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Fontbonne University

Fontbonne University

Fontbonne University is a nonprofit Catholic coeducational institution of higher education offering liberal arts and professional programs in a values-based, student-centered environment. Nearly 2,000 students annually take advantage of the university’s high-quality academic programs and wonderful campus environment. Founded in 1923 and still sponsored today by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Fontbonne is located in Clayton, Mo., a beautiful suburb in the heart of the St. Louis metropolitan area. The university embraces diversity and inclusion, and encourages open communication and personal concern.

Fontbonne’s programs, faculty and campus attract students from across the U.S. and many other countries. Forty-five undergraduate majors and 19 graduate programs create a relevant, well-rounded offering of academic interests. The Eckelkamp College of Global Business and Professional Studies comprises more than a dozen undergraduate and graduate degree programs such as accounting, human resource management, supply chain management and nonprofit management. Many of these programs are offered in evening, online and blended formats specifically designed for busy adults. The College of Education and Allied Health Professions houses prominent undergraduate and graduate programs in speech-language pathology, deaf education, dietetics, education/special education and more. The newly formed College of Arts and Sciences encompasses more than 30 degree programs such as cyber security, applied design, learning technologies, fine arts and sports management.

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 an excellent student-faculty ratio creates ideal opportunities for discussion and personal attention. Faculty must meet high academic criteria — 71 percent of full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their field.

Outside the classroom, experiential learning opportunities, which could include an internship, practicum or student teaching, are incorporated into most academic programs, helping graduates move successfully into their chosen careers.

Learning the importance of existing in a global community is also an important part of the Fontbonne experience. Students have many opportunities to get involved in local community projects, as well as annual service trips to other states and countries.

At Fontbonne University, students not only learn more ... they can be more.

Quick Facts

Campus Location: Suburban St. Louis

Founded: 1923

Type: 4-year, coeducational, liberal arts, private, nonprofit, Catholic

Sponsoring Church Organization: Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

Enrollment: 1,819 (899 full-time undergraduates)

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Traditional First-Year Student Profile: 53% female, 47% male

Overall Student Profile: 70% female, 30% male); 25 countries represented throughout the student body

Faculty: 222 (full and part-time); 71% of full-time faculty hold a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field.

Student/faculty ratio: 11:1

Application for admission: Deadlines: Spring, Dec. 12; Summer, May 16; Fall, Aug. 1

Academic programs: 45 majors; 34 minors; 19 graduate programs

Athletics: Division III, NCAA, St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC)

Sports: Men’s: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track & field, volleyball. Women’s: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, volleyball (a dance team is also available)

Housing: 3 residence halls; 59% of full-time freshmen live on campus.

Tuition & fees 2015-2016: $23,790

Room & board: $8,811 (avg)

Alumni: 18,582. 74% of alumni live or work in the greater St. Louis area.

Course Offered

  • Accounting
  • Applied Behavioral Sciences
  • Applied Design
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Art
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology
  • Biology for Secondary Education
  • Business Administration
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Cyber Security
  • Deaf Education
  • Dietetics
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English - Literary Studies
  • English - Professional Writing
  • English for Secondary Certification
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Fine Arts
  • Global Studies
  • Health Education & Promotion
  • History
  • Human Services
  • Management & Leadership
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics for Secondary Education
  • Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Middle School Education
  • Performing Arts
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Science/Pre-Law
  • Social Work
  • Special Education
  • Special Education - Paraprofessional PathwaysSM
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • Sports Management
  • Strategic Communication
  • University Major – Design Your Own Major
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