St Bonaventure University
About St Bonaventure University
Why Consider St. Bonaventure University?
In addition to their almost 50 undergrad programs, St Bonaventure University offers almost 20 graduate programs, several of which could be completed fully online. And all of this is offered within the Franciscan tradition of service and human relationships. Their programs emphasize communication, collaboration, and creative problem solving, and encourage students to apply their skills to build up their communities and the world.
Below are just a few reasons that students may have chosen St Bonaventure University for their graduate education.
SBU Rankings & Accomplishments
As a student at Saint Bonaventure University, you could become part of a tradition of excellence. SBU strives to offer students the quality of education and the support they need to learn and thrive, and they have the track record to prove it. For example, US News & World Report ranked SBU in the following categories for 2018:
- #21 Regional Universities North
- #5 Best Value Schools
- #290 Business Programs
The Princeton Review has also recognized SBU:
- Best 382 Colleges
- Best Northeastern
- #1 Best College Radio Station
Event the students themselves have an enviable track record. Their ranks include six Pulitzer Prize-winning writers, five members of the US Congress, CEOs, NBA players, NFL players, baseball players, and pro sports coaches and managers.
Giving Back to the Community
Saint Bonaventure University was founded in the Franciscan tradition, meaning that social justice and service are values they strive to uphold. SBU encourages members of its academic community to dedicate their skills and time to giving back. For example, St Bonaventure University’s program BonaResponds was launched to assist with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, and has expanded to include other similar community needs. Students may also volunteer with The Warming House, which has the honor of being one of the oldest soup kitchens run by students in the United States.
Diversity at Saint Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure University strives not just to cultivate, but to celebrate their diverse and multicultural school community. They support this goal through school and community resources, including the following.
- The Center for Arab and Islamic Studies (CAIS): Established in 2015, CAIS seeks to promote understanding of Islam and Arab cultures both historical and contemporary.
- The Damietta Center: Hosts programs, services and facilities on campus, such as the Black Student Union, Latino Student Union, ASIA, and more.
- The Franciscan Center for Social Concern: The Franciscan Center works with members of the SBU community to address social issues and encourage social consciousness.
- Arthur O Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program: This program is jointly sponsored with New York State, and strives to help provide access to higher education in the state to people in need.
When you’re not in class or volunteering, join your faculty and fellow students in supporting the Bonnies! SBU competes in NCAA Division I, with men’s and women’s sports teams including football, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, basketball, golf, track and field, tennis, and more.
Mission, Vision and ValuesSt Bonaventure University’s mission is to help each student reach their academics, personal and spiritual potential, prepare for their careers, and uphold the Franciscan values of citizenship and service. They also strive to uphold their core values of Discovery, Community, and Individual Worth.
SBU offers 18 masters degree and certificate programs to more than 400 graduate students. These are housed in the School of Arts & Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, and the Jandoli School of Communication. The prerequisites for admission may vary in each school or for individual programs, so if you’re looking for information about prerequisites, GPA requirements, or acceptance rates, it may be helpful to reach out to the school in question.
To get started, consider this general list of requirements. However, bear in mind that your specific application process may look a little different.
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
- Graduate admissions test scores (such as GRE, GMAT, etc)
- Writing samples
- Letters of recommendation
Enrollment, Attendance, Retention Rates and Graduation
Graduate attendance rate of 79% part-time and 21% full-time
For the years 2018-2019 St Bonaventure University awarded: 362 bachelor's degrees, 223 master's degrees, 33 post-master's certificates
St. Bonaventure University is regionally accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Other program specific accrediting organizations include:
- The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
- The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
- Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
- American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
For more information about current accreditation status and what that means for your program of interest, contact SBU.
- St. Bonaventure University: Saint Bonaventure, NYWest State Street, Route 417, Saint Bonaventure, NY, 14778
SBU offers graduate education in business, education, and communication. These programs may be offered online, on their main campus in Olean, NY, or at their Hilbert College location. Each program is designed to help students hone the professional skills and academic knowledge they may need to achieve their career goals. Specific program and format availability is subject to change.
Program Spotlight: Masters in Business Administration
St. Bonaventure University offers its MBA program both on campus and online. It can be completed in as little as 20 months, and includes three more tailored tracks (Accounting, Finance, and Marketing) in addition to a general business track.
Earning your MBA at SBU means you’d have the opportunity to hone leadership and management skills while also building expertise in essential business functions and practices. Concentrating in one of the three available focus areas could enable students to center their studies on the skills and knowledge they’d need in their ideal career path.
The program culminates in a capstone course, which allows students to demonstrate their ability to apply their learning in a real-world scenario to solve problems. Students are also able to build up their portfolio over the course of their studies, which could be useful in marketing oneself later on.
While the MBA program at Saint Bonaventure does require the GMAT, some students may be waived from this requirement. In order to qualify for a GMAT waiver, you’d need to provide evidence of an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.3, compelling credentials (such as significant work experience) or already hold an equivalent credential.