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Fairfield University is a private, co-educational undergraduate and master's level university located in Fairfieldmarker, Connecticutmarker, in the New Englandmarker region of the United States. It was founded by the Society of Jesus in 1942, and today is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The primary objectives of a Fairfield University education are to develop the creative intellectual potential of its students and to foster in them ethical and religious values and a sense of social responsibility.

About 3,900 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students study in Fairfield's six schools and colleges: The Fairfield College of Arts and Sciences, The Charles F.marker Dolan School of Businessmarker, The School of Engineeringmarker, The School of Nursing, The Graduate School of Education and Allied Professionsmarker, and The University College. Fairfield academics are notable for its science programs which have produced a MacArthur Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow and its international programs which have produced fifty five Fulbright Scholars since 1993.

History and tradition


Presidents of Fairfield
Years President
1942-1944 Rev. John J. McEleney, S.J.
1944-1951 Rev. James H. Dolan, S.J.
1951-1958 Rev. Joseph D. FitzGerald, S.J.
1958-1964 Rev. James E. FitzGerald, S.J.
1964-1973 Rev. William C. McInnes, S.J.
1973-1979 Rev. Thomas R. Fitzgerald, S.J.
1979-2004 Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J.
2004 - Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J.

Fairfield University was founded in 1942 by Society of Jesus when the Jesuits acquired the two contiguous estates of the Jennings and Lashar families. In the same year the Rev. James H. Dolan, S.J., the Provincial Superior of the New England Jesuit Province appointed the Rev. John J. McEleney, S.J. the first President of the "Fairfield University of Saint Robert Bellarmine, S.J." and Vicar of the Fairfield College Preparatory Schoolmarker. In 1944, the Rev. James H. Dolan, S.J. became the second President. During his tenure, Fairfield University was chartered by the State of Connecticut to grant degrees in 1945; the first class of 303 male students was admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences in 1947; the College of Arts and Sciences was accredited by the State of Connecticut and the first summer session of undergraduate courses was held in 1949.

A detailed account of the history of Fairfield University was written by the late Rev. Joseph MacDonnell, S.J. in his book entitled If these Stones Could Speak. Further, a brief history of The Jesuits in Fairfield can be found on The Fairfield Jesuit Community website.

Recent history

In September 2000, Charles F. Dolan H'04, founder of HBO and chairman of Cablevision, donated $25 million to the renamed Charles F.marker Dolan School of Businessmarker, which still represents one of the largest donations from a single source to a business school.

In July 2004, the Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., a graduate of Princeton Universitymarker, former Chair of the History Department at Georgetown Universitymarker, and former Dean of Fordham College at Rose Hillmarker, became the eighth Jesuit President of Fairfield University succeeding the Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., the longest tenured and most accomplished President of the University.

Aloysius P.
Kelley, S.J.

In September 2004, the Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J. announced that the capital campaign, "Our Promise: The Campaign for Fairfield University," launched and led by the Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., raised a record $137.9 million. The capital raised resulted in the construction and renovation of seven buildings, the creation of four new academic chairs, and the significant increase in the University's endowment.

In October 2006, the Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., the Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., and Paul J. Huston '82, chairman of the Board of Trustees, dedicated the Aloysius P. Kelley. S.J. Center, a new environmentally friendly, state-of-the-art welcoming center for prospective students and a "one-stop shopping" administrative center for current students.

And in March 2008, the Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., announced the Bridgeport Tuition Plan offering full tuition scholarships to admitted students who are graduates of a Bridgeport, Connecticut High School whose family earns less than $50,000 a year.

Roman Catholic and Jesuit tradition

Fairfield University's Roman Catholic and Jesuit tradition and history reach back nearly 500 years to the life, teachings and insights of Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556). As one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, Fairfield belongs to an elite group that continues Ignatius' dedication to developing the whole person. Fairfield's nurturing environment invites students of all traditions to a maturing of faith, self knowledge, respect for the dignity of themselves and others, a devotion to justice, a commitment to serving the poor, and a passion for truth, reflection, and lifelong learning.

Seal of the University

Fairfield's seal combines elements of its several traditions. The gold pinecones come from the coat of arms of the family of Saint Robert Bellarmine, S.J., for whom the University was originally named. Superimposed on the cones is the badge of the Society of Jesus - the letters IHS surmounted by the cross and surrounded by the instruments of Christ's passion - to indicate that the University is in the care of members of the same religious family.

There are three compartments in the upper portion of the shield, because "the school is dedicated and exists in the name of the father, and of the son, and of the holy spirit." The central compartment portrays a hart crossing a ford, a part of the coat of arms of the Diocese of Hartford, whose boundaries encompassed the Town of Fairfieldmarker, when the University was founded. Finally, the two outer compartments show clusters of grapes, charges taken from the town seal and symbolic of the fertility of the verdant fields of the Town and County of Fairfield.When the University was founded in 1942, the official name of the University was "Fairfield University of St. Robert Bellarmine". Three of the original seals with this name still exist on campus - in the main lobby of Alumni Hall, on the exterior of the Barone Campus Center, and on the glass front of Regis Hall facing the Quad.

Alma Mater

Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola

:::Fairfield! See the stag with cross of Gold
:::Rears once more its undefeated head.
:::Fair our field, as any field of old,

:::Bids our banners, like our blood, be red.
:::"Through faith, unto total truth," our cry
:::Swells from the sea to spire and sky;
:::Hear, Alma Mater, hear! Fairfield, hail!

