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Your chances of getting into Fordham University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Fordham University
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Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Fordham is 58%.  Its admission rate is the 44th lowest in New York.

Admission Selectivity

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

Fordham is a more competitive school to get into. You have a good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 26,980 out of the 46,275 who applied were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 10 percent on standardized admission tests. Fordham 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. 11% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Fordham?

58% 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.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

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

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.67 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1390 on the SAT
  • Score 31 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Fordham University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 26% of students submitted SAT scores and 11% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

Fordham SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Fordham University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 650
Math 25th Percentile 650
Composite 25th Percentile 1300
SAT Scores for Fordham University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 730
Math 75th Percentile 750
Composite 75th Percentile 1480
Average SAT Score 1390

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Fordham is 1390 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1300-1480. Students who get into Fordham University score in the top 12 percent of all SAT test takers..  Fordham ranks #15 in the state of New York and #87 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1390 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Fordham regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1300 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1300, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1210, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Fordham 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 1390 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 1390, you have around a 58% chance of being admitted. A 1480 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 72% chance of getting in.

Fordham University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1480 and Above Good >72%
1390 to 1480 Avg + 58%-72%
1300 to 1390 Avg - 42%-58%
1210 to 1300 Reach 28%-42%
Less than 1210 Low <28%
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Fordham ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Fordham University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 31
Math 25th Percentile 27
Composite 25th Percentile 30
ACT Scores for Fordham University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 35
Math 75th Percentile 32
Composite 75th Percentile 33
Average ACT Score 31

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Fordham?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Fordham is 31, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 30 and 33.  The school ranks #15 in New York and #89 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 31. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 30 and score in the score in the top 7 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 28.

11 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Fordham University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Fordham 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 Fordham for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 31 score has around 58% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 76% with a 33 ACT score.

Fordham University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
33 and Above Good >76%
31 to 33 Avg + 58%-76%
30 to 31 Avg - 47%-58%
29 to 30 Reach 37%-47%
Less than 29 Low <37%
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Fordham GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Fordham University?

The GPA requirements for getting into Fordham are to have around a 3.67 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Fordham University is 3.67 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve this GPA, you need to earn B+ letter grades and score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.

 The school ranks #37 in New York for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Fordham accepts 58% of students who apply.

Since Fordham 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.

The table below details 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 Fordham University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 19.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 27.7% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 30.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 13.6% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 7.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 2.5% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.2% 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

High School Class Rank

73% of Fordham University freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Fordham University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 35%
Top 25% of class 73%
Top 50% of class 94%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

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

Fordham University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 29,476 16,799 46,275
Accepted 18,192 8,788 26,980
Acceptance Rate 62% 52% 58%
Enrolled 1,877 1,002 2,879
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 10% 11% 11%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2023 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jan 15, 2023

Days left to Apply


The application deadline for Fall 2023 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Fordham University is $70.

Application Requirements

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

Fordham 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 Fordham University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=191241 IPEDS survey data for Fordham University.


Does Fordham University prefer SAT or ACT?

26% of students submit their SAT scores to Fordham. 11% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Fordham University?

58% of those who apply are granted admission to Fordham. Admission competition is low and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Fordham University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1300 and 1480. 26% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Fordham University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 30 and 33. 11% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.