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Fairleigh Dickinson University - Silberman College of Business

Fairleigh Dickinson University - Silberman College of Business

Fairleigh Dickinson University - Silberman College of Business


The largest private university in New Jersey, FDU is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, multicampus institution. Founded in 1942, FDU achieved four-year status in 1948 and approval as a university in 1956.

The University offers over 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including doctoral programs in pharmacy, nursing practice, clinical psychology and school psychology; and an AACSB-accredited business school. Degree programs are offered on two New Jersey campuses and at two FDU locations outside the U.S.: Wroxton College, in Oxfordshire in England, and the Vancouver Campus, in British Columbia, Canada.

FDU’s 12,000+ full- and part-time students pursue quality career-oriented programs on schedules tailored to their needs — days, evenings and weekends.

The curriculum reflects a mission of global education and a foundation of a nationally-renowned Core.


Fairleigh Dickinson University is a center of academic excellence dedicated to the preparation of world citizens through global education. The University strives to provide students with the multi-disciplinary, intercultural, and ethical understandings necessary to participate, lead, and prosper in the global marketplace of ideas, commerce, and culture.


Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Commitment Statement

Fundamental to its mission, vision, and core values, Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) is committed to creating and nurturing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus environment that fosters mutual respect and understanding among students, faculty, staff, administration, and alumni.

FDU embraces a culture of open mindedness, diversity of thought, and cultural expression. The University encourages multiple perspectives to enrich the educational experience for the University community. FDU emphasizes understanding cultural experiences and perspectives by cultivating respectful communication among members of the FDU community.

The University is focused on ensuring that students, faculty, staff, administration, and alumni thrive personally and professionally in a global environment in order to challenge and reject racial divisiveness, prejudice, systemic privilege, and oppression. To this end, FDU does not tolerate discrimination or bias based on race, religion, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, sex, ability status, age, nationality, and socioeconomic class.


Founded in 1942 by Dr. Peter Sammartino and his wife, Sylvia (Sally), Fairleigh Dickinson University has grown into the largest private university in New Jersey. Today, more than 11,500 students from 32 states and 72 countries are enrolled on the University’s two campuses in northern New Jersey and its international campuses in Wroxton, England and Vancouver, Canada. Beginning as a two-year junior college, Fairleigh Dickinson expanded to a four-year curriculum in 1948 to fill the need for higher education in northern New Jersey. In 1954, the first graduate program, a master’s degree in business administration, was offered, and Bergen Junior College was purchased as a second campus, now Metropolitan Campus. In 1956, Fairleigh Dickinson gained University status and, one year later, the 178-acre Vanderbilt-Twombly estate was acquired in Madison to serve as a third campus, now Florham Campus.

FDU became the first American university to own a campus in England when it acquired Wroxton College from Trinity College, Oxford University. Opened in 1965, Wroxton College offers American students graduate and undergraduate courses as well as an enriching cultural experience. Formerly a 13th-century abbey, Wroxton College is now a beautifully restored and modernized Jacobean mansion. In 2007, FDU commenced classes at facilities in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

FDU has maintained its commitment to broadening global horizons and fostering greater international understanding. In 2000, the Board of Trustees adopted a focused mission for FDU: to prepare students for world citizenship through global education.

Each of the University campuses has a unique character and vitality. Students benefit from studying at a comprehensive university that offers a wide range of programs and courses, but they also enjoy an atmosphere of warmth and personal attention usually found at much smaller institutions.

Today, FDU offers over 100 degree programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels. Its wide range of offerings, coupled with the depth and expertise of its faculty, has Fairleigh Dickinson University poised to serve the citizens of New Jersey and beyond.

The Pillars of FDU

The Pillar Society of Fairleigh Dickinson University was instituted in 2001 by President Michael Adams, to recognize those exceptional individuals who, over time, have made extraordinary contributions to the character and quality of the University, its community and culture.


Presentation of a $1000 check presented at the Convocation each fall. Vancouver recipients will receive their award during Vancouver’s Pre-Commencement Dinner. The recipient’s name is to be inscribed on an individual plaque — presented to recipient. An FDU pin is awarded to each recipient. In addition, Pillar recipients are invited to participate in the commencement ceremony procession for their respective campuses.


  • Individual serving at FDU in a non-faculty role for at least ten years and below the rank of Assistant Vice President, Associate Vice President or Vice President.
  • Individual demonstrates a keen understanding of FDU’s mission and history.
  • Individual promotes civility on campus.
  • Individual serves as a role model for other FDU employees and students.
  • Individual demonstrates high level of concern for students and other members of the University community.
  • Individual should be actively involved in the FDU community above and beyond his/her specific job requirements.


In the spring of each academic year, the Office of Human Resources prepares a letter to the FDU community, listing criteria for the award, calling for nominations, and establishing a published deadline.

Students and graduate assistants are not permitted to nominate.

Nominators must be employed with FDU at least three years.

Nominations must be individually submitted with a recommendation. Group petition nominations will not be accepted.

Re-nomination of prior nominees, not previously selected, but who are still eligible, is encouraged.

In the absence of a sufficient pool of nominees, the committee may access the previous pool of nominees from the past two years.

