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Freshman FAQs

Thinking about attending Fairleigh Dickinson University? Here are some quick answers to frequently asked questions we receive from students and their parents.

1.      Does FDU offer scholarships?

Of course!  Generous scholarships range from $3,000 to $25,000 annually.  In fact, more than 94 percent of all FDU undergraduates receive some form of financial aid.

2.      How can I visit the campus?

We want to make it easy for you to come to our campuses.   Daily Information Sessions and Student-Led Campus Tours  — and our  Featured FDU Day Information Sessions  — are offered weekdays and many Saturdays throughout the year. Both provide a perfect opportunity for us to get to know you — and for you to personally experience FDU.  During the year, we also offer special events like Open Houses and Discover Your Major Days.

To register for any of these events or request more information, contact the Admissions Office toll free at 1-800-FDU-8803, via e-mail at admissions@fdu.edu or visit our Admissions Events Page for the latest programs.

Here’s a special tip: When you visit FDU, bring a completed application or take the time to fill out an application, and we'll waive your $40 application fee!

3.      What types of students attend FDU?

Our students can’t be easily categorized. They bring diverse experiences and outlooks to our campuses, hailing from 35 states and more than 80 countries around the world. Their wide-ranging interests create a learning environment that encourages dialogue and open-mindedness.

4.      What types of clubs and activities are available on campus? ?

More than 100 clubs and organizations — ranging from national professional, academic and honor societies to athletics, faith-based groups and Greek sororities and fraternities — are available on our New Jersey campuses. There is always something going on and it is easy to get involved, whether it's a poetry reading, concert, guest lecture, outdoor movie night, holiday dance, or just pizza and hanging out.  Check out our monthly events calendar for the latest activities, concerts, plays and sports.

5.      What sports do you offer?

FDU is one of the few schools in the country with both a Division I and Division III sports program. The College at Florham fields nine men’s NCAA Division III teams in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and tennis and 10 women’s NCAA Division III teams in basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball. The Metropolitan Campus fields eight men’s NCAA Division I teams in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, indoor and outdoor track, soccer and tennis and 11 women’s NCAA Division I teams in basketball, bowling, cross country, fencing, golf, indoor and outdoor track, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.

Both campuses also host a variety of intramural and club sports. Because it’s a residential campus, however, the College at Florham tends to have more students engaged in its intramural and club sports programs. Both campuses have new recreation facilities that are perfect for keeping fit, but only the College at Florham has a swimming pool.

6.      How many students attend each campus? ?

There are 2,600 undergraduates and 950 graduates at our College at Florham campus in Madison, NJ, and 6,100 undergraduates and 2,650 graduates at our Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck, NJ. We have a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of just 20 students.

7.      Can I study abroad while at FDU?

Because of our focus on global education, FDU actually encourages every student to complete at least one study-abroad experience. We even have two international campuses of our own: Wroxton College in England  and FDU-Vancouver in Canada. However, FDU students can be found studying throughout the world.

8.      How many students live on campus?

Over 1,500 students (nearly 9 out of every 10) live in our 13 residence halls at the College at Florham. About 750 freshmen students (about 6 out of every 10) live on the Metropolitan Campus.

9.      How close are you to New York City?

The Big Apple is only a short train or bus ride away from both our campuses. The Metropolitan Campus is just 10 miles from Manhattan; at the College at Florham, you can walk to nearby Convent Station and be in the City within 45 minutes by train.

New York is an essential part of the FDU experience. Our students regularly go to NYC for class assignments and field trips; they’re selected as interns with top international companies; and when they want to have fun, New York’s cultural, social and historic treasures are there for the taking.

10.  Do you have jobs or internships on campus?

There are many opportunities for students to get a job on campus. You can do anything from being a research assistant for a professor to working as a campus tour guide to being a clerk in the bookstore. Many students qualify for federally funded work/study positions.

There are also many on- and off-campus internship possibilities available for students. Some majors require internships and all departments encourage them. Just stop by the Career Development Center at either campus and find out more about the variety of resources and services available to students.

11.  Do you accept Advanced Placement (AP) test scores for college credit?

Yes. Advanced placement credit will be given to students who have taken college-level courses in secondary school and have achieved the appropriate test score on the College Board Advanced Placement Examination.

Still Have Questions?

Contact the Admissions Office to have your specific questions answered. You can call us at 800-FDU-8803 or email admissions@fdu.edu.