Fairfield University Ranked Once Again Among Best Schools in the Country by Princeton Review and Money Magazine


Money Magazine’s annual ranking places Fairfield among Top 100 Private Universities in the nation and Top 10 Most Transformative Universities. 

 Princeton Review again recognized Fairfield as a top-tier school and named Fairfield among the Top 10 schools for Best Quality of Life, Top 20 for Happiest Students, and among the Best in the Northeastern Region for Colleges That Pay You Back.

FAIRFIELD, Conn., (August 15, 2018) – Fairfield University has again been named among the best schools in the country in two major annual lists from Time’s Money Magazine and The Princeton Review.

Money Magazine’s annual “Best Colleges for Your Money” ranking places Fairfield among the Top 100 private universities in the country. 

Fairfield’s top 10 ranking for Most Transformative Colleges, which is “when a college helps students do far better than would be expected from their academic and economic backgrounds,” recognizes the institution’s commitment to holistic formation and places it as the highest ranking Jesuit university in that category.

“Princeton Review and Money Magazine continue to recognize Fairfield’s commitment to modern excellence as a values-based, student-centric, outcomes-focused institution,” said president of Fairfield University Mark R. Nemec, PhD. “Fairfield is continuing its strong rise as one of the leading private institutions in the U.S.”

Additionally, Fairfield is again among The Princeton Review’s annual “Best 384 Colleges,” as well as in the Top 10 schools – and the only Connecticut school in the Top 10 -- where students are considered to have the “Best Quality of Life.” The University is found in the Top 20 schools -- and the top school in Connecticut in the Top 20 -- to have the “Happiest Students,” as well as among the Best Northeastern schools and the best Colleges That Pay You Back.

In choosing the schools who make the Colleges That Pay You Back list, The Princeton Review used data collected from fall 2016 through fall 2017 from their institutional and student surveys and from PayScale.com on alumni career and salary statistics. Essentially, according to their methodology, “students who attend these schools don't have to mortgage their futures to pay for their degrees—and we believe they will graduate with great career prospects.”

According to Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Editor-in-Chief, the top 384 schools are picked primarily on “outstanding academics” and are highly recommended by the publication. The best regional schools, in which Fairfield is among the best in the Northeastern region, are also considered as those that are “academically outstanding.” Strong institutional and student survey data determined the rankings for Colleges That Pay You Back, which include academic rigor, affordability, and career outcomes for graduates.