How to Apply
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If you’re a typical first-year student, here’s what goes into a complete application:
- The Common Application (online), including an essay
- High school transcript (Transfer students: please also submit all college transcripts)
- SAT or ACT scores (SAT code: 2259; ACT code: 2748)
- Letter of recommendation
Make sure to check out what we're looking for in our applicants.
Note on application deadlines: For Fordham University, we would like your application to be as complete as possible by the time of the submission deadline. We do understand that it is not always possible for official scores and supporting documents to arrive with the application. On or before the deadline, only the application itself must be received. Scores and additional documents should be received within two weeks of the deadline.
- Early Action: November 1
- Early Decision: November 1
- Priority Performance (Required Deadline For All Theatre Or Dance Major Applicants): November 1
- Regular Decision: January 1*
*Application deadline has been extended to January 15
Information About Application Fee Waivers
Our institution proudly participates in the 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, your fee will automatically be waived upon receipt of the application by the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
Fordham's Office of Undergraduate Admission does not offer interviews as a part of its admission process.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.