1,661
Students
Financial aid thermometer
20,018
Avg. Financial Aid
Moderate
Admission Difficulty
75
75%
Acceptance Rate
Suburban setting
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Overview

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 Robert Beener
Dean for Enrollment Management
Email: rbeener@francis.edu
Phone: 814-472-3100

Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies 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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Education 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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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Legal Professions And Studies 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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Philosophy And Religious Studies 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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Theology And Religious Vocations Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Admissions

Acceptance Rate

1,704
Applied
1,288
Accepted
1,661
Enrolled
76%
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Female Admissions

1,002
Females Applied
808
Females Accepted
81%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

702
Males Applied
480
Males Accepted
68%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

30
Application Fee
3.61
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Essay
One recommendation
Required for some programs Interview
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 Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
SAT Critical Reading 506 520 620
SAT Math 521 510 610
ACT Composite 24 21 27

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

35,210
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Fees

1,200
Full-time student fees
12,290
Room & board
6,086
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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

20,018
Avg. Financial Aid Package
23,876
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
4,207
Avg. Loan Aid
17,963
Avg. Grant Aid
16,858
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
100% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
52%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
28%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

1,661
Total undergrad students
1%
International Students
24%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 1.92%
Black or African American 6.81%
White or Caucasian 84.1%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.31%
Asian 1.18%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.12%
Two or more races 1.36%
Other 3.4%

Gender

Male (35.46%)
Female (64.54%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Men-only housing
Women-only housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 88%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Parents' Weekend, Homecoming and Spring Fest

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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

Campus Security & Safety

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Athletics

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball Checkmark No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Bowling No No No
Cheerleading Checkmark No No
Cross-country Running Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Field Hockey No No No
Football Checkmark Division 1 No
Golf Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Lacrosse No No No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Skiing (cross-country) Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Softball No No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Track And Field Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Bowling No Division 1 No
Cheerleading Checkmark No No
Cross-country Running Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Field Hockey No Division 1 Checkmark
Football No No No
Golf Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Ice Hockey No No No
Lacrosse Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Skiing (cross-country) Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Softball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Swimming And Diving Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Track And Field Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark

Faculty

237
Total Faculty
14:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 131
Part-time - 106
Male - 114
Female - 123
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