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With a student to teacher ratio of 11:1 and dedicated faculty members, Fontbonne University offers its students a personal learning experience.
A 4-year, coeducational, liberal arts university
45 majors; 34 minors; 19 graduate programs
Welcomes international students from 27+ countries
3 residence halls; 56% of full-time freshmen live on campus
About Fontbonne University
Admissions and Scholarships
About Fontbonne University
About Fontbonne University
Fontbonne University is a Catholic university established in 1923 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Fontbonne offers an excellent selection of undergraduate and graduate programs across subject categories. Fontbonne is located in St. Louis in Missouri and attracts students from around the world. Some of the features that make studying at Fontbonne an excellent choice for your education are listed below:
11:1 student to faculty ratio for a wonderful learning experience
A beautiful campus community in St. Louis
Personalized support for international students
Transparent admissions process and affordable fees
Fontbonne University is located in Clayton, Missouri an upscale district of St. Louis. The surrounding area is of immense natural beauty. There are five state parks and hundreds of small neighborhood parks that make St. Louis one of the greenest regions in the USA.The campus is located just minutes from Forest Park, site of the 1904 World's Fair, which outdoes New York's Central Park in size. Frequented by runners and picnickers, the park also hosts some of the region's favorite culturalinstitutions: the St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Science Center and the Missouri History Museum. Entry to these institutions is free of cost and offers an enriching learning experience. There are a number of social entertainment options. ‘The Loop’ is a stretch near the University campus that comprises - an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and music venues. The Union Station building houses a comedy club, hotel, specialty shops and restaurants, and a man-made pond for paddle-boating under the old train shed.
The University comprises the following constituent colleges and centers:
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Education and Allied Health Professions
Eckelkamp College of Global Business and Professional Studies
Kinkel Center for Academic Resources
Center for Educational and Emerging Technology
Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning
College of Arts and Sciences:
The College of Arts and Sciences offers undergraduate and graduate students more than 30 degree programs, including partnership programs in engineering, nursing, occupational therapy, social work, religious studies and chiropractics. The College of Arts and Sciences includes eight departments and covers a variety of relevant and foundational areas of study.
College of Education and Allied Health Professions:
The College of Education and Allied Health Professions offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees that span many fields and disciplines. Programs are offered in elementary education, dietetics, health care, education, teaching and family and consumer sciences.
Eckelkamp College of Global Business and Professional Studies:
The Eckelkamp College of Global Business and Professional Studies offers a variety of programs to help students make a career for themselves in the world of business and management. International students will find the programs to be relevant and beneficial in their pursuits both in the USA and in their home countries.
Kinkel Center for Academic Resources:
The Kinkel Center for Academic Resources provides academic tutoring, free of cost, to all Fontbonne students in the subject areas of business, math, science and writing.Special support services to students with disabilities are also offered.
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning provides programs and resources devoted to helping instructors succeed in the 21st century university classroom. The Center aims to create a collaborative environment where academic talent can be nurtured and teachers can learn from one another.
Studying at Fontbonne University is an immersive learning experience. The course curriculum is designed to not just impart textbook learning but also impart skills like effective communications, critical thinking and teamwork.
The various programs offered by Fontbonne University are accredited by the following academic bodies:
The Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Council on the Education of the Deaf
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association
Commission for the Council for Social Work Education
Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP)
Students also have the opportunity to design their own University Major.
The University offers Master of Arts and Master of Science programs. The programs on offer are:
Early Intervention in Deaf Education (MA)
Family & Consumer Sciences (MA)
Speech-Language Pathology (MS)
Nonprofit Management (MS)
Supply Chain Management* (MS)
Fine Arts (MFA)
Instructional Design & Technology (MS)
Learning Technologies (MS)
Prospective students can click here to learn more about each program in detail.
Intensive English Program:
International students who aspire to improve their English skills before embarking on a full-time degree program can join the IEP offered by Fontbonne University.
Brief descriptions of some of the most popular subject choices among international students are listed below.
Arts and Fine Arts:
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees help students master the fundamentals of visual communication and various media tools. Historical and contemporary aesthetic ideas, both Western and non-Western, are explored in studio classes and art history. Students can pursue dozens of occupations within the art world. Painter, art director, sculptor, graphic designer, photographer, jewelry maker, coordinator, consultant and editor are just some of the jobs available.
