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Fordham University (Domestic and International Students)

New York, NY 4-Year Private

Fordham Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Fordham, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 1 and the application fee costs $70. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from Fordham by April 1.

Applying Early to Fordham?

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

Mark your calendar! The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! Fordham will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 20.

The early decision acceptance rate at Fordham is 58%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 53%. Fordham accepts about 56% of early action applicants* and 53% all applicants for all deadlines.. Last year,, Fordham admitted 210 of the 364 students who applied early decison. Last year, Fordham admitted 12,253 of the 21,774 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into Fordham University

Getting into Fordham is very difficult. Fordham evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Fordham **accepted 53% of students, around 25,180 of the 47,936 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Fordham, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult. In 2021, Fordham waitlisted 7,904 students. Of those, 2557 eventually got off the waitlist.

What Does Fordham Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Fordham

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Important

Fordham 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Fordham must submit the following items. Double check with Fordham's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements Applicants are encouraged to review The office of Undergraduate Admission "What We're Looking For" page for insight into our review process and requirements.
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Fordham?

Students admitted to Fordham have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 22% submitted a class rank. At Fordham 44% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 71% were in the top 25% and 93% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Fordham University, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 22%
3.75 and 3.99 21.5%
3.50 and 3.74 26.4%
3.25 and 3.49 19.3%
3.00 and 3.24 8.4%
2.50 and 2.9 3.02%
2.00 and 2.49 0.14%
Fordham does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Fordham 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 2021, 72% of Fordham's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 33% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Fordham?

To be competitive with other Fordham applicants, you should strive to earn between 1240 and 1400 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Fordham 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1400 and 25% of scored lower than 1240, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Fordham student is 1319.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Fordham students scored 710 or higher and 75% of students scored 620 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Fordham students scored 700 or higher, and 75% scored a 620 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Fordham?

To be most competitive at Fordham, you should strive to earn between 27 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Fordham's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 27 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Fordham students. Only one out of every four students scored below 27.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Fordham University

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

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is June 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Fordham during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term

Fordham Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Fordham?

Students who are admitted to Fordham must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does Fordham accept transfer credits?

Fordham accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

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

Fordham accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Fordham?

No, Fordham is test optional, so you can decide whether to submit your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application..

What is Fordham's acceptance rate?

Fordham's acceptance rate is [rate]%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Fordham?

Fordham's early decision acceptance rate was 58% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Fordham?

The early action acceptance rate at Fordham was 56% in 2021.

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Fordham Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Fordham? Fordham is a very selective institution. The Fordham acceptance rate is 53%. This means that the institution accepts 52 out of every 100 applicants.



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Fordham Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Fordham is Jan 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Fordham is Jun 1.

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

Fordham ACT Scores


ACT Range

27 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

32 and Above


27 to 32


27 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Fordham is 29. Students with an ACT score of 32 and above have a good chance of getting into Fordham. Students with an ACT score that falls between 27 and 32 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 27 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Fordham SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1240 - 1400


Math SAT Range

610 - 710


Reading SAT Range

620 - 700

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1400 and Above


1240 to 1400


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Fordham students is 1319. Applicants with SAT scores of 1400 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Fordham, while applicants with SAT scores between 1240 to 1400 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1240 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Fordham.

Fordham GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Fordham, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.64. 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.

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