Well, its a fabulous school. You get two educations for the price of one (its pricey, to be sure!) in that you will be going to school in NYC (either LC or the Bronx), while getting an outstanding well rounded Jesuit education in the process. Its strong in math, science, business, liberal arts and many areas. Altogether the school is big, but being on separate campuses, it has a small college feel to it. Even Rose Hill-Bronx is under 5,000 undergrads. It has a growing national reputation and kids come from all over the US and some foreign countries. Many from Texas, California, midwest and the South. Though it is still a largely northeastern draw. There are LOTS of kids at Fordham with uber stats, so dont be put off by avg SAT scores you may read about. You will be challenged to say the least. The work load is often very heavy, but if you are organized, stay on top of things and dont party your life away, you will be fine. Fordham kids tend to be really tight and are very diverse with over 30% minorities, many hispanic, attending Fordham. Like all colleges, you will have those who party, but overall its not a party school. LC is like a mini NYU in the city, at Lincoln Center, near Central Park-midtown. Rose Hill Bronx is a classic campus, on about 90 acres of green lush lawns, huge trees, gorgeous gothic buildings and all the sports complex.
Many famous alumni attended Fordham, including some notable Hollywood stars like Denzel Washington and Alan Alda. But also some notable political stars and celebrities as well. Google it and look it up. The list may surprise you. G. Gordon Liddy, Francis Cardinal Spellman, William Casey, etc.
Its also been the site of many famous movie filmings: the Exorcist, A Beautiful Mind, Game Show, etc.
To me it is a wonderful alternative to Columbia and NYU. Its one of 28 Jesuit colleges in the United States and is rising rapidly in the rankings. It has Div I-A sports and is very competitive, though its football team is struggling this year in a disappointing year (though we beat Yale!).
The Bronx campus is clean and safe. The Metro North Train stops literally at the Fordham gates and for 4.00 takes you in about 10 minutes to Grand Central Station-midtown. It runs until 130 am each day. The RamVan service shuttles students back and forth to Lincoln Center and runs basically all night, and also provides a convenient airport limo service for 20.00, to either LaGuardia or JFK.
There is a "buzz" on campus....meaning when you arrive during the academic year, you feel the excitement of students, the comaraderie, and the fun. Fr. Joseph McShane SJ is the school President and he is always out and about, talking to students (often remember their names!) and being the dynamo that he is. He is a gem. He greets every family on move-in day in September at the Fordham Gates, handing out water and giving directions for parking and to the dorms.
Fordham is 60% Catholic and 40% non-Catholic. A normal percentage for a Jesuit school. It has world class speakers in many faculties on campus throughout the year. There are plenty of clubs and activities to meet all of your interests and passions. Its a very evenly balanced political school as well, not overtly right or left wing and you will find friends in all camps. My D has friends in all persuasions. She is dating a wonderful young man right now.
Fordham students are PROUD! They are highly prized by employers for work ethic and personal ethics.
The dorms are varied and include special wellness communities, learning centers and diverse architecture. The Walsh Library on the Rose Hill campus is HUGE and very highly ranked and regarded.
Given your stats and background I think you would be a welcome addition to the campus community and find a truly envigorating experience there. Of course, each person is unique and no school is perfect nor any school perfect for everyone. So a visit is definitely recommended and see if you "fit" into the Fordham picture. Fordham is looking for strong students who want to come and help it grow and change and make a difference in the community. Is that you?
^^You seem pretty knowledgeable, so I wanted to ask a question.
I applied EA to the LC campus, but what initially drew me to Fordham was the beauty of the Rose Hill campus. So my question is, do LC kids get chances to take classes at Rose Hill and vice versa? As an LC student, will I get the chance to spend much time at Rose Hill, or do kids mostly stay in their own campuses?
You can take classes at either campus. I dont know the number who do that, but perhaps admissions has that information.
