Fairleigh Dickinson University

Teaneck, United States
Website: www.fdu.edu Type of University:Private StudyQA ranking: 5 pts. Languages: English Phone: 201-692-2205
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The largest private university in New Jersey, FDU is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, multicampus institution. Founded in 1942, FDU achieved four-year status in 1948 and approval as a university in 1956.

The University offers over 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including doctoral programs in pharmacy, nursing practice, clinical psychology and school psychology; and an AACSB-accredited business school. Degree programs are offered on two New Jersey campuses and at two FDU locations outside the U.S.: Wroxton College, in Oxfordshire in England, and the Vancouver Campus, in British Columbia, Canada.

FDU's 11,500 full- and part-time students pursue quality career-oriented programs on schedules tailored to their needs -- days, evenings and weekends.

The curriculum reflects a mission of global education and a foundation of a world-renowned University Core.

Fairleigh Dickinson University is a center of academic excellence dedicated to the preparation of world citizens through global education. The University strives to provide students with the multi-disciplinary, intercultural, and ethical understandings necessary to participate, lead, and prosper in the global marketplace of ideas, commerce, and culture.

Founded in 1942 by Dr. Peter Sammartino and his wife, Sylvia (Sally), Fairleigh Dickinson University has grown into the largest private university in New Jersey. Today, more than 11,500 students from 32 states and 72 countries are enrolled on the University's two campuses in northern New Jersey and its international campuses in Wroxton, England and Vancouver, Canada. Beginning as a two-year junior college, Fairleigh Dickinson expanded to a four-year curriculum in 1948 to fill the need for higher education in northern New Jersey. In 1954, the first graduate program, a master's degree in business administration, was offered, and Bergen Junior College was purchased as a second campus, now Metropolitan Campus. In 1956, Fairleigh Dickinson gained University status and, one year later, the 178-acre Vanderbilt-Twombly estate was acquired in Madison to serve as a third campus, now Florham Campus.

FDU became the first American university to own a campus in England when it acquired Wroxton College from Trinity College, Oxford University. Opened in 1965, Wroxton College offers American students graduate and undergraduate courses as well as an enriching cultural experience. Formerly a 13th-century abbey, Wroxton College is now a beautifully restored and modernized Jacobean mansion. In 2007, FDU commenced undergraduate classes at a facility in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Recognizing that the student profile on most U.S. campuses is changing dramatically, the University's Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies (originally New College of General and Continuing Studies) was formed in 1998 to provide a unified approach to and enhanced focus on the adult learner and to continue to position FDU as a leader in providing learning opportunities in a strong academic foundation for students of all ages.

FDU has maintained its commitment to broadening global horizons and fostering greater international understanding. In 2000, the Board of Trustees adopted a focused mission for FDU: to prepare students for world citizenship through global education.

Each of the University campuses has a unique character and vitality. Students benefit from studying at a comprehensive university that offers a wide range of programs and courses, but they also enjoy an atmosphere of warmth and personal attention usually found at much smaller institutions.

Today, FDU offers over 100 degree programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctor's levels. Its wide range of offerings, coupled with the depth and expertise of its faculty, has Fairleigh Dickinson University poised to serve the citizens of New Jersey and beyond.

Fairleigh Dickinson University is licensed by the State of New Jersey and is authorized to offer degree programs at the associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral level.

Fairleigh Dickinson University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. In addition to the accreditation held by all programs for academic purposes, specialized curricula have applied for and been granted approval by the following recognized professional agencies:

  • chemistry — American Chemical Society (this accreditation applies only to the Bachelor of Science program offered by the Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences at the Florham Campus, Madison, New Jersey);
  • civil engineering technology — Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (ETAC/ABET);
  • clinical mental health counseling  — Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • clinical psychology (Doctor of Philosophy Program) — American Psychological Association;
  • computer science — Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET (CAC/ABET) [This accreditation applies only to the Bachelor of Science in computer science program offered by University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies at the Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, New Jersey];
  • construction engineering technology — Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (ETAC/ABET);  
  • continuing education - IACET - The International Association for Continuing Education & Training;
  • dyslexia studies – Orton Gillingham Teacher Certification Program accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) and recognized as meeting knowledge and practice standards by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA);
  • education — Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP);
  • electrical engineering — Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (EAC/ABET);
  • electrical engineering technology — Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (ETAC/ABET); 
  • mechanical engineering technology — Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (ETAC/ABET);
  • nursing — approval from New Jersey State Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education;
  • paralegal studies — American Bar Association (ABA);
  • pharmacy — See statement below;
  • radiography — Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology;
  • school psychology – Masters/Specialist program National Recognition by the Program Approval Board of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP);
  • inclusion on approved lists of the American Medical Association and the American Dental Association (Medicine, Dentistry) by virtue of the accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Silberman College of Business

The business programs offered by Fairleigh Dickinson University through the Silberman College of Business have also received the prestigious Business Accreditation from AACSB International.  The following degree programs are included in this accreditation:

  • Bachelor of Science (include majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management, and Marketing)
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science - Accounting
  • Master of Science - Supply Chain Management
  • Master of Science - Taxation

Vancouver Campus

At the Vancouver Campus, the term "university" is used under the written consent of the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education effective May 8, 2006, having undergone a quality assessment process and been found to meet the criteria established by the ministry. Fairleigh Dickinson University is the first non-Canadian institution to gain approval under the stringent standards adopted by British Columbia in 2003.

School of Pharmacy

Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

Associates, Baccalaureate, Masters and Doctoral.

Honors Programs
Offered in all majors, more than 120 throughout all 4 years.

