Students Say

Uniting a liberal arts education with "Franciscan values," St. Bonaventure University is a small Catholic school that succeeds in "shaping its students into well-rounded, intelligent, and good people." Many students choose St. Bonaventure for its "nationally recognized journalism program" or for one of several prestigious "dual-admissions programs with medical, dental, physi­ cal therapy, and pharmacy schools" in the region. No matter what their major, undergrads must complete the Clare College curriculum, which provides an "overall liberal arts education" mixed with religion and philosophy.

Overview

Applicants
2,682
Acceptance Rate
70%
Average HS GPA
3.40

GPA Breakdown

30%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
19%
3.00 - 3.24
8%
2.50 - 2.99
7%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
470 - 580
SAT Math
470 - 580
SAT Writing
450 - 562.5
ACT Composite
21 - 27

Deadlines


Regular
July 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

Students Say

Uniting a liberal arts education with "Franciscan values," St. Bonaventure University is a small Catholic school that succeeds in "shaping its students into well-rounded, intelligent, and good people." Many students choose St. Bonaventure for its "nationally recognized journalism program" or for one of several prestigious "dual-admissions programs with medical, dental, physi­ cal therapy, and pharmacy schools" in the region. No matter what their major, undergrads must complete the Clare College curriculum, which provides an "overall liberal arts education" mixed with religion and philosophy. While students are encouraged to "become extraordinary" and ethics are woven into the curriculum, "religion is by no means forced on you," despite the college's Catholic heritage. Within major departments, "classes are no larger than thirty students per classroom" and "professors are always available if you need help." Talented instructors "make class both fun and informative," and most "do a good job at engaging the class and promoting discussion" between students. "The school is very focused on making successful graduates, and not just in the classroom"; therefore, the curriculum "puts a huge emphasis on real-world experience in a student's field, whether it is journalism, business, or education." Students are further benefited by the school's "amazing alumni network" in and around New York State. While engaging and worthwhile, "academics are serious, no matter your major." However, "a steady effort will get you good grades" in most Bonaventure classes, and students appreciate the fact that "the school isn't super-competitive like the Ivy League schools. Students are willing to help each other out, and there's no cutthroat competi­ tion for internships or job interviews."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
122
with Terminal Degree
123

103
Women
19
Men
15
Minority
2
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
55%
Graduate in 5 years
67%
Graduate in 6 years
68%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Finance, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Journalism

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • French Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, Other

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Theology/Theological Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Dr. Kevin O'Connor
Physician to the Vice President of the United States

Janet I. Bodnar
Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine

Edward Bastian
President of Delta Airlines

Christopher M. LaPlaca
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, ESPN

Eugene McQuade
Chief Executive Officer, Citibank

James E. Meyer
Chief Executive Officer, Sirius XM Radio Inc.

Dan Barry
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist, New York Times

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
81
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$20,524

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$18,899

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,660

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$35,627

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
80%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$21,022

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$29,510
Required Fees
$965
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,500
Transportation for Commuters
$1,000

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

St. Bonaventure students describe their classmates as "hardworking, religious, fun-loving, outgoing, involved in many activities, friendly; and accepting." "Everyone loves sports, as evidenced by the huge intramural program," and "nearly all students love to party." Demographically similar, most under­ graduates are "white and from the tristate area." However, the "student body is becoming increasingly diverse" and currently includes students "from all differ­ ent age groups and backgrounds." Despite the school's religious affiliation, "not everyone is Catholic," and politically speaking, "there are some diehard conser­ vatives, but most people are pretty open-minded." When it comes to social groups, you'll meet plenty of East Coast preppies, but also "edgy kids who work at the campus radio station and listen to underground music." With extracurricu­ lar activities catering to a wide range of interests, "it's easy to make friends and find a good fit" at St. Bonaventure. There are some cliques; however, most "people tend to branch out of their comfort zone" to make friends.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,771
Out of State
25%

International
2%
Foreign Countries Represented
26

Demographics

4.15%
Asian
5.21%
African-American
7.37%
Hispanic
70.92%
Caucasian
10.18%
Unknown
1.81%
International

50% female
50% male
25% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Outgoing and social, students enjoy a classic college lifestyle in the "Bona bubble." "November to March is Bonnies' basketball season," and attending games is a universally popular pastime. There's also an active intramural sports program, and many students "love going to the fitness center on campus" to work out or take classes. "Student involvement in the radio station is huge," and many claim, 'WSBU is the best college radio station in the country." Because the school is located in upstate New York, "it is ridiculously snowy" in the winter months and there's little to do in surrounding Olean, a "very, very small town." "People drink, snowboard, or leave for Buffalo." On campus, "nearly everyone parties every Friday and Saturday." A student elaborates, "Occasionally people will go to the movies or order in and have a quiet night in the dorm, but parties are definitely the big plans on the weekend." At the same time, "there are options for people who do not want to party and drink."In particular,"The Campus Activities Board always has something going on." By the time they graduate, most Bonas share "a lifetime bond forged over beer, basketball, and the worst weather ever."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
76%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
73
First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
62

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Support Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Nancy A. Matthews

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
WAIS-R or WAIS-III; IEP: some memory and/or perceptual test: within three years

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Same as above

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
53
Number of Honor Societies
15

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
6

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Bonnies)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Women's Sports (Bonnies)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis

Student Services

Health
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Green Rating
64

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
9

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Christina Sutphen
Associate Director of Admissions

Address
3261 West State Road
Saint Bonaventure, NY 14778

Phone
716-375-2400

Email
admissions@sbu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Reilly Center
Richter Center
Quick Arts Center
Allegany River Trail
Golf Course and Clubhouse

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Ellicottville, NY (skiing, shopping)
Rock City Park
Allegany State Park

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Saturdays-dates on our web site

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
NCAA rules apply

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
www.gobonnies.com

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Selected dates during the academic year. See website.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Airports: Buffalo/Niagara International Airport, Bradford Regional Airport Bus: Coach USA Western NY-(Olean, NY)

Driving Instructions to Campus
Please see link on our website.

Local Accommodations
Country Inn and Suites (716) 372-7500 Best Western University Inn (716) 372-1300 Hampton Inn (716) 375-1000 Microtel Inns & Suites(716) 373-5333