Fairleigh Dickinson University
Fairleigh Dickinson University is a private university with its main campuses in New Jersey. Founded in 1942, Fairleigh Dickinson University was the first American university to own and operate an international campus and currently offers more than 100 individual degree programs to its students. In addition to its two campuses in New Jersey, the university also has a campus in Canada, a campus in the United Kingdom, and an online platform. Fairleigh Dickinson University is New Jersey's largest private institution of higher education, with over 11,000 students.
The Leader in Global Education
|Motto||Fortiter et Suaviter|
Motto in English
|Literally translated from Latin as "Strongly and Gently"|
|Endowment||$ 87.7 million (2018)|
|President||Christopher A. Capuano|
|Colors||Blue and Red|
|Athletics||NCAA Division I – NEC and NCAA Division III - Middle Atlantic Conferences|
|Mascot||Knight, Ian the Devil|
Fairleigh Dickinson University was founded in 1942 as a junior college by Dr. Peter Sammartino and wife Sally, and was named after an early benefactor Colonel Fairleigh S. Dickinson, co-founder of Becton Dickinson. Its original campus was located in Rutherford, NJ. By 1948, Fairleigh Dickinson College expanded its curriculum to offer a four-year program when the GI Bill and veterans' money encouraged it to redesignate itself. In that same year, the school received accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1958, the same year the university acquired the former Twombly-Vanderbilt estate in Madison and Florham, the institution was recognized as Fairleigh Dickinson University by the New Jersey State Board of Education. Fairleigh Dickinson University is a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of Central Park, was also commissioned to design the landscape for the Twombly-Vanderbilt estate (now the Florham Campus). The main house of the Twombly-Vanderbilt estate, now Hennessy Hall, was designed by architectural firm McKim, Mead, and White in the Georgian Revival style. The mansion was completed in 1897 and was modeled after the wing of Hampton Court Palace designed by architect Sir Christopher Wren. The Friends of Florham program, founded in 1990 by Emma Joy Dana, university librarian Dr. James Fraser, and a group of friends and colleagues works with the mission of advising and assisting the administration and board of trustees in the care, maintenance, and preservation of the Twombly Estate, known as "Florham".
|J. Osborn Fuller||1968–1974|
|Jerome M. Pollack||1974–1983|
|Walter T. Savage*||1983–1984|
|Robert H. Donaldson||1984–1990|
|Francis J. Mertz||1990–1999|
|J. Michael Adams||1999–2012|
|Christopher A. Capuano||2016–present|
* Presidents who served only as an acting or interim president.
Fairleigh Dickinson University has four campuses: two in New Jersey (Madison/Florham Park and Teaneck/Hackensack), one in Vancouver, British Columbia, and one in South East England, as well as an online platform.
The Florham Campus is located in the suburban towns of Madison and Florham Park, New Jersey, on the grounds of the former Florham estate of Hamilton McKown Twombly (1849–1910) and his wife, Florence Adele Vanderbilt Twombly (1854–1952), a member of the wealthy Vanderbilt family.
The Florham Campus finished construction on the John and Joan Monninger Center for Learning and Research. It opened during the spring 2013 semester. Student enrollment at the Florham Campus consists of over 2,546 undergraduates coupled with 859 graduate students giving a total of 3,405 students. The full-time equivalence (FTE) for undergraduates on the campus is 2,354.8. The FTE for graduates on campus is 1086.1.
The majority of students at the Florham Campus, as shown by this data, are full-time students on campus. During the 2008–2009 academic year the Florham Campus celebrated a year-long celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of that campus.
The Florham Campus was acquired by FDU in 1958 from the Esso Research and Engineering Company. This purchase included 187 acres of property, including Hennessy Hall (The Mansion) and related buildings for the Florham Campus which opened the fall of that year. The Mansion is a 100-room Georgian-style summer home for Hamilton McKown Twombly and his wife Florence Adele Vanderbilt Twombly, a prominent member of the Vanderbilt family. It was designed in the 1890s by Stanford White, and replicates a wing in Henry VIII's Hampton Court. Most of its interior decorations (such as staircases and fireplaces) are in Italian marble, done by Italian craftsman. Hennessy also holds the chestnut-panelled Hartman Lounge (the former billiard room) and Lenfell Hall, then a ballroom and drawing room, now used for meetings and special events. Florham's period architecture has stood the test of time. In 2001, Ron Howard's movie A Beautiful Mind was partly filmed at the Florham Campus.
