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COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

Saint Francis University has reopened to select admission tours following CDC guidelines and plans to resume in-person classes in the fall. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf placed Cambria County, where the University is located, into the “Green Phase” of the statewide reopening guidelines on Friday, June 5, 2020. Learn More

  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
    C+
  12. Safety
    A
117 Evergreen Dr
Loretto, PA 15940
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Northeast Conference
From Saint Francis University

Saint Francis University sits on a 600-acre mountain top campus in Loretto, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh.

Faith, generosity, respect, discovery, and joy are in the SFU DNA attracting students (like you) with a passion to shape the world. It is the oldest Franciscan university in the country and like its namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, students travel a road of mission, purpose and values.

High-demand academic programs are offered in the health sciences, business, education, arts, and STEM fields. The programs combine rigorous, career-directed studies with a focus on personal and professional ethics.

Our students go on to become accountants, biologists, business owners, chemists, doctors, environmental engineers, lawyers, nurses, occupational therapists, physician assistants, and physical therapists to name just a few--and they carry their Franciscan values with them.

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

Saint Francis University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
75%
SAT Range
1030-1250
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$29,188/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$23,592/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

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
65%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.40 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.40 responses

Majors

Aviation Concentration (scholarships available)

Earn a bachelor's degree and your private/commercial pilot's license at the same time. Current students in the program are majoring in engineering, criminal justice and business while learning to fly. For example, Gabrielle Garritson of Texas, added the Aviation Concentration to her Criminal Justice major and hopes to pursue a future as an air surveillance pilot for the FBI.

Online

Online Programs Offered
1
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
1
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    69%
  • On Campus
    20%
  • Online
    11%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,485Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
617
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
24%
Varsity Athletes
33%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 19 responses
  • Comfortable in being themselves
    58%
  • Studious
    37%
  • Stressed
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
89%
Poll
44%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.45 responses
Poll
47%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.53 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 25 responses
  • Always willing to help students succeed
    36%
  • Boring
    20%
  • Good student to professor ratio
    20%
  • Helpful
    16%
  • Home away from home
    4%
  • Money Hungry
    4%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $52,200/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    73%
    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

    Saint Francis University Reviews

    555 reviews
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    I just finished my first year of college here, and even though it was scary at first being in a new and open place, I have grown to love it. Education can be a little rough, but it is college. The staff is very polite and the students who attended are also very nice. The tools you get for attending the college as well like tutoring, are very useful when struggling with classes. You also get help with any technical issues, and any problems with money, the financial office is there to help you along the way. Professors go out of their way to see their students succeed, and the atmosphere of the college is very pleasant. The food as well is very wonderful and I most certainly am happy that I picked this smaller college than one of the bigger ones. The smaller class sizes make it easy to understand what is happening in the class, and everyone is there to help!
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    I wouldn't change my experience for the world, but the administrative staff and higher powers are very greedy, selfish, and don't care about the students. On a daily basis, however, the faculty such as professors and other students is an experience I am so grateful for. I have met so many amazing professors who genuinely care about us!
    Former graduate student in Mathematics Education, which led to teaching opportunities at the secondary and post-secondary levels. The teaching transitioned to the insurance industry and I am now an SVP. The foundation gained at SFU was invaluable and the professors I had were treasured then, but never more than now. Go Red Flash!