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| 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.
|Dec 13 2011|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2014 |
| 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.
|Dec 23 2009|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| When I first started Fordham, I didn't have the school spirit that most people had. It wasn't until my sophomore year when I found my group of friends that I still have now, did I acquire my school spirit.|
Most of the student are antisocial and uptight, but I believe that due to everyone having up their own guards and generally being afraid of whats different, and it doesn't help either that there are A LOT of students. Mostly students tend to become attached to the people in their majors and who they have the most in common with. The best experience you can have, is being a resident, at least for a semester. Commuters lose out on that experience and closeness and various activities that the residents have, i.e midnight breakfast during finals, late night activities during spring weekend, or just simply dorm activities prepared by your dorm staff.
It wasn't until I graduated that I genuinely found the Love for Fordham that other alumni have and show during reunion weekend and homecoming weekend. I love coming back for a visits during homecoming weekend;win or lose, and spring weekend, especially since I still have friends who attend and friends who have become Residential Directors.
I am not saying that Fordham is the best, but it sure was an experience that I will never forget and I wouldn't trade it for anything.I have witnessed a lot of my classmates transfer and wish they never did, or when you finally get to sit back and reminisce with them about the times we did this or that and how much they miss it. I'm not saying Fordham is the best, but the reality is your experience is what YOU make it. It just takes time....
|Feb 09 2009|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |