Fontbonne University is a private, four-year, liberal arts, Catholic institution located in Saint Louis, Missouri. Sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the University was named in honor of Mother St. John Fontbonne who reestablished the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph following the French Revolution. Founded in 1923, Fontbonne University’s original purpose was to provide women with access to higher education. The University’s first classes were held at Carondelet in South St. Louis and two years later the school moved to its current Clayton campus in the suburbs. Today, Fontbonne University is a coeducational institution and is “committed to providing a holistic learning experience rooted in excellence, for those seeking to be educated as leaders to serve a world in need and for those dedicated to educating them.”
Academic ProgramsFontbonne University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1926. The University’s mission statement declares itself to be “committed to the common good through the daily pursuit of transformative education, inspiring students to become global citizens who think critically, act ethically and serve responsibly.”
More than 40 majors, nearly 20 graduate programs , and a variety of evening, online & weekend programs are offered through Fontbonne University’s three colleges, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Allied Health Professions, and the Eckelkamp College of Global Business and Professional Studies. Fontbonne University offers a wide variety of academic programs and is divided into several departments including the Departments of Behavioral Sciences; Biological and Physical Sciences; Business Administration; Communication Disorders and Deaf Education; Education/Special Education; English and Communication; Family and Consumer Sciences; Fashion Merchandising; Fine Arts; History, Philosophy and Religion; Interdisciplinary Studies; Mathematics and Computer Science; and Social Work.
Student LifeFontbonne University has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,700, including over 1,100 undergraduate students. The majority of full-time freshmen students choose to reside on campus and the University offers accommodations in the form of three residence halls. These include the St. Joseph Hall, which primarily houses first time residents as well as second-year students; Medaille Hall, the University’s most versatile hall with single rooms, suites, triple rooms and double rooms; and Southwest Hall, which offers apartment-style housing with four-person suites.
Fontbonne University recognizes a variety of student led clubs and organizations including groups focused on Academics, Social Organizations, and Honor Societies. These and other campus events and activities provide students with plenty of opportunity to interact with one another and with faculty members outside of the classroom and allow students to develop and grow valuable leadership qualities and skills. As an NCAA Division III school, Fontbonne University’s varsity athletic teams compete in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC). The University’s varsity sports teams include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field, and volleyball as well as men’s baseball and lacrosse and women’s softball.