Registration number 20061118D
This certifies that the heraldic arms of Fordham University are registered as an original design and are described by the blazon below
Historical note from the Fordham graduate student handbook
The seal of Fordham University was designed to acknowledge the presence of the
members of the Society of Jesus, who have been associated with Fordham University since
1846; hence, the Coat of Arms of the Society in the center of the seal. The name of the
University, the date of its founding, its motto and the various schools of the University are
grouped around this central fact.
The Coat of Arms of the Society of Jesus bears the Greek letters of the lapidary form of the name of Jesus - I H S - with the cross resting on the crossed line of the H, the three nails beneath, all in gold in a field framed in maroon, the color of the University, with silver fleurde- lys on the edge of the maroon frame, in remembrance of the French Jesuits who arrived in 1846.
Immediately above the central shield rests the laurel crown enclosing the tiles of the areas of learning of the college when it was first granted university status in 1907: arts, science, philosophy, medicine, and law. Below the central shield is a blue scroll with the motto of the University, Sapientia et doctrina.