Accelerated Degree Programs 
A variety of combined degree programs let you complete your undergraduate and masters degree in 5 years.

Men's and Women's Division I (Knights) and Division III (Devils)teams in more than a dozen sports, plus a diverse club and intramural program on both campuses.

Student Activities
More than 100 active student organizations and clubs, from student government to national fraternities and sororities and professional honor societies.

324 full-time (85% hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree in their field) and 847 part-time.

Fairleigh Dickinson University is proud of the many recognitions it earns on a regular basis. Below are a few recent highlights.

  • Fairleigh Dickinson University is ranked among the best universities in the North region by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2018. The University was also ranked by U.S. News number 22 in Best Value Schools.
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University is ranked among “America’s Best Colleges” by Forbes magazine (2017).
  • FDU is listed among the top U.S. colleges in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings (2018).
  • The University is ranked among the top regional universities in the northern United States (number 21) by the independent college search and rankings website College Choice (2016).
  • According to Money magazine, Fairleigh Dickinson University ranks number 5 in the nation for “The 50 Colleges That Add the Most Value” list. FDU also was rated fourth in New Jersey on Money’s “Best Colleges For Your Money” list. (2017)
  • FDU’s Florham Campus was named a “hidden gem” by the college planning website College Raptor. (2018)
  • Silberman College of Business is ranked among “The Best 267 Business Schools” by Princeton Review (2018 edition).
  • FDU’s International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is ranked number six on TheBestSchools.org list of the nation’s top hospitality programs (2016). The school also was rated by the Princeton Review’s “Gourman Report” as one of the top 15 four-year hospitality management programs in the United States and by SuccessfulStudent.org as number six on its list of the top 25 best hospitality colleges nationwide (2016). The school was also ranked by CEOWORLD magazine ninth in its annual university rankings of the Best Hospitality and Hotel Management Schools in the world (2018).
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University is ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Undergraduate BusinessPrograms and Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (2018).
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University’s graduate programs in nursing, clinical psychology and psychologyare ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report’s Grad School Rankings (2018).
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University was named a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media (2016). FDU was also named among the Best Colleges for Veterans by US News and World Report (2018). In addition, Fairleigh Dickinson University was ranked by College Factual among the top 20 nationally and the best in New Jersey for veterans studying liberal arts and general studies (2017).
  • According to the Equality of Opportunity Project report on the role of colleges in intergenerational mobility (2017), Fairleigh Dickinson University was ranked near the top among universities in the state and nation for helping students move from lower income brackets to the middle and upper class. In fact, 24 percent of students who graduate FDU move up by two or more income quintiles. FDU ranks 80th for mobility out of 578 selective private colleges nationwide.
  • FDU’s Silberman College of Business is recognized as an “Excellent Business School” worldwide by Eduniversal survey (2016). (Note: There are five categories of rankings: Universal, Top, Excellent, Good and Local.)
  • Educational rating company Eduniversal has ranked several FDU master’s degree programs among the best in the world. These include MA in communication, MBA in management, MBA in marketing, MBA in international business, and Executive MBA. (2017)
  • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine ranked FDU's Metropolitan Campus among the top 100 American universities for Hispanics earning their first master's degrees. The University was also ranked among the top 10 for those earning bachelor's degrees in liberal arts and sciences and general studies and humanities (2016).
  • Nursejournal.org named FDU the best nurse practitioner program in the state of New Jersey (2018).
  • FDU’s MS in accounting program is ranked in the top 10 nationwide according to a survey of tax employers conducted by TaxTalent (2015).
  • The University was ranked number one in New Jersey for animation and number 18 on the East Coast by Animation Career Review (2018). That same organization ranked FDU Top 25 on the East Coast and Top 5 in New Jersey in its 2018 Game Design School Rankings.
  • FDU ranks No. 21 among the Best Online Master in Sport Management Degree Programs, according to The Best Schools.org (2016).
  • Nonprofit Colleges Online ranked FDU’s online master of science in electrical engineering degree program number three nationwide for programs offering the greatest value (2017).
  • FDU's BA degree in Interdisciplinary Studies is among the best such "integrative studies" programs in rankings from BestColleges.com. (2016)
  • FDU's School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences was named the number one small/medium sized company in New Jersey to work for among NJBIZ's "Best Places to Work in New Jersey" (2017). The school also earned Platinum recognition from the American Heart Association as a "Fit-Friendly Worksite" (2014). The award recognizes employers who go above and beyond for their employees’ health.
  • For the third year in a row, FDU's Paralegal Studies Program was chosen as the "Best ParalegalEducation Provider" in New Jersey in a poll conducted by the New Jersey Law Journal (2014).
  • FDU was re-designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Educationthrough 2020 by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.
  • Cyberdegrees.org ranked FDU among the 17 best schools with online computer forensics programs (2018).
  • For the fourth year in a row, Financial Planning magazine has named Fairleigh Dickinson University as one of the top 35 "Great Schools for Financial Planning." (2016)
  • The Center for Online Education ranked FDU among the best colleges offering online programs in New Jersey (2016).
  • FDU was rated the third best online college in New Jersey, according to Value Colleges (2017).
  • FDU’s Summer Pre-College Program landed in the seventh spot in Value College’s 50 Best Pre-College Summer Programs (2018).
  • The online master’s degree program in mathematics at the Metropolitan Campus was cited twice by SR Education Group in its Top and Most Affordable Online Colleges rankings — 14th in value, 17th in affordability. (2018)
  • Graduates of FDU rank in the top 20 percent of earners among the nation’s colleges and universities, in a 2013 PayScale College Salary Report based on earnings after graduation, mid-career earnings and job satisfaction.
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