• Bonaventure graduates are leading some of the world’s largest and most well-known businesses and schools; they’re also working for every major broadcast network.
  • Up to 5 pre-med students annually are provisionally accepted as freshmen into medical school at George Washington University after they earn their bachelor's degrees at St. Bonaventure.
  • 95 percent of our graduates are employed or move on to graduate school within six months of graduation.
  • Since 2004, Finance majors scored in the top 5% on the Finance portion of the Major Field Exam.
  • 90 percent of our undergraduate degree recipients say they would choose St. Bonaventure again.
  • Six Pulitzer Prize winners come from the ranks of SBU graduates.
  • Our graduation rates are consistently 20% higher than the national average.
  • St. Bonaventure's School of Education is one of the nation's top 25 innovative teacher education programs according to the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).
  • Nearly 100% placement of MBA/accounting graduates.

Snapshot of St. Bonaventure

  • Majors/Programs:  More than 50 undergraduate majors and programs including pre-health dual admissions programs, and 20 graduate programs, three of which are available 100% online through St. Bonaventure University Online.

  • Location:  Southwest corner of New York state, between the city of Olean and the village of Allegany; 1.5 hours south of Buffalo and 1.5 hours east of Erie, Pa.
  • Campus: 500 acres with 31 academic and support buildings and residence halls.

  • Enrollment: 1,784 undergraduate, 383 graduate

  • Tuition:For undergraduate estimated costs, click here. To access SBU's undergraduate cost calculator, click here. For graduate tuition and fees, click here.

  • Financial Aid: More than 95% of students receive financial aid.

  • Retention & Graduation Statistics: 84% of freshmen return for their sophomore year.

  • Six-year graduation rate: 64% (20% higher than the national average).

  • Student profile: 54% female, 46% male; 33 states and 20 foreign countries represented.

  • High school academic average: 88%

  • Average SAT: 1067 (reading and math)

  • Average ACT: 24

  • Small Classes: Our student to faculty ratio of 11:1, which helps give our classes a personal touch.

  • Residence Life: 75% of students live on campus.

  • Alumni Participation: Of more than 29,000 alumni worldwide, 21% donate yearly to the university, compared to a 13 percent average at Bonaventure's peer institutions. 

  • Scholarship: We are home to the renowned Franciscan Institute, the premier Franciscan resource library in the Americas; 80 percent of our full-time faculty hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree.

  • Service: BonaResponds answers calls for help from near and far, our Warming House is believed to be the oldest student-run soup kitchen in the nation, and we travel to Africa and the Bahamas to help those in need. These are only some of the ways St. Bonaventure students give back.

  • A proud member of New York State's independent college sector that has a combined economic impact of more than $63 billion, including $4 billion in institutionally-funded financial aid.  

Athletics at SBU

A-10 swim champs
Men's swimming and diving: A-10 Champs in 2013.

Part of the Atlantic 10
St. Bonaventure belongs to the Atlantic 10 Conference and fields Division I NCAA teams in 14 sports.
  • Men's swimming and diving: A-10 Champs in 2013; runners-up in 2016
  • Men's basketball: A-10 Champs in 2012. Physics major Andrew Nicholson, A-10 Player of the Year, was drafted 19th by the NBA's Orlando Magic;
  • Women's basketball: Made the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2012;
  • SBU student-athletes had a cumulative GPA of 3.174 in 2015-16, marking the 22nd consecutive semester, an 11-year-run, that our student-athletes posted a GPA above 3.0. Ten of our 14 teams had a cumulative GPA above 3.0, led by women's basketball with a GPA of 3.561;
  • The men's and women's swim and dive teams earned Scholar All-America honors from the College Swimming & Diving Association of America, earning GPAs of 3.13 and 3.44, respectively, for spring semester 2016.
Club sports
  • Men: basketball, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, volleyball
  • Women: field hockey, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, volleyball
  • Combined: running, ski racing
Basketball, darts, dodgeball, flag football, floor hockey, golf, soccer, kickball, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, wallyball