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Academics

St. Bonaventure University is a small Franciscan school of around 1,700 undergraduates. It provides "a well-rounded college experience that allows [students] to feel confident after graduation," great academic programs, and "an enormously huge heart." St. Bonaventure University is "very responsive to the need of having small class sizes to improve education outcomes" and the 11:1 student-faculty ratio guarantees personal relationships with the professors and thoughtful discussions with peers. Students "know just about everyone. You go through the same classes with the same students throughout [your] career and it makes it easier to work in groups and get help," says a student. This is a group of eager learners who have a drive to learn and succeed not only in the classroom but "beyond, in meaningful applications to current and future employment endeavors."

The faculty comes equipped with real world experience and sparks students' interest in a variety of academic disciplines, and "every single teacher goes out of their way to help students in any way they can." If students need help and show that they really want to learn the material, "[the faculty] will devote so much time to you." Professors "really work hard to make their classes better" and "really take our teacher evaluations to heart." Bonaventure's small size provides each student with "the opportunity to tutor, teach, do research and lead during their undergrad," and the school shows excellent career placement rates.

Student Body

Here in the Bona Bubble, students "look out for each other both during and after our collegiate careers." The campus culture encourages students "to be respectful with each other." "All of my peers know that the bubble we have on campus is unquestionably unique," says one. Besides holding the doors for each other all around campus ("If door holding was an Olympic sport we would win gold"), these "unfailingly kind" students "bond and form a group passionate for their small-town school." "Once a Bonnie, always a Bonnie," says a student. The familial atmosphere that students revel in here often keeps people so tightly knit "that going home for break can be difficult because you miss them so much."

Campus Life

Between the great people and gorgeous scenery, "it's not that hard to go to school in the middle of nowhere." During the week, the most popular place to be between classes is "either the dining hall or the library." The small campus means students "can roll out of bed 10 minutes before class and still make it on time," and it features "a beautiful trail to walk." Division I athletics at SBU receive a lot of accolades, and students say there's nothing better than cheering for Bona basketball in the Reilly Center. "You can always tell when game day is for the men's basketball team just by walking through campus, it gets pretty crazy." Extracurricular clubs are extremely popular, as is spending time in the Rathskeller, "an on campus bar that features two pool tables, ping-pong, multiple TVs, a dance floor with a DJ usually, [and] other games." Off campus parties are "very common" on weekends. Everyone pretty much sticks to campus or hometown Olean, but for those that do want to venture further (and have access to a car), they can always "spend the day exploring the nearby national forest, or take a trip to Buffalo or Erie."

Overview

Applicants
2,871
Acceptance Rate
66%
Average HS GPA
3.41

GPA Breakdown

29%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
21%
3.00 - 3.24
8%
2.50 - 2.99
6%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
460 - 580
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
470 - 585
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
440 - 570

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
510 - 610

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
19 - 26

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Regular — July 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
239
with Terminal Degree
126

127
Men
112
Women
15
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
53%
Graduate in 5 years
63%
Graduate in 6 years
64%

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

Notable Faculty


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
53%
Graduate in 5 years
63%
Graduate in 6 years
64%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$23,396

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$20,750

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,598

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
76%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$36,649

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$31,382

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$32,336
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

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,265
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,660
Foreign Countries Represented
15

Demographics

4.10%
Asian
5.84%
African-American
7.52%
Hispanic
68.92%
Caucasian
7.77%
Unknown
2.86%
International

49% female
51% male
28% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
95%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Village

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
Adriane L. Spencer

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
No

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
No

Scribes
No

Proctors
No

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
No

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
65
Number of Honor Societies
15

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
6

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

16% participate in intercollegiate sports

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


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
Swan Business Center
Golf Course and Clubhouse
Allegany River Trail

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


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