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1 Fairfield University Undergraduate Catalog

2 i Table of Contents Academic Calendar... 2 A Message from the President Fairfield University Mission Fairfield University Overview... 7 Diversity Vision Statement Overview - Resources & Services... 7 Academic Resources... 7 Academic Advisor... 7 Office of Exploratory Academic Advising... 8 Academic Support Programs Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Center DiMenna-Nyselius Library... 8 International Students Early Learning Center Arts and Minds Programs... 9 Student Handbook... 9 Computing Services... 9 Information Technology Services (ITS)... 9 Accreditations Compliance Statements and Notifications Admission Policies And Procedures Freshman Admission Early Action/Early Decision Academic Scholarship Wait List Alumni Relatives Deferred Admission Transfer Admission International Students Part-Time Degree Seeking Students Personal and Professional Enrichment Articulation Agreements Tuition, Fees And Financial Aid Tuition & Fees Financial Aid Scholarships Academic Policies Normal Academic Progress Academic Year Academic Expectations Full-Time Status Credit Hours Class Ranking System Degree Requirements Academic Progress Residency Requirement Registration Requirement Graduation Information Attendance Grading System... 38

3 ii Grades Grade Point Value Incomplete Course Load Withdrawal from Courses Repeat Course Policy Transfer Credit Early Alerts, Midterm Estimates and Final Alerts Grade Reports Disruption of Academic Progress Academic Probation Academic Dismissal Voluntary Withdrawal Readadmission after a Voluntary Withdrawal Medical Withdrawal Readadmission after Medical Withdrawal Credits From Other Institutions Advanced Placement Higher Level International Baccalaureate Courses College Courses Completed While in High School Leave of Absence Transcripts Academic Freedom And Responsibility Freedom of Expression Student Rights Student Responsibilities Academic Honesty Honor Code Student Academic Grievance Procedure Types of Grievance Time Limits Informal Proceedures Formal Proceedures Structure of the Grievance Committee Due Process Procedure Grievance Process Complaints The Curricula Pathways to Integration University Course Numbering System Core Curriculum Diversity Requirements U.S. Diversity World Diversity Electives Major Second Major (Double Major) Minor University Honors Program Option for Graduate Level Courses Cornerstone Courses Student Internships Scholastic Honors Study Abroad... 60

4 iii College of Arts and Sciences A Message from the Dean Degrees Offered Departmental Requirements and Options American Studies Applied Ethics Asian Studies Biology Black Studies: Africa and The Diaspora Catholic Studies Chemistry & Biochemistry Classical Studies Communication Computer Science Economics Education English Environmental Studies History Honors Program Individually Designed Major International Studies Irish Studies Italian Studies Judaic Studies Latin American and Caribbean Studies Mathematics and Computer Science Modern Languages and Literatures Peace and Justice Studies Philosophy Physics Politics Professional Studies Psychology Religious Studies Russian and East European Studies Sociology and Anthropology Department of Visual and Performing Arts Art History Music Studio Art Theatre Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies College of Arts and Sciences Administration College of Arts & Sciences Faculty

5 iv The Charles F. Dolan School of Business A Message from the Dean Major Areas of Study Minor Areas of Study Course Descriptions Accounting Finance Information Systems and Operations Management International Business with Co-curricular Major or Minor Management Marketing Dolan School of Business Administration Dolan School of Business Faculty School of Engineering A Message from the Dean Program Goals and Assessment Undergraduate Programs Automated Manufacturing Engineering Computer Engineering Electrical Engineering Mechanical Engineering Software Engineering Minor in Engineering Course Descriptions School of Engineering Administration School of Engineering Faculty School of Nursing A Message from the Dean The School of Nursing Mission & Purpose Bachelor of Science - Major In Nursing Program Options For Adult Learners Bachelor of Science - Second Degree Program Bachelor of Science - RN to BS In Nursing Program Course Descriptions School of Nursing Faculty and Administration School of Nursing Faculty Fairfield University Administration Fairfield University Board of Trustees

