Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU)


Founded in 1942 by Dr. Peter Sammartino and his wife, Sylvia (Sally), Fairleigh Dickinson University has grown into the largest private university in New Jersey. Today, more than 12,000 students from 32 states and 72 countries are enrolled on the University’s two campuses in northern New Jersey and its international campuses in Wroxton, England and Vancouver, Canada. Beginning as a two-year junior college, Fairleigh Dickinson expanded to a four-year curriculum in 1948 to fill the need for higher education in northern New Jersey. In 1954, the first graduate program, a master’s degree in business administration, was offered, and Bergen Junior College was purchased as a second campus, Teaneck. In 1956, Fairleigh Dickinson gained University status and, one year later, the 178-acre Vanderbilt-Twombly estate was acquired in Madison to serve as a third campus (College at Florham).

FDU became the first American university to own a campus in England when it acquired Wroxton College from Trinity College, Oxford University. Opened in 1965, Wroxton College offers American students an array of graduate and undergraduate programs as well as an enriching cultural experience. Formerly a 13th-century abbey, Wroxton College is now a beautifully restored and modernized Jacobean mansion. In 2007, FDU commenced undergraduate classes at a new facility in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Why choose Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU)?
About FDU

The largest private university in New Jersey, FDU is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, multi campus institution. Founded in 1942, FDU achieved four-year status in 1948 and approval as a university in 1956.

The University offers over 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including doctoral programs in nursing practice, clinical psychology and school psychology; and an AACSB-accredited business school. Degree programs are offered on two New Jersey campuses and at two FDU locations outside the U.S.: Wroxton College, in Oxfordshire in England, and the Vancouver Campus, in British Columbia, Canada.

FDU’s 12,000 full- and part-time students pursue quality career-oriented programs on schedules tailored to their needs — days, evenings and weekends.

The curriculum reflects a mission of global education and a foundation of a world-renowned University Core.

Florham Campus

In Madison, NJ, the Florham Campus is a friendly small-college environment on picturesque grounds near historic Morristown. The campus is dedicated to giving students an exceptional learning experience, including residential and honors programs.

Metropolitan Campus

Our Metropolitan Campus bridges the residential communities of Teaneck and Hackensack. A relaxed suburban setting just ten miles from New York City, the Metropolitan Campus attracts a diverse student population. More than a third are minority or international students, from throughout the U.S. and over 71 nations.

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*NOTE: This application should only be completed by students applying to the Florham Campus and the Metropolitan Campus. Applicants to the Vancouver Campus should not complete this form.
Application Instructions
Application Instructions and Scholarship Information*
Intensive English, Conditional Admission, the ELS Language Center and Pre-University Program*
Interviews and Campus Visits
Frequently Asked Questions*
Supplemental Forms:
Upon completion of the online application, please print and mail these forms along with all other required documents.
International Scholarship Application*
Affidavit of Financial Support for International Students*
Alumni-Trustee-Faculty Endorsement Grant Program Referral Form*
Undergraduate Student Application Checklist Form*
Graduate Student Application Checklist Form*
Online Application
Online Application for Admission for International Applicants and US Citizens Residing Abroad
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Application Deadlines:
Fall (August) Semester

    • January 15 (for first-time undergraduate Presidential Scholarship nominees)
    • July 1
    • August 15 (if transferring from an American university)

Spring (January) Semester

  • November 1 (for Presidential Scholarship nominees)
  • December 1
  • January 15 (if transferring from an American university)
English Requirements

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit an official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-A as part of their application. Below are FDU’s minimum acceptable scores:

Internet-based: 79
Computer-based: 213
Paper-based: 550

6.0 overall band


*For first year undergraduate freshman students only
420 on Critical Reading

Applicants who do not meet our English proficiency requirement may want to consider Conditional Admission through ELS Language Center or FDU’s Pre-University Program (PUP).



The following countries are exempted from submitting a test of English proficiency:

Antigua & Barbuda Grenada New Zealand
Australia Guyana St. Kitts & Nevis
Bahamas Ireland St. Lucia
Barbados Jamaica St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Belize Kiribati Solomon Islands
Bermuda Marshall Islands Trinidad & Tobago
Canada (except Quebec) Micronesia United Kingdom

Applicants who have previously attended a high school, college or university in the United States for more than two years and have earned passing grades in English courses may be exempt from an English proficiency exam.

