Quick Facts

Fontbonne University is a private, Catholic, co-educational liberal arts university located in suburban St. Louis. Founded in 1923 and sponsored 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.


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


As of fall 2017, overall enrollment is 1,375 with an FTE of 1,119. Undergraduate enrollment is 893, 86 percent of those being full-time students.  Our overall demographic breakdown includes 66 percent female and 34 percent male, 13 percent domestic students of color, and 9 percent of students are non-resident aliens. There are 25 countries represented throughout the student body.

First-time, first-year enrollment is 139, all registered full-time. The demographic breakdown include 50 percent female and 50 percent male, 12 percent students of color, and 8 percent of students are non-resident aliens.

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.

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

 Retention and Completion

As of fall 2017, retention rate for 2016 first-time full-time freshmen is 80 percent and the retention rate for first-time full-time transfers is 81.6 percent. Fontbonne University’s current 6-year graduation rate is 50 percent.

Alumni and Career Outcomes

Fontbonne currently has 19,749 living alumni, 66 percent of which reside or work in the greater Saint Louis area. The Class of 2016 has an overall career outcome rate of 92 percent. Explore Career Services for additional details.


We offer 17 NCAA Division III sports as part of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC).  Learn more about Griffin Athletics.

Residential Life

We have three residence halls on campus with traditional student rooms, suites, and apartment style living. Approximately 70 percent of first-time full-time freshmen live on campus. Average room and board fees for the 2017-2018 academic are $9,590. Explore residential life at Fontbonne.


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

Academic Programs

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 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Tuition and Fees

Current annual full-time undergraduate tuition and fees are $25,460. Learn more about tuition and fees.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Fontbonne University offers academic assistance for students with disabilities. Fontbonne will attempt in every way possible to eliminate barriers for participation 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.

  • History


    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. Learn more.

  • Mission


    Fontbonne University, a Catholic institution sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is 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. Learn more.

  • Academics


    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. Learn more.