So, you’re thinking about applying to Fordham University, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.
With an acceptance rate of 45%, admission to Fordham is pretty competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1300, or an ACT score of around 29.
Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and you'll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Fordham admission statistics.
Fordham Admissions Statistics
Fordham’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 45%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 44,816 applicants, Fordham admitted about 20,268. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.64, the average ACT score was 29, and the average SAT score was 1340.
For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 27, and the 75th percentile score was 31.
For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1260. The 75th percentile score was 1430.
If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.
Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.
As we said, admission to Fordham is competitive. Even if Fordham is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.
Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.
OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Fordham’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.
Fordham Application Requirements
To apply to Fordham, you’ll need to fill out the Common Application and do the Essay, submit your high school transcript, submit an ACT or SAT score, pay the $70 application fee, and submit a letter of recommendation. Everything should be submitted by November 1st for Early Action, and January 8th for Regular Decision.
Here’s a full list of application requirements:
- Fill out the Common Application and do the Essay
- Submit an ACT score or SAT score
- Pay the $70 application fee
- Submit your high school transcript
- Submit one letter of recommendation
The application deadline is November 1st for Early Action and January 8th for Regular Decision.
Have you been admitted to Fordham? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.
Fordham Admitted Students Profile
If you matriculate at Fordham, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.
Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:
- Roughly 43% are male and 57% are female
- 7.7% of students are international
Fordham has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:
- International: 7.7%
- Underrepresented minority: 2.4%
- Two or more races: 3.2%
- White: 63.5%
What do these admitted students plan to study? Fordham offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:
- Speech Communication and Rhetoric
- Business Administration and Management
Now, how are you going to pay for this?
Fordham Tuition Figures
At $69,708, Fordham’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $30,378.
Here’s a fuller look at Fordham tuition and financial aid in 2017:
- Total budget: $64,974
- Average financial aid package: $33,991
Now, what is life like at Fordham? Let’s take a look.
Fordham is split among three main campuses, in and around New York City.
The school is unique in that it technically three main campuses - the Rose Hill campus in the Bronx, and the Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan, and the Westchester campus outside of the city.
Remember, you’re going to Fordham for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.
Fordham has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:
- African Studies
- Broadcast Journalism
- Commercial and Advertising Art
- Creative Writing
- International Economics
- Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Medieval and Renaissance Studies
- Natural Sciences
- Playwriting and Screenwriting
- Radio and Television
Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Fordham.
Student Life at Fordham
Fordham has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.
Here’s a sampling of Fordham’s student activities:
- Alternative Investments Club
- Business of Sports Society
- Chemistry Club
- Fordham University South Asian Entity (FUSE)
- PRIDE Alliance
- Fordham Experimental Theatre
- Mimes and Mummers
- MODE Magazine
- Operation Dreamcatcher
- Pet Advocacy for Underprivileged Survivors
- Tzu Chi Collegiate Association
- Up ‘Til Dawn
- Classics Club
- Futurist Society
- Meditation Club
- Respect for Life
Are you an athlete? Fordham’s got plenty of options for you.
Fordham offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.
Fordham’s sports include:
- Swimming & Diving
- Water Polo
- Track & Field
Who might you become with a Fordham degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:
Fordham has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.
Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:
- New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo
- Central Intelligence Director John O. Brennan
- Novelist Mary Higgins Clark
- Author Don DeLillo
- Vice Executive and former CEO of Burberry Rose Marie Bravo
- UnitedHealth Group CEO Stephen J. Hemsley
- Venture capitalist Don Valentine
- Actor Alan Alda
- Actress Patricia Clarkson
- Illusionist David Copperfield
- Musician Lana Del Rey
- Musician Faith Evans
And this is only a partial list!
Getting into Fordham is competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.
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