:::Mem'ries fold away the thought of thee:
:::Autumn roses crimson on the bough,
:::Bright snow breaking to the dogwood tree

:::Keeps spring singing, then as now.
:::"Through faith, unto total truth," our cry
:::Swells from the sea to spire and sky;
:::Hear, Alma Mater, hear! Fairfield, hail!

:::Alma Mater of Fairfield University by Rev. John L. Bonn, S.J.


Academic programs

Fairfield's Jesuit ethos trains students in scholarship; prepares students for leadership; encourages students to engage in service projects; and develops students with strong social concerns for the common good. Fairfield University is an intellectual, social, spiritual, and cultural destination of choice for students and faculty from a rich diversity of backgrounds. Everyone in the University commits to excellence in educating, serving, inspiring and training students in various disciplines and fields.
McAuliffe Hall, School of Engineering
Fairfield University offers 34 undergraduate majors and 16 interdisciplinary minors,34 graduate programs leading to a Master's degree or certification, as well as more than 350 credit and 250 non-credit courses in University College. The Fiske Guide to Colleges recognized Fairfield's Strongest Programs to include Biology, International Studies, Art History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Accounting and Finance, and Mechanical Engineering. The innovative New Media major is the first of its kind among Jesuit universities and features Cinefest Fairfield, an annual film festival showcasing student work created in production courses.

Academic achievement

Fairfield University students and graduates have been the recipients of numerous nationally acclaimed fellowships and scholarships including the MacArthur Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Fulbright Scholarship, Goldwater Scholarship, Clare Booth Luce Scholarship, McGowan Scholarship and Udall Scholarship.

  • Phi Beta Kappa: Fairfield University is the second youngest institution to gain membership in Phi Beta Kappa (ΦΒΚ), the nation's oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. When the Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was chartered at Fairfield University in 1994, Fairfield joined a select company of 262 colleges and universities. Nationwide, only one percent of college seniors are invited to join Phi Beta Kappa annually. As of 2007, forty-three faculty and staff members on campus, including University President Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, are members of Phi Beta Kappa.

  • USA Today All-USA College Academic Team: Two Fairfield students, Chris Pilkerton '95 and Michael Franz '99, were selected to the USA Today All-USA College Academic Team which honors full-time undergraduates who not only excel in scholarship but also extend their intellectual abilities beyond the classroom to benefit society.

Centers of distinction

  • The Center for Catholic Studies promotes an understanding and appreciation of the Catholic intellectual tradition by supporting academic programming exploring the Catholic and Jesuit mission and identity and the Minor in Catholic Studies. The Center sponsors the Voices of Others video series in which Dr. Paul Lakeland sits down with distinguished scholars, theologians and social activists to discuss issues surrounding the theme “Listening to the Voices of Others.” Past special guests include Loung Ung, Rev. Gregory Boyle, S.J., Dr. Paul Farmer and Archbishop Demetrios of America. The Center is directed by the holder of the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Chair in Catholic Studies, currently Dr. Lakeland.

  • The Center for Faith and Public Life provides a cross-disciplinary forum for students, scholars, policy makers, and religious leaders to converse and reflect on the many issues where religion intersects with civic life. Through academic research, teaching, publications and public initiatives, the Center provides a new and exciting focus for viewing the role of religion in the public square. The Center sponsors the Politics Meets Faith video series in which American politicians such U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman, U.S. Representative Christopher Shays and U.S. Representative Jim McGovern have gone on record in front of a live audience of students for a conversation on the role of faith in political life. The Center is home to the Office of Service Learning which incorporates the service learning teaching methodology into the Fairfield curriculum by providing students opportunities to combine their academics studies with active community service to local organizations in nearby Bridgeport, Connecticutmarker. For example, education and psychology students can participate in the Adrienne Kirby Family Literacy Project, business students can participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, and nursing students can work at the Health Promotion Center. The Center is also the current home for the Connecticut Campus Compact, providing state level support for the Campus Compact, a national coalition of more than 1,100 colleges and universities, representing close to six million students, dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement, and service learning in higher education. The Center for Faith and Public Life was founded in 2005 and is directed by the Rev. Richard Ryscavage, S.J.

  • The Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies provides students and the local community exposure to and contact with Jewish ideas, culture, and thinking. The Bennett Center has brought several world-renowned lecturers to the University, including Nobel Prize-winner Elie Wiesel, Former Ambassador Dennis Ross, and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. The Bennett Center was founded in 1994 with an initial endowment of $1.5 million from Carl and Dorothy Bennett of Greenwich, Connecticut and is directed by Dr. Ellen Umansky.

  • The Center for Microfinance is at the forefront of the microfinance movement working to help develop self-sustaining business operations in developing countries. In keeping with the Jesuit mission of Fairfield University, Dr. Winston Tellis and Dr. Michael Tucker co-founded the Center in 2001 where the professors and business students have helped develop self-sustaining businesses in poor rural areas of Haiti and Nicaragua. The Center was honored for its work for Haiti's poor by FONKOZE USA (F/USA) which supports Fonkoze (Fondasyon Kole Zepol), Haiti's only alternative bank for the poor. F/USA is one of only five non-profit organizations approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to solicit U.S. investments for foreign organizations.

