2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    Jul 15, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Student Life Information


Fontbonne University has an online bookstore that offers new, used, ebook, and rental options. There is a price match guarantee on new books and students can sell books back via the website or Marketplace. Spirit items including apparel and gifts are also available. Customer service is available 24/7. To access the online bookstore go to, www.fontbonne.edu/bookstore.

Health Services

The Campus Nurse is available (appointments preferred but walk-ins are welcomed) on a part time basis, located in Medaille Hall/Student Affairs, room 98. Free services include treatment of minor injuries and illnesses, health counseling, referrals to outside medical agencies, assistance with insurance referrals and claims, responding to on campus medical emergencies. Fee based services include immunizations (meningitis and MMR) and TB skin testing. To make an appointment to see the campus nurse, email chagan@fontbonne.edu or call 314.889.1422.

Insurance Information for American Students

All students are highly recommended to have appropriate and adequate health insurance coverage. No plan is sponsored or endorsed by the university. A list of potential insurance providers is available at Healthcare.gov. Again, Fontbonne is not affiliated with these providers and is simply providing these links as a courtesy for students and their families to consider as potential options.

Insurance Information for International Students

All international students accepted for study at Fontbonne University are required to carry medical/health insurance by an American insurance company selected by Fontbonne University. Students are automatically enrolled in the insurance plan upon enrollment at the university.

Exemption: Government sponsored students are exempt from enrolling in the requisite insurance program as stated above. All new government sponsored students must show proof of insurance within the first two weeks of arrival to Fontbonne. Failure to do so will result in student being automatically enrolled in a university sponsored insurance program.

Insurance and Medical Health Requirements for Athletes

All students participating in intercollegiate athletics must verify to the Athletic Department that they have adequate medical insurance and are in sound physical condition. A student’s physical condition will be determined by the team physician or designee prior to competition through a physical examination. Ongoing observation will be monitored by the coaching staff, athletic training staff, and team physician. Insurance verification needs to be documented. The university does not carry primary medical insurance on any student. Additionally, any student participating in intercollege athletics must complete the necessary paperwork in order to practice or compete. Furthermore, every student must be declared academically and athletically eligible by standards set by Fontbonne University and the NCAA.

I.D. Cards

The Library issues picture I.D.s during regular office hours. Stop by the circulation desk on the first floor to obtain your I.D.

The I.D. identifies the holder as a Fontbonne student and is issued for campus security reasons, use of facilities in the Dunham Student Activity Center, library borrowing privileges, cashing checks, and using Griffin Bucks. A valid I.D. may be used throughout the city for discounts to selected movies, sporting events, plays, museums and cultural events. To get an I.D., students need to provide proper identification, such as a driver’ license, and have proof of semester registration. There is no charge for the first I.D. If the I.D. is lost or damaged, there is a $10 replacement fee.


Clayton Campus

To park on the Clayton campus students must obtain a parking permit from the Fontbonne business office located in Ryan Hall. Parking regulations may be obtained in the business office when your permit is issued. Parking regulations may also be found online. These regulations are strictly enforced. Violators will be ticketed. Questions regarding parking on the Clayton Campus should be directed to the public safety office in Ryan 101 or by calling 314.719.8024. You may also email parking questions to: safety@fontbonne.edu.

Student Activity Center

The Dunham Student Activity Center is the home court for Fontbonne’s varsity volleyball and basketball teams, and the main facility for the intramural sports program. Centrally located on campus, this 38,000 square-foot building houses a gym with seating for 1,600, an athletic training room, a fitness center, an aerobics studio, a running track, and recreation and varsity locker rooms. Offices for the athletic department staff are located here as well. In addition, the Alumni Caf΄, a multipurpose student union, and the Griffin Grill, a popular snack bar, are located on the second floor. Both the Caf΄and the adjacent outdoor balcony are frequent gathering places for students, providing Fontbonne’s community with a relaxed atmosphere in which to study or meet with friends.

International Affairs

The office of international affairs is a student-centered office that includes: international enrollment management; international academic agreements and international university relationships; federal immigration advising/compliance; international student support services and activities. The office offers comprehensive services and resources to the campus community and is a “home away from home” for Fontbonne University’s international populations. All matters relating to international students may be directed to the office of international affairs at 314-889-4716 or via e-mail at: internationalaffairs@fontbonne.edu.

International Affiliations

Fontbonne University has affiliations with a number of institutions around the world for undergraduate and graduate programs. These universities include:

  • Xi’an Fanyi University - China
  • Wuchang University of Technology - China
  • China Women’s University - China
  • Xi’an Siyuan University - China
  • National Taiwan University of Arts - Taiwan
  • Hosei University - Japan
  • Siva Sivani Institute of Management - India
  • Beifeng University of Nationalities - China
  • Hunan University of Science & Engineering - China
  • Eastern College of Art & Culture- China
  • Wuhan Huaxia University of Technology- China
  • Shanghai Institute of Technology- China
  • Xi’an Construction Machinery College- China

All matters related to international affiliations and international academic initiatives may be directed to the Office of International Affairs located in the International Center, Ryan Hall, Room 107 or contact the director of international affairs at 314 889 4778 or email internationalaffairs@fontbonne.edu.

Student Affairs

Fontbonne’s division of student affairs supports the central mission of the university and contributes to the overall development of each student. Through individual and collective care and concern, and drawing upon specific areas of expertise, student affairs staff members strive to engage, educate, and empower our students. A rich blend of resources, services, and programs creates a campus spirit and integrative learning environment intended to be inclusive of all students. Through out-of-the-classroom experiences, students can increase their understanding of self and others, strengthen interpersonal, communications and critical thinking skills, and develop leadership abilities and a heightened sense of personal and social responsibility. The seven departments comprising student affairs are described below. For additional information, visit our website.