6 Academic Calendar Refer to the schedules that are distributed each semester for calendar changes. Fall 2013 Semester June 18 - June 19 First-Year Orientation Class of 2017 June 24 - June 25 First-Year Orientation Class of 2017 July 1 Deadline for selected students on financial aid to submit verification documents to the Office of Financial Aid July 8 Registration begins for all Continuing Studies (non matriculated students) for Fall 2013 Applications for Degree are due for August graduation Aug. 1 Last day for part-time undergraduate students to sign up for Fall 2013 monthly payment plan Aug. 5 Last day - part-time undergraduate students for online registration for Fall 2013 Aug. 23 Deadline for undergraduate readmission application for Fall 2013 Aug. 29 Aug Sept. 2 International Students move in from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Orientation for International Students Sept. 1 Orientation and Fall Welcome - Class of 2017 First-year move in 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. by floors All Transfer students move in from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. BCC Dining Hall will open at 4 p.m. Sept. 2 Sept. 3 Sept. 3 - Sept. 9 Fall Welcome continues Labor Day - University holiday Class of 2016: Sophomores move in 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Classes of 2015 and 2014: junior and senior students will move in from 2 to 8 p.m. Transfer orientation for new undergraduate students Classes begin for all undergraduate programs Drop/Add for undergraduate students Sept. 30 Oct. 11 Oct. 14 Oct. 18 Deadline for selected students on financial aid to submit Sibling Enrollment forms(s) for current academic year Deadline for freshman and Division I athlete deficiencies Deadline for Summer 2013 and Spring 2013 makeup of Incompletes Columbus Day - University holiday Last day for course withdrawal - Undergraduate (Except ASAP II Courses) Oct. 23 Deadline for major and minor changes for undergraduate for Spring 2014 registration Nov. 4 - Nov. 22 Undergraduate advising and registration for Spring 2014 Nov Dec. 1 Thanksgiving Recess - all schools BCC Dining Hall closes at 2 p.m. on 11/26 BCC Dining Hall reopens at 4 p.m. on 12/1 Residence Halls close at 6 p.m. on 11/26 (Undergraduate students with evening classes on 11/26 are permitted to remain until 10 p.m.) Residence Halls re-open at noon on 12/1

7 3 Dec. 2 Dec. 11 Dec. 12, 15, 18 Dec Dec. 20 Dec. 20 Classes resume for all schools Applications for Degree are due for January 30th graduation - all schools Registration begins for Continuing Studies (non-matriculated students) for Spring 2014 Last day of classes for undergraduate students Reading Days - undergraduate students Final Examinations for undergraduate students (except for reading days) Residence Halls close at 6 p.m. BCC Dining Hall closes at 2 p.m. Undergraduate students with a 3 p.m. final are permitted to remain until 8 p.m. Last day for part-time undergraduate students to sign up for Spring 2014 monthly payment plan Winter 2014 Intersession Jan. 2 - Jan. 8 Undergraduate Classes Spring 2014 Jan. 2 Last day - part-time undergraduate students for online registration for Spring 2014 Jan. 8 Deadline for undergraduate day readmission for Spring 2014 Jan. 15 Residence Halls open at 10 a.m. New Undergraduate Student Orientation and Orientation for International Students BCC Dining Hall opens at 4 p.m. Jan. 16 Classes begin for all schools Jan Jan. 22 Drop/add period for undergraduate students Jan. 20 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - University holiday Feb. 3 Deadline for Study Abroad applications for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Feb. 12 Deadline for Fall 2013 make up of Incompletes Feb. 17 President s Day - University holiday Feb. 18 Monday classes meet for Undergraduate day classes (To make up for Monday holidays) Feb. 28 Deadline for freshman deficiencies and Division I athlete deficiencies Mar. 7 Last day for course withdrawal-undergraduate (except ASAP II courses) Mar. 19 Deadline for major and minor changes for undergraduates for Fall 2014 registration Mar. 21 Residence Halls close for Spring Recess at 6 p.m. BCC Dining Hall closes at 2 p.m. Mar Mar. 28 Spring Recess - All schools Spring Intersession - Undergraduate

8 4 Mar. 30 Residence Halls reopen 12 noon BCC Dining Hall opens 4 p.m. Mar. 31 Classes resume - all schools Mar Apr. 16 Undergraduate advising and registration for Fall 2014 Apr. 1 Registration begins for Continuing Studies (non-matriculated students) for Summer 2014 Applications for Degree are due for May graduation - all schools Apr. 15 Deadline for full-time undergraduate upper-class students to submit FAFSA and CSS PROFILE Apr. 18-Apr. 21 Easter Recess for undergraduates Apr. 22 Classes begin for undergraduate programs Apr. 8 - Apr. 26 Undergraduate advising and registration for Fall 2014 Apr. 30 Last day of classes for undergraduates May 1, 4, 7 Reading Days - Undergraduate day students May 2 - May 9 Final Examinations for undergraduate day students (except for reading days) and final exams/last day undergraduate evening classes BCC Dining Hall closes at 2 p.m. May 17 May 18 May 19 Residence Halls, Townhouses and Apartment Complex close at 6 p.m. Undergraduate students with a 3 p.m. final are permitted to remain until 8 p.m. Baccalaureate Mass 64th Commencement, Undergraduate Ceremony - 9:30 a.m. Residence Halls, Townhouses and Apartment Complex close at 12 noon for Seniors Summer 2014 May 19 - Aug. 1 Engineering Summer Session May 21 - May 28 Undergraduate One Week - Pre-Session (Memorial Day Holiday, May 26) June 2 - July 3 Undergraduate Session I June 18 - June 19 First-Year Students Orientation Class of 2018 June 23 - June 24 First-Year Students Orientation Class of 2018 July 1 Deadline for selected students on financial aid to submit verification documents to the Office of Financial Aid July 7 Registration begins for Continuing Studies Programs for Fall 2014 Degree applications due for August 30th graduation (All schools) July 7 - Aug. 4 Undergraduate July Session II Aug. 6 - Aug. 12 Undergraduate - One Week Post Session

