• 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.
  • 94% 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.
  • 9 out of 10 graduates 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:  Nearly 50 undergraduate majors and programs including 9 combined-degree programs (granting talented high school seniors provisional acceptance into medical school upon entry to SBU) and early assurance programs (allowing students to apply for early acceptance to medical school as SBU sophomores. We also offer nearly 20 graduate programs, 6 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.span>

  • Enrollment:1,812 undergraduate, 560 graduate students.

  • 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:98% of our students receive some type of financial assistance

  • Retention & Graduation Statistics: 86% of freshmen return for their sophomore year, which is significantly higher than the national average of 67% for private institutions.

  • Six-year graduation rate:68% (significantly higher than the national average).

  • Student profile:29% of our students come from outside of New York state, and 18 foreign countries are represented in our enrollment; 80% of our students participate in either intramurals, club sports or recreation center activities.

  • Average SAT: 1130 (reading and math)

  • Average ACT: 25

  • Small Classes:Our student to faculty ratio of 12:1, which helps give our classes a personal touch.

  • Residence Life:83% of students (98% of freshmen) live on campus.

  • Alumni Participation: Of more than 32,300 alumni worldwide, 19.5% donate yearly to the university, compared to a 13% average at Bonaventure's peer institutions.

  • Scholarship: We are home to the renowned Franciscan Institute, the premier Franciscan resource library in the Americas; 75% 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. University Ministries welcomes students of all religious affiliations to participate in a variety of opportunities for spiritual growth, service learning and social action.

  • 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

Student Athlete

Classroom Excellence
St. Bonaventure student-athletes have produced a cumulative GPA of more than 3.0 for 24 straight semesters, an incredible run of 12 consecutive years. The average cumulative GPA for all SBU student-athletes was 3.29 for fall semester 2016, and 3.26 for the spring 2017 semester.
  • 134 student-athletes were named to the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll (GPA of 3.5 or better) for spring 2017.
  • 48% of our student-athletes had a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better for spring 2017.
  • 13 SBU athletic teams posted a cumulative team GPA above 3.20 during the 2016-17 academic year.
  • As of the spring 2017 semester, 202 student-athletes had semester GPAs of better than 3.0 and 199 had a cumulative GPA of better than 3.0 for a total of 73 percent of the total student-athlete population.
Club sports
  • Men: baseball, basketball, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, volleyball
  • Women: basketball, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, softball, volleyball
  • Combined: field hockey, running, ski racing
Basketball, dodgeball, flag football, floor hockey, golf, handball, indoor soccer, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball.