Fairleigh Dickinson University
Fairleigh Dickinson University is a
private, coeducational and nonsectarian university founded in 1942. Fairleigh
Dickinson University is the first American university to own and operate
an international campus and currently offers more than 100 individual degree
programs to its students. The school has four campuses, two in New Jersey, and
one each in Canada and in the United Kingdom.
Fairleigh Dickinson University is New Jersey’s largest private institution of
higher education with 12,000+ students. The university has two campuses in New
Jersey: the Florham Campus in Madison and Florham Park, which is on the former
estate of Florence Vanderbilt and Hamilton Twombly, and the Metropolitan
Campus, close to New York City and spanning the Hackensack River in Teaneck
and Hackensack. It also has two international campuses.
Wroxton College is in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England. FDU-Vancouver, in
Vancouver, British Columbia opened in 2007.
History Fairleigh Dickinson University was
founded in 1942 as a junior college by Dr. Peter Sammartino and wife Sally, and
was named after an early benefactor Colonel Fairleigh S. Dickinson,
co-founder of Becton Dickinson. By 1948, Fairleigh Dickinson College expanded its
curriculum to offer a four-year program when the GI Bill and veterans’ money
encouraged it to redesignate itself. In that same year, the school received
accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In
1958, the same year the University acquired the former Twombly-Vanderbilt
estate in Madison and Florham, the institution was recognized as Fairleigh
Dickinson University by the New Jersey State Board of Education. Fairleigh
Dickinson University is a member of the National Association of Independent
Colleges and Universities. Landscape architect Frederick Law
Olmsted, the designer of Central Park, was also commissioned to design the
landscape for the Twombly-Vanderbilt estate. The main house of the
Twombly-Vanderbilt estate, now Hennessy Hall, was designed by architectural firm
McKim, Mead, and White in the Georgian Revival style. The mansion was completed
in 1897 and was modeled after the wing of Hampton Court Palace designed by
architect Sir Christopher Wren. The Friends of Florham program, founded in
1990 by Emma Joy Dana, university librarian Dr. James Fraser, and a group
of friends and colleagues works with the mission of advising and assisting the
administration and board of trustees in the care, maintenance, and preservation
of the Twombly Estate, known as “Florham”.
=Presidents of Fairleigh Dickinson University=
Presidents who served only as an acting or interim president.
Campuses Fairleigh Dickinson University has four
campuses, two in New Jersey, one in Vancouver, British Columbia, and one in
South East England.=Florham Campus=
The Florham Campus is located in the suburban towns of Madison and Florham
Park, New Jersey on the grounds of the former estate of Hamilton McKown Twombly
and Florence Adele Vanderbilt Twombly. The Florham Campus finished construction
on the John and Joan Monninger Center for Learning and Research. It opened
during the spring 2013 semester, and houses Fairleigh Dickinson’s pharmacy
program. The program will be the second of its kind in the state. Student
enrollment at the Florham Campus consists of over 2,500 undergraduates
coupled with 900 graduate students giving a total of 3,400 students. The
full-time equivalence for undergraduates on the campus is 2,214.9.
The majority of students at the Florham Campus, as shown by this data, are
full-time students on campus. During the 2008–2009 academic year the Florham
Campus celebrated a year-long celebration to mark the 50th anniversary
of that campus. The Florham Campus was acquired by FDU
in 1958 from the Esso Research and Engineering Company. This purchase
included 187 acres of property, including Hennessy Hall and related
buildings for the Florham Campus which opened the fall of that year. The
Mansion is a 100-room Georgian-style summer home for Hamilton McKown Twombly
and his wife Florence Adele Vanderbilt Twombly, a prominent member of the
Vanderbilt family. It was designed in the 1890s by Stanford White, and
replicates a wing in Henry VIII’s Hampton Court. Most of its interior
decorations are in Italian marble, done by Italian craftsman. Hennessy also
holds the chestnut-panelled Hartman Lounge and Lenfell Hall, then a ballroom
and drawing room, now used for meetings and special events. Florham’s period
architecture has stood the test of time. In 2001, Ron Howard’s movie A Beautiful
Mind was partly filmed at the Florham Campus.