9 5 A Message from the President Dear Student, Welcome to Fairfield University, and thank you for interest in becoming a member of our community. As a Jesuit institution, Fairfield is the inheritor of an almost 500-year-old tradition that believes the purpose of an education is to develop our students as "whole persons" - in mind, body, and in spirit. It is our mission to pursue excellence in education in the fullest sense, by forming young men and women to be global citizens, confident in their capacities, trained to succeed in any circumstance, and inspired to put their gifts at work in the world. As a student at Fairfield, you will learn from our first-class faculty who are leaders in their field, who share with our students a passion for learning. During your years at Fairfield, you will discover what it means to be a member of a community that shares your interests. Our faculty and mentors will accompany you along a pathway of vocational selfexploration. You will engage in the greater community - as a student leader, through study abroad experiences, and hands-on learning opportunities and you will develop an area of unique study that will help you discern the right path for the future. Our proximity to New York City means that our students have an exciting range of internship possibilities, as well as exposure to the most current developments in their areas of intellectual pursuit. Fairfield graduates go on to fulfilling careers, as global leaders in business, education, medicine, law, the arts, and countless other professions where they are sought after for their intellectual acumen and strength of character. A Fairfield education will form you in this manner, preparing you to meet future challenges. We invite you to browse through this catalog of courses and take the first step towards your Fairfield education. Sincerely, Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J. President

10 6 Fairfield University Mission Fairfield University, founded by the Society of Jesus, is a coeducational institution of higher learning whose primary objectives are to develop the creative intellectual potential of its students and to foster in them ethical and religious values, and a sense of social responsibility. Jesuit education, which began in 1547, is committed today to the service of faith, of which the promotion of justice is an absolute requirement. Fairfield is Catholic in both tradition and spirit. It celebrates the God-given dignity of every human person. As a Catholic university, it welcomes those of all beliefs and traditions who share its concerns for scholarship, justice, truth, and freedom, and it values the diversity that their membership brings to the University community. Fairfield educates its students through a variety of scholarly and professional disciplines. All of its schools share a liberal and humanistic perspective, and a commitment to excellence. Fairfield encourages a respect for all the disciplines - their similarities, their differences, and their interrelationships. In particular, in its undergraduate schools, it provides all students with a broadly based general education curriculum with a special emphasis on the traditional humanities as a complement to the more specialized preparation in disciplines and professions provided by the major programs. Fairfield is also committed to the needs of society for liberally educated professionals. It meets the needs of its students to assume positions in this society through its undergraduate and graduate professional schools and programs. A Fairfield education is a liberal education, characterized by its breadth and depth. It offers opportunities for individual and common reflection, and it provides training in such essential human skills as analysis, synthesis, and communication. The liberally educated person is able to assimilate and organize facts, to evaluate knowledge, to identify issues, to use appropriate methods of reasoning, and to convey conclusions persuasively in written and spoken word. Equally essential to liberal education is the development of the aesthetic dimension of human nature, the power to imagine, to intuit, to create, and to appreciate. In its fullest sense, liberal education initiates students at a mature level into their culture, its past, its present, and its future. Fairfield recognizes that learning is a lifelong process and sees the education that it provides as a foundation upon which its students may continue to build within their chosen areas of scholarly study or professional development. It also seeks to foster in its students a continuing intellectual curiosity and a desire for self-education that will extend to the broad range of areas to which they have been introduced in their studies. As a community of scholars, Fairfield gladly joins in the broader task of expanding human knowledge and deepening human understanding, and to this end it encourages and supports the scholarly research and artistic production of its faculty and students. Fairfield has a further obligation to the wider community of which it is a part, to share with its neighbors its resources and its special expertise for the betterment of the community as a whole. Faculty and students are encouraged to participate in the larger community through service and academic activities. But most of all, Fairfield serves the wider community by educating its students to be socially aware and morally responsible people. Fairfield University values each of its students as an individual with unique abilities and potentials, and it respects the personal and academic freedom of its members. At the same time, it seeks to develop a greater sense of community within itself, a sense that all of its members belong to and are involved in the University, sharing common goals and a common commitment to truth and justice, and manifesting in their lives the common concern for others which is the obligation of all educated, mature human beings.

