core is completed upon finishing sophomore year. The workload is large, but manageable with great access to professors and help centers such as the writing center. There are numerous opportunities for study abroad, which many students take advantage of.

Quality of Life

About 60% of students reside in on campus housing, despite the high cost of living and inadequacy of the Office of Residential Life.

Admissions

Fordham is an early application school that used the Common Application, but with a supplement. For the class of 2015, the acceptance rate dropped to the lowest it has ever been, cementing its spot as a highly competitive, desired insinuation of higher learning. It is difficult to get into Fordham, with a high GPA and SAT score needed.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2012

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

We have a fairly extensive core curriculum for all students, deans offices and professors are easily to access

Admissions

Common Application plus extra essays

Level

4

Graduation Year

2011

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

There is a large liberal arts core, which consists of 13 classes if you are in the Gabelli School of Business. However, many of these liberal arts core classes are business related such as micro and macro economics, statistics, math for business, and calculus. There is also a large business core which is great if you are undecided as you can sample all major and minors. Even if you are decided, it is important to know the basics of all the core classes, so it will not be a waste of time for anyone. The business school has started implementing curves in most of its classes, and this has made for a much more competitive school. This, mixed in with small classes (avg class is 22 students) makes for great learning from some of the best professors. Being in NYC, most of the professors are either working or have worked for large companies which makes them great for networking and getting to know the business world. The workload is definitely not a piece of cake, but it will not keep you in the library all day (except for finals of course). Study abroad is easy to find and complete, Fordham works with a large number of colleges and universities, especially other Jesuit schools. You pay the normal tuition to Fordham and study in whatever country you choose.

Fordham is terrific with its classes and even better with research and internship opportunities. With the city at your fingertips, internships are a plenty.

Quality of Life

Housing and food are somewhat expensive, but you have to realize that this is a city school which automatically means higher prices. Other than that the neighboring area is much better than one would expect. At the Rose Hill campus in the Bronx, we are surrounded by the Botanical Gardens, Bronx Zoo, and Arthur Avenue (the original Little Italy). The Lincoln Center campus is located right next to the Metropolitan Opera House on the upper west side in the Lincoln Center area, possibly the most beautiful part of Manhattan. Safety is not issue, security does a terrific job on both campuses and there is plenty to do around each campus.

Admissions

The admission process is based on your SAT/ACT scores, Common App essay, and recommendations. About 93% of students receive financial aid at Fordham. There are a plethora of scholarships that the school offers as well.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2013

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

Common Application. Very comprehensive look at every aspect of a student's application. Early Action, not early decision. No interviews.

Level

4

Graduation Year

2011

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Fordham has a very broad core that allows students to experiment in many different fields of thought. AP, IP, and previous college credit can factor into these required courses, but on the whole, Fordham students must take two theology, two philosophy, two history, two english, one math, two sciences, and one art credited course to complete this program. Many classes can overlap, fulfilling more than one need, but students, within their first two years, have to make room for these different courses. This is to assure that all students are receiving the liberal arts background that Fordham, at its core, finds so valuable. Every freshman receives an advisor upon entering campus, who then reaches out to this student to set up individual meetings during the first semester of that year. The student than can choose to retain the relationship. Students are also given advisors within their major and minors, so one never wants for more advice. Class size average is around 22 kids per class, and the student to teacher ration is 12 to 1. Professors have required office hours during the week and are always accessible by email. Research opportunities are so very easy to take part in, most professors really want to do research with undergraduate students. Not very competitive, work load can get high but always manageable, grading is, for the most part, clear. Study abroad is mainly through other school's programs, though they do offer many trips to other Fordham associated colleges abroad.

Quality of Life

Overall a good quality of life, really nice dorms, somewhat expensive meal plans, but lots of options as far a food is concerned. Some classrooms in need of restoration and labs are in the works for updates, but overall, very good facilities for working and discussing. The library is beautiful and spacious. Neighborhood is fantastic, so wonderfully diverse and challenging to one's comfort zones. Though the Bronx gets a bad rap, it is overall a great place to attend school because of the opportunities to test why the world is the way it is. Though kids will say that there are so many security alerts and instances of threat, this entire year, we have had three security alerts in general, two dealing with crimes in the neighborhood that in no way involved Fordham students, and one dealing with a kid walking around at 3:30 in the morning by himself with his blackberry. You may have to use street smarts when walking around the Bronx at night (go in a group), but welcome to the real world.

Admissions

Fordham uses the Common Application, but it also sends out a shortened online, free application for a certain number of students. This application uses the same Common App essay prompts. Interviews are not part of the application process, but all prospective students are welcome to come to campus to speak with any University official. When applying to Fordham, one can select to apply either early action or regular decision (regular decision will follow a rolling admission pattern). If selected, Fordham offers many different scholarship and financial aid packages to aid its students. The office of Financial Aid accepts the FASFA and CSS forms and connects with other offices to decide on the different scholarships available. The scholarships range in value from $7,000/year to full tuition and room and board. These are decided based on merit and can be adjusted/added-to based on need. No additional application is required.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2013

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