Saint Francis University
Saint Francis University offers academic study within the Franciscan tradition of using one’s talents to serve others. The more than 60 offerings include highly targeted, career-focused majors grounded in the liberal arts tradition of inquiry and self-discovery. Highly regarded programs in health science, education, business, and science attract a diverse student body to the beautiful campus setting. The values of respect, drive, generosity, and joy run deep in the University culture and help to prepare ethical, knowledgeable professionals with a passion to shape the world. This holistic approach to career preparation is supported by respected faculty who work closely with students in small settings to meet individual goals.
Get to know Saint Francis University
Saint Francis University has a strong commitment to transformational experiences for students. Embedded in the strategic plan of the institution is a firm commitment to ensuring high impact, transformational experiences as a means for students to deepen their educational career. Saint Francis University aims to have all students complete and document a minimum number of experiences via a co-curricular transcript. The six areas of emphasis that Saint Francis University identifies as transformational experiences include internships, research, study abroad, leadership, community service, and campus ministry. Strategic investments have been made by the institution in an effort to diversify learning opportunities, enhance marketability of student,s and provide mechanisms for self-discovery. More information may be found at www.francis.edu/list.
“A Global Vision” is one of the key tenets of the University’s “Goals of Franciscan Education.” To foster understanding of other cultures, the university encourages study abroad through semester-long study at the university-operated facility in Ambialet, France, as well as shorter excursions such as Engineering in Bolivia and Sign Language Immersion in Jamaica. On campus, students participate in diversity programming throughout the year, with one of the larger events being “Multicultural Week.”
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AND SERVICE
Saint Francis students enhance the theoretical knowledge gained through classroom experiences with faculty-guided research and service projects. As a core element of the University’s Franciscan mission, every student is required to participate in some form of research and service, and many start as early as their freshman year. As part of their class curricula, undergraduate and graduate students can work alongside Ph.D. faculty members in research and service projects. They can also enjoy unique experiences through such specialized outreach centers as the Center for Watershed Research and Service, The Keirn Family World War II Museum, the Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation, and the Center for Rural Cancer Survivorship.
COMMON INTELLECTUAL EXPERIENCES
At Saint Francis University, every student completes carefully designed General Education experience. This experience starts the first year when students take such common core courses as English, First-Year Seminar, Writing for a Discipline, Franciscan Goals for Today, and Community Enrichment Series. Students progress through their academic careers, pursuing advanced integrative studies along with a variety of curricular and cocurriular options.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 1%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 5%
White, non-Hispanic: 83%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 6%
CARING, PROFESSIONAL FACULTY
Saint Francis University’s faculty place a special emphasis on enthusiasm and motivation in the classroom, all while helping students to develop as compassionate, ethical professionals. On a practical level, this means one-on-one interaction in small classes as well as collaborative experiences outside of classroom.
While teaching is their number-one priority, Saint Francis faculty actively contribute to their field of specialization by conducting service projects as well as researching and publishing in their field. They routinely involve both their undergraduate and graduate students in their work. Because of this close working relationship with PH.D-level faculty, students have the opportunity to have work published as well as to present at national conferences.
CENTERS OF LEARNING
The University provides a rich tapestry of hands-on service and research opportunities through its centers and institutes. Just a few of these include the Disepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness, The Institute for Ethics, The Keirn Family World War II Museum, and The Small Business Development Center. These entities provide practical internship experience, thus allowing students to delve deeply into a subject area. In addition to these formal centers, there are several clubs and organizations dedicated to certain areas of study. These groups build upon the concepts taught in the classroom and, in some cases, allow students to network with industry leaders. Many majors also have discipline-specific study zones to enhance collaboration.
ETHICAL CITIZENSHIP FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Through the General Education program, Ethical Citizenship for the 21st Century, students build a solid academic base while establishing critical-thinking skills, a love for learning, and a strong moral foundation. The program extends beyond the classroom to include lectures, presentations, performances, service projects, and other educational activities. Such an educational experience is diverse and practical while also being highly integrated and focused. Core components of this program include the community enrichment series, a writing competency exam, wellness initiatives, the summer reading program, study abroad, and service learning.
The SFU Honors Program is designed to challenge highly motivated students by making them part of a community of learners, while at the same time affording them the opportunity to devise their own personal program of study. Students are introduced to the Honors Program through a year-long learning community experience consisting of a four-course sequence with intense critical thinking, writing, and speaking components. Based upon the Franciscan ideal of concern for others above self, service learning activities are built into all upper-level Honors seminars. An original research project serves as the program’s culminating capstone requirement. Those participating in the Honors Program are the only students granted priority registration at the university.
The Honors House includes a conference room-with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment; a residence for eight Honors students per year; a 24-hour study space for all Honors students; and a meeting, lecture, and movie space. Founded in 1984, the program currently enrolls 100 students.
CLUBS & ACTIVITIES
The University’s campus capitalizes greatly on its beautifully natural, rural setting, standing as a comfortable environment in which student activities can thrive. There are more than 60 official clubs and organizations, including Campus Ministry, club sports, Greek Life, the Literary Guild, and marching band. Athletics also plays a major role in the student life, with twenty-three NCAA Division I sports for men and women, ranging from football to water polo.
COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT SERIES
The University sponsors a wide range of cultural events that are integrated into the curriculum as “CES” credits. By attending a lecture, concert, theatrical performance, or other select events on campus, students can receive community enrichment credits toward the completion of their degree. Outside groups such as the American Shakespeare Center are invited to host a variety of activities, while the University’s staff collaborate to host events like the “International Coffee House” sessions.
