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Reviews 370 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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2 College Student

Campus Housing: It's a place to live

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3 College Student

Greek Life: We don't have Greek Life

3 College Student

Overall Experience: St. Bonaventure is the best choice for a small town school. Everyone is friendly and the staff can not WAIT to welcome you into the Bona Bubble!

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've never felt in any real danger on campus. People are very friendly to one another. If an issue ever arose, bystanders would quickly help and resolve the issue.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms here are dated, but they are nice. They're bigger than a lot of other school's dorms. The RA's are normally pretty relaxed. As long as you're not being too loud, you can have people over and pregame in the dorms before going out.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Bona's basketball is like a religion here. Most of the student body and alums follow it with a passion. Overall, our athletics are good and the facilities reflect that. All sports are having good success right now and many of the students come out to watch many of the sports.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school is small which is a blessing and a curse

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is a nurse practitioner always around. People really care about your well being.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am really well prepared academically. The core requirements are extensive but really worthwhile. You learn to write and think.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I already have job offers after graduation.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are not as fancy as other schools but the social atmosphere is friendly and close. They are very clean just dated.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Both ladies' and mens' basketball were in the top 30 nationally and on national TV several times. We should have even better season next year. Rugby we are ranked 6th in the nation and its a growing sport. Baseball is fun to watch. We are a power in Swimming. Division 1 in the Atlantic 10.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have no real complaints but nothing gets a perfect score. I love this school. The location, the people are warm and authentic. This school has crazy, I mean crazy school spirit. The alumni are always here and lots of kids have siblings here. Lots of legacy students. The campus is lovely, I mean achingly beautiful. There is a river behind campus, fields are everywhere and the area has Allegheny State Park, Letchworth State Park and a great ski area 30 mins from campus. I play golf a lot. There is a nice 9 hole course on campus with carts and a clubhouse. Crazy!!!!!! I have been fishing many times at Kinzua Dam.

Classes are small and profs friendly. Love it. The new business building is totally state of the art. Kids are jocky here and very social, well dressed and rarely smoke.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My teachers are great, internships are helpful, everything is great!

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: I don't participate in any sports, but I love going to basketball games. You can really tell that the school is a family that supports each other there. I do take advantage of the gym occasionally and know that it's equipment is updated every few years.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love my school because it feels like a family. The atmosphere is amazing, especially during basketball games. I really feel as if the adults here all want us to succeed and become good people who can go and help the world, as the Franciscan tradition encourages. Even though it is a religious based school, it is a very open and accepting atmosphere. The administration does everything in its power to educate us about diversity and inclusivity. The school is unique because it doesn't just educate us, it provides us with an experience and opportunities to grow as people. It's because of this and the atmosphere that I would choose my school over and over again. I knew when I walked on campus and felt like I belonged.

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1 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I will never understand how people find these parties entertaining.

Most of them end up with a house packed full of people, everyone sweating, while music is blasting so loud that you can't talk to the person next to you. In fact, most of the parties consist either of chatting to random class mates, playing pong, grinding, or (most popular) standing in one spot until its time to leave. The average student walks 1.1 miles from their dorm room (each way) to go to 4 houses with this type of atmosphere 2 times a week.

The bars are almost all dives with 4-5 of them packed on a single street. They're mostly the same inside.

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1 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Although there are more than a dozen houses, they are almost all the same. A bunch of sweat people, paranoid about the police coming into the house standing around; sipping beer and listening to music.

If somehow that sounds fun to you, then you're in the right place, because on any given weekend night you can do this at 4-7 houses.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Although some students may disagree, the demographics here are fairly consistent with the general population of the US, with a slight skew due to the large number of foreign students.

However, the campus is insanely race conscious, with a program called #racematters which covers so called "islamaphobia" and "white privilege". Additionally, one of the professors (in a very unprofessional move) teaches about Black Lives Matters in a class on what should be the Civil War and post reconstruction.

The school is obsessed with making white students feel guilty, which leads to an uncomfortable situation for straight white men who don't hate themselves.

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1 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Other than a special "no drugs" dorm, its almost impossible to find people who aren't constantly either drunk or high. Students regularly show up to class buzzed, even in the middle of the week.

If you're aspiring to be a drunken street urchin, this is the place to start.

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1 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Wellness center staff have no idea what their doing and screw up constantly.

They are insanely lucky they haven't been slammed with a lawsuit, yet.

Security mostly messes with students, going out of their way to be intimidating and break up gatherings.

Also, Bonas has possibly the worst alchohol policy imaginable. If you are in a room with 6 other people and security finds 1 empty beer can, you are liable to be penalized with a fine. Even if you aren't aware of there being drinking going on around you, you can still be held liable. Also, a group of more than 8 people in one room is considered a party that can (will) be broken up by security.

1 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Hate it. Hate every last student insulting minute of it. Save your money and your time.

Classes are almost all power-point oriented lectures

A number of professors have an extreme liberal bias and you need to act like a communist to pass the class.

Courses offered are generally terrible and are only the most broad strokes overview of any given topic, with no depth or specialization.

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2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Hilariously, most Bonas students think they're going to make it big one day. The list of successful people (not involved in sports) who have been to this school can be counted on your fingers and toes, despite that the school has been open for over 150 years.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Fairly awful.

The housing at Bonaventure is without hyperbole worse than Army Barracks.

The rooms are tight and cramped, with Doyle being the exception The desks vary in quality and size.

Until just two years ago, freshmen had to shower in adjoining stalls in the same room as toilets.

Doyle still has shower stalls as does Francis and Dev.

Garden apartments are OK, it is almost impossible to cook without setting off a fire alarm.

There are tons of houses off campus, but the school is becoming agressively more authoritarian.

Two years ago, they stopped sophomores from living off campus

This year, they changed the rules to stop juniors from living off campus.

That means, as of the 2016-2017 school year, you can only live on Campus unless you're a senior.

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