and i thought i was cynical about fordham.
i think you might have set your expectations a bit too high man.
i know a few off-campus students and they are as much a part of campus life as regular residents.
also i don't see what's wrong with a university being a means to an end. if you go to college to continue in academia that's your business, but most students attend because that degree has a much higher chance of getting them a better job and salary than the person who doesn't have one.
as for food, i thought it was horrible last year. this year it got somewhat better. let me be clear though i absolutely hated it freshman year. you just learn to get used to it though. most college food will be like that.
also i'm not sure what classes you are talking about as far as major classes are concerned, but it varies from major to major which classes are packed. my major doesn't have many students in it. accounting on the hand will have more students. also you said you just finished your freshman year, how do you know what major classes are like?