Fall 2015 Enrollment
2,791 undergraduate students
94% of undergrad students are full time
40% male — 60% female
5% of students are from out of state
2015-2016 Academic Year
230 full-time faculty
217 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio
90% of first year students live on campus
50% of all students live on campus
Fisher is located 10 minutes from Downtown Rochester, the third most populous city in New York. With a reputation for higher education, medical and other health services, and businesses in the financial, marketing, and other industries, the city ranks high in quality-of-life surveys. Students also have their choice of a variety of off-campus internship and experiential learning opportunities.
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RETENTION FALL 2015
86% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)
6 YEAR GRADUATION RATE 2015
70% of students graduated in 6 years
ENROLLMENT BY RACIAL/ETHNIC CATEGORY - FALL 2015
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|Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander||0%|
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Fisher competes in NCAA Division III as part of the Empire 8 Athletic Conference, the ECAC, and the Liberty League (men’s and women’s rowing). In the 2015-2016 seasons, 20 of Fisher’s 24 intercollegiate athletic programs participated in championship/postseason competition, and seven advanced to the NCAA Championships.
Fast Fisher Facts
Character. An independent, liberal arts institution in the Catholic tradition of American higher education.
Average class size. 20-25 students
Academics. 35 undergraduate majors in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, business, education, and nursing, as well as 11 pre-professional programs and a variety of master’s and doctoral programs.
Activities. Students have the opportunity to choose from over 70 clubs and organizations, including student government, community service, music groups, language clubs, cultural organizations, student publications, and intramural sports. Many academic departments also sponsor clubs.
Found on U.S. News and World Report “America’s Best Colleges” and “Great Schools, Great Prices” lists
Listed among “America’s Top Colleges” according to Forbes.com
Recognized as a “Best Value in Private Colleges” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
Named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media
Earned the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement
With over 100 Foreign Study programs to choose from, St. John Fisher College students have the incredible opportunity to combine adventure and academics. Both summer- and semester-long trips all across the globe bring courses to life, immersing students in the cultures of their destinations and expanding their social and professional networks far beyond the Fisher campus.
One of the latest and most exciting additions to Fisher’s study abroad options is its program in Galway, Ireland, created in partnership with Hobart and William Smith Colleges. This program, led by faculty from both Colleges, sends students to live and study with Irish students at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Through service-learning projects, University-wide clubs, and a dense cluster of surrounding communities, participants are sure to experience everything that Ireland has to offer.
The College’s School of Arts and Sciences’ Core Curriculum reveals to students the importance of a well-rounded, interdisciplinary education. In today’s job market, employers demand complex thinking and the ability to take on a variety of seemingly unrelated tasks. With a liberal arts foundation, Fisher students gain diverse skills alongside their majors, holding a wealth of knowledge in the sciences, arts, and humanities alike.
All students, regardless of their areas of study, graduate with an intricate understanding of the world and the ability to develop and communicate their ideas clearly. It can be a challenge to succeed in the professional world without being capable of taking on a variety of tasks, and Fisher’s Core Curriculum prepares students to be versed in a little bit of everything.
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The transition into college can be daunting, but Fisher’s First-Year Program makes every new student feel like they are part of the family. The summer before students begin their classes, they get the chance to attend Great Beginnings, a summer orientation session that is fully loaded with information about what students can expect for their first few months at the College. Later in August, they kick off their fall semesters with a three-day Orientation full of activities just prior to the start of classes. Students connect with new friends, learn about campus resources, and enter college with a firm foundation of what life at Fisher is all about.
The Freshman Seminar and Research-Based Writing classes come as part of the first-year academic package. These courses familiarize students with time management, study skills, self-care, and upper-level writing that will be crucial throughout their college experience. The first-year curriculum includes Learning Communities, tightly knit groups of students who take two classes together around a specific theme. Taught by professors of differing disciplines, these Learning Community classes help students understand the value of approaching topics from different perspectives and across different fields of study.
