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Facts on Fordham Prep

Established 1841 (Living Alumni: 11,700)

PresidentChristopher Devron, SJ
PrincipalJoseph Petriello, PhD '98
Vice President for Mission & IdentityBrian Carney
Vice President for Engagement, Development & CommunicationsJose Gonzalez
Assistant Principal for FacultyDennis Ahern '63
Assistant Principal for StudentsTheresa Napoli
Dean of StudentsSteven Pettus
Director of Campus MinistryMichael Kravatz
Director of Guidance & CounselingMaureen Martinez
Director of College CounselingMaura Brennan
Director of AdmissionsBradley Serton '95
Chief Financial OfficerMichael Higgins
Athletic DirectorAnthony Kurtin

Motto: amor et conscia virtus (Love and Conscious courage)

Faculty (2016-17 Academic Year) 
Student-Faculty Ratio12:1
Female Faculty26
Percent Holding Master's or Doctoral Degrees 87%

School Mascot: The Ram

At an Army-Fordham game in 1893, the Fordham students came up with a cheer, “One dham, two dham, three dham – Fordham!” Because of objections by school authorities to the similarity to the mild expletive, it was changed to ram sometime in the early 1900s — "One ram, two ram, three ram, Fordham!" And so the Fordham Ram was born.

Academics & Campus Life 
Advanced Placement Courses 17 Subjects
Languages OfferedAncient Greek, Latin, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish
Co-curricular Activities70+ programs
Athletic Teams41 teams in 18 sports

School SONG: The Ram

The famous University and Prep fight song, “The Fordham Ram,” or simply "The Ram," was written by John Ignatius Coveney, a footballer, poet, debater and member of College Class of 1906.  He set his lyrics to an adaptation of an 18th-century Celtic folksong, “Robin Adair.”  Young Coveney’s 1905 composition — written in his dorm room in Dealy Hall — would prove his legacy, for he would die of a fever just a few years after graduation.

Students (2016-17 Academic Year) 
Total Enrollment1015
Demographics67% Caucasian, 15% Hispanic, 7% African-American, 4% Asian, 7% other
Geographic Breakdown58% Westchester, 24% Bronx, 13% Manhattan, 5% Other
SAT Scores for Class of 2016

1600 scale: 1187
2400 scale: 1779
Reading 598, Math 589, Writing 592

ACT Average Composite Score for Class of 201527

Tuition & Financial Aid for 2016-17 
Students Receiving Need-Based Assistance40%
Tuition Assistance$4.1+ Million
School Color: Maroon
Fordham originally claimed magenta as its official school color. Apparently, so did Harvard, Rose Hill’s archrival in those days. It was decided that the schools would settle the matter with a series of baseball games. As the stories go, Fordham won the series, and therefore the right to the color, though Harvard would refuse to honor the bet, and continued to use magenta. Too gentlemanly to press the issue, yet still wanting a color of their own, the Fordham students addressed the topic of the selection of a new color at a schoolwide meeting in 1874. Maroon was proposed by Stephen A. Wall, College Class of 1875, who described the color as "something like claret wine with the sun shining through it." His suggestion obviously struck a chord. A committee would adopt the color.

The seal

A founding division of St. John's College (as Fordham Prep and University were together first known), Fordham Prep would originally use as its standard one variation or another of the several 19th- and early-20th century versions of the Fordham University seal. After the formal adoption of the name Fordham Preparatory School in 1937, early versions of a distinct Prep seal began to appear. The current seal was created in the 1970s by Mr. Charles DaParma, a member of the school's Classical Languages Department. The images on the Prep's seal include the Eagle, representing the American character of our school; the Wolves & Pot from the family crest of St. Ignatius of Loyola, symbolizing the Prep's Jesuit tradition of spirituality and scholarship; the Alpha & Omega, symbolizing Jesus Christ and a sign of our Catholic identity; and the Stylized Rose, a reference to the Rose Hill Campus, the Prep's home since 1841.

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Fordham Prep's curriculum is designed to discover and hone individual talents and abilities. It encompass more than the acquisition of knowledge, but demands the training of the intellect; exposes students not only to their strengths, but also to those courses and areas that will challenge them; and provides faculty for extra help and consultation: every teacher, every day.

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Campus Life

In addition to rigorous academics, Fordham Prep offers a wealth of co-curricular activities as well as transformative Campus Ministry and Christian Service experiences. These opportunities, combined with strong student counseling and effective use of technology, allow students to thrive both in and outside the classroom.

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