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I read this site frequently as I was

Apr 14 2011Economics
I read this site frequently as I was preparing to go to college and now that im in my last semester it seems like a good idea to bring it all back home. I was ambivalent about Fordham at first. My expectations had quite a bearing on how I felt when I first got here. It was incredibly homogenous and Catholic to me at first, especially because it was so small, but it really is what you make it. You can find people of all types here, but just on a smaller scale. However, the student body is alive, they care for the most part, and enjoy their time here. You really do get something out of it. And live off campus. Changes your world view. The Bronx does definately suck but I think im a better person for having seen it. Overall, college is what you make it 95% of the time, so just go wherever seems cool to you. New York City is also really awesome to live in.
3rd Year Male -- Class 2011
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Extracurricular Activities: B-

I don't agree with many of the comments

Feb 25 2009Sociology
I don't agree with many of the comments being posted on this page. Fordham is an excellent school and I am quite happy to be here. It seems like most people are complaining about the neighborhood- yes, we are in the Bronx. It is nothing like the small-minded white-washed suburbs that many of the students come from. It may be a culture shock at first, but it is a fascinating, diverse, great place. Just practice some precaution and you will be fine. Manhattan is quite accessible (by ram vam, metro north, or subway) and I usually go in a few times a week. Also, you must come in knowing that you have a two-year core to fulfill. Don't complain and moan through it- some of the classes are quite interesting, taught by excellent faculty members. Also, get involved with campus ministry or Global Outreach- you will meet some of the most fascinating people in your life and grow from it. Fordham is an excellent place and I am constantly thankful to be here.
1st Year Female -- Class 2011
Education Quality: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: B+

I had the opportunity to attend a few

Dec 23 2009History/Histories (art history/etc.)
I had the opportunity to attend a few universities that were rated "higher" than Fordham but am extremely happy with my choice. Fordham's national reputation WILL catch up with what the university deserves. I was thoroughly impressed with faculty, academic culture and student body. Students don't take themselves too seriously, as if they were ivy league jerks, but are intellectually curious.

In the city, there are pretty much three schools with three distinct reputations and student niches, NYU, Columbia and Fordham. Fordham maintains a niche and is respected as one of the major NYC institutions.

The university has some work ahead of it, though. The school is in the midst of a stategic plan to vault itself in the rankings by 2016. With some intensive capital improvements (a few 100 mil in new dorms, buildings, etc), increased scholarship opportunities, growth of endowment and higher admission selectivity,

Fordham will improve in rankings, probably cracking the top 50 national university in US News. The school will never give the necessary amount of money to non-teaching research as this departs from its Jesuit roots of educating students. This is problematic for a school hell-bent on increasing its reputation. Top tier schools, many of which Fordham aspires to mimick like Columbia, U Chicago, Georgetown (also Jesuit, but has toned down the Catholic fervor), Boston U, GWU, NYU, UPenn-- all focus on faculty research as a major part of the university's statement. This will not happen at Fordham as it will focus its resources on teaching.

Sports wise, the university also has big plans. In 2009, they announced their plans to leave the Patriot league in football and will begin awarding 60 football scholarships. My guess is they want to be like Temple, an independent BCS program that bounces around playing (mostly losing) against big programs. This is fine, the university has a great football tradition. Maybe they will catch lightning in a bottle? Unlikeley, but possible.

Basketball is far from anything but a basket-case. The school is in a major rebuilding as an A10 school in NYC. The A10 is dreaming for a Fordham success and the alumni network is getting fed up with average to below average record. Hopefully, they will become a major program like St Johns and get some good national exposure.

Knowing a thing or two about the schools future is helpful in looking for a what your experience might include. If you are looking for a party school to drink every night of the week, you probably won't last too long at Fordham- Hofstra or St Johns might be a better fit, unless of course you're a genius, then by all means, more power to ya! If you're looking for a stuffy, elitist atmosphere and you wear polo shirts with white sweaters tied around your neck, Columbia might also be a better fit. If you are more artsy, try Fordham's lincoln center campus or NYU.

Fordham is a strong academic school filled with smart kids that also know how to blow off some steam in NYC.

This school is a great place to spend four years. I was sold on the school when I visited it. My suggestion is to visit Fordham, or any school for that matter, and get a pulse for what the school is all about. I promise, Fordham will impress you.

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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