The Master of Arts and Fine Arts programs offer learning and research environments that enable students to become effective artists professionally and intellectually.Concentrations are available in ceramics, painting, sculpture, drawing and photography. The big advantage is that faculty members are working artists who are experts in their chosen art-form.
Business and Management:
Business and management programs are in high demand and the all important MBA is known for its challenging coursework. A number of undergraduate programs in business with a good selection of concentrations in accounting, finance, management and leadership and marketing are on offer. The MBA program places an emphasis on the identification, analysis and solution of complex management problems that require technical understanding and balanced decision making. Alumni of Fontbonne’s MBA program work at national and international companies such as Anheuser-Busch InBev, Boeing, Emerson and SSM Healthcare.
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, offers a solid foundation in computer theory, programming languages, operating systems, and software development. Students will learn about hardware structure, robotics, data management, software engineering, mobile apps, telecommunications and networking.
Computer Science a field with a continuously expanding need for advanced knowledge and expertise. A Master of Science Degree in Computer Science from Fontbonne University will give you the tools needed to improve your career prospects or focus on research. With three specialty tracks - data mining, software engineering and cyber security; the program offers a diverse learning experience.
The Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security, designed by full-time faculty members in consultation with St. Louis area industry experts. The program covers - Cryptography, Wireless Security, Mobile Forensics, and Server Security and Maintenance/Troubleshooting.
Admissions and Scholarships
Admissions and Scholarships
There are three admission intakes, every year, the deadlines to apply for them are:
Fall semester (August intake): June 15
Spring semester (January intake): November 15
Summer semester (June intake): April 15
The easiest way is to apply online by submitting the completed application form and required documents. An application processing fee of US$50 is charged per application. Click here to learn more about the admissions process.
The student recruitment team visits major cities of the world to attract students to study at Fontbonne University. Prospective students can click here to view the upcoming travel schedule and meet the university representatives directly and clarify their queries related to studying at Fontbonne.
Fontbonne University offers merit-based scholarships to a number of academically talented undergraduate (bachelor’s degree) international applicants. All scholarships are awarded to students who hold non-immigrant, F-1 student visas. The award amount is applied to the student’s account in two equal installments in the fall and spring semesters and goes toward reducing tuition charges. Awards are renewable each year, but students must maintain the minimum grade point average stated on the award contract as well as F-1 visa status.
The campus community has both traditional student rooms and suites. Standard double rooms are in St. Joseph Hall which houses mostly first time residents and second year residents. Medaille Hall is the most versatile with single rooms, suites, triple rooms and double rooms.
Three on-campus residence halls and one off-campus apartment building
Furnished rooms with modern amenities
Meal plans for residents
Cable television and wireless internet facilities
Computer lab/printer in each building
Resident Assistant on every floor
Orientation is designed to welcome and introduce new entering students and their families to Fontbonne University. By focusing on the values of Fontbonne, orientation helps new students make the transition from their previous environment to the diverse academic, intellectual and social culture of Fontbonne University.
All international students accepted for study at Fontbonne University are required to carry medical/health insurance by an American insurance company selected by Fontbonne University. Students are automatically enrolled in the insurance plan upon enrollment at the university. There are a number of private healthcare providers in close vicinity of the campus, who offer quality care and treatment.
A full suite of free services are offered to current Fontbonne students and alumni by the career services team. This includes - career assessment, cover letter and resume reviews, mock interviews, job-search support, work etiquette training and interview preparation.
Sports and Athletics:
Fontbonne offers a strong tradition of sporting and athletic excellence. Popular sports include baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, softball, tennis and lacrosse. The University regularly participates in inter-university sports and athletics events and the teams have won a number of accolades.
Be it academic interest or a shared love for music, movies or sports, there are a number of student organizations that students can join at the University. Students can join a group or organization of their choice and interact with like-minded students.
The Fontbonne International Student Alliance or FISA as it is popularly known as was set up in 2009. The main aim of FISA is to foster interaction between American and international students and to help international students transition with ease into life in the USA.
Here’s what a few of Fontbonne’s students have to say to prospective students:
Carlos - Psychology Student
"Get involved in at least one extracurricular activity. If there is nothing you like, then start a club; it's easy, and sometimes you learn more than you do in class."
Shannon - Speech-Language Pathology Student
"Be yourself and GET INVOLVED! Being a part of different organizations and teams makes the college experience so much more enjoyable! It's also a great way to make good friends. Most importantly, HAVE FUN!"
Click here to see videos of students speaking about their experiences at Fontbonne.
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