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Fairleigh Dickinson University is a private, coeducational educational institution established in 1942. The university holds four colleges under its management and they are located in Madison/Florham Park, NJ, US; Teaneck/Hackensack, NJ, US; Vancouver, BC, Canada; Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK.

The university is currently functioning under the presidency of Sheldon Drucker. The college holds an endowment of $34.9 million. With the motto “strongly and gently” the college holds a glorious history nearly a century. The prestigious Fairleigh Dickinson University stands as a first American university to include international colleges under its management. In present days Fairleigh Dickinson University included around 1000 degrees programs in its curriculum. The university stands as the biggest educational foundation of higher education sheltering more than 12,000 students.

Dr. Peter Sammartino and wife Sally came up with an idea for establishing an institution and Fairleigh Dickinson University was established in 1942 as junior college. The college was named after Colonel Fairleigh S. Dickson. By 1948 the college expanded its working horizon and introduced four-year programs in its curriculum. The school was accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in the year 1948. The school was accepted as Fairleigh Dickinson University by the New Jersey State Board of Education in 1958. In 1958, the University received the ex- Twombly-Vanderbilt land in Madison and Florham, Currently the Fairleigh Dickinson University stands as an associate of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Various individual served as a president in course of building the glorious and successful history it holds today. Presidents under whose presidency the Fairleigh Dickinson University functioned:

Peter Sammartino (1942-1968)

J. Osborn Fuller (1968-1974)

Jerome M. Pollack (1974-1983)

Walter T. Savage (1983-1984)

Robert H. Donaldson (1984-1990)

Francis J. Mertz (1990-1999)

J. Michael Adams (1999-2012)

Sheldon Drucker (2012-present)

Campuses under the management of historical Fairleigh Dickinson University:

Florham Campus- This campus is situated in residential towns of Madison and Florham Park. New Jersey in the ex-land of Hamilton Mckown Twombly (1849-1910) and Florence Asele Vanderbilt Twombly (1854-1952)

Metropolitan Campus- This campus is situated near New York City and straddling the Hackensack River in Teaneck and Hackensack.

Wroxton College- Wroxton College holds the geographic area in Wroxton, Oxfordshire in South East England.

Fairleigh Dickinson University-Vancouver- It is situated at 842 CAmbie Streer, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Greek life in Fairleigh Dickinson University:

Sororities Florham Campus

·         Zeta Tau Alpha

·         Delta Phi Epsilon (social)

·         Theta Phi Alpha

·         Phi Sigma Sigma

·         Chi Upsilon Sigma1

Metropolitan Campus

·         Alpha Epsilon Phi

·         Alpha Sigma Tau

·         Zeta Phi Beta

·         Lambda Theta Alpha

·         Lambda Tau Omega

·         Sigma Gamma Rho

·         Omega Phi Chi


Florham Campus

·         Alpha Kappa Lambda

·         Zeta Beta Tau

·         Iota Phi Theta

·         Lambda Theta Phi

·         Sigma Chi

·         Tau Kappa Epsilon

·         Phi Sigma Kappa

Metropolitan Campus

·         Alpha Phi Alpha

·         Zeta Beta Tau

·         Lambda Theta Phi

·         Sigma Lambda Beta

·         Sigma Pi

·         Phi Beta Sigma

·         Omega Psi Phi

Greek Honors Societies 

·         Beta Beta Beta - Biology

·         Beta Gamma Sigma - Business

·         Gamma Sigma Epsilon - Chemistry

·         Eta Sigma Delta - Hospitality

·         Lambda Pi Eta - Communications

·         Sigma Tau Delta - English and Literature

·         Sigma Xi - Science and Engineering

·         Phi Zeta Kappa - Junior Honor Society

·         Phi Omega Epsilon - FDU's Senior Honor Society


Student’s distribution in the university in the fall 2012:

Undergraduate students hold 13.5% of African- American, 7.8% of Asian-American, 57% Caucasian, 21.7% of Hispanic and 58.6% female.

Graduate students hold 13.6% African-American, 7.7% of Asian-American, 67.9% Caucasian, 10.8% Hispanic and 63.1% female.

Total 13.5% African-American, 7.8% Asian-American, 59.5% Caucasian, 19.2% Hispanic and %9.7% female are sheltered by the prestigious Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Thousands of students have been the part of the university and many of them have made a recognizable place in various fields. Some of the famous alumni of the university:

·         Stephanie Adams, model and writer.

·         Alejandro Bedoya, professional soccer player for Nantes in France and a U.S. International (did not graduate)

·         Ron Blomberg, baseball player for the New York Yankees.

·         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.


Fairleigh Dickinson University has sketched an irreplaceable space among the thousands of educational institution existing all around the world. The qualitative and effective education system of the university has not only attracted the students of the United States but also the students of countries all around the world. The students all around the world have considered Fairleigh Dickinson University as an effective means to guide them towards their destiny. Fairleigh Dickinson University is the home of the students from various countries and various states of America. The determination and hard work of years have established this university among the best universities in the world. The university has defined excellence through its effort to serve effective education to its students.

It has not only attracted the students inside the United States by it qualitative, unique and effective education system but also the students around the world believe the university as a place to be who search bright future and successful career through the means of qualitative education. The well experienced and educated instructor of the university guides their students toward better future.