Metropolitan Campus Life
The Office of Residence Life strives to create an environment that promotes the development of both the individual and the residential community. The educational mission of the University extends into the residence halls by providing challenges and a support network that allows and encourages each member of the community to actively participate in the shaping of their environment.
The Linden residence halls are comprised of eight buildings with three co-ed floors of same-gender suites each consisting of three (3) double occupancy rooms -- a total of about sixty residents per building. Each suite's common area has a shared bathroom There are two Resident Assistants per building. All new freshmen reside in the Lindens with the exception of Global Scholars & Honors Scholars, and L.I.F.E. House members. Specific Linden buildings may be designated for upperclass and graduate students only. Academic year-round housing (August to May), when available, is provided in Linden 6 on a first come, first served basis. Building entry doors are staffed with a 24 hour Hall Security Assistant when classes are in session. New freshmen cannot request a single room.
University Court is comprised of ten (10) separate townhouse-style buildings. Each building contains one to three sections per building, same gender sections, two floors, one to two bathrooms per floor, mostly double rooms with some single and triple occupancy rooms. There are one to two Resident Assistants per building. University Court is open to upperclass & graduate students. Freshmen admitted to L.I.F.E. House, the Global Scholars or Honors Scholars programs may reside in this area in designated buildings that may include building sections with same-gender floors.
Northpointe, a traditional corridor-style residence hall comprised of four co-ed floors with two wings per floor, houses approximately 300 residents in same-gender double occupancy rooms that open into interior hallways. Each bedroom has a private bathroom. Residents share a common lounge space on each floor. There are two Resident Assistants per floor. A kitchenette (two microwaves, a dishwasher, refrigerator, and sink) is available on third floor. ADA compliant rooms are available. The Northpointe main entry door is staffed with a 24 hour Hall Security Assistant when classes are in session.
The University provides each residence hall resident with access to the Local Area Network (LAN) system. This system is a common server that utilizes multiple software packages, including Internet and E-Mail services. Students must purchase an ethernet card to access this system.
Residents can choose from many different living options: 24-hour quiet, L.I.F.E. House, Graduate Housing, Global Scholar Hall, or Honor’s House.
All residents enjoy free housekeeping services in the common areas, nearby laundry facilities, and access to cable television outlets in each room.
Each residence hall is staffed by resident assistants (R.A.’s) who live in the halls to assist the residents. As para-professionals, these undergraduate or graduate student leaders have received significant training in advising, emergency and administrative procedures, mediation, community development, campus and community resources, communication skills, programming and discipline. Each residence hall area has one to two R.A.’s on duty from 8:00 p.m. through 9:00 a.m. daily. Resident assistants have recently planned and implemented the following activities : trips to Broadway shows, museums, and other cultural sites, bowling outings, discussions, movie nights, and more.
The Metropolitan Campus offers three food service options: the Cafeteria, Jeepers, and the Dickinson Cafe. The Cafeteria, located on the upper level of the Student Union, provides a varied menu on an all-you-can-eat basis. For added variety, theme and holiday meals are often provided.
Jeepers gives a more casual atmosphere which is very conducive to hanging out, conversing with friends, and studying. With cash or a flex plan on your meal card, a variety of fast food items are available as well as various slices of pizza, salads, sandwichs, and chinese food
An ideal place to stop before, between, or after classes is Dickinson Cafe, in Dickinson Hall on the Hackensack side of the campus. This facility is perfect for a quick snack or a light meal.
Athletics are an integral component of the educational process at Fairleigh Dickinson University. The athletic program seeks to promote and stimulate interest and participation in intercollegiate, intramural and recreational programs for men and women on campus.
The George and Phyllis Rothman Center on the Metropolitan Campus is a modern facility available to all students. It features facilities for varsity teams, intramural sports, personal fitness, and cultural and social events. The center has courts for several sports, a six-lane track and a completely equipped weight room.
The Fairleigh Dickinson University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics offers the student body 15 different sports to participate in on the NCAA Division I level. Competition is open to those who are seasoned veterans in the sport or interested new comers.
FDU is a member of the Northeast Conference, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the East Coast Athletic Conference. Currently, the following teams are in active participation on the Division I level:
- Men’s & Women’s Cross Country
- Men’s & Women’s Tennis
- Men’s & Women’s Indoor Track & Field
- Men’s & Women’s Outdoor Track & Field
- Women’s Volleyball
- Women’s Fencing
- Men’s Golf
- Men’s Soccer
- Men’s & Women’s Basketball
Intramural sports include:
Flag football Racquetball
The Student Union Building houses the Knight Club Gameroom. The Knight Club is available for social events as well as meetings. The Knight Club Gameroom is the venue for all sorts of entertainment, including comedy shows, hypnotists, live bands, poetry readings, pool, board games, big-screen TV, ping-pong and video games.
The Fitness Center, opened in 2003, features a central court for pick-up basketball and volleyball games. It also boasts top-of-the-line fitness equipment in three different rooms. There is a selectorized weight room, a free-weight room and a cardiovascular room. Along with an aerobics and dance studio, the center also has an upgraded commuter lounge with internet access ports and a TV.
FDU also has top notch facilities for anyone interested in all aspects of radio and television. WFDU-FM is a noncommercial FM station broadcast from the Metropolitan Campus. Students manage and participate in 92Q-FM radio station which broadcasts from the Student Union Building to the campus and beyond. These stations offer University students the opportunity to develop skills that are required for success in commercial broadcasting.
WFDU-TV, the University’s Television Production Center, is a training facility for all students. A full-color studio offers the serious student a wide range of engineering and production opportunities, including participation in the University’s weekly public affairs program, “Focus,” as well as the campus news program, “Viewpoint.”
Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the many educational trips in the metropolitan New York/New Jersey area. Recent trips include the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, The Schomberg Museum, The Apollo (for its famous “Amateur Nights”), Broadway shows, such as Hairspray, Aida, and Phantom of the Opera, Six Flags Great Adventure, Atlantic City, New York Yankees games, and more.
Anyone interested in theatre will definitely enjoy the student-run plays by the Drama Club and the excellent productions by the campus-based Garage Theatre.
The following traditions are honored : Welcome Week, University Day, Alcohol Awareness Week, Latin Heritage Month, Aids Awareness Week, Holiday celebrations, Black History Month, Women’s Awareness Month, Multicultural Week, Greek Week, Kwanzaa Week, Spring Jam, River Day, Renaissance Fair, Literary Society lectures, Winter Ball, Annual Boat Ride, Awards Dinners and Senior Week.
Fraternities and sororities play a vital role in the social life of students at the University. Greek organizations contribute to leadership development and to the charitable and community service efforts of the University. Charitable projects include Blood Drives, Adopt-a-Highway, Sister-Sister and Brother-Brother Conferences at a local high school, Holiday toy/clothing drive for children, and Domestic violence project. Greek Week, which features various competitive events and a Greek god/goddess contest, is held each year. All fraternities and sororities are nationally recognized and are governed by campus interfraternity and sorority councils.