About Fontbonne University
Fontbonne University is a Catholic coeducational institution of higher education offering liberal arts and professional programs. Nearly 3,000 students annually benefit from the university's high-quality academic programs offered in a values-based, student-centered environment. Founded in 1923 and still sponsored today by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Fontbonne is located in a beautiful suburb in the heart of the St. Louis metropolitan area. The university embraces diversity and inclusion, and encourages open communication and personal concern.
Fontbonne's programs, faculty and campus attract students from across the U.S. and many other countries. Thirty-seven majors, 24 minors and 18 graduate programs span a wide range of offerings, from deaf education and dietetics to performing arts, education and fashion merchandising. The university also boasts the new College of Global Business and Professional Studies, comprising more than a dozen undergraduate and graduate degree programs, many in the OPTIONS format specifically designed in a convenient, accelerated model for busy adults.
Fontbonne faculty members are heavily focused on teaching, and they're committed to reaching each and every student. Professors devote their time to creating and delivering a curriculum that best serves their students, and an excellent student-faculty ratio creates ideal opportunities for discussion and personal attention. Faculty must meet high academic criteria - more than two-thirds of full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their field.
Outside the classroom, experiential learning opportunities, which could include an internship, practicum or student teaching, are incorporated into most academic programs, helping graduates move successfully into their chosen careers.
Learning the importance of existing in a global community is also an important part of the Fontbonne experience. Students have many opportunities to get involved in local community projects as well as annual service trips to other states and countries.
Fontbonne University takes its name from Mother St. John Fontbonne, who, in 1808 after the French Revolution, refounded the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph (CSJ). More than a century and a half before, in 1650, the Sisters of St. Joseph had been founded in LePuy, France. During the French Revolution, the sisters were forced to return to their homes and the community was dispersed. Some 28 years after the refounding, six Sisters of St. Joseph came to the United States in 1836 and established American roots at Carondelet, a small community in south St. Louis, Missouri. Five years later, in 1841, they opened St. Joseph's Academy for girls.
The CSJ heritage of strength and stability stems from values found in the order's original documents and repeated in other records through the succeeding centuries. At least eight values can be identified throughout this long CSJ history: quality, respect, diversity, community, justice, service, faith, and Catholic presence.
It is on the tradition of service and based on the values of the Congregation of St. Joseph, that Fontbonne University was founded. A devotion to the tradition continues to move Fontbonne forward into the future.