Parents of Admitted Students

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Welcome to the Stag Family

Congratulations on your student’s admission to ϲʹ! This next journey in your child’s life truly is a special time. Now it’s time to make things official by responding to your student’s admission offer.

Next Steps

Fairfield’s campus radiates an energy and enthusiasm that makes people want to become a part of it, and we are excited to welcome you to this amazing community. Whether you are sending your first child or your youngest off to college, you might find things a little overwhelming at first, so we are happy to share some suggestions that may be helpful on your journey.

Make Your Deposit

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Make Your Deposit

Deposit Deadline - May 1, 2024

You’ve already started celebrating your students' admission to Fairfield, but now it’s time to make it official by responding to their admission offer at .

If your child is enrolling as a resident student, their $600 enrollment fee includes a $200 tuition deposit and a $400 campus housing deposit. If they are enrolling as a commuter student, their enrollment deposit is $200.

Stay Informed

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Stay Informed

Fairfield’s primary method of communication with parents is through email and communications like the quarterly Parent Update from the Office of Parent Engagement and Philanthropy. New parents will begin receiving the Update in August, and can contact parents@fairfield.edu with e-mail preferences and updates.

Get Involved

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Get Involved

Becoming a Parent Ambassador gives parent volunteers an opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation for their child’s experiences at Fairfield, participate in our amazing parent community, and contribute to a University that gives their student much more than a career-ready education. The involvement is rewarding, engaging, and fun! If you have questions about how to get involved, contact Ellen Dooley, Director of the Office of Parent Engagement and Philanthropy, at edooley@fairfield.edu.

Important Information

In-Person & Virtual Visit Opportunities

Campus Visits

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Campus Visits

Celebrate your student's admission and learn more about the ϲʹexperience with a personalized campus tour. Discuss next steps, get your questions answered, and picture your child as a member of our Class of 2028 while touring our beautiful campus. Admitted Student Tours will be offered in March and April 2024. You can view your options and register for your visit online at fairfield.edu/visit.

Register for Your Visit Today

Virtual Parent Conversations

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Virtual Parent Conversations

Parent Conversations with the Vice President of Enrollment
Parents of admitted students are invited to join Corry Unis, Vice President for Enrollment, for an engaging virtual conversation conducted via Zoom.

MVP Experiences

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MVP Experiences

Embracing diversity has always been a distinguishing hallmark of Jesuit education, and that tradition continues at Fairfield. Our Multicultural Visit Programs (MVP) give future Stags the opportunity to experience events that highlight the unique diversity of our student body. Future Stags connect with current Stags to get a first-hand perspective on academic and social life on campus. Learn more at fairfield.edu/mvp.

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Stag Parent Spotlight

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Gerard and Deirdre Penczak

Class of 2027 Parents

Get to Know Gerard and Dee

Current Hometown: Middletown, NJ

Why Fairfield: ϲʹoffers everything we were looking for in higher education. With a highly specialized, accredited Biomedical Engineering (BME) program and a number of study abroad opportunities (including the U of Galway, a world leader in BME), we were incredibly impressed. ϲʹprovides a robust list of resources, for students and parents alike. We wanted our son to be part of a community, on and off campus, and yes, Fairfield's got it! Last, certainly not least, we wanted our son to continue his education at a Catholic University.

Advice for First-Time Parents of College Students: Rest assured, ϲʹWANTS your child to SUCCEED. This was evident with each visit and session we attended and in all of the detailed emails from Fairfield.

Our Experience as Members of Fairfield’s Parents Community: Thus far, we are grateful to be in the company of parents who value their child's education. We are thankful to all of the parents who have shared ideas, tips, and guidance through social media outlets.

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Mary Compo

Class of 2024 Parent

Get to Know Mary

Current Hometown: Lowville, NY

Why Fairfield: The emphasis on cura personalis is the aspect of ϲʹ that appealed most to us as parents. In addition to providing our daughter with an outstanding academic education, the opportunity she has at ϲʹto develop her character and worldview in order to become not just employable, but more importantly, a compassionate contributor to the greater good is unique to this institution. ϲʹdoesn’t just promote this ideal, it lives and breathes it in all aspects of the college community so students have a worthy model to emulate.

Advice for First-Time Parents of College Students: Encourage your child to look at a variety of different kinds of colleges and visit the campuses together. Sometimes the image you have of a type of college and/or pre-conceived notions held about a particular institution are not at all the reality.

My Experience as a Member of Fairfield’s Parents Community: Our experience as part of the University’s community has been completely positive. We have felt welcomed, included, and valued members of the ϲʹfamily since our daughter received her acceptance letter. The communication ϲʹprovides parents is outstanding! We are always well informed and kept up-to-date, which has been particularly challenging during the Covid-19 crisis. Nonetheless, ϲʹhas exceeded our expectations in this regard.

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Susan Elletson Jamieson

Class of 2022 Parent

Get to Know Susan

Current Hometown: Los Gatos, CA

Why Fairfield: Fairfield’s close-knit Jesuit community, excellent teaching, great leadership, strong alumni network, and overall dedication to student growth and development are many of the aspects that are important to me as a parent. I was particularly impressed by Fairfield’s leadership during the coronavirus pandemic. They were quick to respond, made data-driven decisions, kept students safe, and developed a program to ensure safety measures were maintained. This is unchartered territory for all, and the way ϲʹmanaged the pandemic speaks volumes.

Advice for First-Time Parents of College Students: Based on the status of our current environment, everything is fluid and subject to change for both students and families alike. And with so much uncertainty, be certain ϲʹputs your students best interests first.

My Experience as a Member of Fairfield’s Parents Community: Being located 3,000 miles from campus, I have been incredibly impressed with the efforts ϲʹhas taken to ensure we are included in local events and activities. We have had the wonderful opportunity to meet with ϲʹfaculty both on campus and in California.

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Chuck Chupein

Class of 2021 Parent

Get to Know Chuck

Current Hometown: Villanova, PA

Why Fairfield: Fairfield’s size, location, and extremely loyal alumni base stood out to us initially. Having met alumni from across the country, there is always an overwhelming love for the University and their experience at Fairfield. After visiting, we were very impressed with the campus and the school’s commitment to supporting academic, athletic, and student experiences. The new facilities, including the new Dolan School of Business, are state-of-the-art and more than impressive. The beautiful campus and its close access to downtown ϲʹand the beach made the environment a perfect setting for the college experience.

Advice for First-Time Parents of College Students: Be involved enough (but not too much) to guide their selection of a school, but let the student find and enjoy their independence.

My Experience as a Member of Fairfield’s Parents Community: We have really enjoyed the sense of community from the administration and students at Fairfield. We love attending Alumni Family Weekend and visiting and supporting Athletics. We also had the honor of hosting a newly enrolled student meet-and-greet, and it was so much fun to see how enthusiastic the new students and their families were about attending Fairfield.

Points of Pride

Student Success Rate
Top 125
Among Schools in the Nation
U.S. News & World Report
Top 1%
for Long-Term Value
Georgetown University’s Center for Education and the Workforce
Top 5%
Best Colleges & University's in the U.S.
– College Factual

Stay Connected

The ϲʹ Admitted Students - Class of 2028 Facebook group is for students looking to connect and engage with one another as they look towards their exciting future at Fairfield. This group is open to admitted students, students who have not yet enrolled at Fairfield, and students who are still deciding. Encourage your student to join today!




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