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Freshman Admissions FAQs

Get answers to all your questions about undergraduate study at Fisher, including tuition and financial aid, application procedures, life on campus, and more.

General FAQs

From questions about Fisher's location and history, to what majors and minors we offer, we've got answers to your questions. 

Where is St. John Fisher College?
St. John Fisher College is located in a suburb of Rochester, New York and is within 90 miles of Buffalo and Syracuse.

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 seven miles outside the city and is within 90 miles of Buffalo and Syracuse.

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How many students attend St. John Fisher College?

There are nearly 2,600 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 housing and meal plan costs, can be found on our tuition, fees, and estimated costs page. You should also review our scholarship 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. Explore all our majors and minors.

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, Arizona, and Puerto Rico.

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

The middle 50% of accepted students to Fisher have a cumulative high school GPA ranging from an 87 to a 94; SAT scores ranging from 1070 to 1220; and/or ACT scores ranging from 21 to 26. This means that 50% of our accepted students fall within these ranges, 25% of our accepted students are above these ranges, and 25% of our accepted students fall below these ranges. Because we have a holistic review process, there is not one specific set of scores that defines an accepted Fisher student.

Note: Fisher is test-optional for fall 2021 and fall 2022.

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.

Note: Fisher is test-optional for fall 2021 and fall 2022.

What is the average class size?

St. John Fisher College has an average class size of 20-25 students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1.

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 are St. John Fisher College's SAT/ACT Codes?

SAT Code is: 2798
ACT Code is: 2886

Note: Fisher is test-optional for fall 2021 and fall 2022.

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 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.

Life at Fisher

What happens outside of the classroom is just as important as what happens inside, and is an integral part of your college experience. Get answers to your questions about life at Fisher.

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.

How is the food?

The food is great! In fact, Fisher was ranked No. 6 in America and No. 1 in New York state by in their 2020 Best College Food in America list.

The main dining hall offers a wide variety of interactive dining platforms including the wokery, salad and fresh fruit bar, deli counter, grill, pasta bar, brick oven pizza, vegetarian section, and more. Several other retail outlets across campus offer coffee, smoothies, Grab & Go items, and more to suit your busy schedule.

Learn more about dining services.

What sports are offered?

Fisher competes in 24 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 baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, tennis, track and field (indoor and outdoor), and volleyball.

Women compete in basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field (indoor and outdoor), and volleyball.

Learn more about Fisher Athletics.

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 Who Advocate Volunteering (SWAV).

Learn more about community service at Fisher.

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

No. However, 90% of freshmen do live on campus and are housed in three of the eight residence halls on campus: Ward, Haffey, or Murphy.

Learn more about residential life at Fisher.

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?

Freshmen 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 if I do not have a car?

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. The Student Government Association (SGA) offers free RTS bus passes to all students.

Additionally, SGA offers a free shuttle service to Pittsford Plaza, Wegmans, and Eastview Mall at various times throughout the week. 

Learn more about off-campus transportation.

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.

How safe is the campus?

Fisher is a very safe campus. The Office of Safety and Security is responsible for campus safety and operates on a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week schedule. 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 Office of Safety and Security 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, the Center for Career and Academic Planning (CCAP) provides support to students and alumni. CCAP offers services in career exploration, job search workshops, career counseling, on-campus recruiting, job postings, job fairs, and career alumni referral.

Learn more about the career exploration services available through the Center for Career and Academic Planning.

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

Work-study job listings are available on the Fisher Handshake website and is posted at various locations around campus. Non-work study jobs are also available in many offices throughout campus.

Find out more about student employment.

Do you have fraternities and sororities?

No, there are no fraternities or sororities at the College. However, there are a vast number of active clubs and organizations on campus that promote a close-knit college community.

Can students smoke in the residence halls?

No, residence halls are non-smoking.

Application FAQs

Learn more about the application process, early decision, credit by examination, and more. For specific application details, refer to the Applying to Fisher page.

How do I apply for freshman admission?

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

  • A completed application submitted through the Common Application
  • High school transcript
  • Official SAT, ACT, or TOEFL scores
    Note: Fisher is test-optional for fall 2021 and fall 2022.
  • Counselor/Teacher Recommendation
  • Personal statement or essay or graded paper (minimum of 250 words)
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.

Note: Fisher is test-optional for fall 2021 and fall 2022.

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 $22,000. To apply for need-based aid, Fisher requires all students to complete the FAFSA form. The preferred filing date for this form is January 15.

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 freshmen 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?

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 grades in accordance with information outlined on the AP, IB, and CLEP Scores page.

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.

Contact the Center for Career and Academic Planning or consult the AP, IB, and CLEP Scores page for further information.

What types of financial aid are available?
  • Merit scholarships, which can range from $5,000 to $17,000 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.