11 Fairfield University Overview Fairfield University offers education for an inspired life, preparing students for leadership and service through broad intellectual inquiry, the pursuit of social justice, and cultivation of the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. A comprehensive university built upon the nearly 500-year-old Jesuit traditions of scholarship and service, Fairfield University is distinguished by a rigorous curriculum, close interaction among faculty and students, and a beautiful, 200-acre campus with views of Long Island Sound. Since its founding in 1942 by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), the University has grown from an all-male school serving 300 to a competitively ranked coeducational institution serving approximately 3,400 undergraduate students, 1,200 graduate students, and more than 400 students enrolled for degree completion programs, as well as personal and professional enrichment courses and certificates. Fairfield offers over 40 undergraduate majors, 17 interdisciplinary minors, and 41 graduate programs. The University is comprised of five schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Charles F. Dolan School of Business, and the schools of Engineering, Nursing, and Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions. Students benefit from small class sizes, an outstanding faculty, a rich array of study abroad, internship, research, and service opportunities, and the resources and reputation of a school consistently ranked among the top regional universities in the north by the U.S. News & World Report. Since 1993, 63 Fairfield students have been named Fulbright scholars, and the University is among the 12 percent of four-year colleges and universities with membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. Fairfield is located one hour north of New York City at the center of a dynamic corridor of educational, cultural and recreational resources, as well as leading corporate employers. Diversity Vision Statement As a Jesuit and Catholic institution, Fairfield University s commitment to the God given dignity of the human person requires that we create an environment that promotes justice and fosters a deep understanding of human and cultural diversity. Fairfield is committed to encouraging dialogue among those with differing points of view in order to realize an integral understanding of what it means to be human. The University recognizes that transcending the nation s political and social divisions is a matter of valuing diversity and learning respect for individuals, in their similarities and their differences. Fairfield will continue to integrate diversity in all facets of University life academic, administrative, social, and spiritual as together, the community seeks to realize a vision of common good that is rooted in genuine human solidarity. Fairfield University defines diversity in the broadest sense, reflecting its commitment to creating a more inclusive community that is reflective of the richly diverse global community of which we are part. Diversity encompasses not only racial, ethnic, and religious diversity, but also diversity of socioeconomic contexts, cultural perspectives, national origins, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical ability, and educational backgrounds. Overview - Resources & Services Academic Resources Faculty Advising. All members of the faculty share personally and actively in the responsibility for providing students with educational, career, and personal guidance. One of the hallmarks of a Jesuit education is the personal interest each professor takes in students; the professor tries to know each student's strengths and weaknesses. This tradition is basic to Fairfield. Classes are not large, and there are ample opportunities for close studentteacher relationships. Members of the faculty make themselves available for informal discussions, advice, and encouragement well beyond their published office hours. Academic Advisor Students who have a declared major are assigned a faculty advisor in that academic discipline. Undeclared students are also assigned a faculty advisor. However, when these students declare a major, they will be reassigned to an advisor in the academic discipline chosen. Advisors are available to meet regularly with students, monitor progress, advise students at registration time, and discuss courses and programs of study, co-curricular involvement, and high-impact learning opportunities such as study abroad, capstones, and internships. Fairfield's faculty advisors, along with professional advising staff and peer mentors, promote a holistic approach to academic advising that encourages students to be actively engaged and to make thoughtful choices regarding their current and future plans. 7

