Fairleigh Dickinson University
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|Fairleigh Dickinson University|
|Motto||Fortiter et Suaviter|
|Motto in English||Strongly yet gently (shortening of: suaviter in modo, fortiter in re or "gently in manner, strongly in deed")|
|Provost||Univerity Provost: Dr. Christopher A. Capuano; College at Florham: Dr. Peter J. Woolley; Metropolitan Campus: Dr. Joseph Kiernan; FDU-Vancouver: Dr. Cecil Abrahams|
|Location||Madison/Florham Park, NJ, USA; Teaneck/Hackensack NJ, USA; Vancouver, British Columbia; Oxfordshire, UK|
Fairleigh Dickinson University is a private, coeducational and nonsectarian university founded in 1942. Fairleigh Dickinson University is the first American university to own and operate an international campus and currently offers more than 100 individual degree programs to its students. The school has four campuses in New Jersey (United States), Canada and the United Kingdom.
Fairleigh Dickinson University is New Jersey's largest private institution of higher education with 12,000+ students. The university has two campuses in New Jersey: the College at Florham in Madison, which is on the former estate of Florence Vanderbilt and Hamilton Twombly, and the Metropolitan Campus, close to New York City and spanning the Hackensack River in Teaneck and Hackensack. It also has two international campuses, one in Vancouver, British Columbia, and one in Oxfordshire, England, known as Wroxton College. When it acquired Wroxton Abbey in 1965, FDU became the first American university to own and operate a campus outside the United States. In 2007, the university opened its second campus outside the United States in the downtown neighborhood of Yaletown in Vancouver, British Columbia named FDU-Vancouver.
Presidents of Fairleigh Dickinson University
|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|
*Presidents who served only as an acting or interim president.
Fairleigh Dickinson University was founded in 1942 as a junior college by Dr. Peter Sammartino and wife Sally, and was named after an early benefactor Colonel Fairleigh S. Dickinson, co-founder of Becton Dickinson. By 1948, Fairleigh Dickinson College expanded its curriculum to offer a four-year program when the GI Bill and veterans' money encouraged it to redesignate itself. In that same year, the school received accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1958, 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. Fairleigh Dickinson University is a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
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 Sir Christopher Wren. The Friends of Florham program, founded in 1990 by Emma Joy Dana, university librarian Dr. James Fraser, and a group of friends and colleagues works with the mission of advising and assisting the administration and board of trustees in the care, maintenance, and preservation of the Twombly Estate, known as "Florham".
In addition to the present campuses, Fairleigh Dickinson University operated campuses in Rutherford, NJ (where the University was founded in 1942) 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 West Indies Laboratory which opened in 1972 was damaged beyond repair during Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and was closed shortly afterwards in 1990.
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 Governor Jon Corzine.
The alma mater of the university is the following:
Praise to thee, O Alma Mater, faithfully we sing, Hear our joyful voices ringing, Fairleigh Dickinson. Campus halls, that oft recall us, memories will bring, Campus lights will ever guide us, when the day is done. Alma Mater, we will cherish each day of the years We were privileged to spend here, tho’our parting nears.
Fairleigh Dickinson University has four campuses, two in the United States, one in Canada, and one in England. FDU-Vancouver is Fairleigh Dickinson's newest campus, having opened in 2007.
College at Florham 
College at Florham is in the suburban town of Madison on the grounds of the former estate of Hamilton Twombly and Florence Vanderbilt. The College at Florham recently finished construction on the John and Joan Monninger Center for Learning and Research. It opened during the Spring 2013 semester, and houses Fairleigh Dickinson's Pharmacy program. The program will be the second of its kind in the state. Student enrollment at the College at Florham consists of 2,419 undergraduates coupled with 673 graduate students giving a total 'headcount' of students at 3,092. The full-time equivalence (FTE) for undergraduates on the campus is 2,214.9. The majority of students at the College at Florham, as shown by this data, are full-time students on campus. During the 2008–2009 academic year the College at Florham celebrated a year-long celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of that campus.
