Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York  

Undergraduate Applications See Upward Trend

Contact: Bob Howe
(212) 636-6538

Applications for undergraduate admission to Fordham have skyrocketed, increasing by nearly 80 percent since 2001, according a report by the Office of Undergraduate Admission released in October. The report chronicles a steady increase in the number of applicants over the past six years. In 2001, 10,664 students applied for admission; by 2005 the number of applications had topped 15,000. This year, the number of applicants increased by 3,000, the single largest jump in six years.

In addition to the large increases in the number of applicants, the acceptance rate also has steadily declined over the past six years, from 55 percent in 2001 to 46 percent this year. The Class of 2010 is one of the most selective in Fordham’s history.

The percentage of minority students who have enrolled also has increased over the years, from 22 percent in 2002 to 26 percent this year. Hispanics made up the largest minority group among the Class of 2010 at 14 percent. 

The top major for the freshman class was business (19.3 percent), followed by communications (5.7 percent), and political science (5.5). Some 28 percent of the entering class did not declare a major.

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,600 students in its five undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan and Tarrytown, and the Louis J. Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y.

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