Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT 06824

Fairfield University is a private research university in Fairfield, Connecticut. It was founded in 1942 by the Society of Jesus and is still a non-profit Jesuit Catholic university and a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The university offers 43 majors and 19 minors for undergrads, with the nursing programs receiving the most admissions. The programs are offered through five colleges and schools, including the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies. The school is also growing. The student body population reached 4,100 full-time undergraduates and 1,100 grad students for the 2017 semester.

The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies offers several areas of study for students interested in a career in nursing, and it is ranked as one of the top 10 best colleges for a degree in nursing. These programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The school offers a traditional BSN undergraduate program, along with an MSN with several specialties. Fairfield University also has partnerships with several local clinics, hospitals, and community health centers. MSN students may study for Clinical Nurse Leader, Family Nurse Practitioner, Healthcare Management, Nurse Anesthesia, and Psych Nurse Practitioner.


Campus LocaleSuburb: Large
Student to Faculty Ratio12:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate89%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. Doctoral degrees (DNP, BSN to DNP)
  3. Accelerated BSN
  4. RN to BSN
  5. Family Nurse Practitioner
  6. Masters degrees (MSN)

    Fairfield University offers a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Nurse Leader, Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner tracks.

    The Clinical Nurse Leader is an advanced education generalist role introduced by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to enhance coordination in the delivery of healthcare services.  

    The MSN program is intended to equip students to provide leadership in designing evidence-based systems to function better on the clinical nursing team and to offer advanced clinical practice.

    The program is designed to be flexible to offer students the highest quality graduate educational experience.

    Admission Requirements:

    1. Completed Application
    2. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
    3. Official Transcripts
    4. Professional Resume
    5. Personal Statement stating long term professional goals and the role of a graduate degree in helping the applicant achieve these goals
    6. Two Recommendations (at least one from a supervisor and professor)
    7. Current, valid and unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Connecticut

    The college reviews applications for the Nurse Practitioner Track for admission in the fall semester only. The application deadline for admission in the fall is the 1st March. Applications for the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and the Clinical Nurse Leader tracks are reviewed on a rolling basis. 


Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 114
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 7
Nursing Administration Master's degree 13
Nurse Anesthetist Master's degree 0
Nursing Practice Doctor's degree - professional practice 28

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Fairfield University

St Vincent's College
4.06 miles away
Sacred Heart University
4.25 miles away
Yale University
20.08 miles away
Quinnipiac University
25.93 miles away
LIU Post
29.31 miles away
New York Institute of Technology
30.11 miles away
The College of New Rochelle
32.69 miles away
Concordia College-New York
33.02 miles away
Mercy College
33.51 miles away
Nyack College
35.39 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
12/01/1953 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/28/2002 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
09/28/2002 - Current

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Neither required nor recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$25,444
30k to 48k$26,620
48k to 75k$34,414
75k to 110k$35,789
Over 110k$42,001
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $725.00 $725.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $792.00 $792.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Black/African American
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

Relevant scholarships

English Language Learner Educator Incentive Program

Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students in their last two years of study who plan to become bilingual education teachers or teachers of English to non-native students in [...]

Nursing Scholarship

Applicant must be a Connecticut resident studying at a Connecticut nursing school.

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Connecticut state board of nursing
Fairfield University
1073 N Benson Rd
Fairfield, CT 06824

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