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Profile Data from 2014

Quick Stats

  • Avg. SAT Score
  • Annual Tuition (in-state excl. fees)
    $ $ $ $ $
  • Program Enrollment
  • University Selectivity
  • University Yield
  • Average Salary
  • Top Industry
    Financial Services
  • School Status
  • Accreditation
    AACSB Accredited
  • B-School Founded
  • Program Length
    Four Year
Contact Information
1073 North Benson Road
Charles F. Dolan School of Business
Fairfield, Connecticut 06824-5171, United States

Dolan School of Business

The Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University provides both undergraduate and graduate students with a rigorous, nationally recognized, AACSB-accredited education. Located in the NYC-Boston corridor, the Dolan School is within 25 miles of both the Stamford, CT and New Haven, CT business districts and an hour train ride into New York City. As one of the Jesuit institutions of higher-learning, all students are educated to be thoughtful, ethical leaders who also take into account others while in their professional pursuits. Areas of study include: accounting, finance, international business, information systems/operations, management and marketing. At the undergraduate level, in addition to their business coursework, students benefit from Fairfield’s robust arts and humanities core, which provides a well-rounded, socially and culturally relevant educational opportunity. This rich learning experience, coupled with a dedicated internship office and a variety of study abroad options, enable Dolan undergraduates to enter the marketplace well-prepared and with distinct competitive advantages. At the graduate level, students are able to study in one of three programs: the generalist MBA (allowing for a concentrated area of study), the specialized Master of Accounting and the specialized Master of Finance. A distinctiveness of the MBA is its required breath classes, in which students are exposed to cutting edge and most-relevant concepts from each discipline. The MSA program consistently attracts the Big 4 recruiters, as students not only gain advanced knowledge in the field but also become better prepared for the various parts of the rigorous CPA licensing exam. The MSF provides advanced studies for students who are interested in either the investment or corporate career route. Further, it has gained even greater attention from international students, due to the combined focus on theory and application.

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About Fairfield University


Admissions Selectivity
70% Fairfield University 59% Average Across All Schools

Most Important Admissions Factors
  1. Secondary school record
  2. Extracurricular activities
  3. Recommendations
More Information
Total Applications
  • Applied
  • Accepted
  • Accepted Apps Enrolled
9582% 9,582
70% 70
14% 14
70% School Selectivity
14% School Yield
Demographics of Applicants
  • Male Applicants
  • Female Applicants
  • International Applicants
  • U.S. Applicants
Required Tests
  • Are Interviews Required? Recommended
Additional Requirements:

All International Students are required to take the TOEFL exam. A minimum score of 80-Internet-Based Test (iBT) is required for all students who take the exam.

Total Applications to Program
  • Applied
  • Accepted
  • Accepted Apps Enrolled
2686% 2,686
76% 76
17% 17
76% Program Selectivity
17% Program Yield
Program Requirements
  • Admissions managed by Business Program
  • Are interviews required? Recommended
Required Tests

Fairfield University is a Test-Optional institution.

Transfer Requirements
  • How internal transfers are handled
  • Min college GPA for transfers 2.8
  • Other transfer requirements
Freshman Requirements
  • Freshman admissions Yes
  • Percent of admitted applicants who are freshmen 98
  • Min GPA required in pre-business courses? Yes
  • How freshmen are admitted Indicate interest on university application
Other requirements for freshmen


Financial Services 38%
Top Industry
  • Other 16%
  • Media/Entertainment 11%
  • Manufacturing 5%
Top Employer
  • Northwestern Mutual 5
  • General Electric 5
  • Bank of America 3
More Information
Job Offers Received and Accepted
  • This School
  • All Schools
By Graduation
After graduation, but within 3 months
More than 3 Months after graduation
73% 73.3
9% 9.05625
73% Receive Offers
73% Graduates seeking full-time employment
27% Graduates not seeking employment
82% Percentage of graduates for whom employment information is available
Salaries and Percentages of Job Accepting Graduates
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
4% 4
43K 63K
45% 45
43K 78K
General Management
16% 16
30K 58K
Management Information Systems
2% 2
$52,499.00 Data not provided
27% 27
30K 80K
2% 2
$42,499.00 Data not provided
2% 2
$80,000.00 Data not provided
4% 4
53K 78K
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
14% 14
53K 68K
Consumer Products/Retail
8% 8
58K 80K
4% 4
53K 63K
Financial Services
38% 38
43K 78K
2% 2
$42,499.00 Data not provided
5% 5
38K 43K
11% 11
30K 58K
4% 4
$52,499.00 Data not provided
16% 16
30K 80K
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
Salaries for Most Recent Graduates
Salaries for Most Recent Graduates
Internship Employers / Interns Hired
  • Merrill Lynch 14
  • UBS 7
  • General Electric 6
  • KPMG 6
  • J Brand Jeans 5
Internship Services
  • Companies that recruit interns on campus
  • Companies that posted internships on school message board
  • Average intern length in weeks 12
  • Percentage of internships that are paid 70
Career Services
  • Number of companies that recruited students on campus 71
  • Number of companies that posted full-time jobs on school message boards 373
Other activities and career services provided to undergraduate business students:
Individual Counseling, Career Fairs (2), Career Assessments, Interview and Resume Prep, Employer Presentations, Special Industry Career Panel Presentations