There is ramvan service between the campuses that runs basically all day and all night. I know a lot of kids at Rose Hill take some more obscure language courses at LC and also attend guest lectures there.
And of course you are welcome to use the facilities and attend sports events at Rose Hill anytime.
If Rose Hill is what attracted you, then why did you apply EA to LC? Nothing wrong with LC, but its a little bit different there, being in the city.
Oh. The ubiquitous IR major. Well. First of all those are really what you make of it. IR is better at the graduate level anyway. Fordham Rose Hill has several area study majors, several language majors, a superb Econ program, a superb Poli Sci department. And they offer the International Political Economy major which pulls together the best of three departments and is very rigorous.
I am not picking at LC. I am just telling you that IR majors are really not that big a deal at the undergraduate level and you can do just as well focusing on an area studies major, with a minor in language, or political science or economics, or a combination of them of your choosing. IR is really a graduate degree focus, such as at Tufts, Johns Hopkins, Columbia, Georgetown, George Washington etc.
A lot of incoming students think IR sounds exciting and go for it. But really the IPE program at Fordham Rose Hill is more rigorous and being multi discipline it is more encompassing.
IR/Poli Science/ Economics. Its a VERY rigorous major and not for the feeble minded or timid. But its top drawer, to be sure.
There is more than one way to skin a cat. There is not one way to get where you want to go. And frankly, undergrad is about exploration and experimentation in many disciplines, which is why Fordham's Core Requirements are so lengthy and tough.
A lot of kids, for example, who go to "trendy schools" (lets pick on Georgetown for arguments sake here) will show up at cocktail parties and say with that snotty tone, "Oh I am going to Georgetown and majoring in International Relations" with a sort of pregnant pause waiting for ooohs and aaahs...and applause. Ignore them.
You should go to college, be open minded and take the courses you like. In fact, if I had my druthers, everyone would be general studies majors and let kids load up on really interesting stuff they can take one time in their lives....whether that is Middle Eastern Studies, Russian History, Chinese studies, Byzantine Theology, Political Philosophy, US History, Economics, BioChemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Astrology...whatever.....just sign up and take the course and expand the mind. Its insidious in my view to require a "major" concentration in undergraduate school. In fact, when I was over at Washington University in St. Louis with my D several years ago, they openly touted that a number of liberal arts students got into Medical School.....kids who double majored in Spanish and History.
Not to pour cold water on your concept. IR is a fun curriculum and certainly interesting. But you can slice that many ways.
Fordham offers many paths to that goal, whether you are looking at graduate school at Johns Hopkins School of International Studies or Georgetown's Masters in Diplomacy, or Law School.
Again, I am not picking at you about going to LC. LC is a fine campus and integral part of Fordham College (undergrad). Its a special place. It does offer some courses that are not offered at Rose Hill. But most majors are jointly offered at Rose Hill and LC. So you know.
And you are certainly welcome over at Rose Hill anytime for socializing, athletics and even some academic pursuits.
I have my own personal notions of how I would structure Fordham University. But I dont work there and its certainly not up to me.
""Its also been the site of many famous movie filmings: the Exorcist, A Beautiful Mind, Game Show, etc.""
Let's add "Solitary Man" to that list, starring Michael Douglas, Imogen Poots, Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito and Jenna Fisher. Michael Douglas has been on campus this entire week filming scenes at various buildings. There was a "fight" scene on Eddies the other day and filming in front of "Beatrice Hall" - Thebaud, Freeman and the Administration building among others. The basis of the plot is that Michael Douglas is a wealthy man whose marriage is on the rocks and he is on campus at his daughter's college where he donated "Beatrice Hall". It's the same college where he met his wife, played by Susan Sarandon.
the theatre students are mostly at Lincoln Center. The filming almost always occurs at Rose Hill because of the beauty of the campus. Google it and look at the long list of films made at Fordham.
But I would imagine that a lot of theatre students are "extras" in the film.