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Office of Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box D
St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, N.Y. 14778
Phone: (716) 375-2400 
Toll-Free: (800) 462-5050
Fax: (716) 375-4005

Have a question for Graduate Admissions? Contact us.

Phone: (716) 375-2021 
Toll-Free: (800) 462-5050
Fax: (716) 375-4015

Institutional School Codes

SAT: 2793
ACT: 2882
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Federal Code # for SBU: 002817

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SBU President Sr. Margaret Carney on Franciscan Values.


School Counselors

The school counselor plays an important role in the high school student’s college search process. We invite school counselors to visit the St. Bonaventure campus to learn more about what your students will experience here, and we look forward to our continued collaboration in making a difference in the lives of young people.

Throughout the year, St. Bonaventure University admissions representatives maintain an active rapport with our colleagues in high schools across the United States, and we are confident that these relationships benefit prospective students.

Most often, conversations with school counselors involve the “fit” for individual students and the processing and review of applications. Applicants to St. Bonaventure may apply online with no application fee.

For First Year Freshman applicants, the following items are required: 

  • Completed Application Form (online)
  • Secondary School Report/School Counselor Recommendation
  • High School Transcript
  • ACT or SAT score reports (if they do not appear on the official transcript). All prospective students are required to take the SAT or ACT test (writing not required) 
  • An essay or personal statement written by the applicant 
  • Where English is not the first language, students are required to take the TOEFL and score at least 80 on the test 

While not required, also highly recommended is:

  • At least one letter of recommendation from a high school teacher that highlights the applicant’s academic success and potential

Visits to campus and interviews are encouraged for all prospective students and their families, but they are not required.

St. Bonaventure University’s Combined Degree Franciscan Health Care programs have unique requirements. If students are interested in these highly competitive opportunities, refer to the Combined Degree Admission pages.

The St. Bonaventure University Admissions Team member who represents the University in your area looks forward to working with you.  If you are in need of additional materials and applications, please e-mail, call (716) 375-2400, or toll-free at (800) 462-5050.

Download a Secondary School Report Form or Optional Teacher Recommendation Form for a student applying to SBU.

This Could Be You Video

Hear from three current St. Bonaventure students in this video, This Could Be You.

The SBU difference

Parents of 2014 graduates praise preparation, cost-effectiveness of a St. Bonaventure Education:

"SBU made our daughter's dream come true."

"Thank you for the wonderful job in preparing Gabrielle for her future as an educator."

Apczynski, John V.

TITLES/RESPONSIBILITIES Professor Emeritus of Theology
ACADEMIC SCHOOL School of Arts & Sciences
CONTACT INFORMATION Office phone: (716) 375-2298
  • Ph.D., McGill University, Montreal, 1972
  • M.A., University of Dayton, Ohio, 1967
  • B.A., St. John’s College, Little Rock, Ark., 1964


  • Doers of the Word:  Toward a Foundational Theology Based on the Thought of Michael Polanyi. Missoula, Montana: Scholars Press, 1977.
  • Editor. Foundations of Religious Literacy. The Annual Publication of the College Theology Society. Chico, CA: Scholars Press, 1983.
  • Editor. Theology and the University. The Annual Publication of the College Theology Society. Lanham: University Press of America, 1990.
  • Editor. The Intellectual Journey. Needham Heights, MA: Simon & Schuster Custom Publishing, 1998. [Text based on themes of Bonaventure’s The Mind’s Journey into God developed for the introductory foundational seminar course of Clare College, the core program at S.B.U.] 

Articles in Scholarly Journals and Collections 

  • “Integrative Theology:  A Polanyian Proposal for Theological Foundations,” Theological Studies, 40 (1979), 23-43. 
  • “Truth in Religion: A Polanyian Appraisal of Wolfhart Pannenberg’s Theological Program,” Zygon, 17 (1982), 49-73.
  • With Michael Chiariello. “Agassi on Polanyi:  Comments on Joseph Agassi’s Science and Society,”Tradition and Discovery, 13, no. 1 (Fall, 1985-86), 4-19.
  • “Mysticism and Epistemology,” Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, 14 (1985), 193-205.
  • “Are Religion and Science Distinct or Dichotomous Realms?” Tradition and Discovery, 15, no. 1 (Winter, 1987-88), 4-14.
  • “Authority: A House or a Home?” Raising the Torch of Good News. Ed. Bernard P. Prusak. Annual Publication of the College Theology Society, 1986. Lanham:  University Press of America, 1988. Pp. 127-144.
  • “Richard Rorty and Michael Polanyi: Is There Truth after Foundationalism?” Reflections for a panel, “The Tacit Victory and the Unfinished Agenda,” Tradition and Discovery, 18, no. 1 (1991-92), 11-13. 
  • “John Hick’s Theocentrism: Revolutionary or Implicitly Exclusivist?” Modern Theology, 8:1 (1992), 39-52. 
  • “Belief in God, Proper Basicality, and Rationality,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 60:2 (1992), 501-512. J. Wesley Robbins, “Response,” JAAR, 61 (1993), 339-41; “Rejoinder,” 341-42.
  • “Polanyi’s Augustinianism: A Mark of the Future?” Tradition and Discovery, 20, no. 1 (1993-94), 27-41.

My professional and research interests focus around issues of contemporary religious thought. My current concerns are shaped by the effort to bring scientific and post-modern assumptions into dialogue with a renewed interpretation of certain Augustinian themes about human subjectivity, particularly as they were expressed by the medieval Franciscan theologian, Bonaventure.

Recent Activity 

  • The Discovery of Meaning through Scientific and Religious Forms of Indwelling,” a paper presented at the Polanyi Society meeting at the national convention of the American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, November 21, 2003.
  • “The Meaning of Meaning,” a paper presented at a conference on Polanyi’s Post-Critical Thought and the Rebirth of Meaning, Loyola University, Chicago, IL, June 8-10, 2001.
  • “Creation, Evolution, and Divine Agency: A Bonaventurian Perspective,” paper presented at a conference on evolution and design at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, May 24-6, 2001.
  • “Reflections on Gunter’s Resurrection Knowledge,” a paper presented at the Polanyi Society meeting held at the national convention of the American Academy of Religion, Nashville, November 17, 2000.
  • “Book review of Theology as the Road to Holiness in St. Bonaventure by Charles Carpenter,” Horizons, 27 (2000), 411-13.