12 8 Office of Exploratory Academic Advising The office of Exploratory Academic Advising is available to all students exploring choice of major and minor, including those considering a change of major. Services are provided to students regardless of class year. The Office of Exploratory Academic Advising coordinates group based peer tutoring and also works with faculty advisors and academic dean's offices to ensure the academic progress of all first-year students and NCAA student athletes through a comprehensive academic Alert system - Early Alerts, Midterm Estimates, and Final Alerts. Academic Support Programs Tutoring. The Office of Exploratory Academic Advising, located in the Kelley Center, recruits students who are proficient in their major concentration and/or other subjects and trains them to serve as peer tutors. Peer tutoring is group based, free of charge, and open to all students. Additional tutoring services are available through the University's individual schools in select subject areas. For more information visit: The Office of Disability Support Services. For more information about Disability Support Services, please visit fairfield.edu/student/adss_ about.html. The Writing Center. The Writing Center, located on the lower level of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, offers writing assistance and resources to all students. Tutors work with students on any writing project and at any stage of the project's development. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit Academic Skills Development. Administered by the Office of Disability Support Services, students in this program meet with the Director to discuss academic enhancement skills. The office is located at the Kelley Center. The Charles E. Culpeper Language Resource Center. The Culpeper Language Resource Center, located in Canisius Hall 207, is designed to support and promote the study and instruction of foreign languages and their cultures. Students work interactively with computer and web-based materials. This allows them to take ownership of their learning experience and become lifelong learners. We provide one-on-one assistance in finding materials, and in accessing the online components of languages courses. Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Center Located on Loyola Drive, the Kelley Center houses the offices of Undergraduate and Graduate Admission, the Registrar, Financial Aid, Dean of Student Development, New Student Programs, Office of Exploratory Academic Advising, Academic & Disability Support Services, and the Career Planning Center. DiMenna-Nyselius Library The Library is the intellectual heart of Fairfield's campus and its signature academic building, combining the best of the traditional academic library with the latest access to print and electronic resources. Carrels, leisure seating, and research tables provide study space for up to 900 individual students, while groups meet in team rooms, study areas, or convene for conversation in the 24-hour cafe. Other resources include a 24-hour, openaccess computer lab with Macintosh and Windows-based computers; a second computer lab featuring Windows-based computers only; two dozen multimedia workstations; an electronic classroom; a 90-seat multimedia auditorium; photocopiers, scanners, microform readers and printers; and audiovisual hardware and software. Workstations for the physically disabled are available throughout the library. The library's collection includes more than 365,000 bound volumes, 376,000 e-books, 515 print journal and newspaper subscriptions, electronic access to 60,000 full-text journal and newspaper titles, and 15,000 audiovisual items. To borrow library materials, students must present a StagCard at the Circulation Desk. Students can search for materials using the research portal, Summon Discovery system. Library resources are accessible from any desktop on or off campus at From this site, students use their NetID and password to access their accounts, read fulltext journal articles from more than 170 databases, submit interlibrary loan forms electronically, or contact a reference librarian around the clock via IM, , Skype or "live" chat. The library has an Information Technology Center consisting of a 30-seat, state-of-the-art training room, a 12-seat conference/group study room with projection capability, and 10 collaborative work areas. Also, the Center for Academic Excellence and the Writing Center are both housed on the lower level. The IT Help Desk is on the main level. During the academic year, the library is open Monday through Thursday, 7:45 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to midnight with an extended schedule of 24/7 during exam periods. International Students International students are served through the Office of Student Support Services, located in the Kelley Center. This department sponsors a specialized orientation program for international students and provides assistance with legal forms and other documentation.

13 9 Early Learning Center The Center provides an early care and education program based on accepted and researched theories of child development; individualized programs designed to meet the needs of each child; a curriculum that is child-oriented and emergent by the children; and teaching staff who have specialized educational training in child development and developmentally appropriate practice with young children, including health, safety, and nutritional guidelines. The Center is open all year from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years. Children may be enrolled on a full- or part-time basis depending upon space availability. Registration takes place every March. For tuition details, registration requirements, or other information, call the Center at (203) or visit Arts and Minds Programs Fairfield University serves as an important hub for students and visitors from the region seeking entertaining and inspiring cultural events and activities. The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts houses the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Theatre, the Lawrence A. Wien Experimental Theatre, and the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery. Various departments also host exhibitions, lectures and performance programs throughout the academic year, including the popular lecture series Open Visions Forum. The new Bellarmine Museum of Art is located in Bellarmine Hall and displays a rich and varied collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts objects. Not only is the Museum a showcase for significant art objects, but it serves as a learning laboratory for students and members of the regional community. All Fairfield students receive free or discounted tickets for arts events. For a cultural calendar visit The PepsiCo Theatre is home base for Theatre Fairfield, the University's performing arts club, and provides another venue for theatre and dance in an intimate setting. In addition, various departments schedule exhibitions, lectures, and dramatic programs throughout the academic year. These events are open to all members of the University community and many are free. Student Handbook For information about Compliance Statements and Notifications, Student Resources, Policies and Procedures, Student Conduct Code, Residential Guidelines, and Clubs and Organizations, please see the Student Handbook at Computing Services Fairfield University offers high-speed fiber-optic cable connectivity, with transmission speeds of up to 1 gigabit-per-second. This technology connects our classrooms, residence halls, and offices, providing fast and reliable access to the online library catalogue, , various databases, and other electronic resources. Students, staff, and faculty have access to 12 computer labs located throughout campus. These labs are supported by knowledgeable lab assistants, and are open 14 hours a day for both walk-in and classroom use. Each computer lab offers hardware and software for Windows and Macintosh environments. Every dormitory room has access to wired/wireless internet and cable television, Students are issued individual NetID accounts, and are given access to our secure portal My.fairfield. Here, students are able to check their , grades, register for courses, review their academic and financial records, and access campus-wide announcements. Information Technology Services (ITS) Located within the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, the ITS Help Desk is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and can be reached by phone at (203) or by at The ITS offices are located on the first and second floors of Dolan Commons. The ITS team manages all technology services on campus including academic computing, administrative computing, network services, project management, training, and support services.

