Fordham University Reviews
Best 4 years of my life! Part of that is that I was incredibly involved on campus and had a work study position as well. The faculty and administration were always approachable. I couldn't have asked for a better undergraduate experience than the one I received at Fordham.
The Westchester campus offered great professors and core classes, which I thoroughly respected and enjoyed. However, the social work program is only as good as the field work and internships are. In this area, the program was a HUGE disappointment, and students learned quickly to keep their mouths shut and do whatever they could to accept inappropriate placements that did not meet Fordham learning guidelines. There is ZERO support for the student when the internship prevents learning or creates a hostile environment, and there are an inadequate number of internships to meet the needs of all students who are accepted into the program. Administration has not done their work to forge meaningful relationships and agreements with potential placement slots and the students suffer in ways that are unimaginable. You can be thrown out of the program for the smallest accusation, without opportunity to even prove your innocence. Disgraceful abuse of power by program administration.
I have attended 8 different colleges and universities in my lifetime - with big names and small - and of all of these, Fordham was clearly the best academic experience I had. It is true that it is expensive, but you do, in fact, get what you pay for. I have a good sense of my BA degree in New York as I attended Manhattan College for a year before transferring to Fordham and the difference in terms of teaching, expectations and execution of work was stark. Manhattan was like continuing my high school education - students were still learning how to write a term paper! I learned to write term papers in 10th grade, so I knew it wasn't for me. Fordham was the opposite. There were high expectations that needed to be met and I deeply respected 90% of my professors. There were a couple who were a little goofy and teaching was not for them, but that's to be found anywhere. The campus at Rose Hill is beautiful/peaceful and great for focusing on your work The Lincoln Center campus is vibrant and stimulating. In my time, I also had the opportunity to study broadcast news writing at CBS in Midtown. It was amazing. Since then, I've gone on to do graduate programs at UCLA, NYU and other schools where the student body and teachers were not as good, in my humble opinion. Do yourself a favor and go to Fordham.
Attending Fordham in New York City provided me with a very unique undergraduate experience that allowed me to learn both academically and experientially and also make lasting connections that have enriched many areas of my life. While my university provided me with many resources to grow and excel, I would recommend that anyone coming into this environment be open to the vast amount of learning opportunities they will have the chance to take advantage of both in and outside of the classroom.
Fordham University charges a lot of money and rides on the tails of its Law Degree program to pretend all of its programs are prestigious. I found the school lacking in most fundamental areas, with a heavy core program that makes it difficult to focus on your major area of study. Everything at the school is immensely expensive right down to the $9 chicken fingers in the cafeteria. I was wholly disappointed with my time there and would not recommend it to anyone. I am currently enrolled in a Masters program and a UX Design Bootcamp to make up for what I felt I was lacking in my undergraduate degree. For the amount of debt I am in, to feel I am lacking in anything is absurd.
Must be a specific type of person to enjoy your time here. If you don't like living in a big city, it's not for you. If you are not familiar with the area, DO NOT CONFUSE THE BRONX WITH MANHATTAN. The "idea" of New York is Manhattan, not the BX. Rose Hill is a more typical "college experience" with college bars filled with frat types. Lincoln Center is similar to NYU- no real campus/filled with artsy folks. (I lived at both) The professors are quality, and the intelligence of the student body is certainly above average, however there is certainly a faction of students that have a little too much to prove. If you are interested in business/marketing, politics, or theology and know you want to stay in New York, Fordham is a great choice. Otherwise I would not recommend it.
Most of the communications classes were a joke and a lot of the professors had a "dead-inside" sort of feel to them. Almost everyone who lived in the dorm building did not seem to care about academics at all, so it was pretty hard to focus on school work while living there. Definitely not worth the money if you're majoring in a soft liberal arts field.
I really enjoyed my time at Fordham. It's emphasis on core curriculum gave me a wide range of knowledge as well as the classes that focused on my major.
I believe I received a good education from Fordham. It may not be Ivy League, but is academically stimulating and challenging (in a good way). The Lincoln Center campus is diverse and in a great location. The one thing the campus lacked was athletics. I'm not sure if there are tennis courts still on campus, but at the time there was no organized sports clubs, not even tennis.
Wonderful University, beautiful campus, and hit or miss professors ranging from wildly successful & enigmatic educators to Tenured trolls that merely read from the book and fall asleep while lecturing!