Location: St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
Size: 1,800 undergraduates
Percent women: 50% as of fall 2014
Tuition (one year): $29,510
Most popular majors: journalism and mass communication, finace, accounting and biology
Greek life: no
Acceptance rate: about 75%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test schools, visit St. Bonaventure University's website at www.sbu.edu
Why Choose St. Bonaventure University?
“The community at St. Bonaventure is the best I’ve ever witnessed. Even if you don’t know someone, a stranger is willing to help you. There’s nothing better than The Bona Bubble.”
“You’ll meet people who you’ll bond with and stay close with long after graduation. I know I’ve meet my life-long friends here, and I couldn’t be more thankful of this school for bringing us together.”
“People here want you to succeed. Professors will help you in any way, students will help you during the year, and it’s crazy how supportive the university is for every student. We all build each other up in any way possible.”
“The campus is beautiful, the people are kind, and the education you receive is incredible. What more could you ask for in a university?”
“The people. I’ve never met better people than the ones I’ve met at Bona’s. People hold open the door for you, strangers say help and have casual conversations with you. Professors and administration support you and your dreams. Why wouldn’t you come?”
“From the minute you step on campus, you feel like you’re at home. Everyone is so friendly and is always willing, and eager, to help. The ‘Bona Bubble’ is undeniable. The community is not limited to just being on campus…whenever you are out in civilization and meet St. Bonaventure alumni, you are automatically considered family and might even be invited to family dinner on Sunday.”
“You really get to know your professors and they really get to know you during the semester. And, professors genuinely care about you and your future. You might even be invited to their house for an end-of-the-semester dinner party!”
“Hickey bumming is the best and worst thing that could happen to you all day. The good: you get to see and catch up with all the people you would have never seen, otherwise. The bad: one meal turns into a three-hour affair.”
“From club soccer to 88.3 The Buzz (the number three college radio station in the nation) without a doubt there will be something you are interested in. This is a great way to make friends and expand your horizons.”
“There is no denying it, Bona’s is one of the most beautiful places you will ever visit and we are not just saying that because we are bias. Whether you’re walking on the river trial, or on the main campus, St. Bonaventure has beauty in every corner of the university.”
"I think some of the buildings could be updated a little more. I'm so jealous of the people who go to class in Swan while all of my classes are in Plassmann. With a few updates, it would help the overall atmosphere of going to class."
"I don't hate the food at the dining hall, but I think there is a ton of room for improvement. I feel like my staples are burgers, fries and pizza. I want to eat healthy, but there aren't as many options on a daily basis."
"This school is definitely a party school, which is inevitable for any university, but I think it would be nice to see more variety of activities on weekends for students who don't want to party three nights a week. Yes, there are some options, but once you've done those options, you're left with little diversity."
New Collegiette on Campus
“At orientation, you’ll meet a lot of new people that you’ll talk with over the summer before you come for Welcome Days. It helps knowing a solid group of people to get through the first week together for college.”
“Your peer coach is a great resource for your first semester of college. They can help with changing your major, roommate problems, or transferring. But, let’s be honest, you won’t want to leave this place.”
“You’ll definitely stick with your roommate and floor mates for the first few weeks of the semester when going to lunch or dinner. Leave your door open or make an attempt to talk to people on your floor to meet friends.”
“It’s okay to feel comfortable with going to meals with your roommate, but don’t be afraid to meet new people, too. Your roommate and floor mates are a security blanket, step out of your comfort zone, join a club, and make new friends with similar interests.”
“I met most of my best friends at orientation because you bond together during the process. Try to keep in contact with them over summer, so you don’t feel alone when you’re moving in and stressing about classes and getting acquainted with campus.”
All About Academics
"I like how it's more personal because you get to know your professor. It actually makes learning more obtainable because you can trust your professor."
"For the most part, the academics at Bonaventure are great! The professors are friendly, so I'm able to learn and form relationships at the same time."
"The class sizes are small, so the attention given by the teachers to the students is extraordinary. There are also opportunities outside of classes to mold your own experience."
"I like how many of the classes are hands-on. Sometimes classes are lectures, but a lot of the time you are putting what you learn into practice. Professors are always happy to see you during their office hours, which is really helpful."
"I think peoplel who attend St. Bonaventure have an advantage over people who attend big schools The small size allows for a professor to help each and every student with extra-curriculars and internships. They stand up for you."
Learn from the Best
“If you’re taking a religious course, take Professor Donius. He makes class very interesting and easy to understand if you’re not familiar with religion. You can look forward to his singing and playing his guitar at least once in the semester along with daily meditation before class.”
“Dr. Simpson is the person you want to take if you’re interested in English. He teaches a variety of English-related classes and you can expect to learn a lot in every one of them.”
“Michael Jones-Kelley (MJK) is who you want to take if you want to learn about advertising. You can’t pass up his knowledge and experience in the field. He’ll teach you everything you want to know and then some.”
“If you’re into philosophy or for other required, Clare-College courses, Dr. Tate is the person you want to take. He cares about his students and engages his class throughout the semester. Even if you’re not interested in the class material, he will get your attention with how he controls the class.”
“Laurie Branch is without a doubt the best professor to take if you’re in the business or finance field. She makes sure you truly understand the material and will work with you no matter what to help you improve. And she always brings candy.”