14 10 Accreditations Fairfield University is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, which accredits schools and colleges in the six New England states. Accreditation by one of the six regional accrediting associations in the United States indicates that the school or college has been carefully evaluated and found to meet standards agreed upon by qualified educators. Additional accreditations include: AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (Charles F. Dolan School of Business) Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, B.S. Computer Engineering Program B.S. Electrical Engineering program B.S. Mechanical Engineering program B.S. Software Engineering Program American Chemical Society (College of Arts and Sciences) B.S. in Chemistry Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education (Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, GSEAP) Marriage and Family Therapy program Connecticut State Department of Higher Education (GSEAP) Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (GSEAP) Counselor Education programs Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (School of Nursing) Undergraduate Nursing programs Masters Nursing programs Doctoral programs National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Educators (NCATE) Elementary Education Secondary Education School Counseling School Library Media Specialist School Psychology Special Education TESOL/Bilingual Education programs National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) (GSEAP) School Psychology

15 11 Program approvals include: Connecticut State Office of Financial and Academic Affairs for Higher Education Elementary and Secondary Teacher certification programs Graduate programs leading to certification in specialized areas of education School of Nursing programs Connecticut State Department of Education and National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Educators (NCATE) Elementary and Secondary Education Special Education TESOL/Bilingual Education School Counseling School Library Media School Psychology Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Nursing Undergraduate Nursing programs Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs The University holds memberships in: AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education American Association of Colleges of Nursing American Council for Higher Education American Council on Education ASEE - American Society for Engineering Education Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Connecticut Association of Colleges and Universities for Teacher Education Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges Connecticut Council for Higher Education National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities National Catholic Educational Association New England Business and Economic Association Compliance Statements And Notifications Catalog The provisions of this catalog are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between Fairfield University and the students. The University reserves the right to change any provision or any requirement at any time. FERPA Information For information about student rights under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Non-Discrimination Statement, and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, please see the Student Handbook at

16 12 Admission Policies And Procedures Fairfield University admits without discrimination students of any sex, race, color, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national or ethnic origin, or handicap to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students of the University. Freshman Admission Successful candidates for admission should have received a high school diploma from a recognized high school or preparatory school and should have acquired no less than 15 units in college-preparatory studies. The unit is commonly understood as a measure of credit assigned for the successful completion of a high school course that meets four or five times each week throughout the year; college-preparatory units are those usually found in the high school curriculum that explicitly prepare students for college. No vocational, commercial, or industrial units are considered to be preparatory to the work of the liberal arts college. Candidates for admission must take units chosen from the areas listed below. Typically, freshman students are admitted in September only. BASIC Requirements English 4 Mathematics 3 to 4 (may include) Algebra 1 Algebra 2 Geometry Pre-calculus Calculus Foreign Language 2 to 4 Laboratory Science 3 to 4 (may include) Earth Science Biology Chemistry Physics History/Social Science 3 to 4 Candidates interested in mathematics, engineering, business, and the sciences are urged to pursue a fourth unit of lab science and mathematics, preferably pre-calculus or calculus. Candidates for nursing must have one laboratory course in chemistry. In addition to the basic requirements, applicants must present evidence to indicate interest in and competence for college studies. To that end they must submit a complete record of high school studies, together with other supporting materials as described in the admission application form. The admission process at Fairfield University is Test Optional. Students may choose whether or not to submit the results of the SAT or ACT. Students should indicate on the Common Application whether or not it is their intention to have their scores considered in the admission process. Students who choose not to submit their test scores are strongly encouraged to schedule a personal interview. The deadline for regular decision applicants to have all application materials (application, high school transcript, and guidance counselor recommendation) postmarked is Jan. 15. The University also strongly recommends a campus visit including a tour, information session, and/or an optional personal interview. Students who speak English as a second language should take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if they have resided in the United States for fewer than five years. The University may, at its discretion, admit students who do not meet the regular published entrance requirements. Early Action/Early Decision Admission Students who consider Fairfield University to be among their top choices for their undergraduate education and who would like to have their application reviewed early may submit it under our Early Action Program. Applicants for Early Action must submit all application materials, including the Common Application, high school transcript, and guidance counselor recommendation by Nov. 1. Students may choose whether to submit the results of their ACT or SAT exams. Early Action candidates who are interested in arranging a campus interview should make that request

