Founded in 1841, Fordham University is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition. It was established as St. Johnâ€™s College by the Right Rev. John Hughes, Coadjutor-Bishop (later Archbishop) of New York, on old Rose Hill Manor in the village of Fordham, then part of Westchester County. St. Johnâ€™s College was the first Catholic institution of higher education in the northeastern United States. The name Fordham is derived from the Anglo-Saxon words â€œfordâ€ and â€œham,â€ meaning a wading place or ford by a settlement. The Collegeâ€™s name was officially changed to Fordham University in 1907.