International programs

"Understanding, embracing, celebrating, and respecting cultural and ethnic differences is the hallmark of a Jesuit education, and has become an even higher imperative in a post-9/11 world." The International Studies Program at the Fairfield College of Arts and Sciences and the International Business Program at the Charles F.marker Dolan School of Businessmarker in conjunction with following associated programs reflect Fairfield's embrace of this higher imperative.

  • Fulbright Scholars Program: Fairfield University students have been very successful in garnering Fulbright Scholarships, which fund students to go abroad for one year after graduation to engage in independent research, study and work. The most prestigious scholarship awarded by the U.S. government, it was developed to increase mutual understanding between peoples of the United States and other countries. Since 1993-94, 52 Fairfield students have been awarded highly prestigious Fulbright Scholarships from the flagship international educational program sponsored by the U.S. government. Fairfield has been ranked #1 among universities that grant master's degrees in the Fulbright Program's list of colleges and universities that produced U.S. Fulbright Scholars since 2006. Besting 55 other schools in the category, Fairfield was selected by the Institute of International Education, the non-profit agency which administers the Fulbright Scholarship and The Chronicle of Higher Education, for this ranking. This was the fifth time in six years that Fairfield has been singled out for having the largest number of Fulbrights in its category. In the last nine years, eight faculty members have been awarded Fulbright Scholar Grants for postdoctoral research. Fairfield faculty members have published hundreds of scholarly articles and books in the past two years.

Rankings and ratings

Center for College Enrollment Studies
  • Included in the Guide to 101 of the Best Values in Colleges and Universities, published annually by the Center for College Enrollment Studies.

Fiske Guide to Colleges
  • Profiled as one of the "country's best and most interesting colleges and universities."
  • Stated that "Fairfield is one of the up-and-coming schools in the Roman Catholic universe" and "is moving into the same class as older, more revered East Coast Jesuit institutions."
  • Ranked among "Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Business."

The Princeton Review
  • Ranked among the "Best 361 Colleges."
  • Ranked the Charles F.marker Dolan School of Businessmarker among the "Best 237 Business Schools."
  • Ranked the Charles F.marker Dolan School of Businessmarker as having one of the top 15 accounting programs in the country based on "Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools"
  • Ranked among the "Best Northeast Colleges."
  • Ranked among "America's Best Value Colleges" in 2005. (The only Connecticut school and among 77 schools nationwide).
  • Ranked among "Top 25 Most Connected Campuses" in 2004.

U.S. News America's Best Colleges
  • Ranked amongst the top 4 best master's level universities in the North since 1980.
  • Ranked amongst "Great Schools, Great Prices" based on academic ranking and the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid.

Arts and enrichment

Quick Center For the Arts

Regina A.
Quick Center for the Arts
The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is the major center of theatre and the arts at Fairfield University and recognized as the "cultural epicenter of Fairfield County" by Westport Magazine. The Quick Center opened in 1990 and includes events such as popular and classical music, dance, theatre, and programs for young audiences. It houses the 740-seat Kelley Theatre, the 150-seat Lawrence A. Wien Experimental (Black Box) Theatre, and the Thomas J. Walsh, Jr. Art Gallery. The Quick Center has become known as one of the finest concert halls in the country.

The Quick Center is home to the Open VISIONS Forum, which under the direction and moderation of Dr. Philip Eliasoph brings a wide range of speakers to campus to participate in an open dialogue about topical issues impacting the global and national agenda. Past guests have included two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough, prize-winning NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, former prime minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto; documentary filmmaker Ken Burns; Forbes CEO and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes; former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke; United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky; Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim; and former hostage and author Terry Waite

Cinefest Fairfield

Cinefest Fairfield is an annual film festival held in association with the Fairfield Community Theatremarker featuring short films by students, alumni and faculty. The film festival is sponsored by the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and showcases its innovative New Media major. "CineFest Fairfield will become a notable annual event for the University and for Fairfield County," Fr. James Mayzik, S.J., Director of the New Media major and Media Center said. "Fairfield students will emerge as leaders within the region and the nation for their creativity and talent in film, television and radio within this exciting new program."

Kress Foundation Art Collection

"Madonna and Child", c.
The Samuel H. Kress Collection of Italian Paintings at Fairfield University is a Kress Study Collection of 10 old master paintings that date from the mid-14th through the early 18th centuries and are representative of the major schools of Italian Renaissance painting and Baroque painting. The paintings represent a spectrum of religious and secular images generally attributed to the followers or the studio workshops of some of the noteworthy major painters of Italian Renaissance and Baroque art. This collection was a gift to Fairfield University by the Discovery Museum and Planetarium in Bridgeport, Connecticut and arranged by Dr. Philip Eliasoph. The paintings were originally given to The Discovery Museum by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation whose mission is to promote the understanding and appreciation of European art in the United States. Fairfield is one of only 23 colleges and universities to maintain a collection from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. In the Fall of 2010, the Kress Collection will take permanent residence at the new Bellarmine Museum along with a teaching collection of Medieval art on loan from the The Cloistersmarker at the Metropolitan Museum of Artmarker. Other notable art collections at Fairfield University include a Plaster Cast Collection of over fifty pieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Artmarker; a select Asian Art Collection; and a Japanese Garden designed in the 1920s by renowned landscape architect Arthur Asahel Shurcliff, as well as his original watercolors of the formal gardens designed by him at Bellarmine Hall.

