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St. Bonaventure University

  • St. Bonaventure, NY
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Small
    setting
  • 51%49%
    student ratio
  • 1,826
    total students
  • $28,624 | $28,624
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • July 1
    fall application deadline
  • 79%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 539
    sat math
  • 528
    sat reading
  • 515
    sat writing
  • 24
    act composite

Overview

A Franciscan Tradition of Serious Scholarship

St. Bonaventure University, a Catholic institution founded in 1858, is dedicated to educational excellence rooted in the Franciscan tradition, believing that man is given an intellect to understand humanity and a heart to serve it.

St. Bonaventure treats students as individuals and believes their innate gifts are cultivated through mentorship and common cause. SBU's faculty of diverse lay educators includes a number of Franciscan friars living on site to provide valuable and ongoing mentorship, counseling, and academic support.

In accord with its Franciscan heritage, which emphasizes the importance of each person's unique gifts and contributions to the community, the university encourages students to demonstrate their common values through lives of study and service and welcomes students irrespective of religion, creed, color, race, or socioeconomic status.

Small Classes Taught by Scholar-Mentors

With nearly all freshman students and most other undergraduates living on the campus, St. Bonaventure is a close-knit educational community. Small classes are taught by faculty members drawn from diverse lay backgrounds, as well as by the resident Franciscan friars. More than 80 percent of SBU's teachers have a Ph.D. degree or its equivalent.

Instructors take the role of scholar-mentor seriously, making St. Bonaventure a "special place of learning," a place that will not merely educate, but enlighten and empower students to lives of both personal fulfillment and service to others.

Wide Range of Programs and Majors

There are more than 45 undergraduate majors and programs in St. Bonaventure's Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and Journalism/Mass Communication. These programs include pre-health dual admissions.

All undergraduates at St. Bonaventure take core liberal arts courses of history, literature, classics, art, philosophy, and the fundamental sciences. The university offers a wide range of undergraduate majors, with journalism, business, psychology, elementary education, history and English being the most popular choices.

The Bachelor of Arts is available in art, art history, classical languages, English, history, interdisciplinary studies, international studies, journalism and mass communication, modern languages (French and Spanish), music, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, strategic communication and digital media, theater, theology, and women's studies.

Students can also pursue a Bachelor of Science with majors in biochemistry, bioinformatics, biology, chemistry, childhood studies, computer science, early childhood education, economics, elementary/special education (dual certification), environmental science, interdisciplinary studies, mathematics, physical education, physics, psychology, and sport studies.

For those on a business path, the Bachelor of Business Administration is offered with majors in accounting, finance, management, and marketing.

Dual-Admission, Dual-Degree Programs for Healthcare Degrees

St. Bonaventure offers dual-admission, dual-degree programs for first-time SBU freshmen who want to pursue careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and physical therapy. These programs are offered by SBU in concert with George Washington University School of Medicine, SUNY-Upstate College of Medicine, University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, and Daemen College. Early assurance programs for sophomores are in place with SUNY-Upstate and GW.

The benefit of SBU's dual-admissions, dual-degree program is that it enables high school students to apply one time, to St. Bonaventure, and be assured of acceptance at the second institution after completing their bachelor's degree at SBU. Students completing the program receive their bachelor's degree from St. Bonaventure, and then move on to one of the partner schools to receive their advanced degree.

Career Counseling and Clinical Experience Programs for Pre-Health Students

For pre-health students desiring more traditional routes into the medical field, St. Bonaventure provides first-rate academic preparation for professional school entrance exams. SBU has special pre-health advisers and comprehensive career counseling. Pre-health students pursuing this traditional academic path can partake of the same clinical experience programs and targeted service activities that are available to SBU dual admission students.

Honors Program with Seminars, Research Opportunities, and Social Events

St. Bonaventure invites only the most qualified students into the University Honors Program. Students must have a combined SAT score of 1200, a high school average of 90 or above, and a minimum 3.25 GPA at SBU. To remain active in the Honors Program, students must take at least one honors class each year.

