St. Bonaventure University: Narrative Description

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Route 417
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778-2284
Tel: (716)375-2000
Free: 800-462-5050
Admissions: (716)375-2400
Fax: (716)375-2005
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Roman Catholic Church. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1858. Setting: 600-acre small town campus. Endowment: $33 million. Research spending 2003-04: $642,674. Educational spending 2003-04: $5524 per student. Total enrollment: 2,806. Faculty: 229 (156 full-time, 73 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 1,990 applied, 87% were admitted. 12% from top 10% of their high school class, 35% from top quarter, 70% from top half. 4 valedictorians. Full-time: 2,177 students, 51% women, 49% men. Part-time: 114 students, 63% women, 37% men. Students come from 36 states and territories, 25% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.4% international, 2% 25 or older, 77% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 82% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at American University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, 3 recommendations, interview. Required for some: essay. Placement: SAT or ACT required for some. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 4/15. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $26,395 includes full-time tuition ($18,650), mandatory fees ($835), and college room and board ($6910). College room only: $3530. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 50 open to all. Most popular organizations: student government, Student Programming Board, campus media, Bonaventure Business Association, Student Ambassadors. Major annual events: Family Weekend, Spring Weekend, Junior Prom. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 1,634 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Friedsam Library with 287,622 books, 630 microform titles, 1,584 serials, 8,891 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1 million. 200 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Allegany (population 2,050) is a rural community located in southwest New York a short distance from Allegany State Park. The area is accessible by bus and the Southern Tier Expressway. Climate is temperate with 4 definite seasons. Allegany has 1 library, several churches of different denominations. Various civic and fraternal organizations are active here. Part-time work for students is available. Olean (population 19,169) is a manufacturing and regional commercial center where part-time employment is available for students. Transportation is provided by bus or airlines. Nearby "Enchanted Mountains" resort area provides hunting, fishing, skiing, and other sports. The city has a hospital, numerous restaurants, movie theaters, shopping areas, and most of the major service clubs found in larger cities.

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