The Metropolitan Campus, close to New York City and spanning the Hackensack River in Teaneck and Hackensack, has a greater focus on business and professional majors compared to the Florham Campus, although it does have a number of similar science and health care programs. The Metropolitan Campus has 4,114 undergraduates and 2,350 graduate students, with an undergraduate full-time equivalence (FTE) of 3,744.1. 21% of Metropolitan Campus students are minority and international students. Three out of every four undergraduates commute to class from home or a nearby apartment. The undergraduate studies at the Metropolitan campus are offered through three separate colleges: University College, the Silberman College of Business, and the Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies.
Farleigh Dickinson University's Wroxton College is located in Wroxton, Oxfordshire, in South East England. It is housed in a fully modernized 17th-century Jacobean mansion that was once the home of Lord North, England's prime minister during the American Revolution.
The village of Wroxton is located about three miles west of Banbury, and Wroxton College's campus is close to Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon. When Fairleigh Dickinson University acquired Wroxton Abbey in 1965, FDU became the first American university to own and operate a campus, Wroxton College, outside of the United States.
FDU's Vancouver Campus is located at 842 Cambie Street in Vancouver, British Columbia. It offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to earn a U.S. degree while studying in Vancouver. The university's newest campus, it opened in 2007.
Online Learning CampusEdit
The online platform allows students all over the world to obtain a Fairleigh Dickinson University education. Online students may choose from a selection of 24 online degrees and certificate programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
In addition to the present campuses, Fairleigh Dickinson University previously operated campuses in Rutherford, New Jersey (where the university was founded in 1942) and in Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Operations on the Rutherford Campus were merged with the Metropolitan Campus in 1993 and the Rutherford Campus was later sold to Felician College. The West Indies Laboratory which opened in 1972 was damaged beyond repair during Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and was closed shortly afterwards in 1990.
Both primary Fairleigh Dickinson campuses offer a variety of forms of housing for students. The Metropolitan Campus offers a much more urban setting with only a short distance between it and New York City, and about half of the students that attend this campus are commuters. The Florham Campus is primarily a residential campus.
The Florham Campus has four main residences: Florence and Hamilton Twombly Halls, The Village, Rutherford Hall, and the Park Avenue Residence Hall. Florence and Hamilton are traditionally dormitories used for incoming freshman, and have standard double and triple occupancy rooms with common bathrooms within the halls. The Village is actually nine separate buildings with suite-style living arrangements. The suites themselves have common rooms, and three other rooms for double occupancy as well as a suite-shared bathroom. Rutherford Hall is a building specifically for upperclassmen. It features double occupancy dorms, and each room has its own bathroom. The building is a three hundred bed building, and each room is climate controlled. Rutherford is often more desired than the Village, so "priority points" are required to get placed in the room over other students. The Park Avenue Building contains seventy-three four person apartments, each with two dorms on either side and a common area with a fully equipped kitchen. Park Avenue dormitories can also be "wet" (alcohol is permitted) if all members of a dorm or suite are of age. The Florham Campus has the capacity to house 1,528 students, and occupancy percentages for the past six semesters (fall 2010 – spring 2013) vary from 86.7% to 96.7%.
The Metropolitan Campus has three different main residence areas: the Linden Complex, Northpointe, and University Court. The Linden Complex is similar to the Florham Campus' village; it is eight separate three-story buildings, each building accommodating from fifty to sixty-six students in six-person suites. Northpointe is a three-hundred bed, hotel style hall. Each bedroom is a double, and each dorm has a bathroom to be shared between its residents. There are also mailboxes and a common kitchen available to the residents of Northpointe. University Court is an ten building complex consisting of small residences, each having a common living area equipped with a microwave oven and television with cable, four bathrooms and several double and triple bedrooms. Some buildings are also equipped with a shared kitchen. The Metropolitan Campus offers over 100 social organizations, according to the office of Student Life.
Although Wroxton College dates to the 13th century, the housing has been modernized.
Fraternities and sororitiesEdit
A large percentage of fraternities and sororities are differentiated by gender, but some are honors societies that are distinguished by an area of study, and others may be identified by their own cultural history. The Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) and Inter-Greek Council (IGC) are the Greek governing bodies responsible for setting standards for Greek organizations.
