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.
The university 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.
Several master's degrees are available in fully online formats.