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Fairfield University

Fairfield University is a private, co-educational university located in Fairfield, Connecticut. It is one of the nation's 77 "best value" undergraduate institutions in America's Best Value Colleges. The Jesuit institution strives to develop the creative intellectual potential of its students and to foster in them ethical and religious values and a sense of social responsibility. Founded in 1942 by the Society of Jesus, the university is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Covering an area of 200 acres, the campus features 34 major buildings. It encompasses six schools: the College of Arts and Sciences - the oldest and largest of Fairfield's six schools; the Dolan School of Business; the School of Nursing; the School of Engineering; the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions; and the University College. At the graduate level, programs are provided with specializations in American Studies, Business, Education and Allied Professions, Engineering, Mathematics, and Nursing. Through study abroad programs, the university provides learning opportunities to students from other colleges and universities. A wide variety of weekday, evening, weekend, and online programs are offered through the University College. Online courses, summer courses for undergraduate credit, and high school programs are provided, as well. With a seating capacity of 900, the DiMenna-Nyselius Library owns a reference collection of more than 30,000 volumes, more than 300,000 circulating volumes, the Kress Collection of 10 old master paintings that date from the mid-14th through the early-18th centuries, and the university archives. Career Planning Services, Dining Services, and Health, Counseling, and Wellness Services are provided. The campus offers residence halls, townhouses, and an apartment complex that house more than 2,600 full-time undergraduate students. The Quick Center for the Arts, a 750-seat theater/concert hall, experimental theater, and art gallery are additional facilities. Through student theatre and glee club, the campus exposes students to new artistic opportunities. The athletic team of Fairfield University is a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Leslie C. Quick, Jr. Recreation Complex, the Walsh Athletic Center, and game stadium are the athletic facilities provided at the campus.