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Academics

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3 College Freshman

Academics: The Core Sucks, teachers are good except if you get a bad professor you will completely be disappointed with the class and lose interest 100%.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Not an excruciating amount of work but it still is a lot. Professors are always willing to help when approached and some may even come to you if they see you are struggling.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Classes are hit or miss. Some are enriching and others are a complete waste of time. RateMyProfessor is crucial. Core is hell. Most people seem to be into theater, communications, and arts.

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.

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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.

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Fordham may not be an Ivy League school, but it definitely has an excellent reputation in academics, which is something that attracts many students to it. Fordham's core curriculum touches on a little bit of everything and sounds pretty overwhelming at first. Fordham students must take two English classes, two philosophy classes, two theology classes, two natural sciences classes, one intro-history course, one intro-social science class, one pluralism class, two courses in literature/social science/history, one math course, one fine arts course, and students must reach "exit level" in a foreign language. It seems like a lot, mainly because it is a lot, but there is a silver lining to this extensive core: Many courses satisfy multiple core requirements, and all core classes can be considered as requirements for majors and minors. Plus, once you've completed the core, you'll have tried out at least one course in a variety of different majors.

Most classes at Fordham are capped somewhere between 25 and 30 students, meaning professors really get a chance to know you and interact with you. If you're looking for big lecture classes where students are numbers and you don't have to show up more than twice a semester, you may want to consider a larger school. While some introductory classes are extremely large and conducted in lecture halls, the vast majority of the time your professor will know your name and will help you if you're willing to ask.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
13:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
718
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
770
Total FT Faculty
718
Faculty with Terminal Degree
96%
Average Faculty Salary
$108,363
Full-Time Retention Rate
88%
Part-Time Retention Rate
42%
Graduation Rate
81%
Programs/Majors Offered
78
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 50%
  • 20 to 49 students: 50%
  • 50 or more students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Fordham College at Lincoln Center
  • Fordham College at Rose Hill
  • Gabelli School of Business
  • School of Professional and Continuing Studies
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 8%
  • Law: 5%
  • Social Work: 7%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
  • UN semester
Online Courses
At this time, Fordham University does not offer online undergraduate courses. Students of Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Service have the option to take courses that are completely online, from the comfort of their own homes and at their own leisure.
Best Places to Study
  • The Blend CafĂ©
  • Eddie's (on a nice day)
  • Study lounges in dorms
  • Walsh Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Always have back-up classes when planning your schedule. Classes fill up quickly and you don't want to be freaking out at 7 a.m. if your first choice closes.
  • Bring a printer and plenty of ink. It's so much more convenient than walking to the library and paying by the page.
  • Check your Fordham email every single day!
  • Don't procrastinate!
  • Explore NYC! It's so close and easy to get to that there's no excuse for not taking full advantage of all the city has to offer.
  • Knock at the core as soon as you can. You don't wanna be the only senior surrounded by freshmen.
  • Take advantage of the small class sizes and get to know your professors! Most of them are friendly and your connections with them can only help you.
Did You Know?
Fordham College at Rose Hill was the first Catholic institution of higher learning established in the Northeast.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 107 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 62 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 62 responses

  • 15% This was my dream school.
  • 65% This was one of my top choices.
  • 21% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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