What do you like about Fordham? Would you recommend my D to apply to Fordham?
My D is looking for urban schools preferable in the NY area. We live in the west coast and don't have much information about schools in the east coast. We would like to have your opinion about Fordham’s education, social life, location and any information you are willing to share with us to make an informed decision for her college. The majors she is interested are Theater (acting), English, Communications and/or possible Business. The ranking of interest is in the same order as listed. She is looking for a BA (not BFA) in Theater with a good Liberal Arts education and a second major and possible a minor in the areas listed above.
Regarding my D, her SAT score is 2070, GPA 3.7, will be a National Hispanic Scholar, has 1300+ hours of community service (most of it at a community theater in our neighborhood), will have good essays since she is a great writer, 6 APs by end of Senior year, Academic Summer programs, and many performances in plays since elementary school. She will have 3 years in the Select Jazz at her High School by graduation time.
Do you think Fordham is a good fit for her interests? Would you recommend her to apply to Fordham?
I appreciate your input to help my D with this very important decision in her life.
Fordham University has three campuses/schools. Fordham University at Marymount [the all girls campus], Fordham University at Lincoln Center [in the heart of Manhattan], and Fordham University at Rose Hill [located in the Bronx]. Personally, I think she [i'm saying she assuming that when you say "D" it mean "Daughter"] is qualified, if not more than qualified, to be admitted into Fordham. I don't know much about the Marymount campus, being a student at Rose Hill and a man, but the Rose Hill campus is safe and secure to ease and preconceived notions about the Bronx. The Rose Hill is the school with the "campus", it's got a beautiful campus, with lots of history and not too far from the city. Lincoln Center is located in Manhattan and, of what I know, doesn't have too much of a campus. Lincoln Center is known to be the more artsy school and Rose Hill the more liberal arts concentrated. There is an option to reside in Rose Hill and also take classes in both Rose Hill and Lincoln Center using the transportation provided by the school. Considering your "D" is interested in theater, english, and business, I would recommend she applies to Lincoln Center, but if she prefers the Rose Hill campus and atmosphere, the option mentioned above is available. I would also recommend visiting both campuses even though you live on the west coast.
I don't know if this was helpful to you, I did the best I can. Good luck!
I'm going to be a freshman, so i can't provide much insight-- but I didn't visit until I got a scholarship (hah) and then decided to go to a Spring Preview day. It poured. For three days it poured. I took a tour in the pouring rain. Umbrellas were no help at all. It sucked.
But the campus was still STUNNING. Really. I love the buildings. And I did my research and despite the ghost stories, it truly does have a wonderful history behind it. And even though I nearly drowned that weekend, I'm still attending there. But I'm definitely bringing a poncho... okay, no, but I should.
bungfoon and CBA321 - Thank you for the info about Fordham. I wonder how difficult it is to take classes in both Rose Hill and Lincoln Center during the winter months. Is the school transportation reliable during the winter months for the kids to go back and forth to classes? Do you know how often the shuttle/bus is available between the campuses?
The Ram Van is always a reliable way to get to LC or from LC to RH. It comes twice per hour, I believe. I've only taken it twice since I've been at Fordham (I'm a soph.) Rain, sleet, snow-- it'll be there. Also, if your daughter attends RH and if she uses the subway late a night, the Ram Van will pick her up at the subway stop and drop her off at campus-- free of charge. From RH to LC or LC to RH it is $2.50 which is a good price.
I go to Lincoln Center. We do not have the traditional college campus, but we still do have a campus. Our campus is like a square block, but it has nice areas for people to chill, and is like a home to come to after an exciting time in the city. I love it here. The theater major here is very prestigous, but you can only minor in business at this campus. We are in an extremely safe neighborhood, there are quite a few people that come here from the west coast, and there is always tons to do. We are in Lincoln Center, right next to the Metropolitan Opera, a block from Columbus Circle, right in the beginning of the upper west side. Drinking is not a huge thing here - it is a presence and is available, but I don't drink and I have been able to do EVERYTHING. The academics here are great, the people are ALWAYS very friendly, and everyone is laid back: people wear their pajamas to their 1pm classes, and no one blinks an eye. There are 50% commuters and 50% residents, but everyone gets along and it is a really great atmosphere. The dorms are amazing too, as they have large living rooms, large bathrooms, kitchens, and large bedrooms + a hallway for 4-9 people.
It is truly an amazing place. If you would like to know more, please feel free to email me at sarit_om******.com.
sarit_om, thank you for sharing your experience at Fordham and for offering to share even more info if we contact you. Sounds like you are having a great experience there. I hope it continues that way until your graduation.
My D started working on her application and you should be hearing from us soon.
Your daughter seems like the perfect match for Fordham.
I know many people have already mentioned this but she should definitely apply to the Lincoln Center campus.
I'm looking into Fordham as well and I can honestly say I am in love with the school.
It has a great reputation and has unlimited amounts of resources whether it be for academics or internships!
Best of luck for you and your "D"
Please reply! Fordham?!
My D will be a freshman this Fall....we live in OH (although I grew up on Long Island). She is excited about the beautiful campus, the access in internships (she is in College of Business) and the rigor of the Jesuit education.
Moo -- I want to clarify one point, your question about getting between campuses in bad weather -- I am not aware of students having classes between locations.
If you are part of Rose Hill, those are where your classes are -- if you are part of Lincoln Center, your classes are there. That is my understanding. If any current students or recent alums can chime in to confirm my understanding, that would be great!
To Getty59, yes, you can take classes in both campuses. My D will be starting at Fordham LC this fall, and we visited three times last year, most recently in April for admitted students orientation. She is majoring in communications but wants to take some classes in TV production which is offered at the RH campus. We toured both campuses and everyone confirmed that you can, indeed, take classes at either campus. I think the students get first dibs for classes at the campus they reside at, so you may get closed out of classes on the other campus, but they are available, and the Ram Van takes you back and forth easily.