St. Bonaventure University proudly welcomes our nation's veterans and military-affiliated families. Learn why our military-friendly institution is a top-ranked school for veterans.
We appreciate the selfless service that the U.S. armed forces provide our country, and we try to reflect our appreciation in the benefits and services we provide to our military-aligned students.
Our mission is to provide a seamless transition for our nation's veterans, from military life through their education experience and into a meaningful career, by providing high-quality services and opportunities for academic success, personal and spiritual
growth, and professional development.
Empowering student veterans to achieve excellence beyond service.
St. Bonaventure is recognized as a military friendly school because we offer many benefits for veterans and, in many cases, spouses and children are also eligible for certain services and education benefits.
We welcome veterans, active military, and their spouses to apply to St. Bonaventure's undergraduate and graduate programs.
While the application and admission process for veterans is a bit more involved than that for the typical student, our Veterans Services Office is eager to guide you. We'll ensure you don't miss out on any opportunities specific to you.
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The Veterans Wellness Pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy, is a 9-day Franciscan pilgrimage where student veterans are given time for reflection, conversation, and leisure and while visiting sacred Franciscan places in Assisi and Rome.
Assisi is the birthplace of St. Francis, founder of the Franciscan order and one of the patron saints of the university. Prior to devoting himself to God, he served as a knight, was captured by a rival city and imprisoned for more than a year. The experiences
led him to a life focused on developing loving relationships.
“Not every veteran is given the opportunity to fully deal with the complexities of combat, and not every wound is visible,” said Frank Morales, a retired Army master sergeant and director of St. Bonaventure’s Veterans Services Program.
Too often, the return to civilian life cuts off former warriors from receiving the “battle buddy” support they have learned to count on. “The pilgrimage is structured to help heal the veteran’s soul,” Morales said.
For more information about Bona Vets to Assisi, contact Frank Morales by email or phone, (716) 375-2105.
Former Marine Sgt. Benjamin AllenHometown: Richmond, VirginiaBranch: USMC (active duty 1995-1999)St. Bonaventure Program: Computer Science
"I chose St. Bonaventure after someone referred to it as a great school for my field of interest. The focus here on personal growth and programs of study provide challenging opportunities to prepare me for life and a career.
"The facilities for veterans made an impact on my college experience from the first day I came to campus. I was provided a place to relax and study in an environment that has the feel of a small military unit and family."
Airforce Tech Sgt. Joshua SzarekHometown: Poland, NYUSMC (active duty 2007-2012); USAF (active duty 2013-present)St. Bonaventure Program: Criminology
"I chose St. Bonaventure for many reasons, including reputation, the Veterans program, and academics. The Veterans program setup made my admission process flawless, and there is a team mentality that made me feel at home with other veterans who offer guidance for newer students.
"Additionally, I knew I wanted to complete my B.A. to commission, and I was offered a position in ROTC that will only further my knowledge and career.
"The facilities are superb for veterans and their dependents. Having a quiet place to study on campus, a computer lab, and a lounge area allowed me to feel relaxed and prepared for my classes."