St. John Fisher University is an independent, liberal arts institution in the Catholic tradition of American higher education located in Pittsford, N.Y., just outside of Rochester. Guided since its inception in 1948 by the educational philosophy of the Congregation of St. Basil, the University emphasizes liberal learning for students in traditional academic disciplines, as well as for those in more directly career-oriented fields. Fisher welcomes qualified students, faculty, and staff regardless of religious or cultural background.
Teaching Is What They Do Best
Above all, St. John Fisher University offers its students access to an outstanding faculty — caring and competent professors who know how to help students discover their natural abilities and develop their minds. The University offers 38 undergraduate majors in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, business, education, and nursing, as well as 11 pre-professional programs. Fisher also offers a variety of master’s degrees and doctoral programs.
Athletics at Fisher
In the last two decades, Fisher has added a significant number of new athletic facilities — Growney Stadium, Dugan Yard, Polisseni Track and Field Complex, Joseph Pellicano Wrestling Pavilion, softball field, and team locker rooms and fitness facilities — and renovated others. All of this is good news for the over 700 student-athletes who are active on one of the 25 varsity teams at Fisher. Fisher athletes currently face challenging NCAA Division III competition in football, baseball, field hockey, softball, and men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, golf, rowing, soccer, tennis, volleyball, basketball, cross country, lacrosse, and new in 2022, wrestling. In addition to the NCAA, Fisher also participates in the Eastern College Athletic Conference and the Empire 8.
All Fisher students are encouraged to participate in the co-curricular involvement opportunities available on campus. Students may choose from a wide range of clubs and organizations — over 70, in fact — including student government, academic clubs, music groups, language clubs, cultural organizations, student publications, and intramural sports, among others. If students don’t see anything that sparks their interest, the University is receptive to the creation of new student organizations.
A Strong Alumni Network
For Fisher students, college ties don’t have to end at graduation. Nearly 54 percent of Fisher’s 33,000 alumni live and work within 100 miles of Rochester. As a result, current students can rely on a very strong and vital alumni network, eager to contribute to the success of other members of the Fisher community.