St. John Fisher College
3690 East Avenue
Rochester, New York 14618
640 men/849 women
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St. John Fisher College
Rochester, New York
Situated in the picturesque town of Pittsford, New York, St. John Fisher
College is minutes from the metropolitan area of Rochester.
St. John Fisher College is a liberal arts institution in the Catholic tradition of American higher education. Situated in the picturesque suburban town of Pittsford, New York, St. John Fisher is minutes from the stimulating metropolitan city of Rochester. ð Founded by the Basilian Fathers nearly 50 years ago, St. John Fisher College presently enrolls more than 1,500 undergraduate students pursuing degrees in 26 majors and numerous areas of concentration. Fisher students enjoy living and learning in a college community that values them as individuals, challenges them as students, and prepares them as graduates. ð St. John Fisher College made history with the introduction of The Fisher Commitment, a career success plan coupled to a rigorous academic curriculum that guarantees students will either be accepted into graduate school or be able to find a professional position within 6 months of graduation from the College.
Guided since its inception by the educational philosophy of the Congregation of St. Basil, the College emphasizes liberal learning both for students in traditional academic disciplines and for those in more directly career-oriented fields. By taking a wide range of courses in the humanities, natural and social sciences, mathematics, philosophy, and religious studies, students learn to value intellectual curiosity and knowledge for its own sake. ð The personal attention faculty give to their students is a hallmark of the Basilian educational tradition and is a significant part of their teaching commitment. With more than 85 percent of the faculty holding the highest degree in their field, Fisher students learn with highly qualified faculty in small class settings. ð The academic experience for freshmen begins with participation in a Learning Community. Learning Communities, which consist of 18 students each, are courses that are linked on a central theme. Through this approach to learning, students and faculty examine a complex topic from multiple perspectives and discover connections among various disciplines.
Campus life at Fisher is guided by the Fisher Creed. The Fisher Creed speaks to the basic values and aspirations of our students and unifies them in their common goal of personal and academic development. ð More than 40 organizations and clubs, representing a wide variety of interests, are available. Many of these express a special interest and bring together students in informal gatherings, giving them a chance to engage in worthwhile educational experiences that supplement the more formal training of the classroom. ð Housing is guaranteed for four years in one of eight modern residence halls. In addition to a state-of-the-art computer facility, residence halls are wired for individual computer hook-ups and provide access to e-mail, Netscape, and the campus network. Residence hall rooms also have phone hook-ups and cable television access.
Facilities and Resources
The Charles J. Lavery Library is well positioned to meet the information needs of 21st-century students. A blend of traditional and electronic resources covering a broad range of subjects is available to both the novices and experienced researchers. Internet access adds a world of information. ð The College has a state-of-the-art academic computing center for student use in Kearney Hall. The center contains two IBM PS/2 laboratories-one with 24 workstations, the other with 10-a Macintosh lab with 24 stations, a computer science lab with 10 UNIX-based stations, and a lab with 20 VAX terminals, as well as a variety of PCs, Macs, and VAX terminals outside lab areas. ð The Media Center has a full-color television studio, sound recording facilities, and film production and editing facilities, as well as a complete range of audiovisual support and production.
Athletics are an important part of campus life. The College is a Division III member of the NCAA, the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference, and the New York State Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. ð Men compete in football, baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, tennis, and club lacrosse. Women compete in basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. ð Many students also enjoy playing intramural sports and use athletic facilities for personal fitness and recreation. The Student Life Center includes an indoor track; courts for basketball, racquetball, squash, tennis, and volleyball; plus sauna, lounge, and a newly renovated fitness center. The College also has a nine-hole golf course for intercollegiate and individual play.
Committed to helping students meet the cost of their education, St. John Fisher College works to assess each individual student's financial need. Financial aid is provided through scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study arrangements and is awarded by Fisher, the state, and the federal government.ð The College offers a generous academic scholarship program that is based on high school average, class rank, and standardized test results. Students eligible for academic scholarships are automatically notified by the Office of Admissions. ð The College recently introduced the Fisher Service Scholarship Program. Detailed information about this program is available in the College Bytes section at right.
St. John Fisher College seeks applicants who have demonstrated success in their high school studies. Candidates for admission typically have completed 16 units of college preparatory coursework in English, languages, mathematics, and natural and social sciences. Applicants should present a secondary school average of 80 percent or above in these academic subjects. Those students who do not meet this qualification may apply if they are above the college recommending level of the secondary school and can demonstrate the potential to successfully complete a bachelor's degree. ð Each application is individually read by members of the admissions staff. Factors considered in the decision process include high school courses and grades, scores on standardized tests (SAT/ACT), extracurricular activities, and the high school's evaluation of the candidate. Interviews are also considered and are strongly encouraged. ð The College operates on a rolling admission plan. Notifications of decisions are mailed to applicants two to three weeks after an application is complete. St. John Fisher College subscribes to the Candidates Reply Date Agreement. Admitted applicants have until May 1st to submit an enrollment deposit.
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