Campus History 
Fairleigh Dickinson University's College at Florham was acquired by Peter Sammartino's Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1958 from the Esso Research and Engineering Company. This purchase included 187 acres of property, including Hennessy Hall (The Mansion) and related buildings for the College at Florham which opened the fall of that year. The Mansion is a 100-room Georgian-style summer home for Hamilton McKown Twombly and his wife Florence Vanderbilt, who was the granddaughter of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, once renowned as the richest man in America. It was designed in the 1890s by Stanford White, and replicates a wing in Henry VIII's Hampton Court. Most of its interior decorations (such as staircases and fireplaces) are in Italian marble, done by Italian craftsman. Hennessy also holds the chestnut-panelled Hartman Lounge (the former billiard room) and Lenfell Hall, then a ballroom and drawing room, now used for meetings and special events. Florham's period architecture has stood the test of time. One hundred years later the Mansion, the Carriage House, the Orangerie and the Gate Lodge are alive with University activity. New buildings, added by FDU, have been carefully sited to preserve specimen trees and original vistas of the Mansion. Hennessy Hall's historic nature makes it a gem in Florham Park and Madison, and it has been host to numerous events, both related to the university,and unrelated, and countless weddings have been held in the gardens. In 2001, Ron Howard's award winning movie A Beautiful Mind was partly filmed at Fairleigh Dickinson's College at Florham inside and behind the Mansion.
Metropolitan Campus 
The University’s Metropolitan Campus, located in the New York/New Jersey corridor in Teaneck and Hackensack, features a university atmosphere with an international perspective. Undergraduates have access to the resources of a major graduate center and nearby New York City as an integral part of their learning experience.
The Metropolitan Campus has a greater focus on Business and professional majors compared to the College at Florham, although it does have a number of similar science and health care programs. In total, the Metropolitan Campus has 4,114 undergraduates and 2,350 graduate students currently enrolled at this campus, with an undergraduate full-time equivalence (FTE) of 3,744.1. The large discrepancy from the 'headcount' to the FTE is due to the fact that a large number of students who are counted individually at the Teaneck campus are only linked marginally and their FTE value is very small. Out of all the students at the campus, 21% are minority and international students, and three out of every four undergraduates commute to class from home or a nearby apartment. The undergraduate studies at the Metropolitan campus are offered through three separate colleges: University College, the Silberman College of Business, and the Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies.
Wroxton College 
FDU’s Wroxton College is a fully modernized 17th century Jacobean mansion that was once the home of Lord North, England’s prime minister during the American Revolution. The village of Wroxton is located about three miles west of Banbury, and Wroxton College's campus is quite close to Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon. Since FDU opened its British campus in 1965, Wroxton has been chosen as the overseas study site for students from more than 250 colleges and universities nationwide. The conversion of Wroxton Abbey into an FDU campus, made FDU the first American University to own and operate a campus outside of North America, lending the title "The Leader in Global Education". The students at Wroxton college residence will often spend a semester in England, while travelling across Europe in their spare time. Tea times, English pubs, and the qualified British faculty all serve to immerse the students in the English lifestyle.
FDU-Vancouver offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to earn an American degree while studying in Canada. The university’s newest campus opened in 2007 and is home to many international and culturally diverse students, creating a mixed cultural environment. Located in western Canada, near the US border, Vancouver is one of the world’s most scenic, cosmopolitan, and multicultural cities.
Student Life 
Residential Life 
Both primary Fairleigh Dickinson campuses offer a variety of forms of housing for students that elect not to commute. The Metropolitan Campus offers a much more urban setting with only a short distance between it and New York City, and about half of the students that attend this campus choose to commute. The College at Florham, on the other hand, offers a much more traditional styling in a suburban setting, and is primarily a residential campus. A number of students at the College at Florham also live off-campus, some in rented houses, and a significant portion living in the neighboring town of Morristown which is a hot-bed for night life.
College at Florham 
FDU's Madison campus has four main residences: Florence and Hamilton Twombly Halls, The Village, Rutherford Hall, and the Park Avenue Residence Hall. Florence and Hamilton are traditionally dormitories used for incoming freshman, and have standard double and triple occupancy rooms with common bathrooms within the halls. The Village is actually nine separate buildings with suite-style living arrangements. The suites themselves have common rooms, and three other rooms for double occupancy as well as a suite-shared bathroom. Rutherford Hall is a building specifically for upperclassmen. It features double occupancy dorms, and each room has its own bathroom. The building is a three hundred bed building, and each room is climate controlled. Rutherford is often more desired than the Village, so "priority points" are required to get placed in the room over other students. The Park Avenue Building contains seventy-three four person apartments, each with two dorms on either side and a common area with a fully equipped kitchen. Park Avenue dormitories can also be "wet" (alcohol is permitted) if all members of a dorm or suite are of age.
