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FINANCE

The Department of Finance at St. Bonaventure University is recognized by the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute, which promotes ethics-based investment education in university degree programs aimed at developing serious investment professionals.

Only 43 schools in the United States have earned this prestigious recognition. It's a rigorous standard that many universities cannot achieve, requiring not only a well-rounded curriculum, but depth of study

The CFA Institute specifically emphasizes ethics in education, ensuring that finance professionals conduct themselves morally in their career. It promotes the development of competent and ethically centered investment professionals for the overall benefit of society.

The CFA recognition means that our School of Business provides a top-notch education in finance to prepare students for the best jobs in the field.

We prepare you for a rewarding career

The finance curriculum prepares students for successful entry to the increasingly complex and rewarding world of financial management.
 
Finance students at St. Bonaventure receive technical training in the three core areas:
  • corporation finance
  • investments
  • financial institutions and markets
This will be augmented by a broad-based general curriculum in the functional areas of business:
  • accounting
  • economics
  • statistics
  • management science
  • marketing
Success in the active market for finance majors requires students to be familiar not just with current business practice, but with the cutting edge tools that will define the financial marketplace in the future.

Toward this end, finance students take electives designed to further their interest and marketability in specific areas of finance such as bank management, international finance, financial statement analysis and options and futures.
 

Hands-on Experience and Meaningful Internships

Those who want a hands-on learning experience can participate in Students in Money Management, a program in which students invest a real endowment fund. Requiring equity analysis and economic analysis, this real-world forum provides invaluable experience and distinguishes students from their peers as they enter the work force.
 
Finance internships are plentiful and may be used to augment the more traditional academic training. Additionally, many students choose to fulfill a portion of their additional finance electives through independent research directed by the faculty.
 
Many students use the flexibility built into the finance program at St. Bonaventure to complete secondary concentrations in areas such as economics, accounting, international business, foreign language, computer science, and mathematics.
 
Recent graduates in the finance program have chosen positions in portfolio management, option trading, futures trading, commercial lending, insurance underwriting, treasury management, brokerage and not for profit financial management. Students seeking the substantial payoff to graduate study in finance find the rigorous curriculum at St. Bonaventure well-suited as a means of preparation.

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Top Performers
St. Bonaventure Finance majors have scored in the top 5 percent on the Finance portion of the Major Field Exam each of the past seven years.

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U.S. News & World Report ranks St. Bonaventure as fifth-best value in North

Sep 11, 2013 | St. Bonaventure University has been ranked No. 5 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 list of best college values in the North.

The ranking is St. Bonaventure’s highest ever on U.S. News’ “Great Schools at Great Prices” list.

The magazine determined the value ranking using three figures: ratio of academic quality to price, need-based aid and average discount. At St. Bonaventure, 75.6 percent of students receive some form of need-based grant. The average annual cost of attendance after receiving grants based on need is $22,224.

“At a time when colleges are coming under a lot of scrutiny nationally, it’s reassuring to know that we’re still considered such a great value,” said Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., university president. “People often become fixated on the literal bottom line without considering how generous our scholarship and aid packages are.”

Prospective students can calculate their scholarship eligibility at www.sbu.edu/finaid.

“I think the fact that 95 percent of our students are either employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation speaks volumes about our value,” Sr. Margaret said.

St. Bonaventure also ranked No. 33 out of 182 institutions on the magazine’s Best Regional Universities in the North list, which includes colleges that also offer a full range of master’s degree programs.

Ann Lehman, St. Bonaventure’s director of institutional research, said the rankings this year include an important addition.

“They’ve added to the regional rankings the predicted graduation rate, which is based upon the incoming qualifications of our students, basically SAT/ACT scores and class rank,” Lehman said. “The rankings show our students perform better than predicted. This is a data-based confirmation of our brand promise — that our students are becoming extraordinary.”

The magazine’s annual rankings of “America’s Best Colleges” were released this morning. Complete rankings of nearly 1,600 schools nationwide are available at www.usnews.com/colleges. They will also be published in this month’s issue of U.S. News & World Report, on newsstands starting today.

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About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them. We are establishing pathways to internships, graduate schools and careers in the context of our renowned liberal arts tradition. Our students are becoming extraordinary.