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Undergrad Profile

Fairleigh Dickinson University is the largest private university in New Jersey. 

Its 12,000 students pursue career-oriented majors with a curriculum built on strong foundation courses and a mission of global education. The University offers more than 100 undergraduate programs across four distinctive colleges at four campuses.

Four campuses, one great university
Fairleigh Dickinson University comprises four campuses: The Florham Campus, located in Madison, New Jersey, is an idyllic college setting, complete with classic architecture, state-of-the-art athletic facilities, and Greek life. The Metropolitan Campus sits on the Hackensack River and boasts innovative new facilities and academic programs only 10 miles from New York City. And FDU’s international campuses in Wroxton, England, and Vancouver, Canada, offer exciting study abroad opportunities.

Academics at FDU consist of a challenging core curriculum supported by dedicated faculty. Small class sizes encourage student-faculty collaboration and ensure that students receive personal attention. Outside the classroom, students can participate in student-run organizations and professional internships to experience the full spectrum of college life. The University prepares students to be successful in today’s evolving work environment by arming them with sought-after skills like critical thinking, adaptability, and creative problem solving.

Learning at FDU is focused on capturing students’ imaginations and connecting them to rewarding careers. Students work with an inspiring faculty of professors and industry practitioners to participate in hands-on research, cultural exploration, and the acquisition of professional knowledge that will lead to future success.

Academic highlights
• FDU faculty members are teachers first, as well as being accomplished authors, producers, educators, scientists, researchers, and business leaders.
• 85% of faculty hold a PhD or the highest degree in their field.
• Average class size is 20 students.
• FDU’s School of Pharmacy is one of only two in New Jersey.
• Our accredited academic programs are recognized by the best in their disciplines.

Students fuel their competitive streaks and cheer on their favorite sports at FDU. The University has a combined total of 38 men’s and women’s teams
at both the Division I (Metropolitan Campus) and Division III (Florham Campus) levels. Fans can root for FDU at various events throughout the year. FDU athletes enjoy state-of-the-art facilities and perform in front of the biggest audiences of their athletic careers! Their 2014 athletic season was highlighted by a D-III NCAA championship in women’s basketball and a D-I NCAA championship in women’s bowling, and the 2016 D-I men’s basketball team advanced to the NCAA tournament.

Internships and career support
Work experience is essential for today’s graduates. Internships allow students to discover jobs and career paths that suit their strengths and interests. FDU has career support services to help students develop skills like résumé writing and job search strategy. Just a short train ride from New York City, the University is ideally placed for students to take advantage of specialized resources and networking opportunities. With meaningful college internship experiences, our graduates have a higher level of focus and preparation to pursue their dream careers. FDU students have interned at such prominent companies as the New York Jets, Wells Fargo, Viacom, Pfizer, MTV, and Michael Kors!

Graduate study/4+1 Combined Degree Advantage Program
With 100+ graduate programs ranging from Business to Engineering and Pharmacy, FDU takes education to the next level. The University has many program offerings at both New Jersey campuses.

FDU’s 4+1 Combined Degree Advantage Program enables high-achieving students to earn their undergraduate and graduate degrees in just five years. This accelerated program saves time and money by providing continued scholarship support for the student’s graduate study in their fifth year. Students may choose from more than 35 combined degree programs in the Arts and Sciences, Business, Hotel and Restaurant Management, and Sports Administration.

FDU makes college affordability a priority for students and their families.
The average financial aid package is $32,000, and 95% of freshmen receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, and/or student loans. FDU invested $70 million in University-funded scholarships and financial aid in the last year alone. In fact, FDU financial aid packages often make the University as affordable an option as New Jersey’s public universities.

Study abroad
At FDU students have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study abroad and discover other cultures, open their minds to new ideas, and gain a global perspective. In addition to FDU’s campuses in England and Canada, students have recently spent semesters in Amsterdam, Australia, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Italy, Prague, South Africa, and more! FDU also offers trips over summer and January breaks for those who’d prefer a shorter experience. Students can spend a semester studying business in the United Kingdom or Vancouver, see the Taj Mahal in India over winter break, or take advantage of our partnership with the Universita di Bergamo in northern Italy. Whatever type of study abroad experience students choose at FDU, it is sure to be an unforgettable one, both for their personal and professional growth.




Key Facts
• Four campuses: Florham in Madison, New Jersey; Metropolitan in Teaneck, New Jersey; Wroxton in Wroxton, England; FDU Vancouver in Vancouver, Canada
• Founded in 1942
• New Jersey’s largest private university, with 8,500+ undergraduates and 3,500+ graduate students
• Student-faculty ratio: 14:1
• Average class size: 20 students
• 100+ academic programs
• More than 150 active student clubs and organizations
• Division I (Metropolitan Campus) and Division III (Florham Campus) athletics
• 19 men’s and women’s sports teams on each campus
• 35 states and 80+ countries represented on campus 

Undergraduate areas of study
• Business
• Criminal Justice
• Education
• Engineering
• Film & Animation
• Hotel & Restaurant Management
• Liberal Arts
• Nursing & Allied Health
• Sciences
• Sports Administration
• Theater