17 13 before the Nov. 1 deadline. Early Action candidates will be notified of their admission decision before Jan. 1. Early Action admission is non-binding, and students have until May 1 to make their college selection. Fairfield University also offers an Early Decision Admission Program. Early Decision is a BINDING agreement. If a student is admitted under the Early Decision guidelines, he/she must agree to withdraw any pending college applications and confirm enrollment at Fairfield. The deadline for Early Decision admission is Jan. 1, and students will receive notification of the decision by Feb. 1. Superior students who have completed a four-year high school program at the end of three years may apply for admission to the University. Academic Scholarships A number of academic scholarships are available to outstanding students. The Magis Scholarship is a $22,000 annual award, renewable for four years providing a student maintains a 3.0 grade point average. Additional merit scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $22,000 are available. All students who apply for admission are automatically considered for a merit scholarship. Successful candidates will be students with outstanding academic records, as well as strong records of achievement and engagement outside of the classroom. Wait List Freshman applicants to Fairfield will receive one of three decision letters: admit, deny, or a wait list offer. Wait list students who are serious in their intent to remain on the wait list are asked to return a card indicating their interest. Alumni Relatives One of the strongest endorsements an educational institution can receive is to have alumni send their children to their alma mater. At Fairfield we believe that such candidates can contribute significantly to enhancing the tradition and the spirit that are an important part of a Fairfield education. In light of this, it is our practice to consider a student's legacy connections to Fairfield when reviewing a candidate's application for admission. Deferred Admission Occasionally, a student who has been admitted to the University will seek to defer his/her admission for a variety of reasons. Students may defer for one semester, or up to two years. In order to defer, students must pay the confirmation deposit to hold his/her place in the class, and make the request to defer admission in writing. In order to defer admission, a student must agree to not take more than 11 college credits during the deferral period. Any merit scholarship that a student was awarded will be honored when the student enrolls. However, a student who defers will be required to reapply for need-based financial assistance. Transfer Admission The University welcomes qualified students who wish to transfer to Fairfield from other accredited colleges. Students interested in transferring normally have accumulated at least 15 credits and have maintained at least a 2.5 grade point average (the Charles F. Dolan School of Business requires at least a 2.8 GPA). Transfers are not accepted into the full-time School of Nursing undergraduate program. Please note that the GPA is simply a guideline, and not a guarantee of admission. To apply, students must submit, in addition to the required application forms, a high school transcript, college records, a recommendation form, and a personal statement explaining current academic and/or work activities and reasons for transferring. Students must also submit a statement from the Dean of Students Office at the college from which they are transferring indicating they are in good standing at their current institution and eligible to return. Students may choose whether or not to send the results of their SAT or ACT exams. Every effort is made to accept transfer credit as a program rather than totaling single course credits so students may be admitted to a specific year at Fairfield, e.g., accepted as a second semester sophomore or first semester junior. The core courses of Fairfield's program should be met, but appropriate adjustments will be made in individual cases. Every transfer student is required to complete at least two years of full-time undergraduate study in order to receive a Fairfield University bachelor's degree. Applications should be directed to the Office of Admission. The application deadline for September admission is May 1; the application deadline for January admission is Nov.15. International Students Matriculating international students must attend Fairfield University on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 credits per semester). Degree-seeking (freshman or transfer) students should contact the Office of Admission for further information. To be eligible to attend Fairfield the student must: Provide a complete and certified listing of all academic institutions attended, including dates of entry, grades, termination, and title of the certificate or diploma received. Include rank in class if available. These documents should be prepared in English or with an official English translation. Demonstrate proficiency in the English language. A minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 80 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language is the preferred documentation. Results from the SAT exam may also be submitted. Prove sufficient financial support for the period of the student's stay at Fairfield, including tuition, room and board, and transportation. Obtain an F-1 student visa (required for entry into the United States for the purpose of studying full-time at Fairfield) after receiving an I-20/DS-2019 from the University. The visa is issued by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in one's own country.

