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5 College Junior

Academics: The professors are the best and are always willing to help students in need of extra help. The professors are understanding and are always willing to give students extra time with assignments and exams if needed. The curriculum itself covers a lot of useful and interesting material and the workload is not terrible for such a prestigious, private university. There is always somewhere on campus to study, whether it be in the library stacks, the monninger center or a classroom. Registration is not as hard as people make it out to be. The people in Enrollment Services are very helpful and kind and are always available to help you register if you are unable to register online.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics at Fairleigh Dickinson are the absolute best. The workload is difficult but it is not busy, meaningless work. You feel that you are actually learning from the work given, which makes it less of a chore to do.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Registering for classes can be a pain, the professors are great, they want you to do well.

5 College Junior

Academics: I feel that the education I am receiving is great. I have grown a lot since attending FDU

5 College Freshman

Academics: Specifically for the courses and professors in my fields of study (criminology and psychology) the course options and professor are great.

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Fairleigh Dickinson College at Florham prides itself in being a “leader in global education." The University is able to maintain this mantra by promoting its international campuses in Vancouver and England. Florham also offers a specialized five-year master's program for students to receive their teaching degree. Many of the courses offered at Fairleigh are designed to introduce students to new cultures and broaden their horizons. Florham even requires students to finish four courses listed as core curriculum, with a focus solely on other cultures. Many of the professors try to help their students as much as they can, staying after classes and meeting outside of their office hours. Students are able to develop relationships with some of their professors, especially those in their designated major or majors. 

There are two colleges at Fairleigh Dickinson, and the business college, Silberman, does everything to help with classes and scheduling. They have the students entire four years already set for them. For the liberal arts college, Becton, things are not as easy. The incoming freshman class receives some help at orientation, but the classes they choose and the course load are completely up to their own discretion, without much help. Students are able to meet with their advisers; however, many times, the advisers simply tell the students which classes they will need over the course of their study.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
12:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
131
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
263
Total FT Faculty
131
Faculty with Terminal Degree
74%
Average Faculty Salary
$72,506
Full-Time Retention Rate
76%
Part-Time Retention Rate
50%
Transfer-Out Rate
33%
Graduation Rate
58%
Programs/Majors Offered
38
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • 20 to 49 students: 44%
  • 50 or more students: 1%
  • Fewer than 20 students: 55%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Becton College
  • Petrocelli College
  • Silberman College
  • University College
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 4%
  • Business Administration and Management: 7%
  • Psychology: 4%
  • Teacher Education for Multiple Levels: 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • External degree program
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
  • Weekend college
Online Courses
FDU offers a variety of online education options, including a certificate program in the following areas: business, technology and communication; global leadership; cybercrime and computer forensics; security, safety and terrorism studies; United States Homeland Security studies; and global healthcare and human services.
Best Places to Study
Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Talk to your professors; make sure they know who you are, and you will do well.
  • Try to be outgoing, and meet as many people as you can. Clubs and organizations are a great place to start.
Did You Know?
FDU is New Jersey's largest private institution with more than 12,000 students.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 46 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 28 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 27 responses

  • 22% This was my dream school.
  • 67% This was one of my top choices.
  • 11% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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