The Value of an SBU Education

The Bonaventure advantage

Andrea DonethOur students and graduates understand the value of a St. Bonaventure education. Those outside our tight-knit community recognize the value of what we do as well.

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked St. Bonaventure No. 5 for Best Value among more than 180 regional universities in the North in its 2014 rankings.
  • The Princeton Review has consistently recognized St. Bonaventure as one of the nation's best colleges.
  • The John Templeton Foundation has called St. Bonaventure one of the nation’s character building colleges.
  • Nearly 100% of SBU students interested in a career in broadcasting are working in the field when they graduate or shortly thereafter.
  • In the National Survey of Student Engagement, which measures student involvement in key educational practices, our students rate SBU well above the national average in categories such as
    • enriching educational experience
    • supportive campus environment
    • student-faculty interaction

We prepare you for life after SBU

Our innovative Career and Professional Readiness Center aims to provide the most comprehensive and progressive career and professional development programs in the region. With programs starting freshman year and continuing through graduation, we strive to ensure that every student is exceptionally well prepared to make a successful transition to graduate school or that first job.

Outcomes for our students

St. Bonaventure graduates lead some of the world's largest and most well-known businesses and schools. They also work for every major broadcast network, and many of the world's most-read major print and electronic publications. In addition:

  • 90 Percent of our undergraduate degree recipients say they would choose St. Bonaventure again. 

  • 95 Percent are employed or doing graduate work within 6 months of graduation. 

  • Our graduation rates are consistently 20% higher than the national average.

  • Up to 15 Pre-med students annually are automatically accepted as freshmen into medical school at George Washington University after they earn their bachelor's degrees at St. Bonaventure. 

  • Nearly 100% Placement of MBA/Accounting graduates. 

  • Finance majors scored in the top 5% on the Finance portion of the Major Field Exam each of the last 7 years. 

  • Six Pulitzer Prize Winners come from the ranks of SBU graduates. 

  • 100% pass rate on New York State Teacher Examinations:

    • Professional Knowledge/Pedagogy 

    • Literacy


Boost your earning power

Adults with bachelor's degrees in the late 1970s earned 55 percent more than adults who had not advanced beyond high school. That gap grew to 75 percent by 1990, and is now at 85 percent.

The margin is smaller, though still sizable, when adults with bachelor's degrees are compared to counterparts who hold advanced degrees. The latter earned 35 percent more during the late 1970s, a difference that has expanded to 45 percent today.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports this summary of average earnings based on the latest data:
  • $83,144 for those with an advanced degree
  • $58,613 for those with a bachelor's degree only
  • $31,283 for those with a high school diploma only