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Fordham University

Bronx, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate54%

Fordham Admissions

Fordham University is extremely difficult to get into. In 2022, Fordham University accepted just 54% of all applicants. Out of 47,203 applications received in 2023, 25,550 students were offered admission.

If you are planning on applying to Fordham University, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 1/3 and the fee for the application is $70.

Students who apply to Fordham University for the fall semester should anticipate a decision by April 1.

Fordham University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Fordham University's admissions stats.

Fordham University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 37%
Mean SAT Score 1393
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 27.4%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 10.4%
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 1 3 April 1

Applying Early to Fordham University?

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.

🗓️ 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 University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 20.

The early decision acceptance rate at Fordham University is 67%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 54%.

Fordham University accepts approximately 58% of early action applicants and 54% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, Fordham University admitted 228 of the 338 students who applied early decision. In 2022, Fordham University admitted 12,342 of the 21,376 who applied early action.

Some students apply early in hopes that it will boost their chances of acceptance. 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 demonstrates that you are very interested in a school.

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

More on Fordham University Admissions

Transferring to Fordham University

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

For Students Waitlisted to Fordham University

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

What's Most Important for Getting Into Fordham University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When assembling 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 Fordham University

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

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

Fordham University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
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 University?

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

Out of all students that were admitted, 21.5% submitted a class rank. At Fordham University 37% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 75.4% were in the top 25% and 96.4% 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 20%
3.75 and 3.99 31.9%
3.50 and 3.74 30.4%
3.25 and 3.49 10%
3.00 and 3.24 5.5%
2.50 and 2.9 2%
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 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

Fordham University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 27.4% of Fordham University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 10.4% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Fordham University?

To be competitive with other Fordham University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1330 and 1460 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Fordham University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1460 and 25% of scored lower than 1330, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Fordham University student is 1393.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Fordham University students scored 750 or higher and 75% of students scored 660 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Fordham University students scored 730 or higher, and 75% scored a 660 or higher.

To be most competitive at Fordham University, 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 University'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 University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 30.

More Information on Transferring to Fordham University

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

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

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

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Fordham University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Fordham University?

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

Does Fordham University accept transfer credits?

✅ Fordham University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Fordham University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

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

✅ Fordham University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Fordham University?

❌ No, Fordham University is test optional, so you can decide if you want to to send your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Fordham University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Fordham University is 54%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Fordham University?

✅ Fordham University's early decision acceptance rate was 67% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Fordham University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Fordham University was 58% in 2021.

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Fordham Admissions Requirements

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How hard is it to get into Fordham? Fordham is a selective institution. The Fordham acceptance rate is 54%. This means that the institution accepts 54 out of every 100 applicants.


Fordham Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 3

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Fordham is Jan 3.

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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1330 - 1460


Math SAT Range

660 - 750


Reading SAT Range

660 - 730

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1460 and Above


1330 to 1460


1330 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Fordham students is 1393. Applicants with SAT scores of 1460 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Fordham, while applicants with SAT scores between 1330 to 1460 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1330 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 3.71. 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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