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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Fordham is diverse in a few ways, but not racially. The school is noticeably white, with the largest minority population being Hispanics/Latinos at 14%. This is disappointing in a lot of ways, but Fordham's racial homogeneity is relatively well-known, so most are not surprised by the lack of racial diversity when they get there. Fordham does have a pretty large LGBT/queer population, and I've never heard any instances in which this population was ostracized by the student body. Though Fordham isn't necessarily a beacon of diversity, that doesn't mean it isn't welcomed by those who attend the school. For the most part, the kids at Fordham come from affluent backgrounds, but there is no single political party that defines the student body as a whole.

3 College Freshman

Academics: One of the best parts about Fordham is the teaching staff. Because we are in NYC, there are thousands of qualified individuals who are waiting to fill the positions of professors. All of my professors have been highly educated, and I've really only taken issue with one, and he was mildly senile so I'll give him a pass. I know that students in Gabelli have more issues with their professors as compared to students FCRH, likely because Gabelli expanded so quickly in such a short amount of time, but in general, the professors here really make your time worth while. However, the one major issue in regards to Fordham's academics is the core. It's really limiting and tedious, and it prevents students from exploring outside of their (intended) major. I am very opposed to the core, as I see college as a time to explore intellectually, and being told what classes I need to take doesn't allow me to do that. By the time you finish the core, you are a junior and it's time to start taking your major classes, so I've been deeply disappointed by that.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The campus itself is gorgeous--lots of trees, grass, and pretty plantings. Fordham puts a lot of money into keeping the campus looking picturesque. However, I wish they'd put more funding into modernizing the aspects of the campus that tours and campus promotional booklets don't see/show, i.e. classrooms.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Don't be turned off by the Bronx, it's not that bad at all! The campus itself is super safe, and when you're out in the Bronx, as long as you use common sense you will be fine. It's so easy to get into Manhattan, and there's a variety of ways to get into the city. It's NYC, it's impossible to beat.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I was pleasantly surprised by the student body here--most people are nice and want to make friends. Some people are preppy east coasters, especially people in the business school, but there are also alternative, socially conscious, and sporty kids as well. There's really no single stereotype that sums up the student body, so it's pretty diverse in that regard. Racially and religiously, the school is mostly made up of white Catholic kids, specifically Italians and Irish. Relationships are not as common as hookups, especially freshman year, but that changes slightly as you get older I believe. If you are looking for a boyfriend/girlfriend, clubs, intramurals, and even classes are your best bet. Still, they are relatively rare, and a lot of people have boyfriends or girlfriends at other schools.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Like any school, Fordham has some major pros as well as some major cons. It's a stunning and secure campus located in arguably the greatest city in the world. Transportation into Manhattan is beyond easy and convenient, but the Bronx still has a lot to offer in terms of culture and food. The professors for the most part are wonderful, especially in the college of arts and sciences, and they all are highly educated with PHD's. The student body in general is pretty nice, and there are many different kinds of people, evident in the number of clubs on campus. There also are not too many cliques because of the absence of a Greek system. However, most students are from the Tri State area, and as someone from the west coast, that lack of diversity can be mildly frustrating at times. The administration is widely disliked by the student body as they are INCREDIBLY stubborn about being behind the times, and their policies can be draconian at times. Guest policies are ridiculous, and it can be easy to get fined. The core is tedious and feels mostly unnecessary, and as someone who likes to be able to explore intellectually, I've felt limited by the core. Class registration when you are in FCRH is also a stressful pain in the ass. The bar scene is actually super fun, but the bars can get packed sometimes, and for some that might be an issue. Overall, it's been a mostly positive experience, but there are some aspects of the school that really need to change.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Being in NYC, the opportunities are plentiful. Fordham prides itself in its internship opportunities for its students, and the Office of Careers and Services seems like it's pretty devoted to helping students get internships as well as jobs after graduation. In the Tri State area, the alumni network is strong--Fordham alumni hire other Fordham alumni--but on the west coast it needs serious work. The school is relatively unknown on the other side of the country, which doesn't entirely devalue your degree, but it can be frustrating at times. Big name companies like NBC and JP Morgan are known for hiring large numbers of Fordham graduates, which is a big motivator for current students who are driven to achieve a career after graduation.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A single block from Arthur Ave, Fordham's location is absolutely underrated with respect to the food options. While Arthur is known for its Italian food, you can find all different kinds of food here. From Mediterranean to sushi to just a classic burger, there's something for everyone here.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Freshman dorms are pretty strict with the drinking, but just avoid the RAs as best as possible and you're so fine. It's not a dry campus so its not as strict as its made out to be

