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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
Contact Erin McCloskey
Dean for Enrollment Management
Phone: 814-472-3100

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Majors & Degrees

Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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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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Engineering Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Application Fee
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
One recommendation
Recommended Interview

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 575 520 630
SAT Math 570 510 620
ACT Composite 23 20 26

Tuition & Fees

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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
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 1.46%
Black or African American 7.32%
White or Caucasian 80.98%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.37%
Asian 2.78%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.22%
Two or more races 2.12%
Other 2.85%


Male (34.72%)
Female (65.28%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
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Women-only housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 83%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
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Student Activities Organization, Club Baseball, Student Government Association, Best Buddies and Cru

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
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Bowling No No No
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Cross-country Running No Division 1 Checkmark
Field Hockey No No No
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Lacrosse No No No
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Softball No No No
Swimming And Diving No No No
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Water Polo No Division 1 No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball Checkmark No No
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Bowling No Division 1 No
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Cross-country Running No Division 1 Checkmark
Field Hockey No Division 1 Checkmark
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Water Polo No No Checkmark


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 113
Part-time - 99
Male - 97
Female - 115
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