St. Louis, Missouri
Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO, is home to a compact campus, strong values, big hearts, and plenty of passionate people, including nearly 2,000 students. The school’s small size fosters meaningful relationships between friends and fellow students, as well as faculty, staff, and even alumni.
Fontbonne’s academic programs, faculty and community attract students from across the U.S. and around the world — the university’s St. Louis campus is really a global microcosm with 20 – 30 countries represented at any given time. Students can choose from 43 rigorous, relevant undergraduate majors and 14 graduate programs, along with numerous minors, certificates and concentrations, ranging from highly lauded programs like deaf education, dietetics and fine arts, to new, innovative disciplines like cyber security, bioinformatics and One Health.
Fontbonne faculty members are heavily focused on teaching, and they’re committed to reaching each and every student. Professors devote their time to creating and delivering a curriculum that best serves their students and includes both theory and practical, real-world experience and application. The 10:1 student-faculty ratio creates ideal opportunities for discussion and personal attention.
Get to know Fontbonne University
- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- International Student Organization
- Literary magazine
- Music ensembles
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- First-Year Seminars and Experiences
- Common Intellectual Experiences
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
- Career Services
- Writing Center
- Academic Advisors
- Library Services
- Faculty Mentors
- Disability Services
- Multicultural Engagement Center
- Health Services
- Academic Tutors
- Financial Aid Advisors
- Student Success Initiative
Fontbonne University offers robust summer course offerings that prepare students for a successful transition into the fall semester.
COMMON INTELLECTUAL EXPERIENCES
General education at Fontbonne University includes a common experience that integrates mission into the curriculum, highlights distinctiveness, employs high-impact practices to increase student engagement, and prioritizes the concerns of global citizenship in the 21st century. It is critical that Fontbonne students have a consistent foundation from which they can broaden conversations and deepen their understandings for the challenges ahead.
COLLABORATIVE ASSIGNMENTS AND PROJECTS
Fontbonne students are frequently engaged in group projects inside and outside of the classroom. Fontbonne recognizes that every student brings different perspectives and experiences from which others can benefit. The idea of incorporating those differences through academic experiences challenges students to grow culturally as well as educationally. Fontbonne’s rich campus culture spans across several spaces on campus and engages students in ways that are unique from traditional educational settings.
“I chose to study at Fontbonne for Education because I have heard nothing but great things about the school. Many of my favorite teachers also attended Fontbonne for their degrees.
Fontbonne reminds me of a family. Being a transfer student, I thought it would be difficult connecting with my classmates because most of them have been together for 2 years already. I was very wrong. I have met some amazing people, students and professors, and everyone has been so helpful with any questions I have. The small class sizes really help you get to know your classmates and feel more comfortable. The environment and sense of community is what drew me towards Fontbonne and is what I will continue to rave about to others.” – Nina, elementary education major
Undergraduate research is a key high-impact academic experience at Fontbonne, enriching the learning experience as a cornerstone of students’ education. Because faculty members lead small classes, they easily develop strong relationships with their students and act as valuable mentors throughout the research process. Some of Fontbonne’s undergraduate research projects have earned patents in cybersecurity and created new “best practice” developments in communication disorders and speech pathology.
Diversity and inclusion have been a hallmark at Fontbonne University since its inception. Fontbonne incorporates diversity into its common education experience as well as outside of the classroom through several student organizations that promote understanding and tolerance for all cultures. With nearly 300 international students and the highest diversity percentage of private schools in St. Louis, Fontbonne’s campus represents the real world, preparing students to lead inclusively upon graduation.
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 112 | 10-19: 130 | 20-29: 40
30-39: 1 | 40-49: 0 | 50-99: 0 | 100+: 0
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 8%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 14%
White, non-Hispanic: 71%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 2%
FIRST-YEAR SEMINARS AND EXPERIENCES
The foundation of Fontbonne’s first-year experience is its first-year seminar, which focuses on issues of historical remembrance, social justice, and diversity. The goal is to build alliances with individuals and organizations that are bringing about positive changes in the global community. The seminar partners students with engagement opportunities in the first semester to broaden understanding and develop a foundation for future learning.
Fontbonne students must take two writing-intensive courses—one at the 200-level or above and one at the 300-level or above—which may be embedded in major, minor, or other requirements. Upon completion of this requirement, students are able to:
- Implement the writing process from generating ideas through the development of a final written piece.
- Write in the language and formats appropriate to the discipline
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
Cooperative education program
Dual degree program
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Liberal arts/career combination
Teacher certification program
Fontbonne students represent 27 different countries, so the school’s student population is diverse and far-reaching. A robust international department strives to integrate students from around the world into traditional campus life. One of the best examples of this, Fontbonne’s annual International Bazaar, is perhaps one of the most anticipated events of the year. Students proudly represent their countries from around the world through food, dress, dance, and more as they learn from and about one another in a fun, festive environment. Additionally, Fontbonne encourages students to engage in dialogue about diversity and social justice through Peace and Justice Conversations, campus cultural events, and new traditions such as the Tunnel of Oppression.
