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
St. Bonaventure hosting dinner to help sustain Warming House for years to come ​ Jul 18, 2024 | For 50 years, St. Bonaventure University’s student-run Warming House has been addressing the food insecurity crisis in the Olean area. In recognition of the golden anniversary of the Olean soup kitchen, the university is striving to ensure the Warming House is around for at least another 50 years.
SBU students to develop marketing campaign for Franciscan convent during study abroad experience Jul 10, 2024 | As 15 St. Bonaventure University students immerse themselves in Italian culture through a five-week study abroad session in Sorrento, Italy, this month, they’ll also have the opportunity to explore and promote the Franciscan roots of a convent there.
Master’s nursing students at St. Bonaventure get invaluable experience at Trauma I center Jul 9, 2024 | Students in the Master’s Entry to Practice (MEP) nursing program at St. Bonaventure University had an experience this summer they won’t soon forget.
St. Bonaventure 2024 Physician Assistant graduates go 33 for 33 on national exam Jul 8, 2024 | Every 2024 graduate of St. Bonaventure University’s Physician Assistant Studies program has passed the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). The national pass rate for first-time PANCE takers is 93% over the last five years.
St. Bonaventure’s Morales inducted into 10th Mountain Division Hall of Fame ​ Jun 27, 2024 | Francisco “Frank” Morales, director of St. Bonaventure University’s Office of Veterans Services, has been inducted into the 10th Mountain Division Warrior Legend Hall of Fame.
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