St. Bonaventure University

Early Assurance Programs


Early assurance programs enable qualified high school and undergraduate college students to secure a spot in a competitive graduate or professional program.

Early assurance programs (EAP) offer high-achieving students early acceptance to a graduate-level or professional program, granting them automatic placement in the program upon satisfactory completion of their undergraduate studies.

In some cases, students may apply for early assurance as incoming freshmen. In others, they may apply in their sophomore year of college.

In all cases, EAP programs are designed to free students from the stress and pressure of applying to numerous graduate or professional/medical programs while they are pursuing their undergraduate degree. This gives them the freedom to devote their time and energy to other academic interests and experiences.

Some EAP programs may accelerate the traditional time frame for earning both undergraduate and graduate degrees, saving students time and money.

For instance, in our early assurance journalism program, which secures students a seat in one of two online graduate programs, you apply as an incoming freshman and may begin taking graduate courses during your senior year. This not only speeds you along the path to a graduate degree, but because both graduate programs are online you have the chance to enter the workforce and earn a salary while completing your master's.


Early assurance programs at St. Bonaventure


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4+1 BBA/MBA Early Assurance Program

Qualified high school seniors may apply for early assurance to our 150-hour 4+1 MBA in professional accountancy program. This enables students to earn their Bachelor of  Business Administration (BBA) in accounting and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in five years or less. Learn more

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Early Assurance in Cybersecurity

Qualified high school seniors are guaranteed placement in our online master's degree program in cybersecurity, provided they maintain academic standards. Current SBU undergraduates may also apply. Students begin taking graduate-level courses during their senior year. Learn more

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Early Assurance in Communication

Qualified high school seniors are guaranteed a seat in our master's program in communication. Students who maintain academic standards begin taking graduate-level courses in their senior year at SBU. Current SBU students may also apply. Learn more

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Early Assurance in Journalism

Qualified high school seniors are guaranteed a seat in one of two fully online master's programs: sports journalism or digital journalism. Students who maintain academic standards begin taking graduate-level courses in their senior year at SBU. Current SBU students may also apply. Learn more

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Early Assurance in Education (Teacher Preparation)

Qualified high school seniors who enroll in an undergraduate teacher-preparation program have a reserved seat awaiting them in one of three SBU master's degree programs upon completion of their undergraduate studies and teacher certification. Learn more



Early assurance programs in medicine, dentistry & PT

Our Franciscan Health Care Professions Program offers opportunities for enrolled SBU students to apply for early acceptance to medical, dental or pharmacy school, or a physical therapy program. Many are actually combined-degree or dual-admit programs that grant talented high school seniors provisional acceptance into the professional program upon entry to St. Bonaventure, but that also have an early assurance component for current SBU students.

SUNY Upstate students
SBU-SUNY Upstate Early Assurance in Medicine

Students who meet certain academic standards may apply during their sophomore year at SBU for early assurance to SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. Accepted students are assured of a seat in SUNY Upstate's College of Medicine upon graduation from SBU. Learn more

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SBU-NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine Early Admission

Qualified St. Bonaventure students may declare their interest in applying for admission to the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine after their sophomore year at SBU, then apply at the end of their junior year. Learn more 

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SBU-LECOM Dual Admit Program in Osteopathic Medicine

High school seniors accepted into this program have a reserved seat waiting for them at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) upon graduation from SBU. Qualified current SBU students may apply up to Feb. 1 of their sophomore year. Learn more

LECON Pharmacy student
SBU-LECOM Dual Admit Program in Pharmacy

Qualified high school seniors accepted into this program have a reserved seat waiting for them at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy after three years at SBU. Qualified current SBU students may apply after three semesters at SBU. Learn more

LECOM Dental student
SBU-LECOM Dual Admit Program in Dentistry

Qualified high school seniors accepted into this program have a reserved seat waiting for them at the LECOM School of Dental Medicine upon graduation from St. Bonaventure. Qualified current SBU students may be eligible to apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more 

Daemen Physical Therapy students
SBU-Daemen Dual Admit Program in Physical Therapy

Qualified high school seniors accepted into this program are dually admitted to St. Bonaventure University and Daemen College's Department of Physical Therapy. Current SBU students may qualify to enter this program and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more

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SBU-St. Francis U. Combined Degree in Physical Therapy

Qualified high school seniors accepted into this program have a provisional seat waiting for them at St. Francis (Pa.) University Department of Physical Therapy after attending SBU. Current SBU students may also qualify for this program and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more