=Metropolitan Campus=The Metropolitan Campus, close to New
York City and spanning the Hackensack River in Teaneck and Hackensack, has a
greater focus on business and professional majors compared to the
Florham Campus, although it does have a number of similar science and health
care programs. The Metropolitan Campus has 4,114 undergraduates and 2,350
graduate students, with an undergraduate full-time equivalence of 3,744.1. 21% of
Metropolitan Campus students are minority and international students.
Three out of every four undergraduates commute to class from home or a nearby
apartment. The undergraduate studies at the Metropolitan campus are offered
through three separate colleges: University College, the Silberman
College of Business, and the Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies.
=Wroxton College=Farleigh Dickinson University’s Wroxton
College is located in Wroxton, Oxfordshire in South East England.
It is located in a fully modernized 17th century Jacobean mansion that was once
the home of Lord North, England’s prime minister during the American Revolution.
The village of Wroxton is located about three miles west of Banbury, and Wroxton
College’s campus is close to Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon.
When Fairleigh Dickinson University acquired Wroxton Abbey in 1965, FDU
became the first American university to own and operate a campus, Wroxton
College, outside of the United States.=Vancouver Campus=
FDU’s Vancouver Campus is located at 842 Cambie Street, Vancouver, British
Columbia. It offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to
earn an American degree while studying in Canada. The university’s newest
campus, it opened in 2007.=Former campuses=
In addition to the present campuses, Fairleigh Dickinson University
previously operated campuses in Rutherford, New Jersey and in Saint
Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Operations on the Rutherford Campus were merged
with the Metropolitan Campus in 1993 and the Rutherford Campus was later sold to
Felician College. The West Indies Laboratory which opened in 1972 was
damaged beyond repair during Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and was closed shortly
afterwards in 1990. Student life
=Residential life=Both primary Fairleigh Dickinson
campuses offer a variety of forms of housing for students. The Metropolitan
Campus offers a much more urban setting with only a short distance between it
and New York City, and about half of the students that attend this campus are
commuters. The Florham Campus is primarily a residential campus.
Florham Campus The Florham Campus has four main
residences: Florence and Hamilton Twombly Halls, The Village, Rutherford
Hall, and the Park Avenue Residence Hall. Florence and Hamilton are
traditionally dormitories used for incoming freshman, and have standard
double and triple occupancy rooms with common bathrooms within the halls. The
Village is actually nine separate buildings with suite-style living
arrangements. The suites themselves have common rooms, and three other rooms for
double occupancy as well as a suite-shared bathroom. Rutherford Hall
is a building specifically for upperclassmen. It features double
occupancy dorms, and each room has its own bathroom. The building is a three
hundred bed building, and each room is climate controlled. Rutherford is often
more desired than the Village, so “priority points” are required to get
placed in the room over other students. The Park Avenue Building contains
seventy-three four person apartments, each with two dorms on either side and a
common area with a fully equipped kitchen. Park Avenue dormitories can
also be “wet” if all members of a dorm or suite are of age. The Florham Campus
has the capacity to house 1,528 students, and occupancy percentages for
the past six semesters vary from 86.7% to 96.7%.
Metropolitan Campus The Metropolitan Campus has three
different main residence areas: the Linden Complex, Northpointe, and
University Court. The Linden Complex is similar to the Florham Campus’ village;
it is eight separate three-story buildings, each building accommodating
from fifty to sixty-six students in six-person suites. Northpointe is a
three-hundred bed, hotel style hall. Each bedroom is a double, and each dorm
has a bathroom to be shared between its residents. There are also mailboxes and
a common kitchen available to the residents of Northpointe. University
Court is an eleven building complex consisting of small residences, each
having a common living area equipped with a microwave oven and television
with cable, four bathrooms and several double and triple bedrooms. Some
buildings are also equipped with a shared kitchen. The Metropolitan Campus
offers over 100 social organizations, according to the office of Student Life.