Theatre Fairfield

Theatre Fairfield is the resident production company of the Theatre Program of the Department of Visual & Performing Arts at Fairfield University. Theatre Fairfield's season includes professionally directed and designed productions; a Festival of student-written, directed, and designed plays; performances by On the Spot, an improv company; Director's Cut or A Class Act which features the work of advanced directing and acting students; and independent projects created by junior and senior theatre majors. The PepsiCo Theatre, a renovated 1922 carriage house, is the home to Theatre Fairfield. This theatrical facility includes a 70-seat flexible black box theatre, coffeehouse, dance studio, , and costume shop/dressing room.


Fairfield University is a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and is classified as Division 1 in the National Collegiate Athletic Association for a majority of its athletic programs. Fairfield sponsors 20 varsity sports - baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's crew, men's and women's cross country, field hockey, men's and women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, and women's volleyball. Men's lacrosse is a member of the ECAC Lacrosse League and field hockey is an associate member of the America East Conference.


Fairfield University athletes are among the most academically successful in the nation, according to the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate (APR). In the past several years the NCAA has honored many Fairfield University sports teams for their academic performance with Public Recognition Awards. These teams posted multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports nationwide. In 2006-07, eight teams, and in 2007-08, seven teams received NCAA Public Recognition Awards. Further, in recent years, twelve Fairfield student-athletes have been honored as Academic All-Americans or National Scholar-Athletes in recognition of their academic and athletic achievements.

Notable success

The Stags most notable success in athletics has come from the basketball, lacrosse, soccer and volleyball programs. The men's basketball team held a half time lead over the number 1 seed University of North Carolina Tar Heels before falling short in the 1997 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship tournament. Darren Phillip '00 was the nation's top rebounder averaging 14 rebounds per game in 1999–00 and Deng Gai '05 was the nation's top shot blocker averaging 5.5 blocks per game in 2004-05. The former women's basketball head coach, Diane Nolan, achieved her milestone 500th career win in 2005-06 and led the Stags to four post-season bids to the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship in 1988, 1991, 1998 and 2001. The men's lacrosse team earned berths to the 2003 and 2005 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship tournaments while the women won 6 MAAC Regular Season Titles in the last decade and earned a berth to the 2009 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship. The women's soccer team has advanced to the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship five times, most recently in 2005 and 2008, and has won the MAAC Championship seven times since 1993. And the women's volleyball team was nationally ranked in 1998 (24th) and 1999 (32nd) and competed in five straight NCAA Women's Volleyball Championships between 1997 and 2001.
Alumni Field and Thomas J.
Walsh Athletic Center

One of Fairfield's most recent successful athletic programs has been men's soccer. Fairfield has defeated several college powerhouses including North Carolina State, University of Connecticut and St. John's University. The men's soccer team won the 2005 and 2006 MAAC Regular Season Championship as well as the 1999, 2006 and 2008 MAAC Tournament Championship. The 2006 MAAC Championship earned the team a First Round NCAA Tournmant Game at in-state rival University of Connecticut. Prior to the game, UConn had never lost an NCAA Tournament game on its home field. Fairfield secured a 2-1 first round victory, thanks to a late goal by star player James Gaughan. During the years of 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006 and 2007, the team was nationally ranked, rising as high as #15 in several polls. In 2007, the Men's Soccer team defeated St. John's University 2-1. St. John's was the 1996 NCAA National Champion while UConn was the 2000 NCAA National Champion. No other Fairfield University athletic program has ever defeated a former National Championship team.

Sport clubs

Sport Clubs offer a competitive athletic opportunity for students including baseball, equestrian, men's and women's ice hockey, martial arts, men's and women's rugby, sailing, men's and women's skiing and snowboarding, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's track and men's and women's volleyball. The Equestrian Club was Regional Champions in 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, & 2003 and in 2007 seven Fairfield riders were invited to the elite Tournament of Champions, a horse show for the nation's top collegiate equestrian teams. The Men's Hockey Club (formerly an NCAA level Division I program of the now-defunct MAAC) competed in the 2007 MCHC Championship game and the 2008 ACHA National Tournament. The Men's Rugby Football Club or Red Ruggers, established in 1963, is the longest continuously running sport club at Fairfield University. The Red Ruggers won the 2008 MET NY Rugby Football Union Division II Title and have produced two USA Rugby Collegiate All-Americans, one USA Eagle who competed in the 1991 Rugby World Cup and one USA Tomahawk.. The Men's Volleyball Club won the 2006 and 2007 New England Collegiate Volleyball League Division II Championship and competed in the 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2008 National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Volleyball Championships. Historically, the 1979 Football Club led by All-America quarterback Craig Leach '81 played in the National Collegiate Football Association's championship game where the Stags fell 60–40 to the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. The 1980 Football Club started the season ranked #1 in the pre-season NCFA Polls.

Campus and region

Fairfield University is situated on a pastoral campus offering scenic views of Long Island Soundmarker and all the amenities of a major, comprehensive university in a setting of rolling hills, sprawling lawns, picturesque ponds, and bucolic wooded areas-a setting ideal for education.
Bellarmine Hall

Today, Fairfield's campus consists of 35 buildings anchored by the three manor homes of the original estates: Bellarmine Hall (1921), formerly the Lashar's 'Hearthstone Hall', re-named to honor Saint Robert Bellarmine, S.J,; McAuliffe Hall (1896), originally O.G. Jennings' 'Mailands', re-named for Bishop Maurice F. McAuliffe, who sanctioned the creation of Fairfield University; and David J. Dolan House, Lawrence Jenning's 'Larribee', dedicated to honor the uncle of Charles F. Dolan who made the 1989 acquisition of Dolan Campus possible.

