St. John Fisher College is a private liberal arts college located in Pittsford, New York, an eastern suburb of Rochester. Fisher is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the "Tier 1" Northern Master's Universities, while U.S News rates admissions to the College as "selective".
Fisher offers 31 undergraduate majors, 11 master's programs, and two doctoral programs. Five (5) members of the St. John Fisher faculty have received the prestigious Fulbright Scholarships.
St. John Fisher College offers the combined degree programs in Pre-Engineering (3+2 programs with Clarkson University; Columbia University; Manhattan College; University of Buffalo), Pre-Environmental Science and Forestry (2+2 program) with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry), and a combined 3+4 Optometry program with Pennsylvania College of Optometry.
The five most popular majors at Fisher are as follows: 24% education; 23% business, management, marketing, and related support services; 11% communication/journalism and related programs; 8% psychology; and 6% social sciences.
Students at Fisher are offered study abroad opportunities in the following countries: Argentina; Australia; Austria; Belgium; Brazil; Canada; Chile; China; Costa Rica; Czech Republic; Dominican Republic; France; Ghana; Hungary; India; Ireland; Italy; Japan; Jordan; Korea; Mexico; Netherlands; Poland; Russia; Senegal; South Africa; Spain; Taiwan; Thailand; Turkey; United Kingdom; and Vietnam.
The 2008 New York State budget provided St. John Fisher College with a $2,250,000 grant to explore the feasibility of opening a law school in downtown Rochester.
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use of various technologies, and how to apply this knowledge in diverse school settings and communities.
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The school offers undergraduate degrees (BA or BS depending on content area) in Adolescence Education (7-12), Adolescence Education/Special Education (7-12), Childhood Education(1-6), and Childhood Education/Special Education (1-6). It also offers a Master's degree (MSEd.) and initial certification program for those four areas. Teachers already holding initial certification can earn graduate degrees (MSEd.) and professional certification in Literacy Education (B-6 and 5-12), Special Education, and Educational Leadership as well as an accelerated Doctorate in Executive Leadership(Ed.D.) from the School of Education. The school is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
The School of Education is active in numerous community outreach programs. Among these are a literacy center that provides tutoring and small group instruction in literacy for elementary through high school students. The School of Education works closely with local school districts including the Rochester City School District which hosts a number of Professional Development Sites (PDS) where practicing teachers and preservice teachers work alongside education faculty to develop best practices. The School of Education hosts Preschool College in which preschoolers and their parents are invited to a day of activities at the college in order to encourage families to see college as a viable option for their children.
The School of Education is named after Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., the founder, owner, and president of the NFL's Buffalo Bills. Mr. Wilson and his family have been long-time supporters of St. John Fisher College.
The Bittner MBA Programs are designed for individuals with passion and focus. Individuals who know where they want to go, and can’t wait to get there. The Bittner School of Business offers two MBA programs, the One-Year MBA and the Flexible MBA.
Both programs examine real life problems that business executives grapple with on a daily basis, so that students are able to develop informed, creative, strategic and integrated perspectives necessary to take on a lifetime of leadership challenges.
Building on a strong liberal arts foundation, College’s accounting/finance/MIS and management/marketing departments have provided our students with a comprehensive and well-rounded education in their respective areas of specialization since the very beginning’s of the institution’s history.
A significant milestone in the history of Fisher’s business programs has been their accreditation by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business ("AACSB International") which is recognized as the hallmark of excellence in management education. At the time this accreditation was gained, all business programs at the College were brought together in 2003 to form St. John Fisher College’s first professional school which was named the Bittner School of Business.
The programs of the School of Arts and Sciences, serving both as a foundational component of the St. John Fisher College educational experience and as fields of specialized study, cultivate intellectual and ethical judgment and habits of thinking that prepare students to lead lives of integrity and thoughtful engagement in both the public and private spheres. The School is striving to provide an environment characterized by respect for individual potential, high expectations, and open and critical inquiry by applying the following guiding principles:
The School of Arts and Sciences provides educational experiences that are rooted in the liberal arts and that prepare students to lead lives of intellectual professional and civic integrity. This is accomplished by:
The Wegmans School of Nursing is also named after Robert Wegman, who contributed $8 million to the College to create the School of Nursing.
St. John Fisher College also offers two unique scholarships to incoming freshman—the Service Scholarship and the First Generation Scholarship.
The Service Scholarship recognizes and rewards high school seniors who demonstrate an ongoing interest in serving the needs of others through a commitment to community service. Each year, up to 36 students receive the scholarship award, which equals one-third of the total yearly cost of Fisher’s tuition, fees, and room and board for four years.
The Fannie & Sam Constantino First Generation Scholarship Program is designed to provide financial assistance to students whose parents did not attend a post-secondary institution. Up to thirty-six (36) First Generation Scholarships are awarded each year.
Men compete at the varsity level in baseball, basketball, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, and tennis. Women compete at the varsity level in basketball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.
Fisher offers some of the top athletic facilities in the state. Growney Stadium is home for Fisher's football, soccer and lacrosse teams. The stadium's all-weather playing field extends the outdoor sports season through the winter with lighting and a 2,100 seat grandstand. The student Life Center boasts a new 19,000 square foot addition, which houses team locker rooms training rooms and fitness facilities. The field house now has an all purpose floor with four module courts that can be used for a variety of sports. There are six remodeled racquetball courts, a sauna and a whirlpool in the Student Life Center, as well as the Varsity Gym, which features a new parquet floor. Dugan Yard is Fisher's new baseball field, which promises to be one of the finest collegiate facilities in the state. Other outdoor facilities include: four tennis courts, a nine-hole golf course, a cross country course, two regulation sized practice fields which serve as the home rugby fields and a new softball diamond.
St. John Fisher College is a founding member of the Empire 8 Athletic Association and competes with other full member schools: Alfred University, Elmira College, Hartwick College, Ithaca College, Nazareth College, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Utica College. The Empire 8 also has affiliate members in football (Norwich University and Springfield College) and field hockey (Washington & Jefferson College). Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ) was admitted to the conference as a full member effective fall 2007.
St. John Fisher's sports teams have been highly successful.
In 2006, Fisher's football team had the best season in the program's 20-year history. The Cardinals finished the season with a 12-2 record overall and shared the Empire 8 Conference title. Fisher received a large bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament, where they defeated Union College, Springfield College, and Rowan University to reach the national semifinals where they lost to the defending national champion Mount Union College by a score of 26-14.
In 2007, Fisher's men's basketball team won the Empire 8 Conference title for the 5th consecutive year and the 6th time in seven years. In 2006 Fisher advanced to the "Elite 8" of the NCAA Men's Division III Basketball Championship Tournament.
Fisher has long been a dominating force in NCAA Women's Division III basketball. Entering the 2006- 07 season, Fisher's women's coach Phil Kahler had posted a record of 771 wins with only 148 losses at the school which is the most wins ever by a Division III coach in any sport. Under Kahler the Fisher women have reached the NCAA Championship Tournament 14 times and played in the NCAA Women's Division III Basketball Championship game twice.
Fisher also offers the following other club sports: men's hockey, cheerleading, karate and rugby. Both the men's and women's rugby clubs have enjoyed success, with the men's rugby club earning a New York State Championship in 1999, and both teams having won numerous tournament titles. Most recently, the alumni of the Fisher Kings men's team have formed their own side, called the Fisher Alumni Touring Side (or F.A.T.S. for short). The F.A.T.S. are the current two-time defending champions of the Buffalo Sevens Winterfest Tournament.