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Fordham's Dodransbicentennial - 175 years of Fordham: Fordham in the City celebrates 100 Years

On June 24, 2016 Fordham University celebrates the 175th anniversary of its founding.

On Exhibit on 2nd and 3rd floors, Quinn Library. Fordham LC

In 1916 Fordham opened its Manhattan college. After years of moving uptown, downtown and all around the town, the Manhattan division of Fordham University  now has a permanent home at Fordham Lincoln Center.

LINCOLN CENTER                                                           302 BROADWAY                                                     WOOLWORTH

School of Social Service

Fordham University inaugurated the School of Sociology and Social Service on November 6, 1916.  Located on the 8th floor of the Woolworth Building, the first dean was Father Terence Shealy S.J.  The school offered a two-year academic program covering all aspects of social service that included both classroom lectures and supervised field work.   Tuition was $10 a course for part time students or $100 per year for full time.

In 1942 Father Gannon was able to give the School of Social Service a home of its own when he purchased a five-story building at 134-136 East 39 Street between Lexington and Third Avenues for $40,000 in the upscale Murray Hill section of Manhattan.  It not only gave the school considerably more space than in the two rented floors in the Woolworth Building, but the relocation also saved $5,000 per annum in rent. 

By the mid-1960s the School of Social Service had outgrown its Home-of-its-Own on East 39th Street and began to regret its physical separation from the rest of the university.  In the meantime, groundbreaking had commenced for a new Fordham campus at Lincoln Center. GSS moved into Lowenstein in time for the 1968-1969 term.

In 1976 the program expanded to the Westchester campus at Marymount College in Tarrytown NY. In 2008, following the closing of Marymount College, Fordham opened a new campus in West Harrison, NY. This three story, 62,500 square foot building would become the new home for the Westchester division of the Graduate School of Social Service.



Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

The Fordham University Graduate School was born in the Woolworth Building in lower Manhattan in 1916.  In 1918 the faculty consisted of 23, all but 3 being Jesuit priests; there were 41 students. Degrees were given in Classics, Romance Languages, English, Mathematics, Philosophy and Education, History and the Social Sciences. The year 1919 saw the addition of a Science Department, comprising chemistry, bacteriology, physiology and biology, with classes and laboratories on this Rose Hill campus. During the twenties Fordham became one of the largest Ph.D. granting institutions in the country. In 1935, to signalize the complete separation of the Graduate School from Fordham Teacher’s College, a distinct Graduate School catalog appeared for the first time.



 In 1936, Robert I. Gannon, the dynamic new President of Fordham, moved the Graduate School from the imposing heights of the Woolworth Building to the newly completed and equally imposing Tudor Gothic towers of Keating Hall on the Rose Hill campus.


Graduate School of Education

The School of Education began in 1916 under the name Teachers’ College on the seventh floor of the Woolworth Building and offered only a BA degree. In 1919 the School of Graduate Arts offered an advanced teaching degree through a separate Department of Education. A reorganization occurred in 1938 when the Department of Education was moved out of the Graduate School and became The School of Education. Teachers’ College became the undergraduate division.

In 1967, after the move to Lincoln Center, the school became exclusively the Graduate School of Education.  The program is also offered at Fordham Westchester campus.


Brick from 302 Broadway

Brick from 302 Broadway
Donated by
Dr. Frank Donnangelo,

UGE '66, GSE '67, PAR '92