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
Emily Donner '16
Emily Donner ’16, a nursing major from Clarence, initially made her choice to come to Fisher because of the nursing school. She later grew to love not only the distance from home, but the small classes and campus atmosphere.
She finds it extremely beneficial to be living in the greater Rochester area because being so close to three great hospitals—Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester General Hospital, and Highland Hospital—has provided her with many volunteer experiences. Emily is also a runner, so she feels comfortable running outside in the quiet Pittsford and canal area.
Emily advises freshmen not to be afraid to come to Fisher alone. On her first day, she didn't know a single person, but she made a great group of friends so quickly and is thankful that she faced her fears on that first day of freshmen orientation.