St. Bonaventure University

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College Profile

Steeped in the Franciscan tradition for more than 155 years, St. Bonaventure University is a close-knit community of more than 2,200 graduate and undergraduate students.


The university cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them. We are establishing pathways to internships, graduate schools and careers in the context of our renowned liberal arts tradition.


The university’s historically strong and distinctive programs offered through the School of Arts and Sciences are complemented by three professional schools: Business, Education, and Journalism and Mass Communication, all of which offer both undergraduate and graduate programs. The university’s combined degree programs in health care professions draw high-quality students from across the United States.


St. Bonaventure is accredited in the School of Education by NCATE; in the School of Business by the AACSB; and is pursuing accreditation in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication by the ACEJMC. The university also has 17 graduate programs at two locations: its main campus and at its graduate center just south of Buffalo, N.Y.


St. Bonaventure is ranked in the top 25 schools in U.S. News and World Report’s schools in the North, and was No. 3 on its 2015 list of “Great Schools at a Great Price” in the North.


St. Bonaventure’s picturesque campus is nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in western New York and is just 20 miles from Ellicottville, home of a four-seasons skiing, golf and recreation facility that is ranked among the top 5 ski resorts in the eastern U.S.


In addition to its high-quality and distinctive academic programs, St. Bonaventure students benefit from robust residential living environment, service programs, enriching co-curricular and spiritual activities, a very popular intramural and club sports program, and NCAA Division I athletics in the Atlantic 10 conference.

Institution Demographics

  • Total enrollment: 2167
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 1784
  • Graduate enrollment:  383
  • International Student Enrollment: undergraduate 32       graduate 8
  • Male %, Female %       46% male; 54% female
  • Faculty-student ratio: 11:1
  • Number of countries represented on campus: 20
  • Top five countries represented on campus

Canada, UK, China, Saudi Arabia, Russia

English as a Second Language Program and Services

St. Bonaventure does not offer English as a Second Language at this time.

International Student Housing Options

Undergraduate international students may reside in the residence halls for the duration of their SBU experience or join other students in moving into off-campus housing after the required time living in the residence halls.   Graduate students may take advantage of available campus housing or find housing off-campus. Graduate students at our Buffalo Center usually find apartment housing near campus.


For more information: Contact Bruce Campbell

Visa Information

Upon receipt of your letter of acceptance to St. Bonaventure University, you will be requested to confirm your place at the University by sending a $200 U.S. confirmation deposit to the Office of Admissions. When we receive this deposit, your application will be forwarded to the St. Bonaventure University Office of International Studies, where an I-20 student visa application will be initiated, signed and mailed. The I-20 can be used to secure an F-1 student visa through the US Embassy nearest city/country of residence.

Financial Aid

International students may receive athletic scholarships and, in some cases, travel grants (in recognition of the additional travel costs they incur). International students coming to SBU from American high schools (and taking college entrance exams) will be considered for aid as are domestic students. Other international students will be considered on a case by case basis. In general, SBU’s scholarship funds for international students are somewhat limited.

Student Activities and Campus Life

St. Bonaventure students have the opportunity to take part in an extraordinary array of activities and programs that enable them to create a custom college experience. The local area offers an excellent variety of year ’round recreation – skiing, hiking, golf, etc, supplementing vibrant on-campus programming – which includes varsity, club and intramural sports, theater, music, service, academically-related organizations and residence activities.