FRANCISCAN ENDOWMENT SERIES
As a way to encourage scholarly research and promote activities that reflect the works of St. Francis, St. Clare, and Dorothy Day, the university began the The Rev. Gabriel J. Zeis, T.O.R. Endowment in Franciscan Studies and Roman Catholic Theology. This endowment has enabled the University to host such speakers as Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, and Fr. Dan Horan, OFM, who presented on the topic of the Franciscan Response to Racism.
Saint Francis University isn’t just near the great outdoors, it is the great outdoors. High in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, students find a rare combination of vibrant campus life within a close-knit campus community setting. Recreational activities abound for all four seasons both on campus and at nearby state and national parks. Many academic programs take advantage of the natural setting to promote environmental advocacy and conduct research.
Every September, Saint Francis University hosts the annual Multicultural Week for a lively celebration of the diverse student body on campus. Each day throughout the week is packed with vibrant cultural activities, all culminating in a large Multicultural Festival on the final day, which is packed full of music, art, poetry, and food that represents countries from all over the world.
REACHING EVERY DOOR
Organized by Saint Francis’ chapter of Gamma Sigma Sigma, Reaching Every Door (R.E.D.) is an annual event in which the Saint Francis community commits a full day to meaningful service. Throughout R.E.D., students disperse into the local community and give back to all those who work hard to help keep Saint Francis and the greater Loretto area afloat.
Saint Francis University has 11 residence halls including Christian Hall, which has a spectacular view of the central Pennsylvania mountains. Living options include traditional residential dorms, study floors, non-smoking floors, single suites, apartments, townhouses, and rooms with private bathrooms.
Saint Francis University is located in Loretto, a quaint town in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, about two hours east of Pittsburgh. Ebensburg, the county seat, is located 6 miles from campus. Altoona and Johnstown, located approximately 20 minutes from campus, offer a wide variety of shopping and dining options. The residential 600-acre campus is located in a scenic portion of the Allegheny Mountains centrally located between New York and Washington, D.C., making day trips to urban experiences possible for student.
Saint Francis University boasts one of the smallest NCAA Division I athletic programs in the country. 23 successful athletic teams compete in the Northeast Conference.
- 23 varsity teams
- Men‘s: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, indoor track or outdoor track, soccer, tennis, and volleyball
- Women‘s: basketball, bowling, cross country, field hockey, golf, indoor track, outdoor track, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball, and water polo
- Club Sports: baseball, fishing, golf, ice hockey, rugby, soccer, table tennis, weightlifting, wrestling, and more.
Saint Francis University students go on to become accountants, biologists, business owners, chemists, doctors, environmental engineers, lawyers, nurses, occupational therapists, physician assistants, and physical therapists—and they all carry their Franciscan values with them.
Saint Francis University highly values the extra steps students take to become professionally engaged in the world beyond college. Because of that, the University now issues two separate transcripts to its graduates in order to highlight every effort. In addition to a standard academic transcript, students receive a transcript that acknowledges accomplishments within six categories of Transformational Experiences: internship, study abroad, community service, leadership experiences, and campus ministry. This is known as a student’s L.I.S.T (Leadership, Involvement, & Service Transcript).
While service learning has always been a part of the fabric of the Franciscan tradition, the university has recently strengthened the goal of connecting service activities and career preparation even further. In the fall 2015, the Center for Service & Learning was formed to engage students, faculty, staff, and community partners in ways that would help direct academic programming toward a benefit to the greater community.
INTERNSHIPS AND CAREER SERVICES
The University’s Career Services office recently added a dedicated staff member who assists academic departments in procuring internship opportunities for students by building relationships with businesses and organizations. Saint Francis students have interned with The Cleveland Clinic, the National Aquarium (Washington DC), British House of Commons, Republican and Democratic National Conventions, and many more outstanding organizations.
FIRST DESTINATION REPORT
The Class of 2017 First Destination Report features data collected from the Class of 2017 about their post-graduate outcomes, filled with information on alumni’s job locations, employment and salary outcomes, career snapshots, and much more. The University’s overall employment/graduate school rate for the Class of 2017 remains competitive at 99% employed or attending graduate school within 9 months of graduation (98% employed or attending graduate school within 6 months).
SAT Critical Reading
25th Percentile: 480 | 75th Percentile: 570
25th Percentile: 480 | 75th Percentile: 590
25th Percentile: 20 | 75th Percentile: 27
25th Percentile: 19 | 75th Percentile: 26
25th Percentile: 19 | 75th Percentile: 26
Tuition & Cost
SCHOLARSHIPS & AID
Up to $16,000 each year for all four undergraduate years.
Minimum requirements: 3.8 GPA | 1320 SAT | 28 ACT
Up to $14,000 each year for all four undergraduate years.
Minimum requirements: 3.6 GPA | 1270 SAT | 26 ACT
Up to $12,000 each year for all four undergraduate years.
Minimum requirements: 3.4 GPA | 1170 SAT | 24 ACT
Dorothy Day Scholarship
Up to $10,000 each year for all four undergraduate years.
Minimum requirements: 3.2 GPA | 1080 SAT | 21 ACT
Captain McGuire Scholarship
Up to $8,000 each year for all four undergraduate years.
Minimum requirements: 3.0 GPA | 980 SAT | 19 ACT
SAINT FRANCIS UNIVERSITY AID
Legacy Award $4,000
$1,000 each year for all four undergraduate years. Children and grandchildren of SFU alumni are eligible for the award.
Athletic scholarships are available in all 23 of SFU’s athletic programs.
Band and Cheerleading Scholarships
Marching Band: $2,000 (fall)
Pep Band: $1,000 (spring)
Cheerleading: $1,000 per year
Dance Team: $1,000 per year