Saint Francis University

117 Evergreen Dr, Loretto, PA 15940

School Details

Saint Francis University is a private, not-for-profit, four-year, Catholic liberal arts institution located in Loretto, Pennsylvania that was founded in 1847.

Six Franciscan Friars that came to the states from Ireland in order to establish this school. Shortly thereafter, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania approved the granting of degrees. One of the first Catholic universities established in the nation and the first Franciscan college, Saint Francis continued to expand curriculum and the physical campus throughout the twentieth century.

In 2001, the school gained university status and was renamed Saint Francis University. With a focus on its Catholic heritage, the University of Saint Francis incorporates Franciscan Goals stating “A Humble and Generous Attitude toward Learning; Reverence for All Life and for the Goodness of All Humanity; Respect for the Uniqueness of Individual Persons; A Global Vision; Service to the Poor and the Needy; A Community of Faith and Prayer; A Spirit of Simplicity and Joy; Franciscan Presence.” Saint Francis University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


Today, more than 2,600 students are enrolled in the university which maintains the main campus, in addition to satellite locations in Altoona, Johnstown and State College, Pennsylvania. The university also offers online programs and maintains a campus in Ambialet, France. Students can pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees ranging from associate’s to doctorate degrees. Degrees are housed in the School of Arts & Letters, School of Business, School of Health Sciences, and the School of Sciences. Offering a large number of degrees, programs range from studies in accounting, marketing, political science, and philosophy to nursing, occupational therapy and computer sciences.

On-campus facilities include nine residence halls, a student union, classroom and administrative buildings, an athletics center, dining hall, library and chapel. The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, the nearby Mount Assisi Gardens, and Lake Saint Francis enhance the beauty of the campus. The school also fields 21 men’s and women’s sports teams and competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1. The university’s nickname is Red Flash. SFU also has a 9-hole golf course on campus called Immergrün that has been maintained since the early 1900s.


Online programs offer added convenience at Saint Francis University. Students can pursue the Online Master of Health Science, Online Master of Medical Science or the Online Master of Human Resource Management. The typical online classroom environment includes discussion boards, on-demand lecture sessions, streaming video, and peer collaboration. In addition students may participate in chat rooms, email, and videoconferencing.


Saint Francis University has a graduation rate of 65 percent. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1 and the gender ratio is 60:40 (female-to-male). Approximately 80 percent of the student body is enrolled full-time and around 74 percent of prospective students are admitted. 


The estimated cost of tuition for undergraduate students is $28,942 annually, not including added fees, such as the $1050 Technology fee and Lab/Course fees up to $776. Graduate tuition is program-specific ranging from $633 to $930 per credit hour.

Financial aid is available to those students who qualify, including loans, scholarships, grants, and work-study opportunities. SFU merit-based awards include the Founders Award, Presidential Award, Assisi Award, and the Red Flash Co-Curricular Award. A number of other institutional awards are available, including athletic, transfer, and international scholarships. Saint Francis University supports federal student loan programs including Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Student Loans, Federal Perkins Loan, and Federal Direct PLUS Loans, in addition to the Addison Gibson Foundation Loan Program and external resources. A number of financial assistance programs are also available for eligible military personnel and veterans, such as the ROTC Scholarships, Yellow Ribbon, and Post 9/11 GI Bill.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Franciscan Catholic

  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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