Wroxton College Although Wroxton College dates to the
13th century, the housing has been modernized.
=Greek life=A large percentage of fraternities and
sororities are differentiated by gender, but some are honors societies that are
distinguished by area of study, and others may be identified by their own
cultural history. The Inter-Fraternity Council and Inter-Greek Council are the
Greek governing bodies responsible for setting standards for Greek
Fairleigh Dickinson’s national student body consists of a total 12,247
students, 9,199 of whom are undergraduates and the remaining 3,048
are graduate students with a full-time equivalence of 8,165.4, making it the
largest private institution in the state of New Jersey. FDU also has over 1,200
international students from over 85 countries around the world ranking it
15th nationally among their Carnegie peer group. The majority of
international students attend the Metropolitan Campus and FDU Vancouver
which was founded primarily to educate international students. FDU Vancouver is
the first American owned and operated institution in British Columbia to
receive university status. The University is ranked 69th by U.S.
News & World Report Best Colleges 2014 Regional University rankings. The
University has had long-standing connections with the UN, offering
qualified students opportunities for internships with the UN and its
associated agencies. Fairleigh Dickinson University is formally recognized by the
United Nations as an NGO by the UN Department of Public Information. In
2009, the university became the first college to receive special consultative
status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Since 2002 the
university has hosted more than 150 United Nations ambassadors and officials
as part of their U.N. Pathways Forum. Between the three libraries and one
archive located at FDU’s Florham Campus and Metropolitan campuses the university
library system holds over 340,000 titles. The Florham Campus library is
part of the John and Joan Monninger Center for Learning and Research. A
portion of the library is housed in the old Orangerie of the Twombly-Vanderbilt
estate which was built in the 1890s by McKim, Mead, and White. The Metropolitan
campus features the Giovatto Library, the Business Reference Library in
Dickinson Hall, and the North Jersey Heritage Center. The New Jersey
collection began in 1961 when FDU became one of the earliest participants in the
New Jersey Document Program listed as 4th in precedence out of 80 depositories
behind the Council of State Government, Rutgers University and the NJ State
Library. The Giovatto Library holds the Columbia Pictures Archive, a collection
of over 230 movies from the Columbia Pictures Studios on 16mm film. The
archive was given by Columbia in the 1980s to FDU through the work of Jack
Kells, FDU alum and former Columbia executive.
Fairleigh Dickinson University publishes its own quarterly literary journal
called The Literary Review which was founded in 1957. The journal is
published through the Fairleigh Dickinson University Press which was
founded in 1967. The FDU University Press has independently published more
than 1500 books since its founding. FDU Press was a founding member of
Associated University Presses and continued to be until 2010 when the
company ceased publishing new titles. In 2010, the FDU Press began printing
titles in conjunction with Rowman & Littlefield.
The entire university has a freshman to sophomore retention rate of 73.3%, and a
six-year graduation rate of 53.5%. The average SAT score for the university is
1516, and 33.0% of the student body was in the top 20% of their high school
class. Both New Jersey campuses offer a wide variety of courses and programs.
FDU’s yield rate is 40.3%. The Florham Campus emphasizes liberal arts and
sciences, including pre-professional studies such as pre-law and
pre-medicine, while The Metropolitan Campus offers both liberal arts and
sciences yet places more emphasis on professional study including
engineering, nursing, and criminal justice. The Metropolitan Campus, while
it has residence halls, is more of a commuter campus, and has a significant
international student population. Both New Jersey campuses are home to the
QUEST program, in which students can study any major and combine their
bachelor’s degree with a master’s in education.