Buildings names

Along with Bellarmine Hall, named in honor of Saint Robert Bellarmine, S.J,, many of the buildings on the campus of Fairfield University are named in honor of Jesuit priests. Behind each building name is a story of a Jesuit priest who was an exemplar of the Jesuit mission and their pursuit of educational and intellectual contributions, human rights and social justice.

Campus safety

Fairfield University received the 2008 Jeanne Clery Campus Safety Award, presented each year by Security On Campus Inc. (SOC), in memory of Jeanne Clery. The national award, established in 1994 by Howard and Connie Clery in memory of their daughter who was murdered on a college campus in 1986, honors schools and individuals “that have done extraordinary things to make college and university students safer.” Fairfield was selected for the award based on "...its innovative programs, comprehensive emergency response plan, and overall commitment to...peer education and prevention programming, and a unique study abroad travel safety program."

DiMenna-Nyselius Library

DiMenna-Nyselius Library
Built in 1968, the DiMenna-Nyselius Librarymarker originally was named the Nyselius Library in honor of benefactors Gustav and Dagmar Nyselius. They were Swedish immigrants who had settled in Stamford and wanted to make a donation to Fairfield University to repay in part the kindness of their adoptive country. In 2001, the Library underwent a major renovation and expansion and was renamed the DiMenna-Nyselius Library in recognition of a generous donation from alumnus Joseph A. DiMenna, Jr. '80. It’s warm and inviting Arts and Crafts details blends in beautifully with Fairfield's New England campus.

At present, the Library contains an extensive and carefully selected collection of print and electronic resources which include over 300,000 bound volumes, 1800 journals and newspapers, over 11,000 audiovisual items and the equivalent of 92,000 volumes in microform. Its electronic resources, provide online access to a wide variety of World Wide Web subscription databases that bring full text journals and statistical information to the desktop anywhere on campus. Throughout the Library, wireless access is available in designated areas. The Library also contains two open access computer labs featuring Macintosh and Dell computers (one with 24-hour access for students), two dozen multimedia workstations, an electronic classroom, a 90-seat multimedia auditorium, and study rooms.

Among its valuable collection, the DiMenna-Nyselius Librarymarker is home to a rare facsimile of The Book of Kells, which was donated by The Wild Geese organization. The Book of Kells is an ornately illustrated manuscript, produced by Celtic monks around AD 800 in the style known as Insular art. It is one of the more lavishly illuminated manuscripts to survive from the Middle Ages and has been described as the zenith of Western calligraphy and illumination.

Environmental Sustainability

In recent years, Fairfield University has implemented an institution-wide Green Movement taking major steps to reduce its impact on the natural environment and improve its sustainability. Fairfield now builds facilities with an eye to energy efficiency, recycling, and high marks from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a rating system of the U.S. Green Building Council that promotes responsible building practices and sustainable design. These efforts have earned the University recognition as one of the nation's "Cool Schools" from the Sierra Club and a "C-" grade on the Sustainable Endowments Institute's 2009 College Sustainability Report Card .

In October 2007, U.S. Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman and U.S. Representative Christopher Shays joined the Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J. in unveiling the University's new environmentally friendly Combined Heat and Power Plant (CHP) designed to reduce strain on the region's power grid and reduce the University's overall carbon footprint by more than 10,000 metric tons per year.

In May 2008, the Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J. signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, a high-visibility effort to address global warming by garnering institutional commitments to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions, and to accelerate the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the Earth's climate.

On Earth Day 2008, a ground breaking took place for the new Fairfield Jesuit Community Center, an environmentally friendly home and retreat and meeting center that will feature a roof garden and a geo-thermal heating and cooling system. Fairfield is also in the process of replacing its 125-vehicle fleet with biodiesel-powered buses and hybrid vehicles.

Most recently, in August 2009, Fairfield University became the first university in the United States to install Tomramarker UNO reverse vending machines , an all-in-one recycling machine, allowing students to deposit plastic, glass and aluminum beverage containers for a rebate of a nickel.

Fairfield Beach, Connecticut


The Town of Fairfieldmarker was rated the ninth "best place to live" in the United States and the best place to live in the Northeast by Money Magazine offering students Fairfield Beach along the scenic shoreline of Long Island Soundmarker and a vibrant downtown area which are both located just five minutes from campus. The University runs a shuttle between campus and downtown where students can catch a dinner and a moviemarker or hop on a Metro-North Trainmarker bound for Grand Central Stationmarker and New York Citymarker.

The Black Rockmarker neighborhood of the City of Bridgeportmarker bordering on the Town of Fairfieldmarker is located just ten minutes from campus and provides students a metropolitan village-like atmosphere that boasts some of the best restaurants and entertainment in Fairfield Countymarker. Fairfield University students frequent the "Acoustic Cafe" which has been named "Best Place to Hear Alternative Music" three years in a row by Fairfield County Weekly's reader poll and helped launch Fairfield University's own award-winning Indie rock band, The Alternate Routes.


Notable alumni

Fairfield has approximately 40,000 living alumni worldwide. Despite the relative youth of the institution Fairfield University alumni are achieving considerable success and making significant contributions in the fields of academia, business, economics, education, law, government, medicine, science and social justice.

