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Saint Francis University

Loretto, PA

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Saint Francis University

Saint Francis University's 600-acre campus sits atop a gorgeous mountaintop in Loretto, Pa. (near Pittsburgh). Founded in 1847, the university is one of the oldest Catholic universities in the country, and the oldest dedicated to Franciscan values.

The university is an inclusive learning community that welcomes all people. The students, faculty, and staff have unique attributes, yet share a common bond: a desire to improve themselves and the world around them.

Fueling the Mind

Students may choose from high-demand academic degrees in the health sciences, business, education, arts and humanities, and STEM-fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). These academic programs are designed to fuel the mind AND feed the soul by combining academically rigorous, career-directed studies with a focus on personal and professional ethics.

The teaching emphasis is on small classes with personal mentorship from faculty. This allows students to match theory with hands-on opportunities such as undergraduate research, portfolio building projects, labs, study abroad, service mission trips, clinical experiences, fieldwork, and internships. Many of the students also spend time abroad as part of their courses or through service projects.

Inspiring the Spirit

St. Francis of Assisi, through his Catholic-Franciscan teachings, left an abundance of clues for living a meaningful life. The university is at the forefront of providing students with a Catholic, Franciscan education based on these teachings.

The welcoming, values-based environment allows students of all faiths to develop their academic interests in the spirit of simplicity and joy. They also develop a humble and generous attitude toward learning, an eagerness to share their talents through service, and a soul to create peace and justice in the world.

A Heart for Service

Service-learning is part of the DNA of the university. The university's heart for service comes from the lessons of its patron St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis taught that talents are gifts from God and meant to be shared for the greater good.

Students organize hundreds of local efforts including a community-service day called Project Red and conduct daily charity work through the Dorothy Day Center on campus. Other service projects take place around the globe. Students, faculty, and staff have traveled to places such as Bolivia and the Dominican Republic for meaningful service-learning experiences.

A Place to Belong

SFU has a club or organization for just about every interest group including Greek life, marching band, faith-based clubs, academic societies, cheerleading and club sports. Through a strong Student Government Association (SGA), the student body is constantly creating new clubs and organizations, and leading new movements that shape their college experience.

Saint Francis University is a beautiful campus setting.  Located on over 600-acres the campus provides students a comprehensive residential experience complete with ten residence halls, several eateries/cafes, modern academic and research facilities, a fitness center and two athletic complexes.   

SFU is home 23 NCAA Division-I Athletic teams. This close-knit program is one of the smallest in the nation, yet extremely competitive. The Red Flash athletic program is recognized for academic excellence and sportsmanship! Go Red Flash!

Location & Contact

Address 117 Evergreen Drive
PO Box 600
Loretto, PA  15940-0600
United States
Bobby L. Anderson, EdD, MBA
Associate Dean of Admissions 
Phone: 814.472.3100

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Majors & Degrees

Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Marine Biology And Biological Oceanography Checkmark
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Technologies/Technicians Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Application Fee
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Required for some programs Interview
One recommendation

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen Not reported Not reported Yes
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer Not reported Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 575 520 620
SAT Math 570 510 610
ACT Composite 23 20 26

Tuition & Fees

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Full-time student fees
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Employees

Financial Aid

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Student Body

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Hispanic/Latino 1.33%
Black or African American 6.3%
White or Caucasian 80.06%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.3%
Asian 2.67%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.12%
Two or more races 2.61%
Other 5.94%


Male (36.55%)
Female (63.45%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Men-only housing
Women-only housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 69%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Parents' Weekend, Homecoming and Spring Fest

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
Student Activities Organization, Club Baseball, Student Government Association, Best Buddies and Cru

Campus Security & Safety

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Basketball No Division 1 Checkmark
Bowling No No No
Cheerleading Checkmark No No
Cross-country Running No Division 1 Checkmark
Field Hockey No No No
Football No Division 1 Checkmark
Golf No Division 1 Checkmark
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Lacrosse No No No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Soccer No Division 1 Checkmark
Softball No No No
Swimming And Diving No No No
Tennis No Division 1 Checkmark
Track And Field No Division 1 Checkmark
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball No Division 1 Checkmark
Water Polo No No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Basketball No Division 1 Checkmark
Bowling No Division 1 Checkmark
Cheerleading Checkmark No No
Cross-country Running No Division 1 Checkmark
Field Hockey No Division 1 Checkmark
Football No No No
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Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Lacrosse No Division 1 Checkmark
Rugby Checkmark No No
Soccer No Division 1 Checkmark
Softball No Division 1 Checkmark
Swimming And Diving No Division 1 Checkmark
Tennis No Division 1 Checkmark
Track And Field No Division 1 Checkmark
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball No Division 1 Checkmark
Water Polo No Division 1 Checkmark


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 115
Part-time - 101
Male - 108
Female - 108
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