Here are the pros and the cons of Fordham University. I am providing for both campuses (I have taken many classes at each) I will provide the pros and cons for each area (they seem to go hand and hand).
NYC- Being in NYC gives you a lot of experiences that you will have no place else in the world. I have taken advantage of the many areas of the city as well as its museums and cultural institutions and it has enlightened me. But of course you can go to a CUNY and have that. Fordham also doesn't fully take advantage of its location especially Lincoln Center.
Academics- Fordham has an excellent history and theology program, as well as some other impressive liberal art programs. The sciences are give or take. Languages aren't that good. I feel though that too much emphasis is put on the new school of business. I will get to that later in this review. My biggest complaint about the core is that it is too rigid. More choice would be better.
Student Life- Its ok. I haven't really found a niche at Fordham, but many people have found a niche. Fordham offers a vast array of clubs and publications. Campus Ministy is very good and a lot of people participate in that. That is Rose Hill. HOWEVER, many of the students don't participate in anything at Fordham because they are too busy getting drunk. At Lincoln Center even fewer people participate which leads me to my next area.
Student Body- There are two unique bodies: Lincoln Center and Rose Hill. Lincoln Center is strange. Half the students are commuters who go home after class and the other half are the residents who I am convinced are vampires because they are never out during the day. Lincoln Center is essentially a night campus even though partying isn't that big of a thing there. Anyway, unless you are super liberal or gay, the LC students will look down on you. An extremely condescending group of people. Rose Hill has a much more diverse student body that is much more open to any background or ideas. A lot of drinking happens here and a lot of the students are arrogant, private school people, but they aren't too bad and actually make class fun. All in all, Rose Hill's student body isn't that bad especially in comparison to LC.
Food- You know what, it is not that bad at least at Rose Hill. It gets repetitive, but if you stick with Caf for breakfast and dinner, and the other delis for lunch, you can't go bad. A little pricey, but ok. LC has awful food. Do yourself a favor and go to the vast variety of food places outside of campus especially down 9th Ave.
Overall- I think the University is a good place to study. I believe that my degree from here will work for me in the future. I believe, though, that the University needs to get its priorities in line. All the University seems to care about is its alumni. Everything is done with them in mind. The University's sports programs are dominated by alumni who attend and so on. This leads to a question: why is the University not catering to the future alumni as well? My experience has been too cookie cutter and not enough individual. Students aren't allowed to make their mark here. Personally, I wouldn't ever participate as an alumnus. Maybe a few donations here and there, but if you are a student looking to make difference, well, Fordham isn't the place for you. Maybe this is what is like for all colleges, I really do not know.