Fontbonne’s athletic program is affiliated with the NCAA Division III and the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Fontbonne is also an affiliate member of the Midwest Lacrosse Conference and the Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League. Fontbonne Athletics features both men’s and women’s intercollegiate varsity sports and a spirit squad. Men’s NCAA sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, indoor and outdoor track and field, soccer, lacrosse, tennis, and volleyball; women’s NCAA sports include basketball, cross country, golf, indoor and outdoor track and field, softball, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. Our spirit squad is dance which is also an active part of the athletic program.

In addition to on-campus health and fitness facilities, nearby Forest Park offers golf courses, jogging and bicycle paths, and outdoor tennis and racquetball courts for personal recreation. For additional information call 314.889.1444.

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry at Fontbonne is a community of seekers, pilgrims, ecclesial ministers, students, faculty, and staff, responding to the Good News of Jesus as joyful stewards of God’s creation. Rooted in the Catholic tradition and inspired by the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, we work to meet the diverse spiritual needs and interests of Fontbonne’s campus community.

We invite students into an awareness of the presence and inspiration of a God who loves us and calls us to the fullness of life.  We provide an open, engaging, relational environment through conversations, programs, and spaces that allow for depth, authenticity and growth of a mature faith life. We strive to live the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, one of unioning love that calls us to serve a world in need to the dear neighbor without distinction.

With many partners of goodwill on campus, in St. Louis, and across the world we engage students through retreats, works of justice, worship, reflection, interfaith dialogue, and immersion experiences. Any students wanting to get involved in Campus Ministry may stop by the Campus Ministry office on the fourth floor of Medaille Hall or email campusministry@fontbonne.edu.

Career Development

Recognizing that career development is a lifelong process, Fontbonne’s Career Development office connects students to their future goals and ideas as they develop and manage their careers over a lifetime, even in times of uncertainty. To help students make informed career decisions, select realistic academic majors, and master job search skills for ongoing professional development, a range of programs, events and resources, including self-assessment, occupational information, and online job listings are offered. In addition, the department has recently introduced Purple Briefcase, our online career network where students and alumni can connect with employers to find jobs, internships, and work study opportunities. The career development office is located in Ryan 306. Appointments may be scheduled in person or by phone at 314.889.4516 during normal office hours (M-F, 8AM - 4:30PM). For additional information, please visit our website.

Counseling & Wellness

The Counseling and Wellness department is staffed by a licensed clinical social worker who provides free brief mental health counseling to currently enrolled Fontbonne students. Students seek counseling for a variety of concerns including depression, relationship issues, stress/anxiety, homesickness, and loss of a loved one. Confidentiality is maintained following ethical and legal obligations mandated by the state of Missouri. The department also provides referrals to off-campus counseling resources. As student health and wellness is related to academic success, the department provides wellness resources and activities for students throughout the academic year. The counseling and wellness department is located in Ryan 103.

Appointments may be scheduled in person or by phone at 314.889.4516 during normal office hours (M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.). For more information, please visit our website. In cases of on-campus, after-hours emergencies, contact Fontbonne’s Public Safety office at 314.889.4596; for off-campus emergencies, contact 911.

Center of Leadership and Community Engagement

The Center of Leadership and Community Engagement coordinates and oversees student organizations, leadership programming, co-curricular activities, student involvement and engagement, and new student orientations. The department helps to schedule and program activities to meet students’ social, recreational, cultural, and entertainment interests.

Upon becoming a member of the Fontbonne community, students are highly encouraged to join various student organizations. Student organizations related to professional associations, community service needs, and social/recreational activities form a strong and integral part of the students’ total university experience. Student participation in co-curricular involvement opportunities can increase leadership and teamwork skills, interpersonal communication, problem-solving, and decision-making abilities, thus contributing to personal growth and professional appeal.

Any student or students interested in receiving more information or wanting to form a new student organization may contact the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, at 314.719.8057, or may stop by the Center on the fourth floor of Medaille Hall.

Residential Life

One of the most enriching and exciting aspects of university life is living on campus. Fontbonne’s Department of Residential Life offers a personal environment in which students can grow in self-discipline, organizational skills, effective study habits, and independent living. The community atmosphere also provides the opportunity to connect with academic peers, support systems, and lasting friendships with a diverse group of neighbors.

The residence halls which make up the on-campus community are St. Joseph Hall, Medaille Hall, and Southwest Hall. The buildings are co-educational, with men and women living in designated areas.

St. Joseph Hall’s student population primarily consists of freshmen and can accommodate sophomores. Resident rooms in this building are designed for double occupancy. The fourth floor of St. Joseph Hall houses both male and female residents while the two other floors are separated by gender.

Medaille Hall is designed for single occupancy. Many of these rooms are reserved in advance by returning Fontbonne resident students. Medaille Hall’s population is predominately sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

Southwest Hall, on the third floor of the Fine Arts Center, offers apartment-style living. Each unit is designed to accommodate four students with separate bedrooms and shared living room, kitchenette, and bathroom. This residence hall population is sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students. The lower levels of this building house the fine arts department.

Generally, a student must be registered as a full-time student to reside on campus. For additional information or application call 314.889.1411.

Service, Diversity, and Social Justice

The department of service, diversity, and social justice cultivates and promotes a campus culture that respects human dignity and encourages and recognizes service, diversity, and social justice through expanded opportunities for student learning, leadership, and civic engagement. The department advises several student organizations, promotes service opportunities (local, national, and international), and encourages dialogue around issues of diversity and justice. Look for opportunities to get involved through celebrations, workshops, programs, and service trips. The service, diversity, and social justice department is located in the student affairs office on the fourth floor of Medaille Hall. Contact the director of service, diversity, and social justice at 314.889.4503 with inquiries or visit us online.