- Students from Ohio
receive the St. Bonaventure Buckeye Grant, a $2,500 value,
renewable each year.
- There are nearly 50 students from Ohio attending St.
Bonaventure, including students from Utica, Marion, Pickerington, and
- Senior guard Jessica Jenkins from Marion stars for the Bonnies women's basketball team, 2012 Atlantic 10 Champions! Jenkins joined the 1,000-point club for the Bonnies this year in a win over West Virginia.
- There are 320 St. Bonaventure alumni living and working in Central Ohio. Thanks to the loyalty of our alumni, our new Career and Professional Readiness Center can help you search for internships and job placement in Columbus, or anywhere else your good journey takes you.
Kevin Valis, '92, discovered St. Bonaventure with Brendan McGarry and Ryan Vero, two of his best friends from University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio. After graduating with a degree in economics and memories for a lifetime, Kevin settled in Dublin, Ohio, where he and his wife founded Healthcare Recruiting Specialists, LLC.
How did three high school friends from Ohio discover St. Bonaventure?
“I think the first thing we noticed on our visit was the close-knit,
family atmosphere. Coming from a small high school, that was one of the
things that really attracted us to St. Bonaventure. Brendan, Ryan, and I had a great four years at St. Bonaventure. During those times ('88-'92), St. Bonaventure was changing quite a bit. Not only were there opportunities to excel academically, there were also a lot of fun activities as far as outreach into the community, and the rugby team was a big part of my social life."
How did St. Bonaventure prepare you for graduate school and a career?
“I had a small, core group of economics majors I graduated with, so there was competition to excel within that group. Additionally, the small class sizes, and individual attention from professors really helped me when it came time to get my MBA.
“There is a great professor-student relationship right off the bat. People were involved with helping me figure out what I was doing, where I was going, and what my goals were. It created a clear picture for me so I could map out where I was going academically each semester, from freshman year onward. I even spent a semester in London at Ealing College, and St. Bonaventure really encouraged me to do that."
What are the advantages of coming to St. Bonaventure from Columbus?
“I think Columbus is the ideal distance to St. Bonaventure. There are a lot of small colleges in Central Ohio, but they are pretty close to Columbus. I think just going the extra distance into Western New York gets you out of your comfort zone to meet a lot of new people.
“St. Bonaventure is that perfect distance from New York City, Connecticut, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and from Ohio, so it pulls students from a large geographic area. This makes the student body very rich in its experiences and backgrounds, and that aspect is unique for such a small university. St. Bonaventure pulls from the East Coast, the South, even Canada, so you are going to meet people from everywhere."