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Fairleigh Dickinson University
Motto Fortiter et Suaviter
Established 1942
Type Private
Endowment $20 million [1]
President Dr. J. Michael Adams
Location Madison/Florham Park & Teaneck/Hackensack, New Jersey, United States
Colors Burgundy     & Blue    [2]
Website FDU.edu

Fairleigh Dickinson University is an American university with several campuses located in New Jersey, Canada, and the United Kingdom.



The institution has two main campuses located in New Jersey: (1) the College at Florham in Madison and Florham Park which is centered on the former estate of Florence Vanderbilt and Hamilton Twombly, and (2) the Metropolitan Campus located close to New York City and spanning the Hackensack River in Teaneck and Hackensack. It also owns two international campuses, one in Vancouver, British Columbia, and another in Wroxton, England, known as Wroxton College. In 1965, Fairleigh Dickinson University acquired the Wroxton Abbey, now home to Wroxton College, from Trinity College, Oxford University becoming the first American university to own and operate its own campus in England, and the first to own and operate a campus outside the United States.[3][4] In 2007, the university began offering degree programs at a new campus in the downtown neighborhood of Vancouver, British Columbia named FDU-Vancouver.[5]


Fairleigh Dickinson University was founded by Dr. Peter Sammartino and his wife, Sylvia, in 1942 in Rutherford, New Jersey as a two-year college. It was named for its benefactor, Colonel Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Sr. (1858–1942), a co-founder of Becton Dickinson.[6] By 1948, Fairleigh Dickinson College expanded its curriculum to offer a four-year program. In that same year, the school received accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1956, the same year the University acquired the former Twombly-Vanderbilt estate in Madison, the institution was recognized as Fairleigh Dickinson University by the New Jersey State Board of Education.

Landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of Central Park, was also commissioned to design the landscape for the Twombly-Vanderbilt estate (now the College at Florham campus). 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 Christopher Wren.[7]

In addition to the present campuses, Fairleigh Dickinson University operated campuses in Rutherford (where the University was founded) 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 St. Croix Marine Biology Lab was damaged beyond repair during Hurricane Hugo and was closed shortly afterwards.

In 1959, The skeletal structure of the largest North American Velociraptor was found during construction of the library at the Florham campus. Dr. Allen Grant and a team of 15 archeologists worked to remove the skeletal structure for 9 years thus delaying the completion of the library until 1968.

In 2001, Ron Howard's award winning movie A Beautiful Mind was partly filmed at Fairleigh Dickinson's College at Florham.[8]

During the 2008-2009 academic year the College at Florham celebrated a year-long celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of that campus.[9]


While both New Jersey campuses have a variety of courses and programs, the College at Florham emphasizes traditional liberal arts offerings, while the Metropolitan Campus is gradually placing more and more emphasis on professionally oriented study. The Metropolitan Campus, while it has residence halls, is largely a commuter campus. Fairleigh Dickinson is home to the QUEST program, where students can study any major and combine their bachelor's degree with a master's in education. FDU also offers AACSB-accredited graduate business courses through its Silberman College of Business. In 2007, Fairleigh Dickinson's Silberman College of Business was Ranked as one of the top 282 Business Schools in the country by Princeton Review.[10] The University is ranked 62th by US News and World Report Best Colleges 2010 rankings in the Northeast for Tier 1 Universities-Masters.[11] The University has had long-standing connections with the United Nations, offering qualified students opportunities for internships with the UN and its associated agencies.[12] Fairleigh Dickinson University is formally recognized by the United Nations as an NGO by the UN Department of Public Information.[13]

Fairleigh Dickinson consists of four academic colleges: Becton College of Arts and Sciences (based at the College at Florham), University College of Arts, Sciences and Professional Studies (based on the Metropolitan Campus), Silberman College of Business, and Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies. The latter two colleges provide academic offerings at both New Jersey campuses. The Silberman College entrepreneurial studies program has been rated as one of the best in the U.S.[14]

In total, there are about 8,000 undergraduate (2,600-College at Florham, 5,400-Metropolitan Campus) and 3,500 graduate (1,000-College at Florham, 2,500-Metropolitan Campus) students of which many are international students from over 80 countries[15]; the majority of international students attend the Metropolitan Campus.

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 College at Florham campus.[16]


Fairleigh Dickinson Knights logo

In intercollegiate athletics, the Metropolitan Campus competes in NCAA Division I, while the College at Florham 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

See also: List of college athletic programs in New Jersey, USA #Division I

Athletically, the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights compete in the NCAA's Northeast Conference and Division I. Their mascot is Nitro (sometimes spelled Knightro) the Knight. A recent 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.

College at Florham campus

See also: List of college athletic programs in New Jersey, USA #Division III

The FDU-Florham sports teams are called the Devils. They participate in the Middle Atlantic Conferences' Freedom Conference and NCAA Division III.

The men's golf team has won 4 straight MAC conference championships (2005-2009).


Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind is a research center that conducts public opinion polling and other research on politics, society, popular culture, consumer behavior and economic trends. The group undertakes research for corporations, non-profits, and government agencies as well as for the public interest.

PublicMind has conducted well-publicized survey research on:

  • Presidential, gubernatorial, US Senate, and state legislative races,
  • Homeland security, terrorism, SARS, and disaster preparedness,
  • Attitudes toward casinos and gaming regulations
  • Driver behavior, including texting and cell phone use
  • Environmental attitudes,
  • Development and suburban sprawl


  • created the New Jersey Index of Consumer Performance and Index of Consumer Intentions.
  • also hosts workshops for public officials on survey design, methodology, and analysis.

