Here at St. Bonaventure University, we have a rolling admissions policy. We therefore review applications throughout the year. Freshman admission decisions include the following considerations: high school average, SAT (Math & Evidence Based Reading & Writing) or ACT score*, your high school transcript, class rank, strength of course schedule and an evaluation provided by the school’s guidance counselor. Other considerations include your personal essay and additional recommendations.
While academic expectations are high for incoming students, there is not a formula to determine your admissibility to St. Bonaventure University. The admission committee reviews each applicant's qualifications individually, considering a variety of characteristics that indicate academic preparation and potential for success. We aim to get a “whole picture” view of a student and choose to enroll students who we believe can thrive at St. Bonaventure. Those who have already achieved academic success in their high school career and those who have demonstrated significant promise but have yet to show the world their full potential.
*Test Optional Policy - New for 2020
St. Bonaventure University has adopted a new test optional policy for undergraduate applicants. Given current circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and difficulties prospective students are facing with regards to access to standardized testing, we have joined a growing number of competitive and well-respected institutions by giving students the choice to submit their application without standardized test scores. If a student is able, we still encourage submitting test scores.
SBU offers freshman merit scholarships ranging from $7,500 - $25,000 per year.*
For entering freshman, these awards are based on secondary school academic performance during the first three years (as calculated by our Admissions Office), and the highest available combination of standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) OR rigor of courses and supporting materials.**
*Students choosing to live off campus will have their merit scholarships reduced by 25%.
**Students choosing to apply as test optional will be considered for all academic scholarships based on high school GPA, rigor of coursework and supporting materials. Students submitting test scores will be considered based on those scores and academic performance.
The university believes in a holistic review process for all applicants, with or without test scores, and will not penalize a prospective student for conditions beyond their control.