Resources and Services
All members of the faculty share personally and actively in the responsibility for providing students with educational, career, and personal guidance. One of the hallmarks of a Jesuit education is the personal interest each professor takes in students; the professor tries to know each student's strengths and weaknesses. This tradition is basic to Fairfield. Classes are not large, and there are ample opportunities for close student-teacher relationships. Members of the faculty make themselves available for informal discussions, advice, and encouragement well beyond their published office hours.
Students who have a declared major are assigned a faculty advisor in that academic discipline. Undeclared students are also assigned a faculty advisor. However, when these students declare a major, they will be reassigned to an advisor in the academic discipline chosen. Advisors are available to meet regularly with students, monitor progress, advise students at registration time, and discuss courses and programs of study, co-curricular involvement, and high-impact learning opportunities such as study abroad, capstones, and internships. Fairfield's faculty advisors, along with professional advising staff and peer mentors, promote a holistic approach to academic advising that encourages students to be actively engaged and to make thoughtful choices regarding their current and future plans.
Academic and Career Development Center
The Academic and Career Development Center serves Fairfield University students seeking academic and vocational support services through comprehensive support services, programming and resources. This integrated approach addresses the diverse developmental stages of a student’s academic career and positions Fairfield University as a leader in providing tailored services supporting personal development, academic excellence, and career readiness. The distinctiveness of this holistic approach is grounded in our Catholic, Jesuit mission and supports a transformative learning experience. For more information, please contact the Academic and Career Development Center at 203-254-4081 or email@example.com, or visit the website.
Academic Support and Advisement
The Academic and Career Development Center provides individual and group services aimed at facilitating student transition and increasing student engagement and academic success. The Center supports a strong faculty advising model with supplemental resources aimed at elevating the importance of student mentoring and advising. Services are provided for first-year students transitioning to Fairfield University, undergraduate students who are undeclared, changing majors and/or schools and students seeking additional guidance as they develop their academic and professional goals. The Center supports and monitors students’ academic progress, offers tutorial programs and learning support resources, and coordinates with faculty advisors, deans’ offices, and campus resources to assist students in achieving academic success. Using a holistic advising model, the staff assist students in meeting their academic, personal, and professional goals through comprehensive and integrated academic support services and resources.
Fairfield University is committed to providing qualified students with disabilities an equal opportunity to access the benefits, rights, and privileges of its services, programs and activities in an accessible setting. In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and applicable state law, the University provides reasonable accommodations to reduce the impact of disabilities on academic functioning or upon other major life activities. The Academic and Career Development Center is responsible for evaluating and coordinating appropriate academic and campus life accommodations for students with disabilities. Students with disabilities or temporary impairments seeking accommodations because of a disability or temporary impairment must contact the Academic and Career Development Center as early as possible in the semester to complete the registration process for accommodations. Once a student with a disability has registered and has been approved for accommodations, the student is responsible for providing his or her accommodation letter to each of his or her professors. Students with accommodations are encouraged to set up a meeting with their professors at the beginning of the semester to discuss how their accommodations will be implemented. If a student with a disability feels discriminated against on the basis of their disability or feels that they have been denied access or accommodations they are legally entitled to, they are encouraged to review the University’s disability grievance procedure located in the Students with Disabilities section of the Student Handbook. Students can also contact the Academic and Career Development Center to learn more about the disability grievance procedure.
Career, Leadership, and Professional Development
Fairfield University is committed to helping undergraduate and graduate students and alumni throughout their career development process. Comprehensive services are available through the Academic and Career Development Center including career counseling, career readiness programs, leadership and professional development offerings, and on and off-campus recruiting opportunities.
Project Excel is a TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) Program funded by the US Department of Education for first-generation college students, students whose families meet the federal guidelines for income, or individuals with disabilities. The program's overall objectives are to increase and support the retention of participants, ensure that participants are in good academic standing at the University and to have participants graduate in a timely way. Project Excel works to accomplish its objectives by providing an array of support services including academic advising and mentorship, academic tutoring, assistance with financial aid and scholarship searches, financial aid and economic literacy education, and graduate and professional school planning assistance.
Academic Support Programs
- Academic Skills Development and Tutoring: The Academic and Career Development Center, located in the Kelley Center, offers individual sessions and group workshops on academic skills development and learning support resources. The Office also manages the tutoring program and recruits students who are proficient in their major concentration and/or other subjects and trains them to serve as peer tutors. Peer tutoring is group based, free of charge, and open to all students. Additional tutoring services are available through the University's individual schools in select subject areas.
Bannow Science Center: The Rudolph F. Bannow Science Center houses advanced instructional and research facilities that foster the development of science and engineering learning communities, engage students in experiential learning, and invite collaborative faculty and student research in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, and psychology.
- Culpeper Language Resource Center: The Charles E. Culpeper Language Resource Center, located in Canisius 207, is designed to support and promote the study and instruction of foreign languages and their cultures. Students work interactively with computer and web-based materials. This allows them to take ownership of their learning experience and become lifelong learners. We provide one-on-one assistance in finding materials, and in accessing the online components of languages courses.
- Math Center: The Math Center, located in Bannow 122, offers free tutoring for core mathematics courses, including Precalculus, Calculus I and II, and Statistics. This is provided via individual and small group tutoring sessions For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit the website.
- Writing Center: The Writing Center, located on the lower level of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, offers writing assistance and resources to all students. Tutors work with students on any writing project and at any stage of the project's development. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit the website.
Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Center
Located on Loyola Drive, the Kelley Center houses the offices of Undergraduate and Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, Registrar, and the Academic and Career Development Center.
Arts and Minds Programs
Fairfield University serves as an important hub for students and visitors from the region seeking entertaining and inspiring cultural events and activities.
- The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts houses the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Theatre, the Lawrence A. Wien Experimental Theatre, and Fairfield University Museum's Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery.
- Fairfield University Museum is comprised of the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery in the Quick Center and the Bellarmine Gallery, located in Bellarmine Hall. A showcase for significant art objects and rotating exhibits, the Fairfield University Museum displays a rich and varied collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts objects and serves as a learning laboratory for students and members of the regional community.
- The PepsiCo Theatre is home base for Theatre Fairfield, the University's performing arts club, and provides another venue for theatre and dance in an intimate setting.
In addition, various departments host exhibitions, lectures, and dramatic programs throughout the academic year, including the popular lecture series Open Visions Forum. These events are open to all members of the University community and many are free. All Fairfield students receive free or discounted tickets for arts events. For a cultural calendar, visit our website.
The University Libraries are the intellectual heart of Fairfield University’s academic community providing access to over 1.3 million items and 36,400 journal subscriptions. The beautiful DiMenna-Nyselius Library is a signature building located at the heart of Fairfield’s physical campus as well. Carrels, leisure seating, research tables, group study rooms, a 24-hour café, and 24-hour computer labs provide individual study and collaborative space for up to 900 students. Workstations for the physically disabled are available throughout the library building.
The building also houses a 90-seat auditorium, a presentation practice room, a 10 suite tech-savvy Collaboratorium, and the IT Help Desk. The Center for Academic Excellence and the Writing Center are located on the lower level.
Whether on or off campus, the Libraries’ comprehensive website provides access to these resources from any desktop or mobile device. Research assistance is available in-person most hours that the library building is open and 24/7 via IM, email, or “live” chat.
During the academic semester, the library is open Monday through Thursday, 7:45 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to midnight. The library is open 24/7 during exam periods each semester.
Early Learning Center
The Center provides an early care and education program based on accepted and researched theories of child development; individualized programs designed to meet the needs of each child; a curriculum that is child-oriented; and teaching staff who have specialized educational training in child development and developmentally appropriate practice with young children, including health, safety, and nutritional guidelines.
The Center is open all year from 7:30am to 5:30pm for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years. Children may be enrolled on a full- or part-time basis depending upon space availability. Registration takes place every March. For tuition details, registration requirements, or other information, call the Center at 203-254-4028 or visit the website.
Information Technology Services
The Information Technology Services (ITS) department offers networking, wireless and computer technology resources for the entire Fairfield University community.
Our goal is to maximize the use of technological innovations not in only the learning environment but in all of our business processes as well. ITS is responsible for managing the Banner platform, which securely houses all information on each individual student academic record as well as my.Fairfield, a web-based portal from which most university online resources can be accessed. The portal provides single sign-on capability so each student will need to log in only once from my.Fairfield to access course registration, review filing requirements, accept financial aid awards, participate in the housing processes, view/print academic schedules and grades, complete surveys, access student Gmail accounts, and access OrgSync and other student-related functions.
For more information on Information Technology Services, please visit our website.
ITS maintains approximately 90 general-use classrooms across campus, as well as specialized instructional spaces and a number of public-use computer labs. The public labs, including a 24/7 Mac and Windows facility in the library, are accessible to all students with a valid StagCard. Our goal is to consistently furnish cutting-edge technology to support a collaborative teaching and learning environment, and to provide as much compatibility as possible across all platforms and devices that students might own.
Faculty/Staff and Student Networks
The Information Technology Services department is responsible for the maintenance and upgrades of both the student and faculty/staff networks on campus.
The ITS4U Help Desk provides free technology support for issues like wireless connectivity, warranty-covered hardware replacements (HP and Apple), malware prevention/cleanup, and limited software/hardware support for student-owned computers.
Location: DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Room 215 (Main Floor)
Academic Year Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-7:00pm, Sunday 4:00pm-8:00pm
Summer Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-7:00pm, Friday 8:00am-12:00pm
All students use their NetID to access my.Fairfield, a secure web portal used to view course schedules, access library services remotely, register for classes and parking permits, view and pay tuition bills, print unofficial transcripts, and much more.
For assistance with my.Fairfield, call the ITS Help Desk at 203-254-4069 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Fairfield University NetID is your username/password combination that provides access to a variety of online resources and services, including my.Fairfield and your student Gmail account. Your NetID is obtained by going through the claim process found here. You will need to claim your NetID in order to access all Fairfield online resources.
Note: All official university communications are send to your student Gmail account. No personal email accounts should be used. Your email address follows the format email@example.com. For example, if your name is Lucas F. Stag and your NetID is lucas.stag, your email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
International students are served through the Office of Student Engagement, located in the lower level of the Barone Campus Center. This department sponsors a specialized orientation program for international students and provides assistance with legal forms and other documentation.
For information about Compliance Statements and Notifications, Student Resources, Policies and Procedures, Student Conduct Code, Residential Guidelines, and Clubs and Organizations, please see the Student Handbook. Further information for graduate students, including parking regulations and stickers, the Quick RecPlex, the StagCard, and other campus resources and student services, is available in the Reference Guide for Graduate Students.