Fast Facts About Fisher
St. John Fisher College is an independent, liberal arts institution in the Catholic tradition of American higher education. The College emphasizes liberal learning for students in traditional academic disciplines, as well as for those in more directly career-oriented fields. The College welcomes qualified students, faculty, and staff regardless of religious or cultural background.
The campus is situated on 154 park-like acres - a beautiful setting for 26 modern buildings and a warm, friendly campus community. The College offers 35 academic majors in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, business, education, and nursing, as well as 11 pre-professional programs.
Fisher offers a variety of master's and doctoral programs.
Founded in 1948 by the Congregation of St. Basil as a Catholic College for men, St. John Fisher College became independent in 1968 and coeducational in 1971 and continues to honor its Catholic and Basilian heritage.
Nearly 2,700 full-time and 200 part-time undergraduate students; 40 percent male and 60 percent female.
Typical Class Size
20 to 25 students
For 2016-2017, annual tuition for full-time students is $31,300. Housing and meal costs are $11,740 per year. View the cost breakdown.
Athletics are an important part of campus life. The College is a Division III member of the NCAA, the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference, Empire 8, and the Liberty League (rowing).
There are many forms of financial assistance available to help you afford a Fisher education. Need-based and merit-based scholarships, as well as grants, loans, and part-time employment, are available for eligible students.
Students 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.
Points of Pride
Several Fisher faculty members have received prestigious Fulbright Scholarships, an honor accorded to only about one thousand faculty members in the nation each year. Also, Fisher is consistently named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service to America's communities.
Student & Faculty Profiles
Marissa Small '16
As a student ambassador, resident assistant, Writing Center tutor, and member of both the Student Nurses Association and the National Residence Hall Honorary, it's hard to believe that Marissa Small has any time leftover for her studies. But, she does.
The nursing major came to Fisher after graduating from Colonie Central High School in Albany, and found that Fisher truly has a "Fisher family." The strong nursing program, along with the opportunities in the School's Simulation Center, attracted her to Fisher.
And she's glad she is in Rochester, thanks to the strong connections that she has been able to build with contacts at local hospitals and other organizations that she says she will benefit from professionally and personally for years to come.
She tells incoming freshmen to stay open-minded and embrace new opportunities once they are at Fisher because the school works to make their transition to college a positive one which will set them up for a successful four years.