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Reviews 1347 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The overall atmosphere at the school is great. Easy to make friends, dorms are small but clean and nice, fun on the weekends, tough but strong academics.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school is a hard place to make friends and clubs are inconvenient for commuters.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The staff is always supportive and the infrastructure to help support you in reaching whatever goal is well established.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Very difficult and challenging, but I got a great education that prepared me for the real world and especially for college

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3 College Senior

Party Scene: Lots of house parties, and also tri-bar. The scene can become monotonous

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Mostly fast-food joints, but we are close to Arthur Avenue, which has high quality Italian food

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There is a variety of off campus housing- mostly privately owned apartment buildings that aren't fantastic, but a solid place to live

3 College Senior

Administration: Dorms are pretty strict- you are not allowed visitors past 5 who don't sign in (they have to leave at 2 am), or overnight guests without a pre-approved guest pass. You cannot have an overnight visitor of another gender

3 College Senior

Campus Food: There are healthy options available, but you have to seek them out. Would appreciate more readily available healthy options

3 College Senior

Scholarships: I have a grant and scholarships, but also rely on government funded loans.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Once you get to be an upper level student, the housing improves drastically

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I honestly had a better dining experience off-campus than on-campus. The food could be somewhat pricey depending on where you go but, I've never been disappointed.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The visitation policies suck. You're only allowed visitors until 3:30AM and if you sign them out past that time you will get fined. The overnight policy only allows you to have someone of the same sex over and you need to get a guest pass for them 24hrs in advanced. It sucks that we're still treated like children even though our residence is apartment style and in the heart of NYC.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: It was very simple and easy to do online!

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: Not enough variety. The quality of the food is terrible. In the Undergrad Dining Hall at Lincoln Center, the eggs were always soupy and undercooked, there was never enough staff so you were waiting forever to get something, the coffee was awful, the water sometimes didn't work, the waffles were like bricks, the food was bland, nothing was ever cooked properly, people got food poisoning off of salad, AMONGST OTHER THINGS. Very disappointing.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It really depends on where you're living. While living in McKeon Hall (the newer building), the elevators were constantly breaking down, the showers broke, the laundry machines exploded and flooded multiple times, the vending machines were rarely stocked, the light fixtures fell off, the ceiling tiles fell off, among other things. However, since moving into McMahon Hall (the older building), I've had a very pleasant experience. My only complaint would be that the laundry rooms could use some upgrading.

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

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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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