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Higher Education with a Higher Purpose

With a population of nearly 1,400 students, Fontbonne is a small university with a big heart—and a national reputation. Inspired by our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, we’ve built our curriculum on a commitment to serving communities in need. Today, our programs in deaf education, special education and speech-language pathology consistently rank among the nation’s best. But regardless of your major or chosen profession, the ethical and academic foundation you receive at Fontbonne will serve you and our communities well into the future.

Founded in 1923, Fontbonne embraces the mission and values established by our founders, opening our doors and hearts to all and encouraging open communication and a commitment to service. Located in Clayton, Mo., a suburb in the heart of the vibrant St. Louis metropolitan area, Fontbonne students, faculty and staff can often be found out in the community, “serving a world in need.”

An Overview

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Fontbonne’s rigorous academic programs, respected faculty and engaging campus culture attract students from across the United States and around the world. Students can choose from more than 100 areas of study. We offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as numerous minors, certificates and concentrations, in fields as wide-ranging as dietetics and fine arts to cybersecurity and bioinformatics.

Fontbonne faculty members are passionate about teaching and committed to reaching each and every student. Professors create curricula based on the needs of their students, including both theory and practical, real-world applications. Our 10:1 student-faculty ratio lets professors be mentors as well as instructors. With this kind of leadership and individual attention, Fontbonne graduates leave prepared with the knowledge they need to make a living—and to live a meaningful life.

Soar Higher

At Fontbonne University, Soar Higher isn’t an empty phrase. It’s a calling—to dig deeper. To reach farther. To become the person you’ve always known you could be.

Go ahead. Set ambitious goals. Dream big, colorful dreams. We’ll help you develop the knowledge, the skills and the confidence to bring them to life.

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