Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus is New Jersey’s largest private university. It offers co-ed undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. The history of the university dates back to 1942 when the university was founded by Dr. Peter Sammartino and his wife Sylvia as a two-year junior college. In 1948, the college expanded to a four-year curriculum and started offering graduate programs in 1954. The college gained university status in 1956.
Fairleigh Dickinson University currently has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students. The university operates through two campuses in northern New Jersey (Metropolitan Campus at Teaneck and FDU’s College at Florham in Madison) and two international campuses in Vancouver, Canada and Wroxton, England.
Fairleigh Dickinson University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and licensed by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education.
Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan campus offers undergraduate programs through its three colleges: University College: Arts, Science, and Professional Studies; Silberman College of Business; and Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies.
The undergraduate degree programs offered include Associate of Arts (Liberal Arts), Associate of Science (Radiography), Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and various combined degree programs. The Bachelor of Arts degree program is available in different areas of study such as Art Management, Computer Art and Design, Communication, Criminal Justice, English, Fine Arts, History, Humanities, and Psychology.
Students opting for the Bachelor of Science degree program can specialize in areas such as Allied Health Technology, Health Science, Nuclear Medicine, Biochemistry, Biology, International Business, Information Systems, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Nursing.
The graduate degree programs offered at the Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus include: PhD. (Clinical Psychology), MA (Clinical Mental Health, Educational Leadership, English, History, International Studies, and Science), MBA (Accounting, International Business, Marketing, and Pharmaceutical Management), MS (Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Engineering, and Physics), and MSN (Nursing).
Certificate Programs and Joint Degree Programs
The Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus also offers various certificate programs and joint degree programs (BA and MA, BA-MPA, BA-MSA). Some of the undergraduate and graduate certificate programs available at Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus include Aviation Enterprise, Transit Safety and Security, Public Service Administration, International Studies, English as a Second Language, and Organizational Leadership certificates.
Most Popular Fields of Study
The admissions procedure for first time college students involves submitting the application form, ACT/SAT scores, official copies of high school transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. Prospective candidates are recommended to seek appointments with the admissions counselors to gain clarity about the admissions procedure. The candidates must have graduated from an accredited high school or should have earned a GED certificate. Students planning to seek admission to the Fairleigh Dickinson University Metropolitan Campus are recommended to complete a minimum of 16 academic units in their high school. These include: English (4), Mathematics (3), History (2), Laboratory Sciences (2), Foreign Language (2), and Electives (4). All undergraduate students (including international students) are required to appear for a basic skills test for placement in writing and mathematics courses.
International students are recommended to apply for admissions before July 1. They are required to submit the International Application form, original secondary school transcripts/national exam score report, and certificates/provisional diplomas. They are also required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL/IELTS scores. International students need to provide a certificate of finances to demonstrate availability of funds to finance the education expenses for a year.
Students applying for admission to Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus can also apply for various forms of financial aid to help them meet their academic expenses. Different forms of financial aid available to students at Fairleigh Dickinson University include grants, scholarships, work-study employment, and student loans. Financial aid is either need-based or merit-based. To receive financial aid, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education.
The different grant options available to students include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Fairleigh Dickinson University Family Grant, FDU Need Grant, and Federal Achievement Grant.
There are various federal loan options available to the students of Fairleigh Dickinson University as well. These include Federal Direct Stafford Loan (subsidized and unsubsidized), Federal Perkins Loans, and Federal PLUS Loan for parents of dependent students. Students can also opt for various work-study part-time employment options.
The Fairleigh Dickinson University offers various scholarships to the students. Some of these include NJS E.J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholars Program, Sammartino Scholarship, Colonel Fairleigh S. Dickinson Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship, and Athletic Scholarship.
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Fairleigh Dickinson University encourages the development of a well-rounded personality and provides numerous ways for students to get involved in extracurricular activities.
The Student Life office provides a number of opportunities for the students and faculty to get involved in the campus life. The campus features a Knight Club, which is a recreational facility that houses board games, pool tables, large screen projection system, and seating lounges. The Student Government represents the student body and organizes various student involvement activities. The campus newspaper is known as The Equinox. The Campus Ministry ensures the spiritual wellness of the university students.
The Academic Advisement Center provides guidance in understanding the curriculum requirements and new majors for students. The Career Development Center provides training, counseling, and guidance for career-related queries. The center also provides career development advice and conducts career preparation workshops for the students.
The libraries available for the students of the Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus include the Giovatto Library, the Business Reference Library, and the Reading Room that serves the students of the Anthony J. Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies. The libraries have a huge collection of electronic resources, research resources, periodicals, books, journals, and e-book collections.
The Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus offers residential facilities for students at the University Court, Northpointe, and The Lindens. Dining facilities are available at the cafeteria located in the Student Union Building.
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Fairleigh Dickinson University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference. The intercollegiate athletic teams include men’s Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Tennis, and Soccer. The women’s teams include Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, and Volleyball. The campus features the George and Phyllis Rothman Center which has a six-lane track, courts for several sports, two racquetball courts, and a completely equipped weight room.
- Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus. Undergraduate Admissions. Web. 12 September 2011.
- Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus. Undergraduate Studies. Web. 12 September 2011.
- Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus. Undergraduate Studies Bulletin 2010-2012. 2010. Print.