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Freshman Admissions FAQs

Admissions FAQs

Where is St. John Fisher College?

St. John Fisher College is located on 154 park-like acres in the town of Pittsford, a suburb of Rochester, New York. The campus is about 7 miles outside the city and is within 90 miles of Buffalo and Syracuse.

How many students attend St. John Fisher College?

There are nearly 2,700 full-time and 200 part-time undergraduate students, as well as 1,000 graduate students; 60% are female and 40% are male.

How much is tuition at St. John Fisher College?

Current tuition information, including room and board costs, can be found on our Estimated Cost of Attendance page.

You should also review our Scholarship Opportunities page!

What majors and minors are available?

Fisher offers over 30 undergraduate majors in the humanities, natural sciences, business, education, and nursing, as well as numerous pre-professional programs.

Where do St. John Fisher College students come from?

National surveys state that most students enroll at a college within 1-3 hours from home, and St. John Fisher College students follow the national trend. 90% of Fisher students are from New York State. Other states represented are Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Ohio, Florida, California, and Arizona.

» Class of 2018 Hometowns

What is the high school academic profile of your average first-year student?

You should have a solid B+ average (about an 85 or above), 1,000 on the SAT in math and critical reading and/or 22 on the ACT (we always take the highest scores).

What if I don't have these scores?

The admissions committee bases admission decisions on you as an overall student. It's important to include a teacher/guidance counselor recommendation, information regarding any extracurricular activities/volunteer work, a personal statement or essay or graded paper of at least 250 words, and any additional information you would like us to have.

What is the average class size?

St. John Fisher College has an average class size of 15-35 students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.

Do you offer liberal arts?

Yes. You will complete a liberal arts core requirement as part of your Fisher degree. This provides a broadened educational experience and helps you explore different topics and interests.

What is St. John Fisher's SAT/ACT Codes?

SAT Code is: 2798
ACT Code is: 2886

What is there to do at St. John Fisher College?

There is always something to do at Fisher. You may choose from a wide range of campus clubs and organizations, including student government, music groups, language clubs, cultural organizations, student publications, and intramural sports. Many academic departments also sponsor clubs.

What is a Learning Community?

Learning Communities are designed to help you make a smooth transition to college, both academically and socially. In the program, you'll take two courses that focus around a central theme, examining the topic from multiple perspectives. This provides the opportunity to learn cooperatively and develop close working relationships with other students and faculty.

Are there opportunities for community service?

Yes. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities to get involved with on- and off-campus through the Community Service Office and student organizations such as Students With A Vision (SWAV).

As a freshman, do I have to live on campus?

No. However, 90% of freshman do  live on campus and are housed in 3 of the 8 residence halls on campus: Ward, Haffey, or Murphy.

Do I need to bring a computer with me?

No, although many students do bring their own. Fisher has a 24-hour computer lab accessible by ID card at any time. Also, computers can be found in other areas such as Lavery Library and Cyber Café.

Can freshmen have cars?

Freshman are NOT allowed to have cars on campus, unless there are extenuating circumstances that are approved by the Parking Appeals Committee. Our priority in awarding parking spots is for commuters and resident students who have internships, student teaching, or other off-campus commitments related to their educational program. Typically, these students are in their junior or senior year at Fisher.

What other means of transportation are available?

Rochester Transit System (RTS) buses run daily through campus. The bus loop is located next to Keough Hall and will get you to downtown Rochester, local shopping malls, movie theaters, etc. Bus schedules are available at the Ward/Haffey Security Desk and online.

How is the food?

The food is great! The dining hall, run by Lackmann Culinary Services, offers a wide variety of food including items from the wokery, salad and fresh fruit bar, deli counter, grill, pasta bar, brick oven pizza, vegetarian section, and more.

What sports are offered?

Fisher competes in 23 varsity sports at the NCAA Division III level and is part of the Empire 8 Athletic Conference, the ECAC, and the Liberty League (rowing). Men compete in basketball, soccer, baseball, football, lacrosse, golf, cross country, tennis, rowing, and indoor and outdoor track & field; women participate in basketball, soccer, softball, lacrosse, tennis, golf, cross country, field hockey, volleyball, rowing, and indoor and outdoor track & field.

Is this a suitcase campus?

No. Students stay on campus to participate in activities on the weekend, which consist of bands, special events, dances, movies, sporting events, etc.

What is the alcohol policy?

Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on campus, except for resident rooms of students 21 years or older.

How safe is the campus?

Fisher is a very safe campus. The Safety and Security Department is responsible for campus safety and operates on a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week schedule. Safety and Security Officers conduct regular foot, bicycle, and auto patrols of all campus buildings, grounds, and parking areas. Access to the residence halls is controlled either by locked entrance doors or the card access system. Residence halls are patrolled and monitored 24-hours a day by Security Officers or Resident Advisors. All other campus facilities are locked and unlocked daily according to established schedules. The Safety and Security Department offers a campus escort service for on-campus use by all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The service operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Do you offer help with job placement?

Yes, we have an excellent Career Center, which provides support to students and alumni. Career Center offers services in career exploration, job search workshops, career counseling, on-campus recruiting, job postings, job fairs, and career alumni referral.

How do students go about getting a work-study job?

The work-study job listing is available on the Career Center website and is posted at various locations around campus. Non-work study jobs are also available in many offices throughout campus.

Do you have to be Catholic to attend Fisher?

No. St. John Fisher College is an independent institution in the Basilian tradition of higher education. While many students who attend Fisher are from Catholic backgrounds, we do have students, faculty, and staff from many different religious backgrounds.

Who are the Basilians?

The Basilian Fathers are a religious order of priests who combine the intellectual curiosity in academic training of the Jesuits with the kindness and caring manner of the Franciscans. Their motto, "Teach me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge," expresses the emphasis on values derived from our religious heritage.

Do you have fraternities and sororities?

No, we don't need them due to the close-knit nature of the College.

Can students smoke in the residence halls?

No, residence halls are non-smoking.


Application FAQs

What do I need in order to apply for freshman admission?

In order for the admissions staff to review a file for admission, it MUST include:

How do I apply to Fisher?

What is the application deadline?

There is no deadline. St. John Fisher College operates on a rolling admission plan, and application review begins early-November. From that point on, you can apply at any time and you will be notified of a decision typically within six weeks. Also, if you would like to be considered for merit scholarships, your application must be postmarked no later than January 15.

How does the Admission Committee make its decision?

Admission is based primarily on a student's high school record, SAT or ACT scores, course curriculum, extracurricular activities, counselor and teacher recommendations, and personal statement or essay or graded paper.

Do you have Early Decision?

St. John Fisher College subscribes to a single-choice Early Decision Plan. This plan is designed for students who have made Fisher their choice for college. The Admissions Office assumes that students will not apply to more than one institution as Early Decision applicants. If admitted to St. John Fisher College, students are expected to withdraw their applications from other colleges. Students admitted under the Early Decision Plan have until March 15 to submit a non-refundable enrollment deposit.

Now that my application has been accepted, what's next?

The next step is to apply for financial aid. In fact, each year all of Fisher's first-year students receive some sort of financial assistance. Our average financial aid offer to incoming students is nearly $20,000. To apply for need-based aid, Fisher requires all students to complete the FAFSA form. The preferred filing date for this form is February 15.

St. John Fisher College offers the following types of financial aid:

  • Merit scholarships, which can range from $10,000 to $14,000 per year. In order to be considered for merit-based scholarships, your application must be postmarked by January 15.
  • Federal, state, and private grants
  • Need-based and non-need-based aid (need is determined by the results of the FAFSA)
  • Work study (part-time employment)
  • Various types of loans

» Learn more about Scholarship Opportunities

What is so important about May 1?

Once your application is accepted, you have until May 1 to let us know if you plan to enroll in the fall. Please submit your enrollment deposit online to secure your space for the fall class. We have limited space available for new freshman and, after May 1, we may not be able to accommodate you in terms of admission, financial aid, or housing.

Does St. John Fisher College accept University in High School Program and/or AP Credits?

Yes. St. John Fisher College recognizes the Advanced Placement Program and will grant standing and college credit for courses in harmony with the College curriculum to students who complete the Advanced Placement Test with a grade of 3 or higher. Generally, a grade of 4 or higher is required on exams in biology, modern languages, classical studies, and physics.

In recognition of the college-level coursework being completed at the high school level, St. John Fisher College will consider granting credit for any coursework in which a student earns a grade of “C” or better. Once we have received the official college transcript, Fisher will evaluate all credits on a case-by-case basis.

Consult the Office of Academic Affairs or the Credit by Examination Brochure [pdf] for further information.

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