About St. Bonaventure University (SBU)
On Campus Housing
Founded in 1858, St. Bonaventure University is a private Franciscan University and is in a rural setting. It is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. The university helps its students reach academic excellence at the same time preaching and carrying on the Franciscan tradition of valuing human relationships. It has an undergraduate enrollment of 1,812 with a campus size of over 500 acres.
With over 50 majors to choose from, the University offers courses in programs related to liberal arts, business, science, journalism and mass communication, medical programs and BS MD Program. The University offers five 100% online graduate degrees as well through the St. Bonaventure University Online.
The university provides on-campus housing with over three-quarters of the student population staying on campus. St. Bonaventure University’s address and zip code are 3261 W. State Road. The campus is an hour and a half from the main cities like New York, Buffalo, and Erie, Pennsylvania.
In terms of extracurricular activities, the University does not have sororities and fraternities however, students are involved in over 75 other clubs and organisations. In athletics, the university participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I sports in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The university is active in sports-related to basketball, football and athletics. The St. Bonaventure University mascot is The Bona Wolf. Apart from that students can also collaborate with their professors on Research Projects.
The St Bonaventure University Accreditation in the School of Education is done by NCATE. It has a regional accreditation with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and was reaffirmed with commendation in 2014. The Institutional Profile is provided on the University Website for a better and deeper understanding of the University.
The university also has a very engaging alumni community with yearly reunions organised for them. There are more than 30 alumni chapters across the country.
St. Bonaventure University has a very dedicated faculty with the student to faculty ratio being 12:1. They strive for excellence from both the students and faculty. This is clearly seen with the rankings that the University holds.
According to U.S. News and World Report, St. Bonaventure University has been ranked for the following aspects:
- #9 in Best Colleges for Veterans (tie)
- #19 in Regional Universities North (tie)
- #3 in Best Value Schools
- #104 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (tie)
Annual Cost to Attend
Average Annual Cost
The university provides a clear and concise view about the cost incurred for the cost of education in the university as well as the additional costs. The university understands that students will want to clearly know the cost of attendance and extra costs that will be incurred by them during their time at the university. The university also displays the direct and indirect costs incurred by the students.
The total cost incurred is $49,136 by students. This, however, is an average estimation. Costs can greatly differ based on programs and courses selected as well as if the student is from instate or outstate.
The university also provides new students with a Net Price Calculator to better estimate the total cost incurred. It is again important to note that the costs provided on the website may not be completely accurate because each student will have a different program structure coupled with various courses. This makes the Net Price Calculator very handy to better understand costs.
Highest Degree Offered
36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.
Median Household Income
$64,352 per year
Campus Emergency Phones
Mobile Campus Emergency Alert
The university offers on-campus housing facilities to the students who wish to stay on the campus. At SBU, $13,120 is the normal expense for on-campus housing, which a student will be needed to pay, each year. The average meal plan at SBU costs around $6,198 a year. Notably, students at the varsity get to choose from various dining and meal plan options as well. There are around 53% male and 47% female students enrolled at the university.
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation
Students Receiving Gift Aid
Average Aid Per Year
Students Receiving Federal Grants
Average Aid Per Year
Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income
$30K - $48K
$48K - $75K
$75K - $110K
Total Needs based Scholarships/Grants
Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants
With 96% of students receiving some form of endowment it is noted that financial aid is a very important aspect for students to pay for their college education. The University itself awards various scholarships and aid to make it easier for students to pay for college.
Along with this, federal aid is also awarded to students based on eligibility. For a student to receive federal aid, they must fill up the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to confirm eligibility for the aid. The state code for St. Bonaventure University is 0695.
Students are eligible to receive average annual financial assistance of $25,536. Other than this, they can also get average federal assistance amounts to $5,849, average state aid amounts to $3,728, and average institutional aid amounts to $22,718.
A student qualifying for financial aid will be contacted directly by the organization involved. It's important to note that most financial aid is merit-based which means that the student must keep up a certain GPA to further qualify.