Sororities Florham Campus
- Chi Upsilon Sigma1
- Delta Phi Epsilon (social)
- Omega Phi Beta3
- Omega Phi Chi3
- Phi Sigma Sigma
- Sigma Gamma Rho2 (Inactive)
- Theta Phi Alpha
- Zeta Tau Alpha
- Alpha Epsilon Phi
- Alpha Kappa Alpha
- Alpha Sigma Tau
- Lambda Theta Alpha1
- Lambda Tau Omega3 (Inactive)
- Omega Phi Chi3
- Sigma Gamma Rho2 (Inactive)
- Zeta Phi Beta2 (Inactive)
1 Traditionally Latina Organizations
2 Member of the National Pan-Hellenic Council
3 Sorority proclaimed "Multicultural"
- Alpha Kappa Lambda
- Iota Phi Theta2
- Kappa Sigma (Inactive)
- Lambda Theta Phi1
- Phi Sigma Kappa
- Sigma Chi
- Sigma Pi
- Tau Kappa Epsilon
- Zeta Beta Tau
- Alpha Phi Alpha2
- Lambda Theta Phi1
- Lambda Sigma Upsilon
- Omega Psi Phi2
- Phi Beta Sigma2 (Inactive)
- Sigma Lambda Beta1 (Inactive)
- Sigma Pi
- Zeta Beta Tau
1Traditionally Latino Organization
2Member of the National Pan-Hellenic Council
Greek Honors Societies – Organizations with educationally-based missions
- Beta Beta Beta – Biology
- Beta Gamma Sigma – Business
- Beta Alpha Psi – Accounting and Finance
- Eta Sigma Delta – Hospitality
- Gamma Sigma Epsilon – Chemistry
- Lambda Pi Eta – Communications
- Phi Omega Epsilon – Senior Honor Society
- Phi Zeta Kappa – Junior Honor Society
- Pi Alpha Alpha – Public Administration
- Sigma Tau Delta – English and Literature
- Sigma Xi – Science and Engineering
Fairleigh Dickinson's national student body consists of a total 12,247 students, 9,199 of whom are undergraduates and the remaining 3,048 are graduate students with a full-time equivalence (FTE) of 8,165.4, making it the largest private institution in the state of New Jersey. FDU also has over 1,200 international students from over 85 countries around the world ranking it 15th nationally among their Carnegie peer group. The majority of international students attend the Metropolitan Campus and FDU Vancouver which was founded primarily to educate international students. FDU Vancouver is the first American owned and operated institution in British Columbia to receive University status.
The university is ranked 69th by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2014 Regional University rankings (North). The university has had long-standing connections with the UN, offering qualified students opportunities for internships with the UN and its associated agencies. Fairleigh Dickinson University is formally recognized as an NGO by the UN Department of Public Information. In 2009, the university became the first college to receive special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Since 2002 the university has hosted more than 150 United Nations ambassadors and officials as part of their U.N. Pathways Forum.
Between the three libraries and one archive located at FDU's Florham Campus and Metropolitan campuses the university library system holds over 340,000 titles. The Florham Campus library is part of the John and Joan Monninger Center for Learning and Research. A portion of the library is housed in the old Orangerie of the Twombly-Vanderbilt estate which was built in the 1890s by McKim, Mead, and White. The Metropolitan campus features the Giovatto Library, the Business Reference Library in Dickinson Hall, and the North Jersey Heritage Center (an archival collection of New Jersey books, documents, maps, newspapers and reference material, as well as FDU history). The New Jersey collection began in 1961 when FDU became one of the earliest participants in the New Jersey Document Program listed as 4th in precedence out of 80 depositories behind the Council of State Government, Rutgers University and the NJ State Library. The Giovatto Library holds the Columbia Pictures Archive, a collection of over 230 movies from the Columbia Pictures Studios on 16mm film. The archive was given by Columbia in the 1980s to FDU through the work of Jack Kells, FDU alum and former Columbia executive.
Fairleigh Dickinson University publishes its own quarterly literary journal called The Literary Review which was founded in 1957. The journal is published through the Fairleigh Dickinson University Press which was founded in 1967. The FDU University Press has independently published more than 1500 books since its founding. FDU Press was a founding member of Associated University Presses and continued to be until 2010 when the company ceased publishing new titles. In 2010, the FDU Press began printing titles in conjunction with Rowman & Littlefield.
The entire university has a freshman to sophomore retention rate of 81.5%, and a six-year graduation rate of 53.1%. The average SAT score for the university is 1516 (on the 2400 point scale), and 33.0% of the student body was in the top 20% of their high school class. Both New Jersey campuses offer a wide variety of courses and programs. FDU's yield rate (the percentage of accepted students who choose to attend the university) is 40.3%. The Florham Campus emphasizes liberal arts and sciences, including pre-professional studies such as pre-law and pre-medicine, while The Metropolitan Campus offers both liberal arts and sciences yet places more emphasis on professional study including engineering, nursing, and criminal justice. The Metropolitan Campus, while it has residence halls, is more of a commuter campus, and has a significant international student population. Both New Jersey campuses are home to the QUEST program, in which students can study any major and combine their bachelor's degree with a master's in education.