English Proficiency Placement Examination

ALL new international undergraduate and graduate students, except for those who are specifically exempted, will be tested for English proficiency during International Student Orientation. Depending on the test results, students may be placed into an English for Professional Success (EPS) course that focuses on the student’s major field of study.

Undergraduates placed into EPS must take the class and co-requisite lab and will be charged tuition upon registration. Credits in EPS will apply to the undergraduate student’s General Education requirement.

Graduates placed into an EPS course are required to take the class and co-requisite lab and will be charged a fee.

– See more at: http://view2.fdu.edu/admissions/international/english-proficiency-requirements/#sthash.z3lcF8GS.dpuf


Estimated Cost for the Academic Year (August 2015 – May 2016):

Type of Student


Tuition & Fees

Room, Board Expenses


Undergraduate Metropolitan $37,874 $13,193 $51,067
Undergraduate Florham $40,230 $13,193 $53,423
Graduate (tier 1) Both $22,879 $13,193 $36,072
Graduate (tier 2) Both $23,455 $13,193 $36,648

 Estimated Cost for the Summer Term (May 2016 – August 2016):

Type of Student Campus Tuition & Fees Room, Board Expenses Total
Undergraduate Both $12,503
(12 credits)
$5508 $18,011
Graduate Both $11,831
(9 credits)
$5508 $17,339

 Dependent Cost (spouse and/or children):

The cost for a dependent is calculated for a twelve (12) month year.

Adult – $7,500 per dependent
Child – $4,000 per dependent

  • The figures listed here (and on your I-20) are estimates; expenses are subject to change and are NOT a guarantee or contract of actual expenses
  • Official bills for tuition and fees will be presented at registration
  • Some courses require additional fees
  • FDU reserves the right to change any of the above expenses without prior notification
  • These estimates do NOT include personal expenses (ex. transportation, clothing, books, laundry, entertainment)
  • For a detailed list of all the individual fees regarding your tuition, please click on the following links:
    • Undergraduate – Metropolitan
    • Undergraduate – Florham
    • Graduate

Fairleigh Dickinson University is a constellation of learning environments. Each campus is unique and each is vital to the strength and diversity that set FDU apart. The variety of experiences available to FDU students is rarely found at other schools. No matter what kind of educational environment you seek, no matter what sort of atmosphere appeals to you, you can find it at FDU. It’s a world of experiences — and they’re all part of the FDU Experience.

FDU has two main campuses in the United States. The College at Florham, in Morris County, New Jersey, is a picture-perfect collegiate environment. Ivy-covered buildings, a strong student life program, and traditional amenities and activities make Florham the kind of place people dream about.

The Metropolitan Campus, in Teaneck, New Jersey, is by contrast a fast-paced, professionally oriented environment in a suburban setting that feeds off the energy of nearby New York City and serves a mix of residential and commuting students. Many of FDU’s business, professional, science, and healthcare programs — graduate and undergraduate — are based at the Metropolitan Campus.

FDU’s British campus, Wroxton College, offers students an opportunity to study abroad in an intensive environment. Wroxton is located in the heart of rural England but is still only 70 miles from London. FDU also offers an expansive study-abroad program and partners with other institutions in the U.S. as well.

Classes began in 2007 at FDU-Vancouver, in scenic British Columbia, Canada. FDU-Vancouver offers undergraduate students one of the few opportunities to earn an American college degree (currently a B.S. in business management  or a B.S. in information technology) while studying in Canada.

At any of the FDU campuses, the student is assured of a supportive and engaging environment, high-tech facilities, and an education that is second to none.

* The University’s original campus, in Rutherford NJ, is no longer operated by Fairleigh Dickinson University.


More than 300 professionals teach full-time at FDU, and nearly 400 more serve as part-time faculty. Their commitment to education of the whole student is what sets them apart. From rigorous academic study to intensive research involvement to global opportunities to share their knowledge, they introduce students to new ways of thinking and relating to one another.

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