Last month I boarded a NJ transit train and headed to Manhattan to visit Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus. As I toured the compact city campus, I immediately recalled a meeting that I had with Fordham’s Northern NJ Admissions Representative, Rosellen Greco, last spring. She told me, along with a group of independent college counselors, that all Fordham, Lincoln Center students unofficially minor in NYC and all it has to offer. With this unique location, it’s easy to see why!
There are no gates or walls that separate Fordham, Lincoln Center from its culturally rich Manhattan neighborhood. Four buildings house the college’s academics and residence halls. The school recently opened its newest dorm, McKeon Hall, which has breathtaking views of Manhattan. Security is tight and residential halls have an extra layer of security. A tunnel system connects the buildings.
Our tour guide was a senior from Queens, NY, and she told us that she chose Fordham because of its strong liberal arts foundation and city location. She commutes but says there is no divide between commuter and residential students. The common bond shared by all Lincoln Center students is that they want a Manhattan experience.
Fordham is a Jesuit institution with a core curriculum requirement. It is through these courses that students learn to, “think, speak, write and act in fundamentally new ways, with a broadened appreciation for human values and commitment to the world.” As part of the curriculum, students are required to complete a theology and sacred text course.
Students wanting to study at the Gabelli School of Business can now select either the Rose Hill or Lincoln City campuses. The program at Lincoln Center, however, is limited to four concentrations. Gabelli at Lincoln Center is an excellent choice for students who want to study global business.
The performing arts program is highly selective. Approximately 30 students are accepted into the conservatory style, theater program each year. An audition is required. Notable alumni include Phylicia Rashad and Denzel Washington. The dance program was developed in partnership with the world famous Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and requires an audition. The facilities are state-of-the-art.
Flexible class schedules allow students to participate in NYC internships. Eighty-five percent of all students have at least one internship experience. Internships are plentiful in the entertainment fields, cultural arts, and finance. Popular internships have been with Live with Kelly and Michael, ESPN, and the NY Botanical Gardens.
Students are busy outside the classroom too. Twenty-one varsity sports are part of the division I Atlantic 10 Athletic Conference, and Rams football competes in the Patriot Athletic Conference. Athletics are played on the Rose Hill campus. Complimentary RAM vans transport students between campuses, allowing them to access events and facilities on both campuses. The university offers students deep discount theater tickets, museum passes, and sporting event tickets.
Qualified students may apply for the 3-3 Program in Law during their sophomore year. There are 11 accelerated master’s programs as well. Popular programs include degrees in business, teaching and social work.
Admissions advises all prospective students to visit both the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses. When completing the application, students must first select a campus and then a school. Interviews are not offered. However, demonstrated interest is tracked. All students are considered for merit aid.
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