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Fordham University

Bronx, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate58%
Acceptance Rate58%

Fordham Admissions

If you are applying to Fordham, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is January 1 and the fee for the application costs $70.

Students who submit their applications to Fordham for fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

Fordham Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Fordham's admissions stats.

Fordham 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 35%
Mean SAT Score 1380
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 26%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 11%
Waitlist Yes

Fordham University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Fordham University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 20
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes November 1 December 20
Regular Decision Yes January 1 April 1

Considering Applying Early to Fordham?

Fordham 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.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 20.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Fordham will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 20.

The early decision acceptance rate at Fordham is 68%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 58%.

Fordham accepts around 63% of early action applicants and 58% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Fordham admitted 201 of the 295 students who applied early decision. Last year, Fordham admitted 12,318 of the 19,521 who applied early action.

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

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

More on Fordham University Admissions

How Difficult Is It To Get Admitted to Fordham?

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 58% of students, approximately 26,980 of the 46,275 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.

Transferring to Fordham University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Fordham

Fordham has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Fordham?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight 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 areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Fordham

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

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

Fordham Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements Applicants are encouraged to review The office of Undergraduate Admission's "What We're Looking For" page. www.fordham.edu/undergraduate-admission/apply/what-were-looking-for/
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Fordham?

Students admitted to Fordham have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 23.9% submitted a class rank. At Fordham 35% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 73% were in the top 25% and 94% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

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

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 19%
3.75 and 3.99 27.7%
3.50 and 3.74 30%
3.25 and 3.49 13.6%
3.00 and 3.24 7%
2.50 and 2.9 2.5%
2.00 and 2.49 0.2%

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 Fordham directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects 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

Fordham looks 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 2022, 26% of Fordham's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 11% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Fordham?

To be competitive with other Fordham applicants, you should strive to score between 1320 and 1450 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Fordham 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1450 and 25% of scored lower than 1320, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Fordham student is 1380.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Fordham students scored 750 or higher and 75% of students scored 650 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Fordham students scored 730 or higher, and 75% scored a 650 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Fordham?

To be most competitive at Fordham, you should strive to earn between 30 and 33 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 33 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Fordham's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 33, and three out of four students scored lower than 33 on the ACT.

A 30 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Fordham students. Only one out of every four students scored below 30.

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

More Information on 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?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Fordham.

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) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Fordham?

❌ No, Fordham is test optional, so you can choose whether or not to send your test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Fordham's acceptance rate?

✅ Fordham has an acceptance rate of 58%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Fordham?

✅ Fordham's early decision acceptance rate was 68% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Fordham?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Fordham was 63% 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 58%. This means that the institution accepts 58 out of every 100 applicants.


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

30 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

33 and Above


30 to 33


30 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Fordham is 32. Students with an ACT score of 33 and above have a good chance of getting into Fordham. Students with an ACT score that falls between 30 and 33 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 30 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Fordham SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1320 - 1450


Math SAT Range

650 - 750


Reading SAT Range

650 - 730

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1450 and Above


1320 to 1450


1320 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Fordham students is 1380. Applicants with SAT scores of 1450 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Fordham, while applicants with SAT scores between 1320 to 1450 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1320 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 3.67. 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 © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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