Programs of Study for Guaranteed Success
With over 35 majors and minors and 11 pre-professional programs, Fisher caters to a diverse range of undergraduate student interests. Not only are all of Fisher’s programs rich with material that make students masters in their fields, but the College’s pre-health, pre-engineering, and pre-law programs also provide easy-to-follow course plans that make their educational careers go as smoothly as possible. Each pre-professional curriculum places students on accelerated paths that enable them to fulfill graduate school requirements before they earn their bachelor’s degrees. With graduate offerings across the College’s five Schools, students also have the opportunity to explore advanced degrees soon after their undergraduate careers.
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CLASS SIZE BREAKDOWN
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Fisher’s extracurricular activities are just as engaging as its academic programs. Through the Office of Campus Life, Fisher students have been able to create a thriving variety of clubs for the arts, social justice, sports, and much more. Every passion has a place at Fisher, and every student has a voice. Whether they want to delve deeper in their majors through academic organizations or enjoy entertainment, fun, or just down time at any of the Student Activities Board’s campus-wide events, students are sure to fall in love with their campus community.
The Teddi Dance for Love
Fisher’s longest-running student tradition, the Teddi Dance for Love, is a fun, inspiring event that exemplifies the College’s commitment to service. It calls upon hundreds of students every year to raise money for Camp Good Days and Special Times, an organization that brings life-changing experiences to children diagnosed with cancer. A 24-hour dance marathon that features live performances and nonstop dancing, the Teddi Dance for Love helps children and families affected by cancer, all while creating memories that Fisher students will value for the rest of their lives.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs celebrates the rich culture within Fisher’s campus, providing a platform for all of the College’s voices to be heard. Through different programs and initiatives, the Office works to create inclusive environments for people of varying ethnic, racial, economic, and religious backgrounds.
Fisher students are driven by social justice and work closely with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs to host events and initiatives that bolster diversity in the Fisher community and beyond.
CAMPUS HOUSING OPTIONS FOR UNDERGRADUATES
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The Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement helps incorporate community service into Fisher’s academic courses. These acts of service help develop students’ civic responsibility and compassion, all while enriching their education. Assignments, field trips, and workshops motivate students to think critically as they make a positive impact on their community.
A small sample of service-learning opportunities include a sociology course that brings students in touch with elderly individuals so that they may discuss and analyze social trends of the human life course; a biology course that conducts research for the benefit of teenagers living with cancer; and an education course that provides literacy support to underprivileged children. It is through Fisher’s service-learning program that courses come alive and allow students to see real results of their hard work.
Fisher’s Career Center staff are available to help students and alumni through every phase of their job searches. Even if a student is uncertain about what career to pursue, they have access to knowledgeable Career Counselors who are excited to help them explore their interests and options.
The Center hosts editing sessions to review students’ résumés and cover letters, events that build their career networks, mock interview workshops that set them up for success, and so much more. Fisher’s CareerZone acts as a hub for all the best resources, including job and internship postings, sample résumés, and strategy guides that make navigating the career-search process easy.
Fisher alumni are making an impact in their communities and beyond, living as testaments to the College’s transformative education. Even in such a competitive job market, Fisher is represented in all fields of work. Graduates let their talents shine as educators, analysts, doctors, artists, athletes, and more. It is with Fisher’s curriculum, community, and resources that its alumni are as prepared as possible to face the challenges of the world beyond college.
ADMISSIONS FALL 2016
4,586 Total Applicants
2,860 Total Admissions
553 Total Freshmen Enrollment
62.36% of applicants admitted
Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission
Rolling admission? No
Closing date: Aug 15
Priority date: Feb 1
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Freshmen Profile Fall 2015
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|SAT Critical Reading||490||570|
TUITION AND COSTS
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TUITION AND COSTS BEFORE FINANCIAL AID 2016-2017
|Room and Board (on campus)||$11,740|
|Estimated Total On Campus||$43,620|
Average Financial Aid Packages 2014-2015
$22,096 First year students
$16,063 All undergrads
Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015
71% on average, the percentage of need that was met
35% of financial need students that had need fully met
$16,063 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,745 Average need-based loan