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B+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    D+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    A
About Saint Francis University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Northeast Conference
Address
117 Evergreen Dr
Loretto, PA 15940
From Saint Francis University

Saint Francis University's 600-acre campus sits atop a gorgeous mountaintop in Loretto, PA. The university welcomes students of all faiths in an inclusive learning community.

Students may choose from over 50 high-demand academic programs in the health sciences, business, education, arts, and STEM-fields. The academic programs combine rigorous, career-directed studies with a focus on personal and professional ethics. The teaching emphasis is on small classes with faculty mentorship.

SFU is also home to 21 NCAA Division I Athletic teams recognized for academic excellence and sportsmanship.

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Admissions

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
76%
SAT Range
1030-1230
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$27,446/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $20,058/ year
  • $30-48k
    $22,280/ year
  • $49-75k
    $23,490/ year
  • $76-110k
    $27,517/ year
  • $110k+
    $29,137/ year
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Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
85%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.34 responses
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.35 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.35 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,526Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
25%
Varsity Athletes
28%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 15 responses
Report
  • Comfortable in being themselves
    53%
  • Studious
    40%
  • Stressed
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
62%
Poll
45%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.40 responses
Poll
44%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.48 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 20 responses
Report
  • Always willing to help students succeed
    30%
  • Boring
    25%
  • Helpful
    20%
  • Good student to professor ratio
    15%
  • Home away from home
    5%
  • Money Hungry
    5%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $48,200/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    64%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    96%
    National
    83%
    84%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.19 responses
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    I have been a student at Saint Francis University for 2 years now, and I love everything about the school. Although the school is "in the middle of nowhere", the scenery is beautiful! No matter the weather, students are out and about. The professors and everyone else that work at the University are nice and care about you and your education. The University offers students many opportunities to get involved. This includes club sports, Greek life, clubs such as Best Buddies, Colleges Against Cancer, Habitat for Humanity, ect. Altogether, I have grown so much as a person since I started my education at Saint Francis Univeristy
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    It's not a bad school, if you're a health science major this school is tailored for you. The food and party scene is pretty bad, but there are really good professors here! We definitely need more food variety on campus that can encompass those with dietary restrictions. They will care about how you do and help you in any way that you can. The surrounding area is pretty bleak. On the weekends a lot of students go home so there isn't much to do on campus, however in Altoona there is more to do if you have a car!
    Saint Francis University's outstanding quality is its professors, all of whom care deeply about the success of their students. Many times they encouraged me to go above and beyond what was necessary to make sure I would stand out among my fellow students. What I think needs to change at SFU, though, is its lack of variety in academics. As a humanities major, I often felt left out because most funding went to science programs. Any major renovations, internships, or contests awards went to the sciences as well. The opportunities that were provided for the humanities were often meager and gained little attention. This casts a pall over SFU's statements saying they are a "diverse" campus that "considers the arts to be important." Backing up such statements is vital if the university is to thrive.