Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

About Fairleigh Dickinson University

Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) was founded in 1942 and is now New Jersey's largest private university. The main campus is in Teaneck, NJ, about 10 miles from New York City. FDU's College at Florham is in Madison, NJ, 35 miles west. FDU's international presence includes a campus in Wroxton, England - about 70 miles from London - and FDU-Vancouver in Canada.

FDU has committed itself to distance learning by becoming the first university in the country to require that undergraduates take at least one online course every year. Professors from all over the world partner with on-campus instructors to make up the Global Virtual Faculty, which is charged with teaching The Global Challenge. This interdisciplinary Internet-based course is the foundation of FDU's dedication to distance learning.


FDU has four colleges that offer more than 100 programs to both undergraduate and graduate students. Becton College of Arts and Sciences has recently added two minors in British Studies and African-American Studies. This college houses the School of Pharmacy as well as ROTC programs and academic departments such as mathematics, psychology, performing arts, and literature. The Silberman College of Business operates at the Teaneck, Florham, and Vancouver campuses of FDU, although the Vancouver campus only offers undergraduate programs. It's accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. In addition to the five academic departments available, Silberman hosts the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship, the Institute for Forensic Science Administration (IFSA), the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (ISE), and the Center for Human Resource Management Studies (CHRMS).

The University College works in the arts and sciences to offer professional studies solidly grounded in the liberal arts. Many of the schools within the college offer combined undergraduate/graduate degrees alongside the more traditional undergraduate, master's, and doctoral options available. The college operates only at the Teaneck campus and includes units like the Center for Dyslexia Studies, the Metro Writing Studio, and the Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering, among others. The Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies offers both degree and non-degree programs designed for adult learners or other nontraditional students, including pre-college credit for students in the 8th-12th grades. Degree programs include associate-, bachelor's-, and master's-level curriculums.


Students interested in applying to FDU may do so either through their online application at the website, with a paper application available for download, or through the Universal College Application. A complete application includes the form, a $40 application fee (waived for online applications), two letters of recommendation, SAT or ACT scores, and an official high school transcript.

Tuition and Financial Aid

There are no tuition differences between resident and non-resident students at FDU. Room and board for the 2011-2012 academic year was reported to be $11,934 for on-campus housing and $8,942 for off-campus housing. Books and supplies during that period were reported to cost about $908, while all remaining costs were reported to be around $2,700.

There are several scholarships and grants open to undergraduate students from the university itself based on need, academic performance, or athletic qualification. Applicants should be sure to check the university website to see the available options for which they qualify. Graduate costs vary between colleges and programs; those interested should contact their area of intended study's department for details.

School Type Private, 4-year not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral degree programs*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar 2 semesters and summer sessions*
School Setting Large suburb**
Student Body 12,052 students (8,585 undergraduate) in Fall 2011*
Student Housing 13 residence halls at the Florham campus; 3 apartment-style options at the Teaneck campus*
Schools and Programs 4 colleges offering more than 100 programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 14 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Associate: Liberal Arts and Science/Liberal Studies (54)
Bachelor's: General Studies (395)
Master's: Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management (267)
Doctoral: Clinical Psychology (18)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 21% (in 4 years)
40% (in 6 years)
43% (in 8 years)
(For students beginning in Fall 2003)**
Admission Rate 58% of Fall 2011 applicants admitted**
Entering Class Size Roughly 793 as of 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 69% of full-time students
43% of part-time students
(From Fall 2010 to Fall 2011)**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students 75th percentile of students admitted in 2010:
Reading: 530
Math: 550**
Undergraduate Application Due Date March 1 (January 15 for priority scholarship consideration)*
Decision Notification Date Within three weeks or less of receipt of application*
Tuition Per Year $35,252 for undergraduate students
(for 2012-2013; figures include tuition and accompanying fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011, for full-time first-year undergraduates:
Federal grants (60%)
State and local grants (46%)
Institutional grants/scholarships (95%)
Federal loans (80%)
Other loans (9%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 98% of full-time first-year undergraduates in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Fairleigh Dickinson University; **College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics.

Contact Information

  • Address: 1000 River Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666
  • Phone Number: (800) 338-8803
  • Website:

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