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Fontbonne University is a private, Catholic, co-educational liberal arts university located in suburban St. Louis. Founded in 1923 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Fontbonne embraces the mission and values of its founders, opening its doors and hearts to all and encouraging open communication and personal concern.

Career Outcomes

In July 2021- June 2022, Fontbonne graduates had an overall career outcome rate of 89% for Bachelor’s degree earners, 93% for graduate degree earners, and 100% for Doctoral degree earners. Explore Career Servicesfor more information.



We offer 16 NCAA Division III sports as part of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC), as well as Sprint Football, competitive dance, cheerleading, STUNT and Esports. Learn more about Griffin Athletics.


Residential Life

We have three residence halls on campus with traditional student rooms, suites, and apartment style living. Approximately 75 percent of first-time full-time freshmen live on campus. Explore residential life at Fontbonne.


Areas of Study

The university currently offers 44 undergraduate majors and 34 minors as well as 10 undergraduate certificates. Graduates may choose from 19 majors and 8 certificate programs. Learn more about our academic programs.



Fontbonne’s 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio fosters ideal opportunities for discussion and the personal attention needed to assist students in reaching their goals.


Retention & Completion

Retention rate for first-time full-time freshmen is 71.7% and the current 6-year (150%) graduation rate is 66%. Full-time transfer students have a current retention of 81.6%. First-time graduate students have a retention rate of 89% and a 3-year (150%) graduation rate of 71%.


Fontbonne University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Learn more about individual program accreditation.


As of fall 2022, overall enrollment is approximately 944. Undergraduate student enrollment is 682, with 90 percent of those being full-time students. Our overall demographic breakdown includes 59 percent female and 41 percent male, 33 percent students of color, and 3 percent of students are non-U.S. residents. There are 24 countries represented throughout the student body.  

First-time, first-year student enrollment is 181, and 90 percent full-time registered students. Of our first-time, first-year students, 39 percent are female, 61 percent are male, and 40 percent are students of color.

Visit Fontbonne University’s College Navigator page to review the latest IPEDS information.


Apply online — there is no application fee for domestic students. Students are admitted on a rolling basis. Apply now.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Fontbonne University offers academic assistance for students with disabilities. Fontbonne provides reasonable and appropriate academic accommodations to eliminate participation barriers for students and other beneficiaries of our program. Fontbonne University uses a Request for Academic Accommodations form to identify and develop plans to assist individuals with a diagnosed disability (orthopedic impairment, learning disability, blindness, ADD, traumatic brain injury, and speech and hearing impairment). Learn more about academic assistance.

First-Year Student Profile

Race/Ethnicity 2022
White 56%
Black or African American 28%
Hispanic 1%
Multi-race 8%
International 0%
Asian 2%
Native Asian/Pacific Island 0%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 1%
Unknown 4%


First-Generation 2022
First-Generation  46%
Not First-Generation 44%
Unknown 9%


Family Income 2022
Non-Pell 51%


Pell-Eligible (not Zero EFC) 20%

Zero EFC 29%



On-Campus Resident 75%
Commuter 25%
Historical photo of two female students at Fontbonne.
It is on the tradition of service and based on the values of the Congregation of St. Joseph, that Fontbonne University was founded. A devotion to the tradition continues to move Fontbonne forward into the future.
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Fontbonne University, a Catholic institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, provides transformative education committed to the common good, inspiring students to become global citizens who think critically and act ethically to create a more just world.
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At Fontbonne University, our goal is to impart knowledge — and understanding. In addition to becoming well-informed in your chosen field, you will learn important skills, such as effective communication, critical thinking and teamwork.
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