Q&A with Drew Ippolito, Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Marketing at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus and Donna Tatarka, Director of Undergraduate Admissions at FDU’s Florham Campus

Describe Fairleigh Dickinson University’s current campus locations.

The Florham campus is a picturesque liberal arts college setting just 35 miles from New York City in Madison, N.J. The campus is situated on the former country estate of early 20th-century socialites Florence Vanderbilt and Hamilton Twombly.

With a high-energy atmosphere in a scenic riverside setting, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck, N.J. provides the complete college experience. Situated on the banks of the Hackensack River, FDU Metro sits six miles from New York City, and offers a wide range of academic disciplines and countless cultural, social, and career opportunities.

FDU also owns two international campuses in Wroxton, England and Vancouver, Canada.  These global locations provide students with unequaled opportunities to study abroad

What are the benefits offered to students by FDU’s close proximity to New York City?

Nearby New York City is a “second neighborhood” for FDU students. Conveniently located at the center of the New Jersey business corridor and within easy reach of New York City, both campuses provide access to countless internship opportunities. New York City also offers entertainment and cultural enrichment opportunities for the FDU student body.

How many different degrees and disciplines does Fairleigh Dickinson offer?

With over 100 majors and concentrations, FDU offers opportunities for study across a wide range of academic disciplines. Students study with inspiring faculty, participate in challenging honors programs, engage in hands-on research, explore other cultures, and gain the professional knowledge and skills essential for future success. Students can earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just five years through FDU’s Combined Degree Advantage Program (with continued scholarship support in the fifth year of study). FDU also offers an accelerated B.S. and Doctor of Pharmacy Program where students can complete three years of undergraduate study at FDU and four years of study at FDU’s School of Pharmacy and Health Services. In addition, FDU provides both Pre-Med and Pre-Law programs that allow students to gain hands-on experience and receive the guidance necessary for admission to medical and law school.    

Why is Fairleigh Dickinson consistently rated a “Top Value” college?

Fairleigh Dickinson University provides an unparalleled living and learning experience.  The wide range of academic options, career-focused internships, challenging honors programs, amazing study abroad programs, winning D-I and D-III athletic programs, and a vibrant campus life make FDU an exciting, value-added institution.  And, through its generous scholarship programs, FDU is an affordable option.  In fact, FDU was ranked fourth in Money magazine’s “Best Colleges for Your Money” in New Jersey.

FDU has also been cited for its academic quality in many other publications including “Best Universities in the North Region” (U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges), “A Top Regional Independent University” (College Choice), “The Best 294 Business Schools” (Princeton Review), “A Top 15 Hospitality Program” (Princeton Review Gourman Report), and “A Best Undergraduate Business Program” and “Best Undergraduate Engineering Program” (U.S. News & World Report).

Give examples of ways in which FDU alumni are influencing the world.

In its 75-year history, FDU has prepared more than 125,000 alumni for successful careers and for leading roles on the global stage. From broadcasting and entertainment to engineering and management, graduates have made a profound impact in a wide variety of endeavors.

Just a few examples include people like Reed Brody (international human rights lawyer), Marc Chalom (creator of A&E’s Biography series), Richard Codey (former governor of New Jersey), John Legere (chief executive officer and president of T-Mobile US), Peggy Noonan (presidential speechwriter and columnist), Greg Olsen (entrepreneur, engineer, and the third private citizen to orbit the Earth on the International Space Station), and Marta Tellado (president and CEO of Consumer Reports).