Fordham University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Fordham University

Fordham University is a private Jesuit research university located in the Bronx borough of NYC. The university has a 15-to-1 student/faculty ratio and a mean class size of 22. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations. The Fordham Rams play in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference except for the football team playing in the Patriot League.


  • Total Enrollment: 16,515 (9,645 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43 percent male/57 percent female
  • 95 percent full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $54,093
  • Books: $1,039
  • Room and Board: $18,508
  • Other Expenses: $2,949
  • Total Cost: $76,589

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 89 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 88 percent
    • Loans: 51 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $27,610
    • Loans: $6,696

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Finance, General; Economics, General; Business Administration and Management, General; and Psychology, General

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 90 percent
  • Transfer-Out Rate: 12 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 79 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 83 percent

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Water Polo, Squash
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cheerleading-Dance Team, Cross Country, Crew-Rowing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Fordham University Admissions

Fordham University accepts fewer than half of applicants and has a selective admissions process. However, Fordham has a robust admissions process that involves a multitude of academic measures. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants should complete an online application, and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside the admission offices’ mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the next steps of the application process.

Admissions Data                        

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, Fordham University had an acceptance rate of 46%.  for every 100 students who submitted applications, 46 students gained admission, making Fordham’s admissions process competitive.

SAT Requirements and Scores

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, 71% of admitted students provided SAT scores. This admissions data reveals that most of Fordham’s admitted students fall within the top 20% on the SAT. 50% of students admitted to Fordham University scored between 620 and 700 on the evidence-based reading and writing section, while 25% scored below 620 and 25% scored over 700. 50% of admitted students scored between 630 and 730 on the math section, while 25% scored below 630, and 25% scored over 730. Applicants with a cumulative SAT score of 1410 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Fordham.

ACT Requirements and Scores

During the 2016-17 admissions phase, 39% of admitted students provided ACT scores. This admissions data reveals that most of Fordham’s admitted students fall within the top 14% on the ACT exam. The median 50% of admitted students received a cumulative ACT score between 28 and 32, while 25% scored over 32, and 25% scored below 28.


In 2019, the mean high school GPA for Fordham freshman was 3.64.  Successful applicants have A and B grades primarily.

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Fordham University, it should be easy for you to gain admission to the schools below. If Fordham University is currently out of your reach, you can be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

University of Massachusetts Amherst, Syracuse University, Drexel University, University of Cincinnati, Penn State University Park, United States Military Academy, Hofstra University

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Fordham University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admission to these schools.

University of Florida, University of California, Santa Barbara, University of Texas at Austin, University of Miami, University of Washington, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Stony Brook University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Fordham University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

Northeastern University, University of Michigan, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York University, Boston University, Boston College, Villanova University

Applying to Fordham University

Application Deadline: January 1

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