A Student Review of Fordham University

Seun earned her bachelor’s degree in English and communications from Fordham University. She specializes in history tutoring, IB tutoring, and a number of other subjects. Below, she shares her experience at Fordham University:

Describe the campus setting and transportation options. 

Seun: I attended Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus. It was the epitome of urban. The building is located in the center of Manhattan—where Central Park begins and near major performing arts centers. You have easy access to the Fordham University Bronx Rose Hill campus via the Ram Van, which drives students to the larger campus in about 15 minutes if there is no heavy traffic. The Rose Hill campus has a more traditional college look, with an enclosed campus that has lots of grassy areas and beautiful architecture. At both campuses, there’s easy access to public transportation. The Lincoln Center campus, however, provides more train and bus options.

Safety can be a concern, only because you’re in the city and things may happen nearby. But, the security guards go above and beyond to make sure students are kept safe.

How available are the professors, academic advisers, and teaching assistants?

Seun: It depends. I would suggest that, for any college, the student has to be more proactive to get advice from teaching and advisory staff. Make appointments regularly and don’t be afraid to follow up with questions via email or phone. Professors obviously love to see students actively engaged with materials for their classes, so it will only work to your benefit if you are consistently seeking ways to have your voice heard both inside and outside of the classroom.

How would you describe the dorm life—rooms, dining options, location, socialization opportunities with other students?

Seun: Unfortunately, I was a commuter student, so I did not live in the dorms. I did hear amazing things from those who lived on campus, though. The dorms were especially nice (practically apartment quality). I think living on campus provides a chance to build deeper bonds with your fellow classmates.

Truth be told, I wasn’t fond of the food on campus, but you’re in NYC, so there are plenty of options off campus for you to enjoy.

Lastly, it’s NYC! Entertainment is everywhere and available at any time. Make the most of it!

Which majors/programs are best represented and supported? 

Seun: I think the business school was the best represented area, and those who were enrolled in that program seemed to feel most supported by staff. That’s probably the same on any college campus; business involves a lot of networking events and professional development outside of the classroom.

I studied English and communications, because I love to write and aspired to work in media creating innovative content for TV. Fordham has a stellar record of media professionals graduating from its school. However, I think I could have benefited from some more guidance on how to navigate my field.

How easy or difficult was it for you to meet people and make friends as a freshman? Does Greek life play a significant role in the campus social life?

Seun: I started Fordham as a transfer during my sophomore year. If you’re shy, it can be daunting to meet people and develop close friendships. Living on campus definitely helps, and finding a club that fits with your interests will hopefully bring you out of your shell. There wasn’t any Greek life on campus at Fordham, though.

How helpful is the Career Center and other student support services?  

Seun: Many reputable companies were definitely recruiting through our career center. Again, you have to be proactive in taking advantage of whatever resources are available. It’s there, but it’s only as good as the work you put toward it.

How are the various study areas such as libraries, the student union, and dorm lounges?

Seun: The library at Lincoln Center was much smaller in comparison to the Rose Hill campus library. I would recommend going to the Rose Hill campus in the Bronx if you can—much easier to find a quiet space to yourself.

Describe the surrounding town.

Seun: My campus was at Columbus Circle in Manhattan. A very exciting place to be with much to offer students.

How big or small is the student body? Were you generally pleased or displeased with the typical class sizes?

Seun: Lincoln Center’s student body was smaller for obvious reasons. However, the crowd was diverse, and you get more face time with professors due to the class sizes being much smaller than usual college classes.

Describe one memorable experience with a professor and/or class. Perhaps one you loved the most or one you regret the most.

Seun: I will always remember how dedicated two of my communications professors were in making sure I found internship opportunities that would set me up for success in the future. I’m still in touch with them now and consider them to be great, close friends.



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