18 14 Non-matriculated international students may attend Fairfield University for a semester or academic year. All students must be enrolled on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 credits per semester). Such students are accepted into the academic programs at Fairfield and are treated as regular members of the student body. They are usually full-fee-paying students. Visiting international students should contact the Office of International Student Services, (203) , ext Part Time Degree Seeking Students Fairfield University welcomes part time students in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Charles F. Dolan School of Business, the School of Nursing and the School of Engineering. Classes in a variety of formats offer part time students the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree in many of the departments in each of the four schools. Faculty advisors and assistant and associate deans in each of the schools are available to help guide part time students through the admission process and the selection of courses and programs. Whether you are looking to enhance your career options or to expand your intellectual horizons, the fulfillment of your educational goals is within your reach at Fairfield University. Descriptions of the degree programs available for part time students are listed in the section for each school. Admission as a part time degree seeking student is on a rolling basis through the office of Undergraduate Admission. Degree-seeking applicants for part time studies must meet the same criteria as applicants for fulltime study. In evaluating the applications of part time students, Undergraduate Admission will consider the full breadth of what each student could bring to Fairfield beyond a traditional review of transcripts. The customized online application for part time degree seeking students will be accessible through the Admission page of the University web site. Personal and Professional Enrichment In addition Fairfield University offers a number of programs and educational opportunities for lifelong learners who are not degree seeking but wish to take courses on a part time basis. Non degree seeking lifelong learners interested in educational enrichment or certificate programs may apply online through a dedicated landing page on the University website. This page will include listings of credit and non-credit continuing studies opportunities and programs.

19 15 Articulation Agreements School of Engineering (for the completion of the bachelor of science degree in engineering) Gateway Community College Housatonic Community College Manchester Community College Norwalk Community College Three Rivers Community College SUNY Westchester Community College School of Nursing The Connecticut State Articulation Agreement Fairfield University is in compliance with the Connecticut Articulation Model for Nurse Educational Mobility. This model provides standardized mobility for all nurses who have graduated from a diploma or associate degree nursing program. A minimum of thirty nursing credits from the associate or diploma program will be awarded when the student is able to demonstrate required competency by successfully completing NS 250 Professional Nursing. Partnership Agreements with the Connecticut College Nursing Program Capital Community College Gateway Community College Naugatuck Valley Community College Three Rivers Community College Partnership Agreement with Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing College of Arts & Sciences Housatonic Community College Norwalk Community College Charles F. Dolan School of Business (accepts only Liberal Arts credits) Housatonic Community College Norwalk Community College

20 16 Tuition, Fees And Financial Aid Application Fee $60 (This fee is not refundable) Tuition & Fees Full-Time Undergraduates Tuition (12 to 18 credits per semester) General Fee $42,320 per year $600 per year Tuition payable on or before August 1 for fall semester and January 1 for spring semester. An acceptance deposit (non-refundable and credited toward the fall semester's tuition) of $200 is paid on acceptance of the notice of admission. Part-Time Undergraduates Summer Term & Intersession Terms $725 per credit Tuition (less than 12 credits) (Fall & Spring) $725 per credit Tuition (twelve credits or more) (Fall & Spring) $21,160 per semester Tuition (Full-Time Undergraduates going Part-Time) $1,410 per credit Bachelor of Professional Studies $725 per credit Registration Fee $30 per semester Matriculation Fee $60 Nursing (Adult & Second Degree) Adult Nursing, RN-BSN $675 per credit Nursing BS - Second Degree Program $725 per credit Registration Fee $30 per semester Matriculation Fee $60 Resident Student Fees Residence Halls and Meals $12,930 Townhouse (Room Only) $10,510 Apartment Complex (Room Only) $10,845 Payable on or before August 1 for fall semester and January 1 for spring semester. Room Deposit $400 Not refundable if reservation is voluntarily canceled. Credited when graduating or leaving the school or University housing. Special Fees Orientation Fee (Freshmen only) $230 Orientation Fee (Transfers only) $50 Science Laboratory Fee (per course) $50 Language Resource Fee (per course) $50 Studio Arts Materials Fee (per course) $45 SA133 and SA134 each carry an additional fee of $50 for a total fee of $95 per course Computer Science and Information Systems courses (per credit) $15 Practice Teaching $20 Extra course (per credit hour) $1,410 Continuous Registration for Educational Leave (per semester) $500 Automobile Registration Fee $120 Returned Check Fee $30 Commencement $150 Academic Transcript $4

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