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Have a question for Undergraduate Admissions? Contact us.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box D
St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, N.Y. 14778
Phone: (716) 375-2400 
Toll-Free: (800) 462-5050
Fax: (716) 375-4005

Have a question for Graduate Admissions? Contact us.

Phone: (716) 375-2021 
Toll-Free: (800) 462-5050
Fax: (716) 375-4015

Advanced High School Coursework

Students who successfully complete advanced courses in high school are potentially eligible for advance course placement at SBU or academic credit. For details on Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and College Level Examinations Program (CLEP) credits, please contact the Office of Admissions.

Admission Requirements

Here at St. Bonaventure University, we have a rolling admissions policy. We therefore review applications throughout the year. Freshman admission decisions include the following considerations: high school average, SAT (New - Math & Evidence Based Reading & Writing) or ACT score, your high school transcript and a secondary school report that includes an overview of your senior year courses, class rank, strength of course schedule and an evaluation provided by the school’s guidance counselor.  Other considerations include your personal essay and additional recommendations. 

While academic expectations are high for incoming students, there is not a formula to determine your admissibility to St. Bonaventure University. The admission committee reviews each applicant's qualifications individually, considering a variety of characteristics that indicate academic preparation and potential for success. We aim to get a “whole picture” view of a student and choose to enroll students who we believe can thrive at St. Bonaventure. Those who have already achieved academic success in their high school career and those who have demonstrated significant promise but have yet to show the world their full potential. 

Fall 2016 Class Profile

Average High School GPA: 90%
50% Mid-Range GPA: 83% – 93%  
Average SAT Score: 1085 (pre-March 2016) OR 1155 (new SAT post March 2016)
50% Mid-Range SAT: 960 – 1160 (old SAT) OR 1040 - 1230 (new SAT)
Average ACT Score: 25
50% Mid-Range ACT: 21 – 27 

2016 SAT Redesign

In March of 2016, the College Board launched a redesigned SAT – more information on what has changed can be found by visiting the College Board website To understand how this change impacts your admission to St. Bonaventure University, please review the following points: 

  • The redesigned SAT has two 800-point sections instead of three. Math continues as Math, however components of the Critical Reading section and Writing section have been combined into the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score. The essay portion is also now optional.
  • St. Bonaventure will not require applicants to submit the Optional Essay score, which is a part of the new SAT.
  • If you took the SAT previously and then you also take the redesigned SAT – please send both scores to St. Bonaventure.
    • Because the redesigned SAT is a different test than the SAT (pre-March 2016), a numerical score on one test will not be equivalent to the same numerical score on the other. SBU will not combine (super score) area scores between the two tests.
  • The impact on SBU merit scholarships as it relates to the new SAT scoring can be found here. 


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Test Score Submission

We accept both SAT and ACT test scores. SBU evaluates the highest subscores for each test and uses your new high test score for the admission decision.

SAT Code: 2793
ACT Code: 2882

High School Coursework

The classes you take in high school, along with the grades you earn are important considerations within the SBU admission decision. Minimum requirements for admission consideration include the following:

  • English: 4 years
  • Social Studies/History: 4 years
  • Mathematics: 3 years
  • Laboratory Science: 3 years
  • Foreign Language: 2 years

Intended science, computer science or mathematics majors should have additional coursework in science and math.