How to Apply
We're glad you are interested in Fordham.
For most first-year domestic students, here’s what goes into a complete application:
- The Common Application, including an essay and a 150-word short response
- High school transcript
- Letter of recommendation
- SAT or ACT scores (SAT code: 2259; ACT code: 2748). We are test-optional for the 2020-2021 application cycle. Please review our additional guidance on test score submission.
- For 2020-2021, we will be offering a COVID-19 question so you can share with us the impact the disruptions may have had on your high school experience. Please feel free to use this section to discuss this topic as opposed to your essay.
Selecting a College and a Campus
- Students must select a campus when they apply to Fordham, either Rose Hill in the Bronx or Lincoln Center in Manhattan.
- Students must also select a college when they apply to Fordham, either Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham College at Lincoln Center or the Gabelli School of Business at Rose Hill and Lincoln Center.
- Students are only evaluated for the campus and college to which they apply.
We’re here to help!
- Make sure to check out what we're looking for in our applicants.
- Requirements for international, transfer, as well as theatre, dance, and visual arts majors differ--so we have some helpful guidelines on these pages.
- Due to our large applicant pool, we are unable to accommodate requests for personal interviews.
Note on application deadlines: For Fordham University, we would like your application to be as complete as possible by the deadline. We do understand that it is not always possible for official scores and supporting documents to arrive with the application. Only the Common Application needs to arrive on or before the deadline. However, we should receive any other supporting documents within two weeks of the deadline.
- Early Action (non-binding): November 1
- Early Decision (binding): November 1
- Priority Performance (Required Deadline For All Theatre Or Dance Major Applicants): November 1
- Regular Decision: January 1
Information About Application Fee Waivers
Our institution proudly participates in the following fee waiver programs:
- College Board’s SAT-to-College Application Fee-Waiver Program. If you took the SAT using a fee waiver, you automatically qualify for a college application fee waiver to apply for admission here at Fordham University. You can learn more about this program at College Board.
- Students can also select the "NACAC Fee Waiver" option on the Common Application.
- We are pleased to offer waived application fees for members and dependents of members of the US Armed Forces. If you indicate you are a veteran on the Common Application, we will automatically waive your fee once our office receives your application.
- You’ll find a range of other fee waiver options on the Common Application. Please select the one that fits you best.
- Note: Applicants From Puerto Rico
- Due to continuing recovery efforts on the island, we will waive the application fee for students from Puerto Rico for the Fall 2021 admission cycle. Should you need assistance with the college application process, or require flexibility regarding submission of applications and/or documents or a fee waiver, please do not hesitate to contact your admission counselor.
Am I a first-year student or a transfer student?
Any student who earns college credit after completing a secondary school diploma is considered a transfer student, regardless of the number of credits completed. Both matriculated and non-matriculated students who earn credit will be considered a transfer. If you have audited a class or completed non credit coursework, then you may be considered an incoming first year student. Typically, students who complete language intensive classes, who do not earn credit, are considered an incoming first year student.
Students who begin their studies at a college or university and withdraw prior to earning credit must contact the Office of Admission via email at email@example.com to confirm their status. In order to be considered as a first year, a student must withdraw prior to the add/drop date at the institution they attended and provide official documentation (college transcript, withdrawal form) indicating the date of their withdrawal. In addition, to be considered a first year, the student must not have had any financial aid disbursed from the federal government while at the college or university that he or she attended.
The Office of Admission will exercise professional judgment and consider each student’s circumstances to ensure that, regardless of status (first year or transfer), the best interest of the student’s needs are met related to enrollment.
Note: Fordham University (its undergraduate colleges, graduate and professional schools) is an eligible institution of higher education which admits as students only persons who (i) have a high school diploma (ii) have a recognized equivalent.