Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT 06824
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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.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Number of Students5,192
Student to Faculty Ratio12:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate90%

Nursing Programs

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 (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 12 121
Master's degree 0 0
Doctor's degree - professional practice 5 31
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 90.8%

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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



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
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

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $60
Graduates $60

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$725/credit
In State Students$725/credit
Out of State Students$725/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$808/credit
In State Students$808/credit
Out of State Students$808/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $32,625 $32,625 $32,625
ADN 70 $50,750 $50,750 $50,750
BSN 125 $90,625 $90,625 $90,625
FNP 50 $40,400 $40,400 $40,400
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 94% of Fairfield University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 13% $4,483
Other Federal Grant 8% $864
State Grant & Scholarships -- $4,097
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 90% $23,633
Federal Student Loans 61% $5,332
Private Loans 11% $23,314


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$20,350
$30,001 to $48,000$25,839
$48,001 to $75,000$31,827
$75,001 to $110,000$35,864
Over $110,000$42,119

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

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Connecticut state board of nursing.
Fairfield University
1073 N Benson Rd
Fairfield, CT 06824

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