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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

Institutional School Codes

SAT: 2793
ACT: 2882
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Federal Code # for SBU: 002817


School Counselors

The school counselor plays an important role in the high school student’s college search process. We invite school counselors to visit the St. Bonaventure campus to learn more about what your students will experience here, and we look forward to our continued collaboration in making a difference in the lives of young people.

Throughout the year, St. Bonaventure University admissions representatives maintain an active rapport with our colleagues in high schools across the United States, and we are confident that these relationships benefit prospective students.

Most often, conversations with school counselors involve the “fit” for individual students and the processing and review of applications. Applicants to St. Bonaventure may apply online with no application fee.

For First Year Freshman applicants, the following items are required: 

  • Completed Application Form (online)
  • Secondary School Report/School Counselor Recommendation
  • High School Transcript
  • ACT or SAT score reports (if they do not appear on the official transcript). All prospective students are required to take the SAT or ACT test (writing not required) 
  • An essay or personal statement written by the applicant 
  • Where English is not the first language, students are required to take the TOEFL and score at least 80 on the test 

While not required, also highly recommended is:

  • At least one letter of recommendation from a high school teacher that highlights the applicant’s academic success and potential

Visits to campus and interviews are encouraged for all prospective students and their families, but they are not required.

St. Bonaventure University’s Combined Degree Franciscan Health Care programs have unique requirements. If students are interested in these highly competitive opportunities, refer to the Combined Degree Admission pages.

The St. Bonaventure University Admissions Team member who represents the University in your area looks forward to working with you.  If you are in need of additional materials and applications, please e-mail, call (716) 375-2434, or toll-free at (800) 462-5050.

Download a Secondary School Report Form or Optional Teacher Recommendation Form for a student applying to SBU.

Franciscan Values

SBU President Sr. Margaret Carney on Franciscan Values.

Adekson, Mary

Titles/Responsibilities Associate Professor
Academic School
School of Education
Academic Department Counselor Education
Contact Information Office Phone: (716) 375-2041
Office Location/Hours Plassmann Hall, B53
Courses Taught
  • CE 510. Introduction to the Profession of Counseling
  • CE 610. Practicum
  • CE 620A. Internship 1: School Counseling
  • CE 620B. Internship 2: School Counseling
  • CE 625B. Internship 2: CMH Counseling
  • CE 638. Multicultural Counseling
  • CE 550. Group Counseling
  • Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., Counselor Education, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
  • M.Ed., Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
  • B.A., English and American Literature, Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass.
  • Other Education
    Professional Background
  • WIEN fellow at Brandeis University (scholarship to finish undergraduate degree)
  • Graduate Assistant at Ohio University
  • PEIO scholarship recipient (to finish doctorate degree)
  • Accomplishments
    Teaching Philosophy I teach to get students to retain the best of the information presented and use it to become better professionals in the field of counseling. My teaching is student centered. I bring in my experience in the field of counseling to help my students gain understanding of their future work as mental health, college and school counselors.
    Current Research Interests/Projects I have written a book titled "Native American and Canadian Medicine Men, Healers and Helpers" (Lap Lambert Academic Publishing, 2013), which is available at I am presently editing "Mentoring Future Counselors," a handbook that will be available to future counselors, counselors in the field, and alumni of counselor education programs. The book comprises about 40 chapters written by counselor educators from all over the world. I am also working with three other writers on another manuscript on mentoring international students
    Other Interests/Community Involvement I am a board member for National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for Cattaraugus County. I like to work out at the Richter Center on the St. Bonaventure campus
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