Metropolitan Campus 
The Metropolitan campus has three different main residence areas: the Linden Complex, Northpointe, and University Court. The Linden Complex is similar to the College at Florham's village; it is eight separate three-story buildings, each building accommodating from fifty to sixty-six students in six-person suites. Northpointe is a three-hundred bed, hotel style hall. Each bedroom is a double, and each dorm has a bathroom to be shared between its residents. There are also mailboxes and a common kitchen available to the residents of Northpointe. University Court is an eleven building complex consisting of small residences, each having a common living area equipped with a microwave oven and television with cable, four bathrooms and several double and triple bedrooms. Some buildings are also equipped with a shared kitchen.
Wroxton College 
Although Wroxton College is Fairleigh Dickinson's 13th century home to study abroad students, the housing is completely modernized for its residents. The main college building is Wroxton Abbey, a renovated Jacobean mansion on 56 acres that was originally constructed as an Augustinian priory. Although the buildings construction was originally as a monastery, Wroxton Abbey has housed several British monarchs and statespeople, as well as Theodore Roosevelt. It now houses the College’s classrooms and seminar rooms, the library, fully modernized student lodging facilities, and computer laboratories.
Greek Life 
Fraternities and Sororities at Fairleigh Dickinson University serve as an outlet for students to socialize, build on their résumés, and have access to opportunities only found within their unique organization. A large percent of these organizations are differentiated by gender, but some are honors societies that are distinguished by area of study, and others may be identified by their own cultural history. According to a 2012 FDU Public Mind Poll taken within the College at Florham campus, 16% of students are currently members of a fraternity or sorority. The Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) and Inter-Greek Council (IGC) are the Greek governing bodies responsible for setting standards for Greek organizations; aiding in the growth and development of each organization and Greek life as a whole; and governing, within the realm determined by the Dean of Students Office, all matters pertaining to Fraternity and Sorority life.
College at Florham
- Alpha Epsilon Phi
- Alpha Sigma Tau
- Zeta Phi Beta2
- Lambda Theta Alpha1
- Lambda Tau Omega3
- Sigma Gamma Rho2
- Omega Phi Chi3
1 Traditionally Latina Organizations
2 Member of the National Pan-Hellenic Council
3 Sorority proclaimed "Multicultural"
College at Florham
- Alpha Kappa Lambda
- Zeta Beta Tau
- Iota Phi Theta2
- Lambda Theta Phi1
- Sigma Chi
- Tau Kappa Epsilon
- Phi Sigma Kappa
- Alpha Phi Alpha2
- Zeta Beta Tau
- Lambda Theta Phi1
- Sigma Lambda Beta1
- Sigma Pi
- Phi Beta Sigma2
- Omega Psi Phi2
1Traditionally Latino Organization
2Member of the National Pan-Hellenic Council
Greek Honors Societies - Organizations with educationally-based missions
Fairleigh Dickinson’s national student body consists of a total 12,247 students, 9,199 of whom are undergraduates and the remaining 3,048 are graduate students with a full-time equivalence (FTE) of 8,165.4, making it the largest private institution in the state of New Jersey. FDU also has over 1,200 international students from over 85 countries around the world ranking it 15th nationally among their Carnegie peer group. The majority of international students attend the Metropolitan Campus and FDU Vancouver which was founded primarily to educate international students. FDU Vancouver is the first American owned and operated institution in British Columbia to receive university status.
The University is ranked 75th by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2013 Regional University rankings (North). The University has had long-standing connections with the UN, offering qualified students opportunities for internships with the UN and its associated agencies. Fairleigh Dickinson University is formally recognized by the United Nations as an NGO by the UN Department of Public Information. In 2009, the university became the first college to receive special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Since 2002 the university has hosted more than 150 United Nations ambassadors and officials as part of their U.N. Pathways Forum.
Between the three libraries and one archive located at FDU's College at Florham and Metropolitan campuses the university library system holds over 340,000 titles. The College at Florham library is part of the John and Joan Monninger Center for Learning and Research. A portion of the library is housed in the old Orangerie of the Twombly-Vanderbilt estate which was built in the 1890s by McKim, Mead, and White. The Metropolitan campus features the Giovatto Library, the Business Reference Library in Dickinson Hall, and the North Jersey Heritage Center (an archival collection of New Jersey books, documents, maps, newspapers and reference material, as well as FDU history). The New Jersey collection began in 1961 when FDU became one of the earliest participants in the New Jersey Document Program listed as 4th in precedence out of 80 depositories behind the Council of State Government, Rutgers University and the NJ State Library. The Giovatto Library holds the Columbia Pictures Archive, a collection of over 230 movies from the Columbia Pictures Studios on 16mm film. The archive was given by Columbia in the 1980s to FDU through the work of Jack Kells, FDU alum and former Columbia executive.
