Admission Process for Adult Learners

"By enrolling at FDU, I'm showing my sons that when you're committed to investing the time and effort, anything is possible."
— David Hernandez

There are few fields in education that hold greater promise for America’s future than STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). In his current job as the webpage developer for Passaic County Community College’s STEM Program, David Hernandez is helping to encourage a new generation of students to excel in this vital field.

“I’m in charge of the STEM Innovation web page and I also design all the related advertising, marketing and graphics for the program,” says David.

His office overflows with vivid samples of the engaging promotional materials that he has created.

David’s academic path reflects his own interest in several STEM-related fields. He has earned not one, but two, associate degrees from Passaic County Community College: an A.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Computer Science and an A.A.S. in Information Systems with a concentration in Web Development.

Currently enrolled in Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, David is pursing concentrations in information technology and computer forensics as part of his degree studies. He hopes someday to work in cyberforensics and corporate security.

David’s family immigrated to the United States from El Salvador, Central America, when he was a teenager so his father could pursue his ministry.

“Our family always valued education as the best path to advancement,” says David. “I’ve always worked hard to do well in my studies.”

As a student at Passaic County Community College, David was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges.

“And my wife, Ninfa, is an FDU graduate. She and I want show our sons the difference that an education can make in their lives.”

David’s oldest son is now enrolled in college.

“I kid him that he has it easy,” laughs David. “But I’m glad that he’s able to be a full-time student. He’s studying to be a journalist. My other son is like me and loves classes in STEM. Ninfa and I are really proud of them both.”

“I always think about how my studies can help create more opportunities and give my family a better life,” says David. “I’m not doing this for me but for them.”

Admissions Process for Adult Learners

Adult students may enroll in classes at Fairleigh Dickinson University as:

  • degree seeking, matriculating students,
  • non-degree, non-matriculating students, or
  • auditors, noncredit students.

When to File an Application

Applications for admission are processed on a rolling basis and students may apply at any time prior to the start of classes.

Steps to Adult and Part-Time Admission

  • Submit Application
  • Submit Transcripts from all institutions attended since high school

Note: If degree-seeking, submit official transcript(s). If fewer than 24 college credits earned, also submit a High School Transcript documenting graduation or a GED with Scoresheet.

Freshman applicants, full-time or part-time, must submit an official SAT or ACT score. Students who are 25 years of age or older; or a veteran, who has graduated from high school and served in any of the armed forces of the United States military for two years or more prior to their intended term of enrollment, are not required to provide an SAT or ACT score. The University, however, reserves the right to request additional information and supporting documents and to require further assessments, including an interview or an internal assessment.

A student who wishes to enroll in credit courses without seeking admission to a degree program may apply as a non-degree student. Adult students who wish to enroll in professional development, noncredit certificate programs should call the Office of Continuing Education at (201) 692-6500.


Former students of Fairleigh Dickinson University may apply for Readmission.

Contact Information

Office of Undergraduate Adult and Part-Time Admissions

1000 River Rd., H-DH3-10
Teaneck, NJ 07666
(201) 692-2551
(201) 692-7305