Saint Bonaventure University is a private, Franciscan Catholic university occupying 500 acres of campus grounds in Bonaventure, New York. Founded in 1858 by Utica financier Nicholas Devereaux and the Franciscan brothers, the school was a part of the land grant on which Devereaux sought to build the town of Allegany. Believing the new city would need religious instruction, Devereaux sought the help of the bishop of Buffalo, John Timon, who then invited the Franciscan Order to Western New York.

Although the school graduated its first class in 1858, it was in 1950 that the state of New York granted St. Bonaventure College university status. Its largest residence hall, the Devereaux Hall, was named after its founder.

Today, Saint Bonaventure University remains one of the country’s prominent universities and is well-known for its journalism, business, and education programs. Throughout its years of existence it has produced five Pulitzer Prize-winning writers one of whom, John Hanchette, is a journalism professor at the university. Offering Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as well as professional certificates, the university has over 50 academic programs including the latest additions of gerontology, theater arts and art history.

Cost of attendance for academic year 2010-2011 for fulltime undergraduate students is US$36,465 broken down into fulltime tuition and fee of US$26,895 plus room and board at US$9,570. Estimated cost for books and supplies is US$700, for personal expenses, US$650, and for transportation, US$600. Students must also earmark funds for these indirect costs. For graduate students, cost of tuition is US$650 per credit hour plus room and meals cost of US$8,890. To help students in paying for their tuition and fees, financial aid is extended in the form of loans, grants and scholarships.

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