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. John'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. John'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 College's name was officially changed to Fordham University in 1907.