We believe education should be a transformational experience, one enriched by the tools to love more humanely, deeply and well in the world.

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Our Mission

St. Bonaventure is a Catholic university dedicated to educational excellence as informed by our Franciscan and liberal arts traditions. In the words of our patron, we believe that there should be “no knowledge without love,” and thus seek to transform the lives of our students, inspiring in them a lifelong commitment to service and citizenship.

St. Bonaventure embraces students, faculty and staff of all faiths and cultures and strives to bring out the best in every individual through meaningful relationships. As an academic and spiritual community, we endeavor to prepare our students for the challenges they will face in their professional careers and personal lives.

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University Information

As an academic and spiritual community, we endeavor to prepare our students for the challenges they will face in their professional careers and personal lives.

University Information
Accreditations & Rankings

St. Bonaventure is recognized for academic excellence by distinctive accrediting organizations and is consistently rated as a top university in the Northeast.

Accreditations & Rankings
Directories & Administration

We are a community. Our faculty and staff dedicate themselves to making connections - among themselves, their courses and, most importantly, our students.

Directories & Administration
Career Opportunities

Exciting career opportunities are available at St. Bonaventure. Contact our Human Resources staff today.

Career Opportunities

Founded in 1858 to promote Catholic-Franciscan education, we continue to pursue academic excellence through personalized attention that reflects the Franciscan tradition of valuing human relationships.

Community Programs

We are an integral part of the Olean and Allegany communities and we take great pride in sharing our facilities and expertise with our neighbors.

Community Programs
Map & Directions

The St. Bonaventure University campus is spread over 500 acres in a valley surrounded by the Allegheny foothills of southwestern New York state, a region known as the Southern Tier.

Maps & Directions
University Strategic Plan

SBU’s five-year strategic plan (2021-2026) boldly commits to our Franciscan mission and heritage, continued innovation and a new culture of strategic thinking.

Strategic Plan
News & Events
Area students show off their math skills in Challenge-24 Mathematics Contest Mar 23, 2023 | Forty-nine students from six area schools squared off in the 2023 Challenge-24 Mathematics Contest held Saturday, March 18, at St. Bonaventure University.
Detroit poet John Rybicki to read from his work at St. Bonaventure, Olean library Mar 21, 2023 | St. Bonaventure University will host poet John Rybicki of Detroit for a reading on Thursday, March 30, at 5:30 p.m. in the Athletics Hall of Fame Room in the Reilly Center.
Strategic communication major Grace Foley honored as School of Communication’s Woman of Promise Mar 16, 2023 | St. Bonaventure University senior strategic communication major Grace Foley was recognized Tuesday, March 14, as the Jandoli School of Communication’s 2023Woman of Promise.
Oh presents VPD research at academy's national summit Mar 16, 2023 | Dr. Daekyun Oh, assistant professor of physical education, presented research at the National Academy for Health and Physical Literacy (NAHPL) National Summit, held March 6-9 in Newport, Rhode Island.
Paper by Zhu is published in peer-reviewed academic journal Mar 16, 2023 | Dr. Jinjing Zhu, assistant professor of management, co-authored a paper titled "Dynamic Value Sharing Based on Employee Contribution as a Competitiveness-enhancing Device" that was published by Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, a peer-reviewed academic journal.
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