Fairleigh Dickinson University publishes its own quarterly literary journal called The Literary Review which was founded in 1957. The journal is published through the Fairleigh Dickinson University Press which was founded in 1967. The FDU University Press has independently published more than 1500 books since its founding. FDU Press was a founding member of Associated University Presses and continued to be until 2010 when the company ceased publishing new titles. In 2010, the FDU Press began printing titles in conjunction with Rowman & Littlefield.
*Taken via email poll to all FDU students, data from a total domain of 613
The entire university has a freshman to sophomore retention rate of 73.3%, and a six-year graduation rate of 53.5%. The average SAT score for the university is 1516 (on the 2400 point scale), and 33.0% of the student body was in the top 20% of their high school class. Both New Jersey campuses offer a wide variety of courses and programs. FDU’s yield rate (the percentage of accepted students who choose to attend the university) is 40.3%. The College at Florham campus emphasizes liberal arts and sciences, including pre-professional studies such as pre-law and pre-medicine, while The Metropolitan Campus offers both liberal arts and sciences yet places more emphasis on professional study including engineering, nursing, and criminal justice. The Metropolitan Campus, while it has residence halls, is more of a commuter campus, and has a significant international student population. Both New Jersey campuses are home to the QUEST program, in which students can study any major and combine their bachelor's degree with a master's in education.
Undergraduate Studies 
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 primarily on the Metropolitan Campus), Silberman College of Business, and Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies. The Silberman College of Business also makes up the core offering for FDU Vancouver with Bachelors and Masters degrees. The Silberman College entrepreneurial studies program has been rated as one of the best in the U.S. In 2006, The Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship was ranked the 7th undergraduate entrepreneurial school in the nation by Entrepreneur Magazine and The Princeton Review.
Becton College of Arts and Sciences 
Fairleigh Dickinson's Becton College offers just over sixty undergraduate majors to its full and part-time students. The College's mission is "to develop the intellectual, creative and career potential of our diverse, multicultural student body by offering a demanding curriculum, with an emphasis on honors programs, in a caring and supportive environment". The College is headed by its Dean, Dr. Geoffrey Weinman and the department is located on the Madison campus.
FDU School of Pharmacy 
Fairleigh Dickinson recently opened New Jersey's first School of Pharmacy associated with a private higher education institution at the College at Florham. It is only the 2nd pharmacy school in the State of New Jersey and the first to open in New Jersey in over 120 years. FDU's School of Pharmacy is currently headed by an interim dean, Dr. Michael J. Avaltroni. The School of Pharmacy has its own PharmD program, as well as numerous paths to other masters degrees, including Pharmaceutical Management, Regulatory Sciences, Pharmaceutical Science, and Health Communication, among several others. The FDU School of Pharmacy has been granted precandidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmaceutical Education.
Silberman College of Business 
The Silberman College of Business is a tri-campus college of Fairleigh Dickinson University. It offers graduate and undergraduate degrees at the College at Florham, the Metropolitan campus, and offers bachelor degree studies in Business Management and Information Technology at the FDU-Vancouver campus.
FDU offers AACSB-accredited graduate and undergraduate business degrees through its Silberman College of Business. In 2012, Fairleigh Dickinson's Silberman College of Business was ranked as one of the top 294 business schools in the country by Princeton Review. The College has also been recognized as an "Excellent Business School" according to a 2011 Eduniversal survey which ranks the top 1,000 business schools worldwide; Eduniversal is an international university ranking consulting company that specializes in higher education. The Silberman College of business received "three palmes" (a multi-colored palme is used in place of stars as a representation of Eduniversal's logo), an indication of excellence, national strength, and international links.
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.
Graduate Studies 
Out of the 12,000 plus students who are currently enrolled at Fairleigh Dickinson University, about 4,000 of them partake in the school's graduate program. While the majority of FDU's graduate students hail from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, the University also maintains a large number of international students in keeping with its theme of global education. Graduate courses are held at all four of Fairleigh Dickinson's campuses, as well as at a satellite graduate extension center at Fort Monmouth in Eatontown, New Jersey. There are also five graduate degrees offered completely through online classes.
