St. Bonaventure University

St. Bonaventure, NY

St. Bonaventure University

St. Bonaventure, NY

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We're a special place, and a smart choice.

Sometimes, your search for the right college can bring up more questions than answers. Do you follow your heart to a place that just feels right? Or, do you pursue practicality: great academics, your ideal major and affordable tuition. You can follow your heart and your mind with St. Bonaventure University.

At SBU, an amazing education is just the beginning. You’ll benefit from a transformational learning experience that instills confidence and adaptability in a changing world. But you’ll also be part of something bigger–a unique, passionate and even quirky community that celebrates our differences and fosters lifelong connections.

So, go ahead. Follow your heart and your mind. There’s a good chance they’ll both lead you here.

Whatever your interest—business, education, arts & sciences, communication, or health professions—our five academic schools offer varied and relevant programs that prepare you for meaningful and fulfilling careers. These academic schools, each with programs that challenge and inspire, are devoted to preparing students for success and happiness in today's ever-changing world. Our faculty are lifelong learners and passionate teachers, and our 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio ensures that you'll enjoy as close a student-teacher connection as you'll find anywhere.
•  School of Arts & Sciences
•  School of Business
•  Jandoli School of Communication
•  School of Education
•  DePerro School of Health Professions

Life at SBU
Some of your most memorable experiences will happen outside of the classroom. We would encourage you to embrace all of the opportunities that SBU offers, and to become a well-rounded, active, community-focused citizen. 

Housing and dining
Our residence halls, cafes, and dining facilities are where you will make your first new friends, learn to appreciate different ideas and customs, gather for laughs and relaxation away from class—and have some of the best times of your life.

80+ Clubs and Organizations
Getting involved in a club or organization on campus is a great way to meet new people, enhance your college résumé and participate in an activity for which you have great passion. We offer more than 80 student-led clubs and organizations to keep you active and engaged.

Go Bonnies! 
At St. Bonaventure, we work hard and we play hard. More than 80% of our students are engaged in sports-related or fitness activities. And when it comes to Division I basketball, our Reilly Center Rowdies are the best fans in all the land. Our top student-athletes compete on the 19 men's and women's teams in the competitive Atlantic 10 Conference. GO BONNIES! 

University Ministries welcomes students of all religious affiliations to participate in a variety of opportunities for spiritual growth, service learning, social action and community building.


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#17 in Regional Universities North | U.S. News & World Report

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#6 in Best Value Schools | U.S. News & World Report

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#14 in Most Innovative Schools | U.S. News & World Report

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#31 in Best Undergraduate Teaching | U.S. News & World Report

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#85 in Top Performers on Social Mobility | U.S. News & World Report


St. Bonaventure, New York

Situated in the southwestern corner of New York state in an expansive region of natural beauty known as the Southern Tier, St. Bonaventure benefits from a location that is ideal for a residential college.

The campus is nestled between the city of Olean on the east and the village of Allegany on the west, so you're just minutes from some of the best restaurants in the region and stores to fill every need, from the familiar big-box centers to small specialty shops. And if you're looking for fun in the great outdoors, whether it's hiking, biking, skiing, canoeing, or just enjoying one of the most spectacular fall foliage color shows you'll ever see, our outdoor playground, known as the Enchanted Mountains, offers something for everyone. 

Snapshot of St. Bonaventure

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: More than 31,000 alumni worldwide.

Faculty: 75% of our full-time faculty hold a PhD 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.

Outcomes: 95% of our graduates are employed or move on to graduate school within six months of graduation.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • "My academic experience was shaped by the relationships I was able to build with my professors. I was given many opportunities for hands-on experience in my fields, even as early as my freshman year."

    • Michelle Onofrio
      Class of 2020 Ideal Bonaventure Woman, double major in music & psychology