STUDENT ORGANIZATION ACTIVITIES
Throughout the year, Fontbonne offers many campus events and traditions, including Welcome Week activities, Fall Festival and homecoming events, Snowcoming concert, and SpringFest. Approximately 20 student organizations offer a robust calendar of activities that meet the diverse interests of the student body. Students are also encouraged to participate in leadership-development opportunities, including the five-phase QUEST Leadership program and the annual Leadership and Service Academy, a day-long workshop co-sponsored by several other area institutions.
UNIQUE FALL SEMESTER EXPERIENCE
The university’s annual Dedicated Semester takes place each fall and serves as a community learning experience. The entire campus focuses on a single topic of discussion like Disability; Happiness; the Immigrant Experience; and Security, Privacy, & Freedom. Specialized courses, guest speakers, experiential learning opportunities, films, and book clubs make the Dedicated Semester a chance for everyone—students, staff, and faculty alike—to come together to learn.
COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY
Service takes top priority at Fontbonne, and the university strives to practice what it preaches. Fontbonne Day, an annual day of service, sees campus doors closed and out-of-office messages on, as all faculty and staff head out into the community to serve. Students are encouraged to attend as well, and more and more groups come out to represent the university each year.
And service isn’t the only way Fontbonne reaches out to the community. A variety of camps for children and even adults, as well as the theatre company in residence, Mustard Seed Theatre, enrich lives on and off campus.
Fontbonne University is located in Clayton, MO, in the heart of the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. Nestled among tall trees in a beautiful neighborhood, Fontbonne is just 10 minutes from downtown St. Louis and 10 minutes from an international airport. It is also only a short walk, jog, or ride to Forest Park, home to world-renowned museums, a zoo, and more than 1,300 acres of green space.
IN THE HEART OF IT ALL
Fontbonne’s home is in the heart of the St. Louis metropolitan area. The city features green space, culture, ethnic diversity, amazing food, professional sports, internship opportunities, eclectic neighborhoods, and more.
Fontbonne University student-athletes compete on 17 NCAA Div. III teams, and a dance team is also available. The Griffins sport uniforms in the school’s colors: purple and gold.
Men’s teams include: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track & field, and volleyball.
Women’s teams include: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, and volleyball.
Fontbonne student-athletes are first and foremost dedicated scholars; they often have some of the highest average GPAs at the university. And the women’s softball team is consistently ranked among the highest GPAs nationwide in NCAA Division III.
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 62%
Campus housing options.
Apartments for single students
Special housing for disabled students
Special housing for international students
SERVICE LEARNING, COMMUNITY-BASED LEARNING
To build upon the common educational experience, service learning and community engagement are embedded inside and outside of the classroom. Many of Fontbonne’s classes incorporate community engagement and service learning into the curriculum. Outside of the classroom, students can celebrate Fontbonne Day, a full day of service to the St. Louis community. In addition to that experience, many of Fontbonne’s student organizations commit significant service learning hours.
Similar to undergraduate research experiences, internships and practicums are critical to the success of Fontbonne’s high-impact learning experiences. Almost all programs require a faculty-led internship experience from which many students are offered full time jobs. The collaboration Fontbonne has with alumni and businesses allow for great diversity and opportunity for internship experiences.
CAPSTONE COURSES AND PROJECTS/SENIOR EXPERIENCE
A capstone experience is required in all academic programs. Consisting of a portfolio completion, research, and presentation process, the intent of the capstone experience is to create a product for future employers to see tangible evidence of the ability and knowledge of the student. Fontbonne believes these experiences are representative of the student’s full body of work and help drive postgraduate success, which currently stands at a professional placement rate of 96%.
Academic GPA | Standardized test scores | Application Essay | Recommendation(s) | Character/personal qualities
Rigor of secondary school record
Interview | Extracurricular activities | Talent/ability
Alumni/ae relation | Volunteer work | Work experience
25th Percentile: 20 | 75th Percentile: 26
25th Percentile: 19 | 75th Percentile: 25
25th Percentile: 20 | 75th Percentile: 27
Tuition & Cost
Room & Board: $9,989
Board Only: $2,404
NEED AND MERIT-BASED AID
All admitted students receive a merit scholarship ranging from $6,500-$15,000 per year. Need based grants available on top of merit scholarships upon completion of the FAFSA. Additionally, Unique Scholarship Programs are designed specifically for student engagement
Fontbonne University is committed to both access and affordability, as instilled by its founders. The university’s ability to combine that with successful academic programs and postgraduate success create a unique, 4-year experience.