ic S/general/checkmark circled Thanks for subscribing! Be on the lookout for our next newsletter.
ic S/general/checkmark circled
Saved to My Favorites. View My Favorites
Colleges / Fairfield University

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate52%

Fairfield University Admissions

Fairfield University is very difficult to get into. Fairfield University admitted 52% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 13,359 applications received in 2023, 6,971 students were offered admission.

If you are planning on applying to Fairfield University, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 1/15 and the application fee is $60.

Students who apply to Fairfield University for fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

Fairfield University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Fairfield University's admissions stats.

Fairfield University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 30%
Mean SAT Score 1308
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 26%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 7%
Waitlist Yes

Fairfield University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Fairfield University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 15 December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 15 February 15
Early Action Yes November 1 January 15
Regular Decision Yes 1 15 April 1

Considering Applying Early to Fairfield University?

Fairfield University offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 15. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 15.

πŸ—“οΈ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Fairfield University will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Fairfield University is 83%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 52%.

Fairfield University accepts roughly 56% of early action applicants and 52% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, Fairfield University admitted 237 of the 284 students who applied early decision. Last year, Fairfield University admitted 4,693 of the 8,33 who applied early action.

Some students apply early to college to help their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of being admitted, since it is a way to show your interest in a school.

➑️ Explore a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Fairfield University Admissions

Transferring to Fairfield University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Fairfield University

Fairfield University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Fairfield University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Fairfield University

What does Fairfield University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Interview Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Work Experience Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
First Generation Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered

Make sure to check with Fairfield University for more information on admission factors.

Fairfield University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Fairfield University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Fairfield University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Interview – √ – –
Transcript(S) of College Record – – – –
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S) – – – –
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1 – – –
Written Essay or Personal Statement √ – – –
Transcript of High School Record √ – – –

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Fairfield University?

Students admitted to Fairfield University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 23% submitted a class rank. At Fairfield University 30% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 67% were in the top 25% and 92% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Fairfield University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 32.5%
3.75 and 3.99 21.37%
3.50 and 3.74 22.12%
3.25 and 3.49 12.58%
3.00 and 3.24 7.95%
2.50 and 2.9 2.95%
2.00 and 2.49 0.53%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Fairfield University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Fairfield University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 26% of Fairfield University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 7% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Fairfield University?

To be competitive with other Fairfield University applicants, you should aim to score between 1260 and 1360 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Fairfield University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1360 and 25% of scored lower than 1260, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Fairfield University student is 1308.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Fairfield University students scored 690 or higher and 75% of students scored 620 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Fairfield University students scored 680 or higher, and 75% scored a 620 or higher.

To be most competitive at Fairfield University, you should strive to earn between 28 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Fairfield University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 28 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Fairfield University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 28.

More Information on Transferring to Fairfield University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Fairfield University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is April 1. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Fairfield University during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Fairfield University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Fairfield University?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Fairfield University.

Does Fairfield University accept transfer credits?

βœ… Fairfield University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Fairfield University accepts:

β€’ CLEP subject tests β€’ DSST/DANTES

Does Fairfield University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

βœ… Fairfield University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Fairfield University?

❌ No, Fairfield University is test optional, so you can make the call if you want to to include your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Fairfield University's acceptance rate?

βœ… Fairfield University's acceptance rate is 52%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Fairfield University?

βœ… Fairfield University's early decision acceptance rate was 83% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Fairfield University?

βœ… The early action acceptance rate at Fairfield University was 56% in 2021.

Want To Learn More About Fairfield University?

To learn more about Fairfield University, choose from the options below:


Student Life


Tuition & Aid

Visit the College Confidential forums to join the conversation about Fairfield University

Explore other colleges in Connecticut or use the college admissions predictor to calculate your chances of getting into some of the top colleges and universities in the U.S.

Fairfield University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Fairfield University? Fairfield University is a very selective institution. The Fairfield University acceptance rate is 52%. This means that the institution accepts 52 out of every 100 applicants.


Fairfield University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Fairfield University is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Fairfield University is Apr 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Fairfield University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1260 - 1360


Math SAT Range

620 - 690


Reading SAT Range

620 - 680

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1360 and Above


1260 to 1360


1260 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Fairfield University students is 1308. Applicants with SAT scores of 1360 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Fairfield University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1260 to 1360 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1260 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Fairfield University.

Fairfield University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Fairfield University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.75. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases Β© 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment


Campus Setting


Acceptance Rate


Tuition and Fees

In State




Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 15
Find Your Scholarship

Want to find money for school that doesn’t need to be paid back? Access insights and advice on how to search and apply for scholarships!

Search for Scholarship
Do You Work at a University?

Claim your page to customize your profile and connect with students!

Claim Free Account
Need Advice or Have a Question About Fairfield University?

Connect with the world's largest college forum for candid, authentic discussion.

Join the Conversation