Scholastic benefits of the Honors Program include intimate seminar-style classes, one-on-one interaction with faculty mentors and peers, and unique research offerings. Museum visits, concerts, plays, and other special events held specifically for students in the Honors Program help promote camaraderie and fellowship.

Where is St. Bonaventure?

SBU is located in the southwest corner of New York state. The campus -- 500 acres with 31 academic and support buildings and residence halls -- is approximately 90 minutes south of Buffalo, N.Y., and east of Erie, Pa.

The small-town nature of SBU and its locale is balanced by the "big city" resources and opportunities in both Buffalo and Erie, where students can find any recreational, cultural, or entertainment offerings not available on campus. Buffalo in particular has a longtime relationship with SBU, and many students come from that area.

Big-time Athletics in the Atlantic 10 Conference

SBU's sports teams, the Bonnies, play NCAA Division I sports in the Atlantic 10 Conference. St. Bonaventure's basketball teams play their home games on Bob Lanier Court in the 5,480-seat Reilly Center Arena, and the raucous SBU crowd prompted ESPN to call the Reilly Center one of the "Worst Places to Play" in the country for opposing teams.

St. Bonaventure offers 14 varsity athletic programs. The men's basketball team made the NCAA Final Four in 1970, won an NIT Championship in 1977, and just last year won the Atlantic 10 title to earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament. The women's basketball team, fresh off 3 trips to the WNIT, had the best season in school history in 2011-12, going 31-4 and reaching the NCAA Sweet 16. The school's other athletic programs include men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, women's lacrosse, softball, baseball, men's golf, men's and women's soccer, and men's and women's cross country.

Financial Aid Resources Far Outpace National Averages

More than 90 percent of SBU students receive some sort of financial aid, as opposed to the estimated 65-70 percent nationally. SBU students receive some $20 million in annual scholarships and grants, with $1.1 million coming from endowed and annual scholarships.


Location & Contact

3261 West State Road
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778-2284
USA

Monica Emery

Director of Recruitment

Phone: 716-375-2400
Fax: 716-375-4005
Email: memery@sbu.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • Women's Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Bioinformatics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biophysics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Information Systems and Services Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Special Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Family and consumer sciences
    • Child Development
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Modern Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Gerontology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International/Global Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Sport And Fitness Administration/Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sports Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Theology and religious vocations
    • Theology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music History, Literature, and Theory
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

79% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied2,754
    • Accepted2,203
    • Acceptance Rate79%
    • Enrolled1,826
    • Female Applicants1,451
    • Females Accepted1,137
    • Female Acceptance Rate78%
    • Male Applicants1,303
    • Males Accepted1,066
    • Male Acceptance Rate81%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some Essay or personal statement
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.30
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen July 1st October 15th --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer August 15th October 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 528 460 580
    • SAT Math 539 470 600
    • SAT Writing 515 450 570
    • ACT Composite 24 21 27
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees


Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$27,762
    • Out-of-state tuition *$27,762
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$965.00
    • Room and board *$10,104.00
    • Room only *$5,294.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planYes
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,826
    • Male Student Percentage49%
    • Female Student Percentage51%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino6.41%
    • Black or African American4.93%
    • White or Caucasian66.27%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.38%
    • Asian3.78%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.27%
    • Two or more races1.15%
    • Unknown12.71%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout2.01% representing 31 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students23% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 75%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Student Government Association, Bona Responds, BV newspaper, Students for the Mountain, Student Ambassadors
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 1 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse No Division C No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugy No Division C No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming No Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Field hockey No Division C No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf Yes No No
    • Ice hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse No Division 1 Yes
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugy No Division C No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Swimming No Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty240
    • Full-time Percentage65%
    • Part-time Percentage35%
    • Female Percentage43%
    • Male Percentage57%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio11:1 or 1,795 students to 159 faculty


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