Fairfield University is located in Fairfield, Connecticut, on the Long Island Sound, about an hour from New York City by rail.
- Fairfield University was ranked 39th out of 614 Master's Universities in the United States by Washington Monthly in 2020, based on its commitment to the public good as assessed by socioeconomic mobility, research, and supporting public service.
- Fairfield University is a partner of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), with the majority of its athletic programmes being classified as NCAA Division I. Baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's crew, men's and women's cross country, and many other varsity sports are sponsored by the University.
- The University promotes environmental sustainability. It became the first university in the United States to deploy Tomra UNO reverse vending machines (RVM), an all-in-one bottle deposit recycling machine, in August 2009.
- Fairfield University scholarship programs guarantee its students a variety of financial aid options, including grants and loans, to assist students in meeting their educational costs. More than 90% of University students receive financial aid, with over 30% receiving academic awards.