Current qualified Pillar Society members will be permitted to submit one nomination. All current Pillar recipients, upon promotion to the rank of Assistant Vice President, Associate Vice President or Vice President, will retain their position as Pillar but are removed from the nomination and election process.

Nominations will be forwarded to the Office of Human Resources and vetted for adherence to the eligibility criteria referenced above.

The Office of Human Resources will provide active Pillar Society members with a copy of all eligible nomination forms, and include a ballot form. Members will be instructed to mail ballots back to Human Resources.

The Office of Human Resources will determine the results, selecting no more than one recipient from each major New Jersey campus and the Vancouver Campus, and communicate accordingly with the Office of the President, University Operations, and Communications.

Announcements and Awarding of Pillar Awards

A letter signed by the University President, will be sent to each awardee. The names are forwarded to the Senior Vice President for Operations for inclusion in the Convocation program and scripts, and to the Vancouver Campus Executive for inclusion in the Pre-Commencement Dinner program. The names are forwarded, along with the nominations, to the Office of Communications for the development of a 100-200 word citation to be read at the New Jersey convocation or Vancouver Pre-Commencement Dinner. Copies of all nominations will be forwarded to the President’s Office to be kept on file, in a confidential manner, for two years. Citations are to be reviewed by the awardee prior to the presentation. NOTE: Senior Vice President for Operations reads citation; President conveys award. Recipients are encouraged to make a brief (50 words) statement of acceptance. The Office of Human Resources reserves the right to periodically review the procedures and make recommendations to the Office of the President.

Campus Features

One University. Four Campuses. And Online.

Campus life at Fairleigh Dickinson University is unlike any other university. FDU offers exciting and diverse experiences for students no matter what their interests may be. Students can choose from two distinct campuses in New Jersey, unique opportunities abroad and a wide range of online offerings.

Florham Campus

  • FDU has two main campuses in the United States. The Florham Campus, in Morris County, New Jersey, is a picture-perfect collegiate environment. A century-old Vanderbilt-Twombly mansion, grounds designed by Frederick Law Omsted, a strong student life program, and traditional amenities and activities make Florham the kind of place people dream about.

Metropolitan Campus

  • The Metropolitan Campus, in Teaneck, New Jersey, is by contrast a fast-paced, professionally oriented environment in a suburban setting that feeds off the energy of nearby New York City and serves a mix of residential and commuting students. Many of FDU’s business, professional, science, and healthcare programs — graduate and undergraduate — are based here.

Vancouver Campus

  • The University’s newest campus opened in 2007 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and features students and faculty from around the world. The Vancouver Campus offers students one of the few opportunities to earn an American college degree while studying in Canada.

Wroxton College

  • FDU’s British campus, Wroxton College, offers students an opportunity to study abroad in an intensive environment. Wroxton is located in the heart of rural England but is still only 70 miles from London. FDU also offers an expansive study-abroad program and partners with other institutions in the U.S. as well.

Online Programs

  • As part of its global educational mission, FDU has incorporated the online degree programs into its approach to teaching and learning. Designed to help working professionals reach their full potential, our online programs offer a convenient way to earn the credentials they need to thrive.


    Fairleigh Dickinson University is proud of the many recognitions it earns on a regular basis. Below are a few recent highlights.

    • Fairleigh Dickinson University is ranked #14 in Best Value Schools in the north by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2023. The University is also ranked by U.S. News among the best regional universities in the north (#63). In addition, the University’s undergraduate programs in business, computer science and engineering were named among the top in the nation. The University is ranked #41 in Best Colleges for Veterans among regional universities in the north and among the Top Performers for Social Mobility (#28).
    • Fairleigh Dickinson University’s graduate programs in nursing (master’s and DNP), part-time MBA, public affairs and psychology are ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report’s Grad School Rankings (2022).
    • Fairleigh Dickinson University is ranked among “America’s Best Colleges” by Forbes magazine (2022).
    • Fairleigh Dickinson University was named among “The Best Colleges For Your Money 2020″ by Money magazine. FDU was also named by Money among the Best Colleges in America (2020).
    • (AI) ranked FDU the number four Best College in New Jersey and the top small college and top liberal arts institution in the state (2022).
    • FDU is ranked #2 “Hidden Gem” in New Jersey by College Raptor (2023).
    • Madison NJ, home of the Florham Campus, was named the #3 safest college town in America by SafeWise (2021).

