“Beyond the Guidebook”  College Representative Questionnaire


9/27/18 @ 9:10 AM

Name of College:

Fairfield University

Name of Representative:

Paul Hovey

Email Address:


Phone Number:

(203) 254-4100

College Web Page:


Please give some examples of high profile events

held on campus last year  (i.e. concerts. speakers, political debates, etc.):        

The University continues to host Ready to Run CT--a group which is encouraging increased female participation in all levels of government; multiple debates for races in Connecticut including one for the governor’s office. Brother Guy Joseph Consolmagno, S.J, Director of the Vatican Observatory; Jane Fonda; The Hallelujah Train Gospel Chorus  

What percentage of students stay on campus during the weekends?

Very high percentage, do not have exact number.

New initiatives on campus and/or institutional goals?

New construction continues to abound. Nursing and Health Studies building as well as dining hall expansion opened one year ago.. New residence hall (suite-style living for sophomores) opened in August. New school of business building scheduled for completion by Fall 2019.

Increase of students in engineering and health studies programs (public health, social work, health studies minor)

Increase in opportunities to earn master’s degree in select fields in five years.

What is something you might find at the school that may not exist at any other school?

Students are very much encouraged to take courses/declare double major or minor outside of their academic decision.

If located outside of New England, what New England area schools is your institution similar to?


What is the distance to the nearest big city? And what is that city?

7 miles (10 minutes) to Bridgeport, CT; 18 miles to Stamford, CT (20-25 minutes); 57 miles to New York City (approx. one hour by train)

What is the approximate distance from Westborough, driving and/or flying?

128 miles; approx. 2 hours driving. Flying: N/A

What are your most popular majors?

Arts and Science, Economics, Psychology, Communication, English, Marketing, Management, Accounting (Business) Mechanical Engineering, Nursing.

What are your newest and/or most unique majors?

Newest: Public health and social work

Unique: One example: Film, Television and Media Arts.

What majors are you hoping to grow?

Engineering majors in general.

Public health & social work

Will applying “undecided” for a major affect a student’s chances for acceptance?


Is there a statistical advantage to applying early decision or early action?

Yes, for Early Decision.

No,  for Early Action.

If interviews are required or recommended, where and by whom are they conducted?

Recommended, not required. Usually on campus by member of senior class or admissions counselor.

Are students automatically considered for merit scholarships with the application to the school?


What percentage of demonstrated financial aid do you meet?

We attempt to meet as much demonstrated need as possible. No specific percentage, however.

Is there anything else a student should know that they will not easily find in a guidebook or online?

I can’t think of anything right now. Always feel free to contact me with additional questions!