Fairleigh Dickinson consists of four academic colleges: Becton College of Arts and Sciences (based at the Florham Campus), University College of Arts, Sciences and Professional Studies (based primarily on the Metropolitan Campus), Silberman College of Business, and Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies. The Silberman College of Business also makes up the core offering for FDU Vancouver with bachelor's and master's degrees. The Silberman College entrepreneurial studies program has been rated as one of the best in the U.S. In 2006, The Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship was ranked the 7th undergraduate entrepreneurial school in the nation by Entrepreneur Magazine and The Princeton Review.
Becton College of Arts and SciencesEdit
Fairleigh Dickinson's Becton College offers just over sixty undergraduate majors to its full and part-time students. The college is headed by its dean, Dr. Geoffrey Weinman and the department is located on the Florham Campus.
Silberman College of BusinessEdit
The Silberman College of Business is a tri-campus college of Fairleigh Dickinson University. It offers graduate and undergraduate degrees at the Florham Campus, the Metropolitan campus, and offers bachelor's degree studies in Business Management and Information Technology at the FDU-Vancouver campus.
FDU offers AACSB-accredited graduate and undergraduate business degrees through its Silberman College of Business. Fairleigh Dickinson's Silberman College of Business was ranked as one of the top 295 business schools in the country for 2014 by The Princeton Review. The college has also been recognized as an "Excellent Business School" according to a 2011 Eduniversal survey which ranks the top 1,000 business schools worldwide; Eduniversal is an international university ranking consulting company that specializes in higher education. The Silberman College of business received "three palmes" (a multi-colored palme is used in place of stars as a representation of Eduniversal's logo), an indication of excellence, national strength, and international links.
Fairleigh Dickinson University's International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management features the US national headquarters of the international gastronomic society Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs located at the Chaîne House on the Florham Campus.
Of the 12,000 plus students who are enrolled at Fairleigh Dickinson University, about a third are in graduate programs. Graduate programs are offered at all four of the university's campuses, and a number are offered solely through on-line delivery, including a post-doctoral MS in clinical psychopharmacology. Graduate studies include the Doctor of Pharmacy offered by the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the Doctor of Nursing Practice, the Ph.D. in clinical psychology, the Psy.D. in school psychology, and a large number of master's degree programs, including the Master of Public Administration and an MA in global affairs offered to nearby consular and diplomatic staff.
FDU School of PharmacyEdit
In 2012, Fairleigh Dickinson opened New Jersey's first school of pharmacy associated with a private higher education institution, at the Florham Campus. It is the second pharmacy school in New Jersey and the first to open in the state in over 120 years. FDU's School of Pharmacy is currently headed by a dean, Michael J. Avaltroni. The School of Pharmacy has its own PharmD program, as well as numerous paths to other master's degrees, including Pharmaceutical Management, Regulatory Sciences, Pharmaceutical Science, and Health Communication, among several others.
FDU School of Public and Global AffairsEdit
In 2017, after a major gift by alumnus James Orefice, Fairleigh Dickinson announced the formation of a new graduate School of Public and Global Affairs comprising the Master of Public Administration, the M.A. in Global Affairs, and the survey research group, PublicMind.
In intercollegiate athletics, the Metropolitan Campus competes in NCAA Division I, while the Florham Campus competes in Division III, making it one of only a few schools in the United States to field both Division I and Division III teams. The teams at the Metropolitan Campus are known as the Knights, while the Florham Campus teams are known as the Devils.
Metropolitan Campus – NCAA Division IEdit
Knights Division I Athletics
|Cross Country||Cross Country|
Both the men and women's Knights basketball teams play in Stratis Arena in Hackensack, NJ in the Rothman Center. A notable achievement for the Knights men's basketball team was in the 2005 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament where they made the NCAA Tournament as a sixteenth seed and gave the top seeded Illinois Fighting Illini a huge scare. Being only down 1 at the half, the Knights played well and held their own for a while. However, in the second half the Illini pulled away from FDU and won the game by 12. More recently, the men's team made the 2016 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament where they lost to the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles in the First Four, and the 2019 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament where they defeated Prairie View A&M University in the First Four.