Image:James Abbruzzese.gif|James L. Abbruzzese,
National Thought Leader on Pancreatic Cancer
Image:E Gerald Corrigan.jpg|E. Gerald Corrigan,
7th President of Federal Reserve Bank of New Yorkmarker
File:Brian Monahan.JPG|Brian Monahan,
Attending Physician of the U.S.

Image:Kathleen Murphy.jpg|Kathleen Murphy,
Fortune 50 Most Powerful Women in Business
Image:Peter Pronovost.jpg|Peter Pronovost,
Time 100 Most Influential People in the World
Image:Joseph Russoniello.JPG|Joseph Russoniello,

Attorney, Northern District of California

Notable benefactors

Fairfield has had many financial supporters, but some stand out by the magnitude of their contributions. Among those who have made large donations commemorated at the university are:

Publications and media

  • Campus Currents - The Official News Publication of Fairfield University
  • Fairfield Now - The Magazine of Fairfield University
  • Press Room - Fairfield University's Electronic News Room
  • In The News - News media highlights featuring Fairfield University
  • Fairfield University News - Fairfield University's YouTube news and information video center
  • The Mirror - The Independent Student Newspaper of Fairfield University
  • The Reluctant Environmentalist - Blogging about Earth-friendly living at Fairfield University
  • WVOF - Student operated radio station featuring the best blend of public radio and college programming
  • The Ham Channel - Fairfield University's student run television on YouTube

Academic journals

  • Mezzo Cammin - An Online Journal of Formalist Poetry by Women.

Media Center

The Media Center is a facility located on the ground floor of Xavier Hall that houses the New Media: Film, Television, and Radio major, the Campus Television Network and the student run HAM Channel. The Media Center also operates a television production satellite uplink truck that can transmit and receive digitally encoded television signals from geostationary domestic satellites. Fairfield University is one of few colleges in the nation to have this technology allowing campus programming and international news organizations including CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and Bloomberg Television to be broadcast worldwide from the University.

The Media Center staff and New Media students have won national recognition for their award-winning programs and production of multimedia presentations for the University. The Media Center has received several Telly Awards including a Bronze Telly Award in 2001 and one Silver Telly Award and three Bronze Telly Awards in 2004. Other recent honors have included the Crystal Award of Distinction from the Communicator Awards 2005 Print Competition; two Awards of Excellence from the Videographer 2005 Awards; and the Platinum BEST of Show from The Aurora 2005 Awards.

Residence life

Residence halls

John C.
Dolan Hall
Fairfield University guarantees first year students four years of campus housing and provides several housing options depending on their class. Most underclassman live on campus and live the typical residence hall life in the Quad or The Orient sections of campus. The Quad is located in the northwest corner of campus and consists of Campion Hall, Joques Hall, Gonzaga Hall, Loyola Hall, and Regis Hall. Students typically choose to live in The Quad in order to be close to the classroom buildings and to enjoy the annual battle of dorms water fights; and frisbee and wiffleball games during the warm weather. The Orient is located in the southeast corner of campus and consists of Kostka Hall and Claver Hall which is suite style living, and also the apartments, the newest on campus housing. This section earned its name due to its woodsy seclusion from the main area of campus. Dolan Hall is located in the northeast corner of campus is the primary residence hall for students who request to live in singles housing. This building also holds some freshman doubles.

Residential Colleges

Loyola Hall is home to the Ignatian Residential College, which offers a unique residential college experience for Fairfield sophomores. Funded by a $2 million grant from the Lilly Endowment, the program provides over 200 students with the opportunity to study and live together while pondering questions of identity, faith and purpose. In addition to living together and taking two classes together students meet once per month in groups of ten with a mentor, hear from weekly speakers, attend one overnight retreat per semester, and take cultural trips.

St. Ignatius House, the former Jesuit community house, will be home to the Just-Us Residential College. The program will allow up to 140 sophomores, who are committed to community service and social justice, to go beyond the small community service groups at Campus Ministry and live with a group of individuals concerned with life outside of Fairfield County. The program is not inherently religious, but should attract students of all faiths, races and socioeconomic backgrounds who want to do something to help the Fairfield community and beyond.

Upperclassmen alternatives

Clam Jam at Fairfield Beach, 1997
Upperclassmen are able to choose between living at the Townhouse Complex, Apartment Village or Fairfield Beach. The 10 unit Townhouse Complex is a series of 104 two-story student townhouses for 469 juniors and seniors. There are between five and seven students living in each townhouse which has two or three bedrooms upstairs, a living and dining area, a kitchen and two bathrooms. In 2007, townhouse basements have been closed off to students, after an incident in which the administration and Fairfield fire department deemed the basements a fire hazard. During the warmer weather students enjoy their back porches and lawns with an occasional barbecue and wiffleball game. The Apartment Village is at the southeast corner of campus and was opened in September 2000. These apartment-style residences house 192 juniors and seniors. Each apartment contains four single bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room. Finally, Fairfield Beach is truly a unique Fairfield living experience for 200 eligible students to rent beach houses along the Long Island Sound. Fairfield Beach historically has been the center of off-campus social life hosting such Fairfield traditions as the Clam Jam and Mock Weddings. However, as the Fairfield Beach community has evolved from a part-time summer beach community into a more permanent residential community, Fairfield Beach has become a source of strain on town-gown relations leading to greater controls over student social life including a ban on large gatherings at Lantern Point since 2001 due to a court injunction.