=Undergraduate studies=Fairleigh Dickinson consists of four
academic colleges: Becton College of Arts and Sciences, University College of
Arts, Sciences and Professional Studies, Silberman College of Business, and
Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies. The Silberman College of
Business also makes up the core offering for FDU Vancouver with bachelor’s and
master’s degrees. The Silberman College entrepreneurial studies program has been
rated as one of the best in the U.S. In 2006, The Rothman Institute of
Entrepreneurship was ranked the 7th undergraduate entrepreneurial school in
the nation by Entrepreneur Magazine and The Princeton Review.
Becton College of Arts and Sciences Fairleigh Dickinson’s Becton College
offers just over sixty undergraduate majors to its full and part-time
students. The College’s mission is “to develop the intellectual, creative and
career potential of our diverse, multicultural student body by offering a
demanding curriculum, with an emphasis on honors programs, in a caring and
supportive environment”. The College is headed by its Dean, Dr. Geoffrey Weinman
and the department is located on the Florham Campus.
=FDU School of Pharmacy=Fairleigh Dickinson recently opened New
Jersey’s first school of pharmacy associated with a private higher
education institution at the Florham Campus. It is the second pharmacy school
in New Jersey and the first to open in the state in over 120 years. FDU’s
School of Pharmacy is currently headed by a dean, Michael J. Avaltroni. The
School of Pharmacy has its own PharmD program, as well as numerous paths to
other master’s degrees, including Pharmaceutical Management, Regulatory
Sciences, Pharmaceutical Science, and Health Communication, among several
others. Silberman College of Business
The Silberman College of Business is a tri-campus college of Fairleigh
Dickinson University. It offers graduate and undergraduate degrees at the Florham
Campus, the Metropolitan campus, and offers bachelor’s degree studies in
Business Management and Information Technology at the FDU-Vancouver campus.
FDU offers AACSB-accredited graduate and undergraduate business degrees through
its Silberman College of Business. Fairleigh Dickinson’s Silberman College
of Business was ranked as one of the top 295 business schools in the country for
2014 by The Princeton Review. The College has also been recognized as an
“Excellent Business School” according to a 2011 Eduniversal survey which ranks
the top 1,000 business schools worldwide; Eduniversal is an
international university ranking consulting company that specializes in
higher education. The Silberman College of business received “three palmes”, an
indication of excellence, national strength, and international links.
Fairleigh Dickinson University’s International School of Hospitality and
Tourism Management features the US national headquarters of the
international gastronomic society Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
located at the Chaîne House on the Florham Campus.
=Graduate studies=Out of the 12,000 plus students who are
currently enrolled at Fairleigh Dickinson University, about 4,000 of
them partake in the school’s graduate program. While the majority of FDU’s
graduate students hail from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and
Pennsylvania, the University also maintains a large number of
international students in keeping with its theme of global education. Graduate
courses are held at all four of Fairleigh Dickinson’s campuses, as well
as at a satellite graduate extension center at Fort Monmouth in Eatontown,
New Jersey. There are also five graduate degrees offered completely through
online classes. Athletics
In intercollegiate athletics, the Metropolitan Campus competes in NCAA
Division I, while the Florham Campus competes in Division III, making it one
of only a few schools in the United States to field both Division I and
Division III teams. The teams at the Metropolitan Campus are known as the
Knights, while the Florham Campus teams are known as the Devils.
=Metropolitan Campus – NCAA Division I Athletically, the Fairleigh Dickinson
Knights compete in the NCAA’s Northeast Conference and Division I. Their mascot
is Nitro the Knight. Knights Division I Athletics
Both the men and women’s Knights basketball teams play in Stratis Arena
in Hackensack, NJ in the Rothman Center. A notable achievement for the Knights
men’s basketball team was in the 2005 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball
Tournament where they made the NCAA Tournament as a sixteenth seed and gave
the top seeded Illinois Fighting Illini a huge scare. Being only down 1 at the
half, the Knights played well and held their own for a while. However, in the
second half the Illini pulled away from FDU and won the game by 12.
