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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus itself is incredibly safe. No one gets through the gates without a Fordham ID or a valid reason to be there, and it has to be that way since the Bronx is not very safe. It's easy to schedule appointments at the health center, but during the flu season appointments fill up, so sometimes you cannot be seen immediately.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Though Fordham is D1, no one really cares about the sports here. The athletes still walk around like they own the place, but at the end of the day games are rarely attended.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Fordham is right by Arthur Ave, which is known as the real Little Italy of New York. Delicious authentic Italian food as well as cheap options when you want a burger or some pizza. The best local spots are Dominick's, Simon's, Estrellita's, and Pugsley's.

1 College Freshman

Administration: One of the biggest complaints among students are the ridiculously strict policies. Fordham can be incredibly rigid seeing as it is a Catholic school--no birth control on campus, no guest passes for people of the opposite sex, strict visitation policies, attendance taken on the regular, and the core, which is probably the worst part of the school. However, what Fordham fails to recognize is that despite these policies, kids still manage to get around them.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got much more scholarship money than I was expecting to. They gave me an academic scholarship that basically covered room and board for me. From what I've heard, Fordham is pretty generous aid wise.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is absolutely zero partying that takes place in the dorms, and Greek life doesn't exist, so if you're looking for themed parties in a big sweaty frat house then this isn't the place for you. But for people who are above or not interested in Greek life, the Fordham party scene is really fun. Lots of pregaming done in rooms before heading out to the bars, most of which are packed but fun. It can get expensive, but it's usually worth it. Oh, and Tuesday nights are huge here, so it's a nice way to break up the week. Fordham is not boring in the slightest.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: I have no idea why we stick with Sodexo, tuition is too high to have such bad food. There's not a lot of options, and the few options we have aren't great. A lot of the food is unhealthy, but the healthy options they do offer are usually disgusting. When eating on campus, you just eat because you need to, there's nothing enjoyable about it really.

1 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: It was literally the most expensive and worst tasting food I ever had to eat on a regular basis.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Dorms are okay. They are spacious but the community vibe is a bit strange.

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College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I bring my own food to campus.

3 College Junior

Administration: Attendance policies are very strict/not flexible at all. Academic integrity is strictly enforced.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: It's mostly merit based or you can apply for separate scholarships with specific requirements.

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College Junior

Campus Food: I usually bring my own food.

College Junior

Campus Housing: I'm a commuter. I don't know what it's like to live on campus.

4 College Freshman

Majors: All the artsy majors are at LC, but the ones here are still pretty good.

3 College Freshman

Majors: All the artsy majors are at LC.

4 College Freshman

Majors: All the upperclassmen I know say they love it, working at great companies.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Mostly white kids with way too much money. Girls are generic and replaceable with one another. The only Black kids on campus for the most part are here on athletic scholarship to play sports. No real attempt at fixing that has been made. Very accepting of the sexually oriented.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Best thing about this school and the only thing really

5 College Freshman

Academics: Best thing about this school

2 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Honestly people say Keating and Eddies are beautiful and Keating is in a lot of tv shows and films, but honestly they're just average buildings. Nothing special about them. The campus is not overly beautiful or magestic. Most of this campus doesn't even look like a college, lacking many of the features a truly appealing campus. The campus honestly isn't great looking and is below average in my opinion.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: The bronx itself is unsafe later at night by yourself and filled with repetitive pasta and pizza joints which are pretty good, but can get old quickly. NYC is is fantastic though, great city.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Lots of drugs and alcohol. Fumes is always busy for one reason or another. Be wary of the locals. They as a whole don't deserve the rep they get, but some can be dangerous. The area around campus in not safe at all. Those who attack students are not afraid to stalk and harass groups as well. Assaults at knife point are common. the only reason it's not such a huge issue here is because as the temperatures chill the crime stops, as it does everywhere. Women are especially targeted. Students have been forced to withdraw hundreds of dollars at a time. Don't get into any three card montee games. You have been warned. Never go off campus by yourself late at night.

1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I can't wait to transfer. If I had $1,000 for every lie let alone half truth I was told on tour I could pay my tuition 3 times over. The people are so cliquey and trashy it isn't even funny. This schools lacks what I call "between the week culture". This schools lives for the weekends, but the nightlife is so terrible and repetitive I can't stand it. The food sucks and the amount of club don't even take up half of a page of paper. Most of the clubs are purely academic anyway. No school culture worth mentioning. You really do have to be a rich jersey kid to fit in here. As someone from Suburban Chicago I can honestly say that every single Jersey Stereotype I heard coming here was true. The number of schools I wouldn't like to transfer to I can fit on one hand. A better question than asking what is wrong with Fordham is asking what isn't wrong with Fordham. Also, the Bronx is a s dangerous and criminally active. We have had streaks where every single day someone gets robbed or held up at knife point. The worst part of it is the students just laugh it off like it's nothing. The two weeks before Thanksgiving break we had a security report email everyday. The bronx really isn't safe. If you do go here DON'T go off campus late at night by yourself. Even going to the Walgreen's can be risky. I have been stalked and followed to campus from Aurthur Avenue even in a group of students on the weekend. God help those who do go here. This really is a scummy school. One thing the University has right though is Global Outreach, great program. One of the few worthwhile things about this school besides the degree. See you never Fordham, I'm out!

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1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I can't wait to transfer. There is no culture at this school, at least culture during the week, but even the weekend culture gets old and boring. Everyone seems miserable, but I guess that's just the culture of the school. Rarely do I see anyone smiling or having fun out in the open. Good academic reputation, but not much else. Athletics are pathetic, even our football team who plays in the peewee league of D1 football. Students hear say they want to get involved and experience the Bronx, but they don't join any clubs, do anything extra, and set limits to where the go outside the campus gates. A 5 block radius around the campus max. It's one giant bubble. There aren't too many places I rather not go. If you aren't rich and from Jersey, you will have a hard time fitting in. As an upper middle class kid from Chicago who didn't drink to excess and do every drug under the sun, I had problems fitting in.

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Fordham is nothing like what most students envision when they think of the typical college experience. You won't find any huge lecture halls, fraternities, or sororities, and you won't get lost trying to navigate a massive campus. Fordham prides itself in being a small, intimate setting, where professors value students as individuals and not one of hundreds in their class who get lost in the mix of things. With its prime locations, Fordham doesn't need to be a big school in order to offer the world to students because the heart of New York City and all of its opportunities are so accessible. Both campuses are beautiful, especially Rose Hill, with its old buildings and abundance of plant life in the midst of an urban setting, and even if it's not the athletics, something about the school will definitely make you proud to say you're a ram. 

No one would ever deny that Fordham has its flaws, like high prices and terrible food, but putting all of that aside, the experience that students have is a great one. The majority of students would still choose Fordham if they had a chance to start the college process all over again, and that right there says a lot. The education you receive and the fun you have, both on and off campus, make the downsides seem trivial in the long run, but only as long as you take full advantage of everything that Fordham and the city have to offer. Fordham is a great place to be, but it has to be the right fit for you, so before you make any decisions, visit the campus you plan on applying to and make sure it feels like home.

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