See what students say:


St. Bonaventure University is a small Franciscan school of around 1,800 undergraduates. It provides “a well-rounded college experience that allows [students] to feel confident after graduation,” great academic programs, and “an enormously huge heart.” St. Bonaventure University is “very responsive to the need of having small class sizes to improve education outcomes” and the 12:1 student-faculty ratio guarantees personal relationships with the professors and thoughtful discussions with peers. Students “know just about everyone. You go through the same classes with the same students throughout [your] career, and it makes it easier to work in groups and get help,” says a student. This is a group of eager learners who have a drive to learn and succeed not only in the classroom but “beyond, in meaningful applications to current and future employment endeavors.”

The faculty comes equipped with real-world experience and sparks students’ interests in a variety of academic disciplines, and “every single teacher goes out of their way to help students in any way they can.” If students need help and show that they really want to learn the material, “[the faculty] will devote so much time to you.” Professors “really work hard to make their classes better” and “really take our teacher evaluations to heart.” Bonaventure’s small size provides each student with “the opportunity to tutor, teach, do research and lead during their undergrad,” and the school shows excellent career placement rates.

Student Body

Here in the Bona Bubble, students “look out for each other both during and after our collegiate careers.” The campus culture encourages students “to be respectful with each other.” “All of my peers know that the bubble we have on campus is unquestionably unique,” says one. Besides holding the doors for each other all around campus (“If door holding was an Olympic sport we would win gold”), these “unfailingly kind” students “bond and form a group passionate for their small-town school.” “Once a Bonnie, always a Bonnie,” says a student. The familial atmosphere that students revel in here often keeps people so tightly knit “that going home for break can be difficult because you miss them so much.”

Campus Life

Between the great people and gorgeous scenery, “it’s not that hard to go to school in the middle of nowhere.” During the week, the most popular place to be between classes is “either the dining hall or the library.” The small campus means students “can roll out of bed 10 minutes before class and still make it on time,” and it features “a beautiful trail to walk.” Division I athletics at SBU receive a lot of accolades, and students say there’s nothing better than cheering for Bona basketball in the Reilly Center. “You can always tell when game day is for the men’s basketball team just by walking through campus; it gets pretty crazy.” Extracurricular clubs are extremely popular, as is spending time in the Rathskeller, “an on campus bar that features two pool tables, ping-pong, multiple TVs, a dance floor with a DJ usually, [and] other games.” Off campus parties are “very common” on weekends. Everyone pretty much sticks to campus or hometown Olean, but for those that do want to venture further (and have access to a car), they can always “spend the day exploring the nearby national forest, or take a trip to Buffalo or Erie.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Monica Emery
Director of Volunteer Relations and Events

3261 West State Road
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Reilly Center
Richter Center
Quick Arts Center
Swan Business Center
Golf Course
Allegany River Trail

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Ellicottville, NY (skiing, shopping)
Rock City Park
Allegany State Park

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Saturdays-dates on our web site

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

NCAA rules apply

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Selected dates during the academic year. See website.


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Airports: Buffalo/Niagara International Airport, Bradford Regional Airport Bus: Coach USA Western NY-(Olean, NY)

Driving Instructions to Campus
Please see link on our website.

Local Accommodations
Fairfield Inn and Suites (716) 372-7500 Best Western Plus University Inn (716) 372-1300 Hampton Inn (716) 375-1000 Microtel Inns & Suites(716) 373-5333


Applicants: 3,058
Acceptance Rate: 75%
Average HS GPA: 3.30



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