Frequently Asked Questions
What is Clare College?Clare College is the academic unit of St. Bonaventure University that administers the core curriculum for all its students. The faculty of Clare is drawn from all schools of the University, and its courses are not restricted to traditional disciplinary or departmental boundaries.
May any of the Clare College courses be waived?The only waivers which have been officially approved involve the placement of first-year students directly into Composition and Critical Thinking II, rather than CCT I. This is based upon the student's verbal SAT score and the decision of the dean and academic vice president.
May courses taken at other institutions transfer in as Clare College courses?Yes, students who have completed undergraduate courses at other institutions, including in summer school, may have those courses accepted in place of some of the regular Clare College courses. Students wishing to enroll in summer courses at other institutions are strongly advised to seek the prior approval of the Dean of Clare College to ensure transfer equivalence. However all students, transfers notwithstanding, must complete both the Intellectual Journey and the University Forum at St. Bonaventure University.
Do Clare College courses transfer out to other universities?Yes, Clare College courses do transfer to other universities for full credit. Their specific transfer value is based on the other school's policy. If any student is seeking to transfer his or her Clare credits to another institution, the dean will assist that student and the other institution in finding a satisfactory transfer equivalency.
Does St. Bonaventure's Clare College requirements exceed those at similar universities?No, the total number of credits required is 12 courses for 36 hours. (There are other requirements determined by the student's school and major.) This is almost half of what SBU required of its students in its previous curriculum. Most universities have between 30 and 45 hours of required courses.
Are Clare College courses more difficult than other University courses?Clare College may be more challenging to many students, particularly in its emphasis on active learning, but the average grades of Clare College courses are not significantly different from other courses at this University.
Where can I get more information or assistance regarding Clare College?The office of the Dean of Clare College, Dr. David J. DiMattio (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) is located in Suite 120, Robinson Hall. He, or his assistant, Rachel Farrell (e-mail: email@example.com) can be contacted at 375-2221.