Fairfield was named number two in the Best Regional University North category in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2013” rankings, tied with Loyola University Maryland. This is the second consecutive year Fairfield has achieved the second-place position in the national rankings and the 22nd year that U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University in the top four among universities in the North with master’s degree programs. In addition, the report ranks Fairfield University at number 11 in the “Great Schools at Great Prices” list.
“The measures of the academic quality of the students we attract and our average graduation rates over the past several years attest to the quality of the experience our undergraduate students enjoy,” said the Rev. Paul Fitzgerald, S.J., senior vice president for academic affairs. “Of course, some of the less tangible outcomes of a Jesuit education are not captured in these measures and can only be seen in the integrity of the lives our alumni live.”
According to the 2013 report, Fairfield has improved in a variety of categories compared to last year, such as in percentage of classes under 20 (from 47 to 52), and in student-faculty ratio (from 12/1 to 11/1).