Interests & Involvement
“There are so many different clubs to join on campus. We even have a knitting club. With all the diverse options it’s a good way to become involved on campus.”
“I love going to all the sports games we have. My favorites are definitely men’s basketball and the rugby games.”
“Going to the activities on campus is a great way to meet friends.”
"At Bonaventure, there is somemthing for everyone, There are opportunities for internship hours, volunteer experiences, club activities and there are many different options for intramurals."
"Many don’t see the intrigue of Bonaventure from the inside, but I guarantee that compared to any school you will not find students, faculty and alumni alike that bleed their schools pride like Bonas people bleed the gold and brown. We have been ranked the number one student section among colleges, and we only have 2000 students, so if that doesn’t tell you something I don’t know what will."
"On the road, having the Wolfpack in the stands supporting us is the best feeling. They impact the game way more than people think. They make 20 people sound like 100 people. But being on the road you’re outnumbered so you have to have each other’s backs. But with the unbelievable support of the Wolfpack, you’re never alone. It’s amazing having the Wolfpack wherever you go."
"The Bonaventure school spirit is very intense anad literally never ending."
"Bonnies have an incredible spirit. Whether it’s gathering on the lawn for a sunny day, cheering at a basketball game or expressing solidarity over a lost classmate. Bonnies stick together through the good and the bad."
"Bonaventure pride is unparalleled because it truly is our home and everyone here has a part of it."
"Bonas…we live and die white and brown."
"I think what makes Bonaventure’s school pride so special is that going to an event is that everyone is just so Bona proud. Some of my best memories have left me leaving Bona’s events without a voice because I was cheering and screaming so much."
"People come out and support the Bona’s sports regardless if they like the sport or if they even have any idea of what’s going on."
“The main type of girl you see at Bonaventure is one who is out-going, talkative and involved in campus activities.”
“There are all different types of girls at SBU, but there are a few common qualities: they’re strong women who have goals for their futures. They also have a ton of Bona pride and aren’t afraid to show it.”
“With style, I think there is a huge variety on campus. You’ll see girls who are in love with yoga pants and hoodies, but there are some who loves skirts. Whatever your style is, you’ll fit in here.”
“I love how people have their own sense of style. You have girls who are sporty, girls who love dresses and girls who are eclectic. The diversity in style and personality among women on campus is great.”
“I think women are respected at the university. It’s not just about men here. Even though SBU was once a male-only college back in the day, women have their place here, too.”
Food & Drink
“The food is definitely hit or miss.”
“I like that Café La Verna has Starbucks coffee because the nearest Starbucks to campus is at least an hour away.”
“Francis Dining Hall is always a good option. Definitely my favorite place to eat.”
“Nothing can beat a wrap from the RC.”
“The house parties are frequent on the weekends and a lot of fun. Make sure to get real freaky on campus before going out.”
“I really like the nightlife here! It really helps me make new friends, which is really nice because as an athlete, you only really hang out with people on your team. It is hard to manage time while going out but overall, it’s not as hard as one would think. Definitely worth it because it’s so much fun.”
“Nightlife at Bonaventure is great just because everyone welcomes you to parties, it doesn’t matter what year you are or what sport you play.”
“There is a saying that there’s nothing to do at Bonaventure besides getting drunk or going to Wal Mart. While that may be true for some people, it’s definitely not true for all. I don’t drink so on Friday nights my friends and I get together for a pizza party and watch our favorite shows. I haven’t missed out on anything because I don’t drink, I have just had a different experience. One that makes me happy and that I am comfortable with.”
“Always have your own alcohol when coming to parties, that way you're guaranteed a good time and don’t have to worry about relying on other people. But make sure not too drink too much because throwing up is embarrassing and MERT is expensive. Trust me.”
“Dorm life here at SBU has been great. Living in a dorm the past two years really taught me how to be organized and keep just the essentials. Dorm life also taught me how to live with someone else and be mindful of their space.”
“Living in a dorm at SBU has been so fun. It is like living in an apartment building with all of your best friends. Freshmen year my friends and I would have weekly sleepovers and drag our mattresses in one room.”
“I love dorm life at SBU! You don’t have a choice of where you want to live your freshmen year but once you are a sophomore, there are so many more options to choose from. You can live in apartments, suits, singles or doubles—there is an option for everyone. Being able to have a choice is what I love so much about dorm life at SBU!”
“Dorm life here at SBU is amazing and without it, I wouldn’t have made such great friends on campus. Living in a dorm really forces you to be close to the people around you. Another part about dorm life I love at SBU is that the RAs care so much about their residents. Last year, my RA used to check on me all the time to see how I was dealing with the transition of moving into a dorm and being away from home.”
“Throughout college, we are growing into the person we want to become and the best part about living in a dorm at SBU is that we get to have our best friends by our side through all of this constant change.”
“As far as a college town goes, it can get pretty boring.”
“You definitely have to make the most of it. Going to Good Times for bowling is a fun way to enjoy some of the things Olean actually has to offer.”
“I wish it had more food places. The frozen yogurt shop was a great addition. More places like that should open.”
“I love how close it is to campus. On nice days I can walk to Wal-Mart in about 10 minutes.”
HC's Complete College Guide: St. Bonaventure University
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