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St. Bonaventure University

St. Bonaventure, NY 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate78%
Acceptance Rate78%

About Bonas

St. Bonaventure University is a small, private, liberal arts college located in Western New York. Founded in 1858, we are one of the oldest Franciscan schools. To this day our university pursues academic excellence through personalized attention that reflects the Franciscan tradition of valuing human relationships. With 2,000 students on campus we are also one of the smallest Division I schools in the country. We offer undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, and journalism and mass communication. At St. Bonaventure we are a community that nurtures compassion, seeks wisdom, and builds integrity. We hope you're interested in becoming a Bonnie!

St. Bonaventure University Overview

St. Bonaventure University is a private, religious school in a small town setting in St. Bonaventure, New York. Bonas was founded in 1858 and the school currently enrolls around 4,290 students a year, which includes 3,486 undergraduate students. Bonas provides housing for up to 1,625 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 75% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

📆 Mark your calendar! July 30, 2023 is the final deadline to submit an application for the Fall 2023 semester. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should find out if they have been admitted by October 15.

Student Activities at Bonas

Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Bonas's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Bonas students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Bonas does not have any fraternities or sororities, do it might be a good option if Greek life isn't a priority for you.

Planning to play sports? Bonas has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Bonas on the Student Life page.

2022 Bonas Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 78%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.5
Tuition $37,620
Percent of Need Met 68%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $29,750

Is Bonas a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can give you a sense of how selective a college is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a clearer view of what Bonas offers and if the school seems like a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for St. Bonaventure University

Bonas is moderately difficult to get into. The university admitted 78% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 3,330 applications received in 2022, 2,605 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Bonas

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Bonas, around 73% are still enrolled the next year. Around 72% of students who started at Bonas earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Bonas Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Check with Bonas directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Bonas's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of St. Bonaventure University's endowment was $91.5 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $8,605 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Bonas

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Bonas meets 68% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $29,750 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $33,984 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Bonas.

Based on this information, is Bonas the school for you? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Bonas a good school for you?

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Where is Bonas?

Bonas is located in the small town setting of St. Bonaventure, New York.

If you are interested in seeing Bonas for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 86 to St. Bonaventure, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Buffalo-Niagara International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Bonas and St. Bonaventure are like without leaving home.

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College Info

Bonas Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jul 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Bonas is Jul 30.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Bonas is Aug 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Bonas ACT Scores


ACT Range

21 - 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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27 and Above


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Bonas is 25. Students with an ACT score of 27 and above have a good chance of getting into Bonas. Students with an ACT score that falls between 21 and 27 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 21 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Bonas SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1080 - 1280


Math SAT Range

540 - 640


Reading SAT Range

530 - 630

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1280 and Above


1080 to 1280


1080 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Bonas students is 1173. Applicants with SAT scores of 1280 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Bonas, while applicants with SAT scores between 1080 to 1280 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1080 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Bonas.

Bonas Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Bonas is like? There are approximately 2,604 students enrolled at Bonas, including 1,800 undergraduate students and 804 graduate students. 192% percent of students attend school full-time, 77% percent are from NY and 23% percent of students are from other states.


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