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St. John Fisher College, home to over 3,800 students, is a coeducational liberal arts...

St. John Fisher College

Rochester, New York

St. John Fisher College has experienced significant enrollment and program growth, igniting fast-moving change to an already beautiful campus.  It’s a place where tradition and innovation continue to be joined hand-in-hand.


The College stays true to the educational philosophy of its founders including liberal learning, high academic standards, and personal attention to each student.


Experiential learning and service-learning are central to all of Fisher’s 35 academic majors offered at the undergraduate level and through many of the graduate programs as well.  Students have countless chances throughout their years at the College to pursue internships and other networking opportunities, as well as unique study abroad experiences.


Fisher students find everything they need to shape their future: a lively, inspiring, and welcoming campus community; the foundation of a liberal arts education that touches every part of their life; and the guidance of faculty whose expertise sheds light on students’ chosen fields. At Fisher, they find goodness, discipline, and knowledge.



Student Profile

Fall 2016 Enrollment
2,757 undergraduate students
95% of undergrad students are full time
40% male — 60% female
5% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2016-2017 Academic Year
237 full-time faculty
214 part-time faculty
11 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2016
90% of first year students live on campus
50% of all students live on campus

School Location

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.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X


84% of students began in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016 (full time, first time freshmen)


73% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 0%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 4%
White 84%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 2%


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.

Other Information

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.

More Distinctions

  • 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

  • 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

Study Abroad

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.

Core Curriculum

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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Choral groups X
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Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization  
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Literary magazine X
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Musical theater X
Pep band X
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Student government X
Student newspaper X
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Television station X
Yearbook X

First-Year Program

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.


Arts/fine arts  
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages  
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 75 217 248 103 5 5 3 656

Student Activities

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.

Campus Diversity

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.


Coed dorms X
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Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students  
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  


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.

Career Center

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.

Alumni Success

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.



4,551 Total Applicants 
2,937 Total Admissions 
576 Total Freshmen Enrollment

64.54% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2017-18 Admission

Rolling admission? Yes

Priority date: Jan 15 (for Merit Scholarships)

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA
Character/personal qualities
Alumni/ae relation

Class rank
Standardized test scores
Application Essay
Extracurricular activities
Volunteer work
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

First generation
Geographical residence
State residency

Freshmen Profile Fall 2016

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 480 560
SAT Math 490 590
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 22 26
ACT Math 21 26
ACT English 20 25
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator 


Tuition $32,540
Fees $580
Total $33,120
Room and Board (on campus) $12,150
Estimated Total On Campus $45,270


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016

$22,202 First year students
$17,755 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016

69% on average, the percentage of need that was met
36% of financial need students that had need fully met

$17,755 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,749 Average need-based loan