$ $ $ $ $
Total Yearly Cost
  • Tuition $42,320
  • Fees $600
  • Expenses $14,080
$ $ $ $ $
Total Yearly Cost
  • Tuition $42,320
  • Fees $600
  • Expenses $14,080
72% Percent of Institutional Grants or Scholarships 3% Percent of Full-tuition Institutional Grants or Scholarships
Basis for Grants or Scholarships
  • Need 66%
  • Merit 34%
More Information
Financial Aid
  • Financial Aid Management No
  • Website
Total aid distributed to undergrad business students last year
Total aid distributed to undergrad business students this year
  • Loan Guarantee Policy No
  • Max Loan Guarantee Per Year


Average Class Size
  • Dolan School of Business
  • All Schools
Core Business Classes
28% 26
50% 46
Elective Business Classes
40% 23
50% 29
Required Classes with a Waiting List
Dolan School of Business 13 Average Across All Schools

* On the First Day of Enrollment
Top Areas of Study
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
More Information
Business Program Classes
22% Less than 20 Students
78% 21 to 50 students
23 Average number of students in non-business required electives
53 Different Elective Courses
New Electives
  • Leading Sports Organizationd
  • Program length Four Year
  • Last change to curriculum 2004
Degrees Offered
  • BS/Accounting
  • BS/Finance
  • BS/Information Systems & Operations Management
  • BS/International Business
  • BS/Management
  • BS/Marketing
  • All Faculty
  • Tenured
67% 67
64% 64
Prominent Faculty
  • Arjun Chaudhuri, Ph.D.


  • Gregory Koutmos, Ph.D.


  • Lisa Mainiero, Ph.D.


  • Are work study or co-ops available? Yes
  • Description of work study / co-ops:

  • Is study abroad available? Yes
  • Description of study abroad programs:

    Fairfield University offers exceptional international education opportunities and over 40% of business students study abroad for a full semester. Students may choose from an extensive list of Fairfield study abroad sites, including Florence, Italy, Dublin, Ireland, Brisbane, Australia, Madrid, Spain, Beijing, China, and many more.

  • Is community service or volunteering available? Yes
  • Description of community service/volunteering:

    Community service and service learning classes/trips are available through Campus Ministry and the Center for Faith and Public Life. Service learning courses offered through the Dolan School of Business include Technology and Society, International Information Systems, and Individual Taxation: Socioeconomic Applications


17% Students with High School GPA over 3.75
1230 75th Percentile Score on SAT 28 75th Percentile Score on ACT
Student Body Breakdown
  • International Students
  • U.S. Students
  • Male Students
  • Female Students
Ethnicity of Students
79% 79
Not Reported
11% 11
6% 6
* Percentages are for U.S. citizens in most recent entering class; only top three responses shown.
More Information
U.S. Regional Breakdown
Student Citizenship
87% 87
Other Non-U.S. Citizenship
3% 3
18 Average age of full-time students
87% Freshman retention rate
Graduation Rate
  • 4 Years
  • 6 Years
80% 80
82% 82


Alumni Donors
Total Living Alumni 8,441
Alumni Donations
$1,548 Average Gift $55,000 Largest Gift


Most Prominent Alumni
  • Joseph A. DiMenna

    Managing Director, Zweig-DiMenna Associates, LLC

  • Carlos Cardoso

    Chairman, President, CEO, Kennametal, Inc.

  • Patricia Glassford

    Vice President & CFO, GE Restructuring Operations