St. John Fisher College

3690 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14618-3597

School Details

St. John Fisher College was founded in 1948 and continues today as a private, liberal arts college located in the city of Rochester, New York.


Originally, St. John Fisher College was a men’s college started by the Basilian Fathers; it remains affiliated with the Catholic Church. In 1971, it became co-educational. It is a liberal arts school and a Catholic institution that adheres to the tradition of the American higher education. The campus is situated on 154 acres and is comprised of 25 buildings. The “concise” mission statement of St. John Fisher College is:

St. John Fisher College is a collaborative community dedicated to teaching, learning, and scholarship in a student-centered educational environment. The College is guided by its liberal arts traditional and its Catholic heritage, as expressed in the motto of its founders, the Basilian Fathers: ‘teach me goodness, discipline, and knowledge.’ Fisher engages individuals in lives of intellectual inquiry, professional integrity, and civic responsibility, where diversity and service to others are valued and practice.

There is a total enrollment of 4,008 students and the ratio is 41% male and 59% female. There are many different kinds of activities and opportunities for students at St. John Fisher. Students can choose from a variety of different clubs ranging from musical, political, and cultural organizations to intramural sports and language clubs. The clubs at Fisher promote intellectual, social, cultural, recreational, and governance development where students can grow and meet new people.


Today, the school offers 33 academic majors in the humanities, social sciences, science, business and nursing. Fisher also offers 9 master’s programs, 3 doctoral programs, and 11 pre-professional programs. The graduate and doctorate programs are divided into five main colleges: the School of Arts and Sciences, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education, the School of Business, the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, and the Wegmans School of Nursing. Through the Wegmans School of Nursing, St. John Fisher offers an online RN to BS in Nursing, which can be completed in as little as 12 to 18 months. The student-faculty ratio is 13:1 and the typical class size is between 15 and 35 students.

In addition to overall accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, St. John Fisher College has also earned other accreditations for its specific programs. THe Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education accredits its Pharmacy professionals degree programs; the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accredits its Nursing education programs at both the baccalaureate and graduate levels; the New York State Board of Regents, State Education Department, office of the Professions (Nursing Education) accredits its RN Baccalaureate degree programs, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education accredits its teacher education baccalaureate and graduate programs.

In order to seek admission to St. John Fisher, applicants must first fill out an application either through an online application, mailed application, or common application. There is also a $30 application fee attached. Then, applicants send in transcripts and SAT/ACT scores. St. John Fisher also requires applicants to fill out a personal statement and a teacher/counselor application. Around 64% of prospective students who apply to St. John Fisher are accepted and 24% of those students actually enroll.


Annual tuition for full-time students is $27,370. Close to 100% of first-year students receive some form of financial aid. For those students who are eligible, aid can be received through scholarships, grants, loans, and part-time employment. The two most unique scholarships given to incoming freshman include the Service Scholarship and First Generation Scholarship.




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  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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