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 LocaleLarge Suburb|
|Number of Students5,192|
|Student to Faculty Ratio12:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation |
|On Campus HousingYes|
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.
- Completed Application
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
- Official Transcripts
- Professional Resume
- Personal Statement stating long term professional goals and the role of a graduate degree in helping the applicant achieve these goals
- Two Recommendations (at least one from a supervisor and professor)
- 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|
|Doctor's degree - professional practice||5||31|
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
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|Secondary school GPA Required|
|Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program 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).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$725/credit|
|In State Students||$725/credit|
|Out of State Students||$725/credit|
|In District Students||$808/credit|
|In State Students||$808/credit|
|Out of State Students||$808/credit|
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|
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.
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|
|Other Federal Grant||8%||$864|
|State Grant & Scholarships||--||$4,097|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||90%||$23,633|
|Federal Student Loans||61%||$5,332|
$37,799Average Net Price
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|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Connecticut state board of nursing.