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School Spotlight: Fairfield University

Fairfield University
Emily Toffelmire

Written by Emily Toffelmireon October 19th, 2020

I came to College Coach after working for many years in college admissions and high school counseling. As a school counselor, I assisted students in the college application process and wrote hundreds of letters of recommendation, while also helping them and their families cope with any emotional, social, and academic concerns throughout the year. I transitioned from the high school setting to the admissions office when I joined the University of Southern California as an assistant director, reading freshmen and transfer applications and collaborating on admission decisions for over 150 majors, including the liberal arts, engineering, business, cinema, and the fine and performing arts. I subsequently took on the role of senior assistant director in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, where I coordinated the division's Mork, Stamps, Trustee, Presidential and Dean's merit scholarship selection process, as well as recruitment publications and outreach, and traveled everywhere from Honolulu to Miami presenting to and interviewing hundreds of applicants each year.
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There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school! School Spotlight: Fairfield University Fairfield, CT A popular destination for students from Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, Fairfield is a student-centered liberal arts university guided by Jesuit and Catholic values. About 4,000 undergraduates call this coastal campus home, with the majority of students enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Business--but the university also offers strong programs in nursing and mechanical engineering. The Magis Core--Fairfield’s version of general education requirements--ensures that all students are exposed to a wide range of academic disciplines. The Core isn’t just a liberal arts curriculum, but a testament to Fairfield’s commitment to social justice, as all students are required to take courses related to race and its intersections with gender and class. Off campus, students have access to over 80 study abroad programs and several internship opportunities. In Madrid, students can participate in a home stay and enroll in courses like “Modern Spanish Art” and “Political Geography of Europe,” while in locales as diverse as Sydney and The Gambia, students can earn internship credit. Fairfield students like to play as much as they like to work, and they have 20 DI sports to choose from, including men’s and women’s lacrosse, rowing, and golf. Image Credit: Top, Courtesy of Fairfield University Getting the Most Out of a College Visit


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