Student life

Community service

The goal of Jesuit education is homines pro aliis, “men and women for others”. For this reason Fairfield students are involved in many local and international community service opportunities. Locally, the award-winning Annual Hunger Clean Up is a one-day service-a-thon where the entire University community joins together to work at 40-plus local agency sites throughout Fairfield Countymarker and to raise money for local and national hunger and homelessness causes. The Fairfield chapter of Colleges Against Cancer hosts an annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life, an overnight event designed to spread awareness of cancer prevention, treatments and cures, celebrate cancer survivors and raise money for cancer research. The Adrienne Kirby Family Literacy Project, recognized as a model program by the Corporation for National and Community Service, involves about 175 Fairfield student-volunteers a year in providing individual tutoring to preschool children to increase their language and school readiness skills at the Action for Bridgeport Community Development's Early Learning/Head Start Program.

Internationally, Ignatian Solidarity Corps volunteers annually participate in two-week international service trips during their spring and winter breaks traveling to Ecuadormarker Mexicomarker, Jamaicamarker, Belizemarker and Haitimarker. In 2004, Mikaela Conley '06 and Aamina Awan '07 founded The Afghan Children's Project to raise awareness and funds for children who have suffered the effects of war, violence, and poverty in the heart of Afghanistanmarker. Both were interviewed on CNN Daybreak in August 2005 for their work in funding the building of a water well for Aloudine, a small village outside Kabulmarker, desperate for clean drinking water. And in 2008, nine Fairfield students, inspired by 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank, started Sustainable Equity for Women, a micro-lending project designed to raise and invest money in small businesses run by women in developing countries in conjunction withKiva Microfunds.


In total, the Fairfield student body hails from 32 states, Washington, D.C.marker, Puerto Rico, the U.S.marker Virgin Islandsmarker, and 45 foreign countries. 13% of undergraduate students are African American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American (AHANA), or multiracial. Valuing a mix of experiences in the classroom and on campus, increasing diversity at Fairfield is a major goal of the University's Strategic Vision, and in 2005, during the University's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration and Convocation, the Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., called on the University community to join him in efforts to increase diversity at the institution. For this reason, the Office of Institutional Diversity Initiatives and the Office of Student Diversity Programs were created to pursue a number of initiatives to increase racial and socioeconomic diversity. These diversity initiatives are helped annually by the Fairfield Awards Dinner held in New York Citymarker in which funds are raised for The Alumni Multicultural Scholarship Fund. The 2008 Fairfield Awards Dinner raised a record-breaking $1.1 million.
John A.
Barone Campus Center

Fairfield University Student Association

The Fairfield University Student Association (FUSA) is the official student association for full-time undergraduate students and is the largest student organization on campus. The association exists to represent student issues and concerns to the faculty and administration and to sponsor a multitude of student programs and activities. All full-time undergraduate students are members of FUSA. FUSA is organized into three branches – legislative, executive, and judicial. The legislative branch consists of the Student Senate, comprising 40 elected representatives (10 from each undergraduate class year). The executive branch is headed by the popularly elected President of FUSA, who serves as the official spokesperson for undergraduate students in addition to administering the student association on a daily basis. In 2002, Karen Donoghue '03 became the first women elected President of FUSA. The FUSA President is assisted by a popularly elected Vice President, elected class officers, and a number of other appointed officers, including the Executive Director of Programming and the Executive Director of Clubs & Organizations. The judicial branch is known as the Student Court, which serves as a hearing body in certain student conduct cases, as well as performing the judicial functions required for the student association.

Student activism

A central tenet of a Jesuit education is the promotion of the values of peace and social justice. Fairfield University students have embraced and reflected these values in their own student activism. In 1988, 1989 and 1990, the Coalition for a Better World constructed "Cardboard City" and held a 36 hour vigil, and again in 2008, the Students for Social Justice similarly constructed "Homeless Village" and hosted the "Oxfam Hunger Banquet" to raise awareness of the plight of the homeless in the United States. In 1999, students staged an 11-hour sit-in at the home of the university president and later a hunger strike to protest a contracting company used by the university that the students said was anti-union and paid janitors poorly. Each year, the Students for Social Justice travel to Columbus, Georgiamarker for the annual School of the Americas Watch protest at a combat training school for Latin American soldiers now known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. The date of the protest marks the anniversary of the murder of six Jesuit priests, their maid, and her daughter in El Salvadormarker at the hands of soldiers trained at the School of the Americas. And in 2008, Fairfield for Peace NOW created "Hope Trail", a pathway of flags around campus symbolizing the cost in life and casualties from the Iraq War, and "A Cry For Peace", a play written and performed with Theatre Fairfield demonstrating the toll of the Iraq War on the families of soldiers back in the United States.

Student clubs & organizations

All student clubs and organizations comprise the Student Organization Board of Governors (SOBOG), which is governed by a board of governors and administered by a chairperson selected by members of student organizations. SOBOG exists to encourage student involvement and participation in approximately 80 clubs and organizations each year including the Glee Club, Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band, Dance Team, Stag in the Stands, Habitat for Humanity, Asian Student Association, mission volunteer trips, and Theater Fairfield. The oldest club on campus is the Fairfield University Glee Club which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2007. The Fairfield University Debate Team of Jason LaRue '99 and Courtney Darts '01 won first place at the 1998 Columbia University Parliamentary Debate Tournament beating 69 other teams, including teams from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Princeton, Yale and Williams.