Fairleigh Dickinson University's women's bowling team has made it to the Final Four every year but one (2007). In 2010, it captured its 2nd National Championship (the first being in 2006). The Knights managed to upset the defending National Champion Nebraska Cornhuskers. Fairleigh Dickinson prevailed with a 4 games to 3 victory. The title game was held at the Brunswick Zone Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick, NJ. They followed up in 2011 as both NEC tournament and regular season champions repeating the latter in 2012.
The women's golf team had won 4 straight NEC conference championships between 2008 and 2011.
Florham Campus – NCAA Division IIIEdit
The FDU Florham Campus sports teams are called the Devils. They are in NCAA Division III and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and they compete in the Middle Atlantic Conferences' (MAC) MAC Freedom. The women's basketball team won the national collegiate basketball championship in the year 2013–2014. The Women's basketball team also made it to the NCAA tournament four times in a row from the year 2012 to 2016. Their mascot is Ian the Devil.
Devils Division III Athletics
|Cross Country||Field Hockey|
The Roberta Chiaviello Ferguson and Thomas G. Ferguson Recreation Center, also known as Ferguson Recreation Center is the Florham Campus home to the Devils. Constructed in 1995, the building contains a gymnasium with three full-size basketball courts and an elevated jogging track, two individual racquetball courts, and a weight-training room with an Olympic weight training area. Also housed in the Ferguson Recreation Center is a competition-sized swimming pool with eight twenty-five yard lanes, as well as the Rutherford Room for meetings and seminars and the Athletic's department offices.
The Florham Campus also has an intramural program that offers sports such asaerobics, basketball, bowling, flag football, golf, karate, raquetball, softball, street hockey, tennis, Timex fitness week and volleyball to non student-athletes.
Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind is an independent research group that conducts public opinion polling and other research on politics, society, popular culture, consumer behavior and economic trends. PublicMind associates undertake scientific survey research for corporations, non-profits, and government agencies as well as for the public interest, as well as information regarding the FDU community as a whole. FDU's PublicMind has conducted research on:
- Televising US Supreme Court proceedings
- Casinos and gaming regulations, including sports betting and online gambling.
- Driver behavior, including texting while driving and cell phone use.
- The TV reality show Jersey Shore, as well as the TV drama The Sopranos.
- Survey methodology.
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- Ron Blomberg (born 1948), baseball player who played for the New York Yankees.
- Mensun Bound (born 1953), marine archaeologist.
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- Katlyn Chookagian (born 1988), professional Mixed Martial Artist, current UFC Flyweight
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- Sung-Mo Kang, president of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.
- Eleanor Kieliszek (1925–2017; B.A. 1979), politician, first woman elected Mayor of Teaneck, New Jersey.
- Garry Kitchen (born 1955; B.S. 1980), video game pioneer.
- Stewart Krentzman, president and CEO of Oki Data Americas, Inc.
- John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile, post-graduate school only, M.B.A.
- William Leiss, president of the Royal Society of Canada from 1999 to 2001 and Officer of the Order of Canada.
- George Martin, Executive Director NFL Alumni Association.
- D. Bennett Mazur (1924–1994), member of the New Jersey General Assembly.
- Danielle McEwan (born 1991), ten-pin bowler and PWBA title holder
- George L. Miles, CEO of WQED Multimedia and a director of AIG
- John J. Mooney (born 1929), co-inventor of the three-way catalytic converter and co-winner of National Medal of Technology.
- Vince Naimoli, founder and chair of the Tampa Bay Rays.
- Peggy Noonan (born 1950), columnist, author and former speechwriter for Ronald Reagan.
- Christine O'Donnell (born 1969), 2010 Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Delaware.
- Gregory Olsen (born 1945), entrepreneur and astronaut.
- Mel Schrieberg (1942–2017), co-founder of Election.com, running the only major public sector election ever run on the Internet, the Arizona Democratic primary in March 2000.
- John Spencer, actor known for his role on The West Wing (did not graduate).
- Dennis Strigl (born 1946), president and COO of Verizon Communications.
- Stephen Spiro, Vietnam War opponent, conscientious objector, received pardon by Gerald Ford.
- Guy Talarico, member of the New Jersey General Assembly.
- Ben Weinman, founding lead guitarist of The Dillinger Escape Plan.
- Sara Whalen (born 1976), Olympic soccer player
- Zygi Wilf, billionaire real estate developer and owner of the Minnesota Vikings football team.
- Bill Willoughby (born 1957), retired NBA professional, who earned his FDU degree after skipping college and playing in the NBA.
- Darren Young, professional wrestler formerly working for WWE.
- Gerald H. Zecker, Deputy Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly.
- shortening of suaviter in modo, fortiter in re, meaning "gently in manner, strongly in deed"
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