Fairleigh Dickinson University

1000 River Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666 | (201) 692-2000

#64 (tie) in Regional Universities North | Overall Score 58/100.0
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2018 Quick Stats

  • Tuition & Fees $40,704 (2017-18)
  • Room and Board $14,904 (2017-18)
  • Total Enrollment 11,466
  • Application Deadline rolling

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Fairleigh Dickinson University is a private institution that was founded in 1942. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,870, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 266 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Fairleigh Dickinson University's ranking in the 2018 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities North, 64. Its tuition and fees are $40,704 (2017-18).

Fairleigh Dickinson University has two campus locations in New Jersey for students to choose from: the suburban Florham Campus in Madison and the Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck. The two locations offer different college experiences. Florham emphasizes a liberal arts education and has Division III sports teams; the Metropolitan Campus has a variety of co-op education experiences, competes at the Division I level in athletics and has a large graduate student community. Undergraduate housing is available at each campus, though more students choose to live on the Florham Campus than the Metropolitan Campus.

For off-campus study options, students can spend time at either of the school's two international campuses, Wroxton College in England and the Vancouver Campus in Canada's British Columbia. For graduate students, FDU has the Silberman College of Business, as well as programs in the social sciences, health and more. Notable alumni of FDU include "Star Trek" television series writer Dorothy Fontana and former NFL player George Martin.

General Information

  • Private, Coed school type
  • 1942 year founded
  • N/A religious affiliation
  • Semester academic calendar
  • Suburban setting
  • $72.1 million 2016 endowment

School Mission and Unique Qualities

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Devoted to preparing world citizens through global education, Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) offers an unmatched legacy and landscape of global learning opportunities. Located within the cultural melting pot of the New York Metropolitan area, Fairleigh Dickinson University is New Jerseys largest private university with more than 12,000 students. Our diverse learners include more than 1000 international students from nearly 100 countries. A close-knit community, FDUs low student-to-faculty ratio (15:1) provides each student unique access to and personal attention from a world-class collection of scholars. And FDU is one of only a few schools in the United States to field both Division I and Division III athletic teams.FDU features more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including doctoral programs in nursing practice, clinical psychology, school psychology and pharmacy, two international campuses, dozens of partnerships with internationally renowned institutions and special programs and status within the United Nations. The Silberman College of Business is accredited by the prestigious AACSB International-the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and has been named among the nations best by The Princeton Review. FDUs School of Pharmacy welcomed its first class in 2012 and has unveiled a dynamic curriculum incorporating technology and global perspective. FDU is particularly distinguished for its innovative uses of technology that bring the world to its students. For example, our Global Virtual Faculty program features scholars and practitioners from around the world who contribute to courses via the Internet. And, our graduates have taken leading roles in every field imaginable and every corner of the world.

2018 Rankings

Fairleigh Dickinson University is ranked #64 in Regional Universities North. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

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#249 (tie) in Business Programs

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Undergraduate Information

Alumni Starting Salaries

Below are the median starting salaries by major for alumni of Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Median starting salary of alumni: $46,400* *

Median starting salary of alumni: * $46,400*

By major:

Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
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Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
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Biological and Biomedical Sciences
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Health Professions and Related Programs
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When applying to Fairleigh Dickinson University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Fairleigh Dickinson University is $40. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 78 percent.

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Selectivity: Selective 

Selectivity:  Selective

Fall 2016 acceptance rate: 78% 

Fall 2016 acceptance rate:  78%

Application deadline: rolling 

Application deadline:  rolling

SAT/ACT scores must be received by: July 1 

SAT/ACT scores must be received by:  July 1

Priority application deadline:

Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Fairleigh Dickinson University is 13:1, and the school has 70.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Fairleigh Dickinson University include: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Psychology; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Health Professions and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 77 percent.

Class sizes :
Classes with fewer than 20 students
50 or more

Student-faculty ratio: 13:1 

Student-faculty ratio:  13:1

4-year graduation rate: 32% 

4-year graduation rate:  32%

Student Life

Fairleigh Dickinson University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,870, with a gender distribution of 43 percent male students and 57 percent female students. In sports, Fairleigh Dickinson University is part of the NCAA I.

Student gender distribution:
57% Female

Total enrollment: 11,466 

Total enrollment:  11,466

Collegiate athletic association: NCAA I 

Collegiate athletic association:  NCAA I

Full-time degree-seeking students:

Cost & Financial Aid

At Fairleigh Dickinson University, 81 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $30,075.

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Financial aid statistics:

Tuition and fees: $40,704 (2017-18) 

Tuition and fees:  $40,704 (2017-18)

Room and board: $14,904 (2017-18) 

Room and board:  $14,904 (2017-18)

Minimum credits per term a student can take for full-time tuition price:

Campus Safety

Campus safety data were reported by the institution to the U.S. Department of Education and have not been independently verified. The numbers for criminal offenses reflect reports of alleged offenses to campus security and/or law enforcement authorities, not necessarily prosecutions or convictions. Experts advise prospective students and their families to do their own research to evaluate the safety of a campus as well as the surrounding area.

Campus Services

Fairleigh Dickinson University offers a number of student services, including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, health service, health insurance. Fairleigh Dickinson University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc.). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Students who have cars on campus: N/A 

Students who have cars on campus:  N/A

Health insurance offered: Yes 

Health insurance offered:  Yes

Nearest airports (miles):

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