    "Fairleigh Dickinson is ranked #14 in Best Value Schools in the north." — U.S. News & World Report

    • Silberman College of Business is ranked among “The Best Business Schools” by Princeton Review (2022).
    • FDU’s International School of Hospitality, Sports, and Tourism Management has achieved prominent recognition citing its hospitality programs among the best nationally and globally. These include:
      • Ranked #7 for Best Hospitality and Hotel Management Schools in the world by CEOWORLD magazine (2022).
      • Ranked #5 for Best Hospitality Management degree program in the country by Best Value Schools (2021).
      • Ranked #6 on list of the nation’s top hospitality programs (2021).
      • Ranked #17 for Best Master’s in Hospitality Management in the country by Best Value Schools (2021).
      • Ranked #23 for top Bachelor’s Hospitality management programs and #30 for top Master’s Hospitality management programs in the country by College Rank (2020).
      • Ranked #26 for MS in Hospitality Management Studies by Eduniversal (2021).
    • The International School of Hospitality, Sports, and Tourism Management is a member of Hotel Schools of Distinction (HSD). HSD is an international nonprofit organization based in the United States of America that accredits very high-quality hospitality schools and programs by measuring student learning outcomes against professional standards. Students graduating from HSD schools are awarded the HSD Visual Transcript™. This provides employers with concrete information about the relevant talent and competencies these graduates bring to their employers.
    • Fairleigh Dickinson University earned several top spots in the 2021 PLEXUSS Global Rankings. Undergraduate programs in theater arts and creative writing were ranked #1 in New Jersey, while film and criminology were ranked #2 in the state. In addition, nursing was #3 in New Jersey while electrical engineering and engineering were #6 and #7 respectively (2021).
    • According to the Equality of Opportunity Project report on the role of colleges in intergenerational mobility (2017), Fairleigh Dickinson University was ranked near the top among universities in the state and nation for helping students move from lower income brackets to the middle and upper class. In fact, 24 percent of students who graduate FDU move up by two or more income quintiles. FDU ranks 80th for mobility out of 578 selective private colleges nationwide.
    • FDU’s Silberman College of Business is recognized as an “Excellent Business School” worldwide by an Eduniversal survey (2020). Eduniversal also has ranked FDU master’s degree programs among the best globally and in North America. These include, in Best Masters North American rankings: Digital Marketing (#15), Accounting (#19), MBA (#32), International Business (#38), and Executive MBA (#44) (2021). These also include, in Best Masters World rankings: Supply Chain Management (#98) (2021).
    • FDU is ranked #49 for Best Master’s in Communication in North America by Eduniversal (2021).
    • FDU is ranked #61 in Top Accounting Degree Programs by Best Value Schools (2021).
    • Master’s Programs Guide ranked FDU as one of the 10 Best Master’s Programs in Taxation (2020).
    • FDU’s Peter Sammartino School of Education is ranked #4 for Best Doctor of Education in Higher Education in the country and #24 for Best Secondary Education Program in the country by Best Value Schools (2021).

    "FDU’s International School of Hospitality, Sports, and Tourism Management is ranked seventh among the Best Hospitality and Hotel Management Schools in the world (2022)." — CEOWORLD Magazine

    • Best Value Schools ranked FDU one of the 25 Best PhD in Forensic Psychology Programs (2021). In addition, the Master’s in Forensic Psychology was ranked #8 in the nation by CollegeRank (2020). ranked FDU 19th on its list of the 30 Most Affordable Master’s in Forensic Psychology Programs (2020).
    • The Master of Health Science is ranked #8 in the Top 15 Master’s in Clinical Research Programs by Social Work Degree Guide (2021) and also is ranked #16 in the country by Best Accredited Colleges (2021).
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine ranked FDU’s Metropolitan Campus among the top 100 American universities for Hispanics earning their first master’s degrees (2016).
    • FDU’s nursing program is ranked #6 for Master of Science in Nursing – Information Systems in the country by Best Value Schools (2021). ranked FDU’s nursing program #2 in New Jersey and #72 nationwide (2021). The Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health is ranked among the top U.S. nursing schools (#68 in the Mid-Atlantic region) by Nursing Schools Almanac (2021). Also, recognized FDU as one of the top RN to BSN programs (#6) in New Jersey (2022).
    • named Fairleigh Dickinson University #21 in the 50 Best Computer Science Degrees (2020–2021).
    • FDU is ranked #12 on the GradReports list of the 25 Best Colleges for Criminology (2020).
    • FDU is ranked #2 in New Jersey for Animation and in the top 25 nationally (#24) among schools offering an animation-related BA by Animation Career Review (2022).
    • FDU is ranked #5 out of the top ten Graphic Design school programs in New Jersey (2022), College Rankings, by Animation Career Review (2022).
    • FDU is ranked #28 by CollegeRank for Best Bachelor’s in Film in the country (2021).
    • ranked FDU among the Best Online Master’s in Electrical Engineering programs at #16 in the country and among the Best in the Northeast (2021).
    • FDU was ranked the #35 Best Affordable Online Master’s in Computer Engineering program by Master’s Program Guide (2020).
    • FDU was re-designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education through 2026 by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.
    • Value Colleges, an independent online guide to the best values in undergraduate and graduate education, named FDU among Top 50 Best Pre-College Summer Programs (2021).
    • Graduates of FDU rank in the top 20 percent of earners among the nation’s colleges and universities, in a PayScale College Salary Report based on earnings after graduation, mid-career earnings and job satisfaction.

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    • Madison

      285 Madison Avenue, 07940, Madison

      • Teaneck

        1000 River Rd, Teaneck, 07666, Teaneck

        • Vancouver

          842 Cambie St, Vancouver,, BC V6B 2P6, Vancouver

          • Wroxton

            Church St, Wroxton, Banbury, OX15 6QF, Wroxton

            • New York

              New York, USA