Student media

  • The Cream Filling - The Student Artistic, Literary, and Cultural Special-Interest Magazine of Fairfield University
  • Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose
  • The HAM Channel - The Student Television Station of Fairfield University
  • The Mirror - The Independent Student Newspaper of Fairfield University
  • The Mirror Sports Blog - The Independent Student Sports Blog of Fairfield University Athletics
  • The Sound - The Student Literary Magazine of Fairfield University
  • WVOF - The Voice of Fairfield University


Student life at the Fairfield is marked by a number of unique traditions and celebrations:
  • Stagstock - Stagstock is an all day, outdoor concert organized by the HAM Channel and WVOF each year. Co-sponsored by the office of New Student Programming and FUSA, Stagstock brings together local bands, along with bigger, nationally recognized acts, and showcases them in a free concert. The concert is traditionally held in the Quad on the first weekend of the new school year.
  • Mock Weddings - Mock Wedding, created by Chris Tucker '96 and Steve Xeller '96, is a long standing Fairfield tradition in which senior class members select peers to be part of a faux wedding ceremony at The Point at Fairfield Beach followed by a wedding party at a local reception hall late in their final spring semester.

Notes of interest

Fairfield in American history

  • Battle of Round Hill: During the American Revolutionary War in 1779, the "Battle of Round Hill" took place on the present day Bellarmine Hill on the campus of Fairfield University where the Americans under the command of Colonel Samuel Whiting (whose third-generation grandson Andrew Whiting graduated in 2005) repelled the British invaders under the command of Major-General William Tryon, but not before the British laid ruin to the Town of Fairfield.
  • Tilton vs. Richardson: Fairfield University won a significant legal victory at the Supreme Court of the United Statesmarker in Tilton vs. Richardson establishing an important legal precedent concerning the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and government financial assistance to religious-based colleges and universities. This landmark court case questioned the legality of Fairfield and three other Connecticut religious-based institutions securing federal construction grants under the Higher Education Facilities Act of 1963. An appeal was denied the plaintiffs in the Supreme Court on June 28, 1971, ensuring Fairfield a significant amount of federal money which contributed to the construction of the Nyselius Librarymarker (1968) and Bannow Science Center (1971). In the Majority Opinion written by Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, the Court upheld, 5-4, the federal construction grants as long as the facilities were not to be used for sectarian instruction or places of worship. The Court held that the church-related institutions in question had not used their federally funded facilities for religious activities, and that the facilities were "indistinguishable from a typical state university facility."

Fairfield in Presidential elections

Fairfield on the national stage

  • All Good Things: Five locations on the Fairfield University campus including McAuliffe Hall were utilized in the filming of All Good Things, an upcoming mystery-romance film written and directed by Andrew Jarecki. Among the actors and actresses present on campus June 2 through June 5, 2008 were Academy Award-nominated actor Ryan Gosling and actress Kirsten Dunst. The movie is scheduled to be released in theaters nationally in 2009.
  • For One More Day: Two locations on the Fairfield University campus including Loyola Hall were utilized in the filming of For One More Day, an "Oprah Winfrey Presents" adaptation of Mitch Albom's New York Times best-selling book. Among the actors and actresses present on campus on July 23 and 24, 2007 were Emmy Award-winning actor Michael Imperioli and Academy Award-winning actress Ellen Burstyn. The made-for-television movie aired nationally on the ABC television network on December 9, 2007.
  • GE College Bowl: A team of four Fairfield University students won three consecutive matches on the GE College Bowl, a popular quiz game show broadcast live nationally on the NBC television network. The wins brought national recognition to the University along with a total grant of $5,000. In the first match broadcast on September 29, 1963, the Fairfield four defeated a team from Creighton Universitymarker, 215-140. In the second match, broadcast on October 6, 1963, the Fairfield four defeated a team from Southern Illinois University Carbondalemarker, 220-190. And in the third match, broadcast on October 14, 1963, the Fairfield four defeated a team from Clemson Universitymarker, 245-200. The Fairfield four finally were defeated in their fourth match broadcast on October 20, 1963, falling to Polytechnic Universitymarker, 145-160. The Fairfield four included John Horvath, John Kappenberg, Joseph Kroll and George Greller; and were coached by the Rev. Donald D. Lynch, S.J.
  • Grand Central: Dr. Kurt C. Schlichting '70, the E. Gerald Corrigan Endowed Chair in the Humanities and Social Sciences at Fairfield University and Fairfield alumnus, appeared as an on-screen interviewee and served as an Academic Advisor to the American Experience documentary, "Grand Centralmarker." The documentary aired nationally on the PBS television network on February 4, 2008. The documentary was based on his book Grand Central Terminal: Railroads, Architecture and Engineering in New York (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001), for which he received the 2002 Best Professional /Scholarly Book: Architecture & Urbanism Award from the Association of American Publishers.
  • Who's the Boss?: Tony Micelli, the lead fictional character played by actor Tony Danza in the television sitcom Who's the Boss?, which was set and filmed in Fairfield, Connecticutmarker, attended Fairfield University and wore an official Fairfield University sweatshirt during the Season 5 "Winter Break" episode. The episode aired nationally on the ABC television network on February 14, 1989.


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