Early Applications to Fordham University Reach New High

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Fordham University has received 44,683 applicants for the Class of 2021 as of January 18.

Of that number, 19,859 students applied for Early Decision/Early Action, a two percent increase from last year and the largest early applicant pool in University history, said John W. Buckley, associate vice president for undergraduate enrollment.

The students who applied to Fordham and successfully passed through the selection process were strong academically. The mean GPA for the early admits is just shy of 3.8 (on a 4.0 scale) and their mean testing stands at 1392.

The University admitted applicants from 49 states and more than 50 countries.

International applications continued to climb for the Class of 2021. Almost 2,000 international students sought early admission. Just two years ago, that number was less than 1,500. Fordham experienced the most representative application activity from China, India, South Korea, and Taiwan.

Buckley said the high school students who applied to Fordham also tended to be leaders and have been actively involved in community service in their secondary years. For many of these applicants, the University’s impressive track record of service provides meaningful opportunities to make a difference, he said, adding that more than 4,000 Fordham undergraduates were involved in volunteer work last year.

“Students have often said that they feel like they can get the best of two worlds here,” he added. “The inherent strengths of the University are attractive to prospective students who are seeking a high quality collegiate experience coupled with all that New York has to offer.”

“Our applicants find it appealing that we have distinct campuses with their own personalities with remarkable facilities. We also provide amazing experiential learning opportunities through our extensive internship programs.”

The Office of Undergraduate Admission connects with more than 400,000 prospective students annually through various outreach campaigns. During fall travel season, admission counselors visit more than 500 secondary schools both across the country and around the globe.

The University has focused much of its recruitment efforts on encouraging students and their families to visit campus in order to get a firsthand experience and interact with faculty, staff and current students.  Last year, more than 47,000 admissions guests visited Fordham, according to Buckley.

“We manage a significant volume of visitors, but also do our best to provide guests with a personal Fordham experience,” said Buckley.

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