We believe education should be a transformational experience, one enriched by the tools to love more humanely, deeply and well in the world.
Bonnies belong here. We are united by universal human values which are informed by our Franciscan tradition.
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.
St. Bonaventure is recognized for academic excellence by distinctive accrediting organizations and is consistently rated as a top university in the Northeast.
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.
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.
We are a community. Our faculty and staff dedicate themselves to making connections - among themselves, their courses and, most importantly, our students.
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.
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.