Established 1841 (Living Alumni: 11,700)
|President||Christopher Devron, SJ|
|Principal||Joseph Petriello, PhD '98|
|Vice President for Mission & Identity||Brian Carney|
|Vice President for Engagement, Development & Communications||Jose Gonzalez|
|Assistant Principal for Faculty||Dennis Ahern '63|
|Assistant Principal for Students||Theresa Napoli|
|Dean of Students||Steven Pettus|
|Director of Campus Ministry||Michael Kravatz|
|Director of Guidance & Counseling||Maureen Martinez|
|Director of College Counseling||Maura Brennan|
|Director of Admissions||Bradley Serton '95|
|Chief Financial Officer||Michael Higgins|
|Athletic Director||Anthony Kurtin|
Motto: amor et conscia virtus (Love and Conscious courage)
|Faculty (2016-17 Academic Year)|
|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 Offered||Ancient Greek, Latin, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish|
|Co-curricular Activities||70+ programs|
|Athletic Teams||41 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)|
|Demographics||67% Caucasian, 15% Hispanic, 7% African-American, 4% Asian, 7% other|
|Geographic Breakdown||58% Westchester, 24% Bronx, 13% Manhattan, 5% Other|
|SAT Scores for Class of 2016|
1600 scale: 1187
|ACT Average Composite Score for Class of 2015||27|
|Tuition & Financial Aid for 2016-17|
|Students Receiving Need-Based Assistance||40%|
|Tuition Assistance||$4.1+ Million|
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.
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.
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.
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.