Graduate studies currently offered at both main New Jersey campuses include:
- Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology
- Doctor of Pharmacy
- Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology
- Post-doctoral Master of Science
- Master of Administrative Science
- Master of Arts
- Master of Arts in Teaching
- Master of Business Administration
- Master of Fine Arts
- Master of Public Administration
- Master of Science
- Master of Science in Nursing
- Master of Science in Taxation
- Master of Sports Administration
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 - NCAA Division I 
Knights Division I Athletics
|Cross Country||Cross Country|
Both the men and women's Knights basketball teams play in Stratis Arena in Hackensack, NJ in the Rothman Center. A notable 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.
Fairleigh Dickinson University's women's bowling team has made it to the Final Four every year but one (2007). In 2010, it captured its 2nd National Championship (the first being in 2006). The Knights managed to upset the defending National Champion Nebraska Cornhuskers. Fairleigh Dickinson prevailed with a 4 games to 3 victory. The title game was held at the Brunswick Zone Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick, NJ. They followed up in 2011 as both NEC tournament and regular season champions repeating the latter in 2012.
The women's golf team had won 4 straight NEC conference championships between 2008–2011.
College at Florham Campus - NCAA Division III 
The FDU College at Florham sports teams are called the Devils. They are in NCAA Division III and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and they compete in the Middle Atlantic Conferences' (MAC) Freedom Conference.
Devils Division III Athletics
|Cross Country||Field Hockey|
The Roberta Chiaviello Ferguson and Thomas G. Ferguson Recreation Center, also known as Ferguson Recreation Center is the College at Florham's home to the Devils. Constructed in 1995, the building contains a gymnasium with three full-size basketball courts and an elevated jogging track, two individual racquetball courts, and a weight-training room with an Olympic weight training area. Also housed in the Ferguson Recreation Center is a competition-sized swimming pool with eight twenty-five yard lanes, as well as the Rutherford Room for meetings and seminars and the Athletic's department offices.
The College at Florham also has an intramural program that offers sports such as basketball, flag football, soccer, softball, volleyball, and others to non student-athletes.
WAMFEST, or the Words and Music Festival, is a series of readings, interviews, talks and performances among well-known and accredited poets, musicians and writers who are often presented on stage in unique combinations, not found in other performances. It gives artists an opportunity to be celebrated and appreciated for what they have done intellectually and spiritually, not just by their social and pop-culture standing. By bringing together a medly of artists, poets, and writers, WAMFEST bridges the gap between types of art and allows for a model for teaching and celebrating the arts.
Performers that have appeared so far include:
- Rick Moody
- Dave Marsh
- Jeffrey Renard Allen
- David Gates
- Bruce Springsteen
- Roseanne Cash, the eldest daughter of the late country music icon Johnny Cash
- Lynn Lurie
- Thomas E. Kennedy
- Talib Kweli
- John Wesley Harding, who is also the WAMFEST Artist in Residence and Curator
And many others who have performed, or will be participating in the upcoming years.
Wamfest is the creation of David Daniel and Fairleigh Dickinson's Creative Writing program at The College at Florham. David Daniel is the Director of the Creative Writing Program, and is also a Poet himself. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared widely and Daniel is also the long-time poetry editor of the literary magazine Ploughshares. He now serves as co-poetry editor of FDU's international quarterly The Literary Review.
David Daniel describes his mission for WAMFEST as giving students a door into the living world of the arts and teach them that poetry and writing is as much a valuable part of art as any other artistic creation. WAMFEST should also help grow the understanding of the impact and importance that art, specifically writing and poetry has on the world around our lives.
Recent Events: The Fall 2012 WAMFEST Schedule included:
- Chip Kidd on Tuesday October 23, 2012
- Donald Harrison, Daniel Wolff, and Johnathon Demme performed on the following Wednesday.
- Robert Pinsky, bassist Ben Allison, Guitarist Dave Stryker, and saxophonist Steve Slagle closed the Festival on Thursday, October 25, 2012 as Pinsky was performing with the jazz-trio for the first time.
Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind is an independent research group that conducts public opinion polling and other research on politics, society, popular culture, consumer behavior and economic trends. PublicMind associates undertake scientific survey research for corporations, non-profits, and government agencies as well as for the public interest, as well as information regarding the FDU community as a whole.
PublicMind has conducted well-publicized survey research on:
- Presidential, gubernatorial, US Senate, and state legislative races
- Televising US Supreme Court proceedings
- Homeland security, terrorism, SARS, and disaster preparedness
- Casinos and gaming regulations, including sports betting and online gambling
- Driver behavior, including texting while driving and cell phone use
- The TV reality show Jersey Shore, as well as the TV drama The Sopranos.
