St. Francis College
Brooklyn, New York
St. Francis College is a private Franciscan school that provides an innovative and affordable education to students in Brooklyn, New York. St. Francis creates servant leaders who are prepared to learn and serve the communities they live in long after graduation. With 72 fields of study, partnerships with local industry leaders, and a welcoming, vibrant community, St. Francis College supports students academically while preparing them for the professional world.
Support resources are a point of pride for St. Francis College. Students are connected with academic and faculty advisors on day one, giving them access to a wide network that can help them succeed.
Get to know St. Francis College
COMMON INTELLECTUAL EXPERIENCES
At St. Francis College, the core curriculum is more than just checking boxes on the way to graduation; it is about both academic and self-improvement. All first-year students go outside of their major and build a foundation that teaches them how to use technology, understand the world’s religions, communicate effectively, and live in a healthy way. After completing those requirements, students investigate five distinct Bodies of Knowledge that help them understand the cultural, scientific, creative, social, and historical foundations of the world.
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AND HANDS-ON EXPERIENCES
Students at St. Francis complement their coursework with in-depth research and fieldwork. Biology and Psychology students engage in undergraduate research both in classes and independently with the help of St. Francis faculty. Undergraduate researchers often present at local, regional, and national conferences. Business and economics students frequently compete in case competitions and stock pitches to not only meet and be challenged by their peers, but to apply the concepts they’ve learned in class in front of industry professionals from around the country.
DIVERSITY AND GLOBAL LEARNING
St. Francis is a global campus that invites its own students to explore the globe and global students to explore St. Francis. Students have access to traditional semester- and year-long study abroad opportunities in 11 countries, where they learn from internationally renowned faculty on a grand independent adventure. Students looking to follow St. Francis faculty abroad can also take advantage of programs in Spain, Cuba, and the Virgin Islands. Faculty-led topics include language, religion, business, biology, and psychology. Finally, the selective Franciscan Pilgrimage program takes students to Italy for 10 days to learn more about St. Francis, St. Clare, and their own relationship with God and others.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 9%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 24%
White, non-Hispanic: 26%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 1%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 1%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 4%
“I look up to my professors tremendously, especially my accounting professors. They have given me so much guidance already in helping me understand what I need to do to achieve my goals.” – Melissa Jagdharry, Accounting ‘18
FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE AT FRANCIS
The first year at St. Francis is about creating a community of support to last throughout the rest of one’s college career. Beginning with freshman orientation, students are led on tours of important resources, introduced to faculty, and paired with a peer mentor who can ease the transition to college. Once classes begin, all students take the freshman seminar in which they learn academic success strategies, become familiar with career services, and meet student leaders from all over campus.
Academic advising is central to the first-year experience at St. Francis. Incoming freshmen are required to meet with their advisor at least twice each semester, using each session to develop a strategy for success in the coming weeks. The first-year advisor continues to follow students throughout their time at St. Francis College, ensuring that a consistent source of support is always there for everyone.
Students wanting an even more personalized experience in their first years can sign up for Project Access. Project Access brings together small groups of students and faculty for a year of team building, service-learning, and both social and academic activities. The program begins with a First-Semester Interest Group (FIG) of no more than 15 students, connecting classmates from the very start of the year.
All students at St. Francis College leave school prepared to communicate effectively, no matter the field they enter. In their first year on campus, students take a writing course to assess their skills and ensure that they are equipped to handle academic writing. Each and every degree program then places an emphasis on writing within the specific demands of the major. One size doesn’t fit all industries, so St. Francis teaches communication skills through creative and technical writing alike.
Students and faculty at St. Francis College are committed to using their knowledge to help the people of New York. Service-learning opportunities are available in all five boroughs of the city, seven days a week. Student participants can make a difference while reinforcing the concepts they have learned in the classroom.
St. Francis College values volunteer opportunities campus-wide, as demonstrated in their 2019-2020 theme of “Service.” Freshmen, as part of their first-year programming, will be working to write letters and send mail to troops overseas, building a foundation for service early on in each of their academic careers.
SMALL COLLEGE IN THE BIG APPLE
St. Francis College is located in the heart of Brooklyn, NY. Opportunities abound—sightseeing throughout historic Brooklyn and the other four boroughs, catching a Nets game, and exploring the theatrical scene through both on- and off-Broadway shows.
The St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers compete in 19 NCAA Division I sports.
Men’s Teams: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Water Polo
Women’s Teams: Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Water Polo
PROACTIVE CAREER SERVICES
The St. Francis Career Center provides resources to help students find their perfect careers. With résumé reviews, internship and job matching, and career planning, students have everything they need to plan for the next step. The staff are active in the way they help students, organizing programs that catch students where they are—offering help in classrooms, dining halls, and student organization meetings—to remind them of the importance of career planning. As students enter their senior year, career services are reintroduced to offer a roadmap for the year—and job search—ahead.
All majors at St. Francis College have a required capstone project, an experience that allows students the opportunity to showcase the skills and knowledge they have gained while in college.
St. Francis College is located in New York City, a hotbed of innovation. With a wide array of industries represented both in Brooklyn and around the city, students are encouraged—and, in some cases, required— to complete an internship experience. Around 70% of students complete an internship before graduating, an experience that gives them an edge in finding and landing prestigious, fulfilling full-time jobs after college.
SFC Innovate is a program that focuses on matching students to internships at New York startups. Through partnerships with local developers, venture capitalists, and companies, students can get a firsthand look at the most innovative firms in the city by working alongside them.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 450 | 75th Percentile: 470
25th Percentile: 440 | 75th Percentile: 560
25th Percentile: 17 | 75th Percentile: 23
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