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial Aid is not decided through Fordham as a school, as its up to the discretion of the government's FAFSA. That being said, financial aid was an absolute hassle. Scholarships, on the other end, are really easy processes. Fordham is very generous with its scholarships, whether they offer it outright or you approach them to be considered for another scholarship, they are very willing to help.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Its competitive to get certain areas of off-campus housing, so the process can be stressful, but worth it in the end. The housing is so close to campus that you're practically on campus.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: FORDHAM DOES NOT GET ENOUGH CREDIT FOR OUR NIGHT LIFE. Yes, we are technically a bar school. No, we dont have frat houses and Greek life, etc etc. But honestly the bars are really fun and there are people going out every night of the week. Also, the sports teams each have their own house, so its not uncommon to go to a party. Being that its in a city, there is always the option of having bars to go to, but parties are always present as well. Its nice to have the reassurance of the bar scene, and be able to go out knowing that something will definitely be going on, but there's always the option of a party, so its a happy medium between them both.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Fordham got a lot of heat in the past for its bad food options, but it recently revamped its entire food system, so I have no complaints. Honestly I was really impressed with the different options on campus. The caf is basic generic Sodexo caf food, but you can get food from Cosi or the Grille (actual good food) for a meal trade, which is really convenient

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some freshman dorms have AC and some do not, but the one's that lack AC make up for it in the larger room size. As more and more people are choosing to attend Fordham, housing students on campus is proving to be more and more difficult. The actual dorms themselves are beautiful, I didn't realize how lucky we were until visiting other schools and comparing the dorms. The lottery process to actually get the dorms, however, is incredibly stressful.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of people move off campus after sophomore year; the options are plentiful and usually people do it to get away from the strict dorm rules. If you can handle paying rent, cooking your own food and walking to campus in the winter, then off campus housing is absolutely worth it.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: I threw parties a lot, as long as they don't get too crowded you're gonna have fun. Bars are pretty good too. And if those aren't your thing, you're a quick subway ride away from Manhattan.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: You're right next to Arthur Avenue which has a huge variety of places to eat, all of which I recommend. And there's plenty of late night pizza options, which for me was a big deal.

2 College Junior

Administration: Honestly I have nothing nice to say about the administration. They are behind the times.

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2 College Junior

Campus Food: Eat off campus however you can. The meal plan is absolutely not worth it.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Freshmen dorms are a mixed bag: each dorm has its own advantage (air conditioner, spaciousness, etc). The dorms do get better as you become an upperclassman.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Ethnically and racially, Fordham is hardly diverse at all. Politically, it is slightly more diverse. I have encountered some diversity in terms of sexual orientation, but not much for a school in New York City.

3 College Junior

Academics: The Communications department is great in terms of preparing students for jobs, but too large to give students enough individual attention. The Italian department has been wonderful in giving me adequate attention, but I do not necessarily feel I will find a job opportunity from it.

4 College Junior

Academics: Like any university, there are wonderful professors and subpar professors. Having two majors, one in a huge department, and one in a small department, the differences in faculty and student attention are apparent. I have had a few very good, but mostly average professors in the Communication and Media Studies department, while I have had overall excellent professors in the Italian department. However, my advisors in both departments have been excellent and attentive in taking a very special interest in my academic progress.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Fordham's campus is beautiful and spacious. An oasis in the Bronx. There are always enough spaces to study, relax, and hang out and not feel crowded by other students.

4 College Junior

Local Area: I thought the Bronx would be a terrifying place to be, but like anyplace, it depends on the person's behavior. You have to be careful of your surroundings and respectful to locals and you will be fine.

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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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