Notable alumni

William Kole-Former NJ State Assembly Candidate


  1. ^ http://www.nacubo.org/Documents/research/2009_NCSE_Public_Tables_Endowment_Market_Values.pdf
  2. ^ "FDU Athletics Mission Statement". Fairleigh Dickinson University. June 27, 2006. http://www.fduknights.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=11000&KEY=&ATCLID=312011. Retrieved June 9, 2007. 
  3. ^ "History". Fairleigh Dickinson University. http://view.fdu.edu/default.aspx?id=194. Retrieved 2007-02-28. 
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  5. ^ About FDU-Vancouver, Fairleigh Dickinson University. Accessed August 6, 2007.
  6. ^ Strauss, Robert (March 28, 2004). "Sometimes the Grave Is a Fine and Public Place". New York Times. p. 6. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940DEFD71230F93BA15750C0A9629C8B63. Retrieved 2007-08-21. "Consider the eclectic group at rest in Hillside Cemetery in Lyndhurst: the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet William Carlos Williams and both founders of the former industrial giant Becton-Dickinson, Maxwell Becton and Fairleigh Dickinson, for whom the New Jersey university is named." 
  7. ^ "About the College at Florham Campus". Fairleigh Dickinson University. http://view.fdu.edu/default.aspx?id=696. 
  8. ^ "Film & Animation BA". Fairleigh Dickinson University. http://view.fdu.edu/?id=1440. Retrieved 2007-08-26. 
  9. ^ On Wednesday, October 21 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama visited the Fairleigh Dickinson Metropoliton Campus in Teaneck, New Jersey. The president was on hand to rally a campaign for New Jersey Governer Jon Corzine.
  10. ^ "FDU Ranked top 282 Business School" (PDF). FDU Website. 2006. http://view.fdu.edu/files/fdufyi.pdf. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
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  12. ^ "United Nations Pathways". Fairleigh Dickinson University. http://view.fdu.edu/default.aspx?id=4305. Retrieved 2007-02-28. 
  13. ^ "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". http://www.un.org/dpi/ngosection/dpingo-directory.asp?RegID=--&CnID=all&AcID=0&kw=fairleigh%20dickinson&NGOID=2669. 
  14. ^ "FDU named one of top entrepreneurial schools". FDU Magazine. 2001. http://www.fdu.edu/newspubs/magazine/01su/rothman.html. Retrieved 2007-04-17. 
  15. ^ "International Students". Fairleigh Dickinson University. http://view.fdu.edu/default.aspx?id=280. Retrieved 2007-02-28. 
  16. ^ "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". http://www.chaine-des-rotisseurs.net/en/bailliages.php#bailliage42. 
  17. ^ "Goddessey biography". http://www.goddessy.com/PressInformation/AboutTheAuthor.htm. Retrieved 2008-04-24. 
  18. ^ Brenda Blackmon profile, WWOR-TV, accessed May 7, 2007. "Blackmon holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and honorary doctorates from FDU and Caldwell College."
  19. ^ Mr Mensus Bound, St. Peter's College, Oxford. Accessed June 9, 2007.
  20. ^ Ron M. Brill profile, accessed May 7, 2007. "Mr. Brill is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and recently retired as the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of The Home Depot Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia."
  21. ^ Richard Codey profile, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed May 7, 2007.
  22. ^ Robert E. Dunn
  23. ^ John Gottman, Ph.D. profile, Redbook, accessed May 7, 2007. "He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1962 with a B.S. in Mathematics-Physics, obtained his M.S. in Mathematics-Psychology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1964."
  24. ^ Gergen, Joe. "Va. Tech coach experiences sense of family", Newsday, April 18, 2007. Accessed May 7, 2007. "Greenberg, a graduate of Plain.view JFK High School and Fairleigh Dickinson University, was drawn into the situation almost as soon as he walked into his office Monday morning."
  25. ^ "John Mooney, co-inventor of the Catalytic Converter, to Receive Distinguished Alumni Achievement Medal from New Jersey Institute of Technology", New Jersey Institute of Technology press release. Accessed April 24, 2008.
  26. ^ [1], UC Merced, accessed June 8, 2009"He earned his bachelor of science degree, graduating summa cum laude, from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J."
  27. ^ Stewart Krentzman: President and Chief Executive Officer, Oki Data Americas, Inc. Accessed June 24, 2007. "Mr. Krentzman graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, New Jersey with a BA in Psychology and earned his MA in Human Resources from the New School for Social Research in New York City. "
  28. ^ William Leiss. Accessed July 28, 2009. ". He graduated from FDU in 1956 with a B.A. summa cum laude (major in history and minor in accounting). He then completed a M.A. in the History of Ideas Program at Brandeis University (1963) and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of California, San Diego (1969) where he studied with Herbert Marcuse. "
  29. ^ "Forbes Executive Pay 2001". Forbes.com. 2001. http://www.forbes.com/finance/lists/12/2001/LIR.jhtml?passListId=12&passYear=2001&passListType=Person&uniqueId=97TQ&datatype=Person. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  30. ^ Peggy Noonan profile, Wall Street Journal. Accessed May 7, 2007. "She holds honorary doctorates from her alma mater, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and from St. John Fisher College, Adelphi University, Saint Francis College and Miami University. Ms. Noonan lives in New York."
  31. ^ Carroll, Kathleen. "FDU renames engineering school after $5M gift", The Record (Bergen County), May 4, 2006. Accessed June 9, 2007. "About 200 people gathered at Fairleigh Dickinson University on Wednesday to celebrate the university's largest-ever gift and the renaming of one of its schools. Alumnus and trustee Gregory Olsen, the world's third civilian astronaut and the founder of two fiber-optics companies, was greeted with a standing ovation..."
  32. ^ Lee, Jennifer. " Obituary: John Spencer, 'West Wing' actor", International Herald Tribune, December 19, 2005. Accessed June 9, 2007. "After high school, he attended Fairleigh Dickinson University but left without graduating."
  33. ^ Samuel C. Scott, Executive Profile and Biography, accessed March 7, 2008."Mr. Scott graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelors degree in Engineering in 1966 and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1973."
  34. ^ O'Neill, Patrick. "Catholic pacifist pro-life activist dies", National Catholic Reporter, November 9, 2007. Accessed September 17, 2008.
  35. ^ Dennis F. Strigl: President and Chief Operating Officer, Verizon Communications. Accessed June 9, 2007. "Strigl holds a degree in business administration from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Rutherford, N.J., which named him to its Pinnacle Society for distinguished alumni."
  36. ^ "PRO BASKETBALL; At Age 44, Willoughby Earns College Degree", The New York Times abstract, May 24, 2001. Accessed May 7, 2007. "ABSTRACT - Bill Willoughby, one of first players to skip college entirely for career in NBA, earns degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey..."

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