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Fairfield University Admission Requirements

Fairfield, Connecticut

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Your chances of getting into Fairfield University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Fairfield University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Average 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Fairfield University is 55.8%.  Its admission rate is the 7th lowest in Connecticut.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Fairfield University and can you get accepted?

Fairfield University is a more competitive school to get into. You have a good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 7,073 out of the 12,674 who applied were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 18 percent on standardized admission tests. Fairfield University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.67. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 18% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Fairfield University?

56% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Fairfield University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.67 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1310 on the SAT
  • Score 29 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Fairfield University GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Fairfield University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Fairfield University are to have around a 3.67 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Fairfield University accepts 56% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Fairfield University is 3.67 on the 4.0 scale. 25% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #7 in Connecticut for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Fairfield University is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.7 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Fairfield University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 25.1% Good
3.75 to 3.99 21.8% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 22.93% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 15.21% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 8.85% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 5.31% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.8% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Fairfield University SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Fairfield University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 24% of students submitted SAT scores and 7% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Fairfield University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 620
Math 25th Percentile 610
Composite 25th Percentile 1230
SAT Scores for Fairfield University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 690
Math 75th Percentile 690
Composite 75th Percentile 1380
Average SAT Score 1310

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Fairfield University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Fairfield University is 1310 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1230-1380. Students who get into Fairfield University score in the top 20 percent of all SAT test takers..  Fairfield University ranks #6 in the state of Connecticut and #152 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1310 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Fairfield University regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1230 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1230, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1150, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Fairfield University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1310 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1305, you have around a 56% chance of being admitted. A 1380 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 71% chance of getting in.

Fairfield University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1380 and Above Good >71%
1305 to 1380 Avg + 56%-71%
1230 to 1305 Avg - 40%-56%
1155 to 1230 Reach 26%-40%
Less than 1155 Low <26%
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Fairfield University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Fairfield University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile N/A
Math 25th Percentile N/A
Composite 25th Percentile 27
ACT Scores for Fairfield University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile N/A
Math 75th Percentile N/A
Composite 75th Percentile 31
Average ACT Score 29

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Fairfield University?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Fairfield University is 29, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 27 and 31.  The school ranks #6 in Connecticut and #131 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 29. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 27 and score in the score in the top 15 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 25.

7 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Fairfield University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Fairfield University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Fairfield University for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 29 score has around 56% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 71% with a 31 ACT score.

Fairfield University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
31 and Above Good >71%
29 to 31 Avg + 56%-71%
27 to 29 Avg - 40%-56%
25 to 27 Reach 26%-40%
Less than 25 Low <26%
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High School Class Rank

72% of Fairfield University freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 38% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted Fairfield University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 38%
Top 25% of class 72%
Top 50% of class 95%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Fairfield University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 7,586 5,088 12,674
Accepted 4,083 2,990 7,073
Acceptance Rate 54% 59% 56%
Enrolled 708 548 1,256
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 17% 18% 18%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jan 15, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 111 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Fairfield University is $60.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Fairfield University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Fairfield University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Fairfield University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Fairfield University is fairly competitive, you have a decent chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.67 GPA, you have a good shot at getting in. An SAT score of 1310 will further improve your application. If you can get a 1380 on the SAT you will have a very good chance on getting in. Additionally a 29 on the ACT places you in a strong position.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=129242 IPEDS survey data for Fairfield University.


Does Fairfield University prefer SAT or ACT?

24% of students submit their SAT scores to Fairfield University. 7% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Fairfield University?

56% of those who apply are granted admission to Fairfield University. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Fairfield University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1230 and 1380. The average SAT score is 1305. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Fairfield University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 27 and 31. The average ACT score is 29. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.