St. John Fisher College

St. John Fisher College


St. John Fisher College is an independent, liberal arts institution in the Catholic tradition of American higher education. The College emphasizes liberal learning for students in traditional academic disciplines, as well as for those in more directly career-oriented fields. The world has become more and more complex, and at St. John Fisher College, you'll grow both personally and academically to meet the challenges that will await you. As a Fisher student, you will acquire the tools and knowledge to live and learn independently, enabling you to reach your full potential. You'll get personal attention from our faculty, who are selected for their teaching excellence, scholarly initiatives, and commitment to students. They teach in one of the College’s five schools, each of which is accredited by the highest national or international accrediting body in its discipline. The College strives to enroll an increasingly diverse student body and one that is welcoming to all.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

First-Year Experience & Transition First-Year Program

The First-Year Program is designed to assist students in the transition to college and orient them to the history and values of the Fisher community and the characteristics of successful Fisher students. The First-Year Program will give students the tools to navigate between their increased personal freedom and new responsibilities. It does more than help to adjust to their new surroundings; it provides the critical-thinking skills required to address the character challenges of college life.

First-Year Experience & Transition Freshman Seminar

Freshman Seminar is a 1-credit course that serves as an orientation to college life and fosters academic success, personal growth, and career exploration. Together with about 18 peers, students discuss issues such as personal wellness, community, diversity, goal setting, study skills, time management, stress management, and the ins-and-outs of successfully navigating the academic world of St. John Fisher College.

Academic Advising & Support Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

The Arthur O. Even Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) provides a wide range of services for New York State students who have a strong desire to earn a college degree but would not otherwise be able to attend college due to economic or academic circumstances. The Program provides academic, financial, personal and career counseling support in order to guide students toward educational success.

Academic Advising & Support Academic Opportunity Programs Office

Through personalized guidance tailored to the needs of individual students, the Academic Opportunity Programs Office recruits, enrolls, and empowers academically under-prepared and economically disadvantaged students to overcome obstacles on their way to becoming informed, ethical, tolerant, self-reliant and socially responsible citizens.

Student Diversity

  • 2,786
  • 40/60
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • n/a
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 4%
  • 4%
    Black or African American
  • 4%
  • n/a
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 84%
  • 2%
    Two or more races
  • 2%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • n/a

Student Success

  • 84%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 73%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 90%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 50%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 237
    Full-time faculty
  • 40
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 11:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Nursing, Business, Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Muslim Student Union, Asian Student Union, Black Student Union, Sustained Dialogue, Latino Student Union, Students of Multicultural Affairs


Cost of Attendance

  • $31,300
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $580
    Required Fees
  • $11,740
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $32,656,843
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $21,604
    Average aid package
  • $35,925
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 24%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 81%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 30%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 4,551
    # of applicants
  • 65%
  • n/a
    Average HS GPA
  • 24
    ACT Composite
  • 480—560
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 490—540
    SAT Math
  • 460—540
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • n/a
    Regular application closing date
  • n/a
    Application Fee
  • n/a
    Application Fee (online)
  • n/a
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 12/01
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date