Fairleigh Dickinson University’s women’s bowling team has made it to the Final
Four every year but one. In 2010, it captured its 2nd National Championship.
The Knights managed to upset the defending National Champion Nebraska
Cornhuskers. Fairleigh Dickinson prevailed with a 4 games to 3 victory.
The title game was held at the Brunswick Zone Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick,
NJ. They followed up in 2011 as both NEC tournament and regular season champions
repeating the latter in 2012. The women’s golf team had won 4 straight
NEC conference championships between 2008–2011.
=Florham Campus – NCAA Division III=The FDU Florham Campus sports teams are
called the Devils. They are in NCAA Division III and the Eastern College
Athletic Conference and they compete in the Middle Atlantic Conferences’ Freedom
Conference. Devils Division III Athletics
The Roberta Chiaviello Ferguson and Thomas G. Ferguson Recreation Center,
also known as Ferguson Recreation Center is the Florham Campus home to the
Devils. Constructed in 1995, the building contains a gymnasium with three
full-size basketball courts and an elevated jogging track, two individual
racquetball courts, and a weight-training room with an Olympic
weight training area. Also housed in the Ferguson Recreation Center is a
competition-sized swimming pool with eight twenty-five yard lanes, as well as
the Rutherford Room for meetings and seminars and the Athletic’s department
offices. The Florham Campus also has an
intramural program that offers sports such as basketball, flag football,
softball, volleyball, and others to non student-athletes.
PublicMind Fairleigh Dickinson University’s
PublicMind is an independent research group that conducts public opinion
polling and other research on politics, society, popular culture, consumer
behavior and economic trends. PublicMind associates undertake scientific survey
research for corporations, non-profits, and government agencies as well as for
the public interest, as well as information regarding the FDU community
as a whole. Notable faculty and alumni
=Alumni=Stephanie Adams, model and writer.
Alejandro Bedoya, professional soccer player for Nantes in France and a U.S.
International Ron Blomberg, baseball player for the
New York Yankees. Darren Young, professional wrestler
currently working for WWE. Mensun Bound, marine archaeologist.
Ron Brill, Co-Founder of Home Depot. Richard Codey, former Governor and State
Senate President of New Jersey. Nicholas Felice, served in the New
Jersey General Assembly and was mayor of Fair Lawn.
John Gottman, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of
Washington in Seattle. Seth Greenberg, Virginia Tech Hokies
head basketball coach. Sung-Mo Kang, Chancellor, University of
California Merced. Stewart Krentzman, President and CEO of
Oki Data Americas, Inc. William Leiss, President of the Royal
Society of Canada from 1999–2001 and Officer of the Order of Canada.
D. Bennett Mazur, member of the New Jersey General Assembly.
John J. Mooney, co-inventor of the three-way catalytic converter and
co-winner of National Medal of Technology.
Peggy Noonan, columnist, author and former speechwriter for Ronald Reagan.
Christine O’Donnell, 2010 Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Delaware.
Gregory Olsen, American entrepreneur and astronaut.
John Spencer, actor known for his role on The West Wing.
Mel Schrieberg co-founder of Election.com, running the only major
public sector election ever run on the Internet, the Arizona Democratic Primary
in March 2000. Stephen Spiro, Vietnam War opponent,
conscientious objector, received pardon by Gerald Ford.
Dennis Strigl, President and COO of Verizon Communications.
Guy Talarico, member of the New Jersey General Assembly.
Marta Tellado, President and CEO of Consumer Reports.
Ben Weinman, founding lead guitarist of The Dillinger Escape Plan.
Count Wiley, chiropractor and West New York, New Jersey Commissioner of Public
Works Zygi Wilf, billionaire real estate
developer and owner of the Minnesota Vikings football team.
Bill Willoughby, retired NBA professional, who earned his FDU degree
after skipping college and playing in the NBA.
Gerald H. Zecker, member of the New Jersey General Assembly.
References External links
Official website Fairleigh Dickinson Athletics website