St. Bonaventure University

Snapshot of St. Bonaventure

Majors/Programs:  More than 50 undergraduate majors and programs including eight combined-degree programs (granting talented high school seniors provisional acceptance into medical school upon entry to SBU) and 10 early assurance programs (allowing students to apply for early acceptance to medical school as SBU sophomores). We also offer 22 graduate programs, 15 of which are available 100% 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: 1,868 undergraduate, 756 graduate students.

Tuition: For undergraduate estimated costs, click here. To access SBU's undergraduate cost calculator, visit our Estimated Costs page. For graduate tuition and fees, click here.

Financial Aid: 98% of our students receive some type of financial assistance

Retention & Graduation Statistics: 80% 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 31,000 alumni worldwide, 19.1% donate yearly to the university, compared to a 10% 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 one of the oldest student-run soup kitchens 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.

Fact Book: Get the 2023-2024 St. Bonaventure University Fact Book.


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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.

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