Making a Difference in Our Communities

Devoted to preparing world citizens through global education, Fairleigh Dickinson University has a long tradition of inspiring students and transforming lives. While we provide a rich landscape of global learning opportunities, we are extensively proud of our New Jersey roots. The growth and prosperity of our institution and our host towns are inextricably linked, and FDU is committed to enhancing the health and welfare of vibrant communities.

The University injects millions of dollars into the economy of our host towns through direct spending and indirect expenditures based on the University’s operation. In Hackensack and Teaneck, our Metropolitan Campus community generates nearly $20 million in economic activity each year. In Florham Park and Madison, the College at Florham campus community has a $14.5-million annual impact on the local economy.

In this brief report, you can see the extent of our economic impact on our communities. But our impact is not limited to dollars and cents. Fairleigh Dickinson University offers our local towns great educational benefits and many community services.

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In addition, FDU directly supports many community efforts. FDU made significant voluntary contributions to the police, fire and emergency service units in Florham Park, Hackensack, Madison and Teaneck. Our acclaimed Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health has partnerships with both Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck and Hackensack University Medical Center. Academic scholarships have been created for high school graduates from each of our four host towns. Many students, faculty and staff are engaged in community-wide initiatives and volunteer on behalf of community-wide causes.

Fairleigh Dickinson University is part of the fabric of our host communities. We are pleased that our activities generate positive economic benefits for our region, and we promise to continue to provide as many educational and social benefits as possible for the towns we call home. 

“nearly $20 million each year in Hackensack and Teaneck”


“$14.5 million annual impact in Florham Park and Madison”