- Development and suburban sprawl
- Survey methodology.
- created the New Jersey Index of Consumer Performance and Index of Consumer Intentions.
Noted PublicMind research 
- In 2006 PublicMind anticipated, through the use of priming experiments, that the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in New Jersey, Tom Kean, Jr. would relinquish his early lead in the polls to Democrat Bob Menendez because of the profound unpopularity of then President George W. Bush and the U.S. war in Iraq
- In 2007–2008 PublicMind polled presidential primary races between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and concluded, contrary to many polls, that a significant portion of US voters were not ready for a woman as president
- In the 2008 general election PublicMind polled voters in Delaware and Alaska to compare their attitudes towards vice-presidential candidates Joe Biden and Sarah Palin who hailed from Delaware and Alaska. PublicMind showed that while both candidates were exceptionally popular in their own state, Alaskans saw Joe Biden as the candidate better suited to become president. FDU poll results in Alaska and Delaware mirrored sentiment in national polls suggesting that Biden was the more “experienced” candidate
- In 2009 PublicMind researchers showed that support for a third party candidate was systematically overestimated by pollsters simply by identifying the candidate as “the independent.”
- In 2010 PublicMind showed that a clear majority of American voters (61%) supported the idea of having arguments before the Supreme Court of the United States televised, agreeing that the hearings would be “good for democracy,” while just a quarter (26%) thought such a move would “undermine the authority and dignity of the court."
- In 2011 PublicMind researchers concluded that, contrary to the complaints of many New Jersey politicians, including Gov. Chris Christie, the reality TV show Jersey Shore was not hurting New Jersey’s image. Peter Woolley added in a poll release, “...the show isn’t hurting the nation’s view of the state. In fact, it may be promoting one of the state’s best features—not Snooki, but the shore itself.”
- In 2011-2012, PublicMind produced two studies showing that people who only watched the niche news cable channels Fox and MSNBC did worse than people who use other news sources, including NPR and The Daily Show, when answering questions about current national and international political and economic events.
Notable Faculty and Alumni 
Current Faculty 
- Peter Benson Twice a Fulbright Fellow, he has lived and taught in Sierra Leone, Kenya and Senegal and teaches courses in American and African literature.
- Minvera Guttman A native of the Philippines and director of FDU’s acclaimed nursing school, she recently led a delegation of faculty and students examining global health issues at a NGO U.N. conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
- Stephen Hollis Director of the theater arts program, he was an assistant director with the Royal Shakespeare Company in London and has directed at the Manhattan Theatre Club.
- Bamidele Ojo: A visiting Fulbright Scholar in Nigeria, he has taught on democracy, globalization and human rights, while researching democratic consolidation in Nigeria.
- David M. Rosen: Focused on the study of child soldiers and the relationship between law and culture, he has done research in Sierra Leone, Kenya, Israel and the United States.
- Peter Woolley An accomplished scholar of Japan, he also heads the University’s survey research group, the PublicMind™.
- Dr. Donatus St. Aimee, Permanent Representative of Saint Lucia to the United Nations.
- Alejandro Bedoya, professional soccer player for Glasgow Rangers in Scotland and a U.S. International.
- 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 (born 1927), 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.
- John J. Mooney, co-inventor of the three-way catalytic converter and co-winner of National Medal of Technology.
- 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.
- Thomas P. MacMahon, current CEO, Laboratory Corporation of America
- D. Bennett Mazur (c. 1925–1994), member of the New Jersey General Assembly.
- Peggy Noonan, columnist, author and former speechwriter for Ronald Reagan.
- Christine O'Donnell, 2010 Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Delaware.
- Gregory Olsen, American entrepreneur and astronaut.
- John Spencer, late actor known for his role on The West Wing (did not graduate).
- Samuel C. Scott, III, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Corn Products International Inc.
- Stephen Spiro (1939–2007), Vietnam War opponent, conscientious objector, received pardon by Gerald Ford.
- Dennis Strigl, President and COO of Verizon Communications.
- Guy Talarico (born 1955), member of the New Jersey General Assembly.
- Count Wiley, chiropractor and West New York, New Jersey Commissioner of Public Works
- Bill Willoughby, Retired NBA Professional, who earned his FDU degree after skipping college and playing in the NBA.
- Gerald H. Zecker (born 1942), member of the New Jersey General Assembly.
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