St. Bonaventure University

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3261 West State Road

St. Bonaventure, NY 14778

Phone: (716) 375-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Jul. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#33 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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St. Bonaventure University is a private institution that was founded in 1858. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,908, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 500 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. St. Bonaventure University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 33. Its tuition and fees are $29,589 (2013-14).

St. Bonaventure University, in southwest New York state, is a private school affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. There are about 50 majors to choose from at SBU, and all students take a core curriculum of prescribed courses through the university’s Clare College. About three quarters of students live on campus, which is about an hour and a half from both Buffalo, N.Y., and Erie, Pa.

There are no social fraternities or sororities at SBU, but students can find ways to get involved through more than 75 other clubs and organizations. Students can also join in on research projects with faculty mentors. The SBU athletic teams, the Bonnies, compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference. Notable alumni of St. Bonaventure University include Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, and Louis Iasiello, former chief of chaplains of the U.S. Navy.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

St. Bonaventure University provides a values-based education with individual attention from professors, a beautiful residential setting, and a friendly, close-knit atmosphere. Complementing St. Bonaventure's traditions are innovative degree programs, computerized career placement aids, comprehensive student life activities, and modern academic facilities.
St. Bonaventure instills in students a passion for learning and living. Our professors are committed and approachable faculty who dedicate themselves to making connections -- among themselves, their courses and, most importantly, their students. Frequently our students work alongside faculty on research projects that are often reserved only for graduate students at other institutions.

Learning extends far beyond the walls of academic halls at St. Bonaventure, and the essence of that out-of-class experience is service, making a difference in the lives of those in need just down the street or a thousand miles away. Many students take the opportunity to serve as Bona Buddies to area children or senior citizens; help with the national award-winning soup kitchen, The Warming House; or volunteer in one of many service organizations, including SIFE and BonaResponds, one of the most active collegiate disaster relief organizations in the nation. Volunteer opportunities include immersion experiences and service opportunities with the poor, both in the U.S. and abroad.

In the past few years, we have invested millions of dollars in updating and expanding our facilities, which has transformed our campus and infused our curriculum. Our new state-of-the-art William F. Walsh Science Center opened in 2008, doubling the space devoted to the sciences at SBU. St. Bonaventure students enjoy two athletic facilities: the $6.2-million Richter Center, featuring three basketball courts, indoor track, racquetball courts, a weight room, 5,000 square feet of cardio and weight equipment and a climbing wall, and the Reilly Center, housing a 5,780-seat sports arena, swimming pool, and weight room. More than 80 percent of St. Bonaventure students take part in intramurals, club sports or fitness programs annually.

Most of our students live on campus. First-year students may choose to live in one of several floors clustered by themes, featuring specialized programming for common interests. Select upper-class student leaders live in these residence halls, serving as Resident Assistants and Mentors.
St. Bonaventure is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Our School of Business has joined an elite group, achieving accreditation of its bachelor's and master's degree programs in business from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1858
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $50,562,149


When applying to St. Bonaventure University, it's important to note the application deadline is July 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 79.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 79.1%
Application deadline July 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at St. Bonaventure University is 12:1, and the school has 56 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at St. Bonaventure University include: Journalism; Marketing/Marketing Management, General; Special Education and Teaching, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 51%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Journalism 15%
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 9%
Special Education and Teaching, General 9%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 8%
Psychology, General 8%

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Student Life

St. Bonaventure University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,908, with a gender distribution of 47.9 percent male students and 52.1 percent female students. At this school, 76 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 24 percent of students live off campus. St. Bonaventure University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,329
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

St. Bonaventure University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. St. Bonaventure University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at St. Bonaventure University, 52 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at St. Bonaventure University.

Students who have cars on campus 52%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At St. Bonaventure University, 75.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $18,662.

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Tuition and fees $29,589 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,415 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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